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Old School Cosmos: 2003 - a Murph Odyssey!
The Great Comic Con Caper - part one
The Great Comic Con Caper - part two
The Great Comic Con Caper - part three
Card art 2008
Adventures in Stationery
Random Encounters, part one
Card art 2009
Card art 2010
Sunday strips 2010
Artie's sport story
The Cosmos sketchbook
Voyage to the Bottom of the Street!
Free Range Art Challenge!
A Cosmos Christmas!
Art Challenge Advanced!
Tour of (Jury) Duty
The Cosmos art gallery
Random Encounters, part two!
The Cosmos art gallery, part two
Genezilla: King of the Cosmonsters!
Sneaky Cosmos Cameos!
Vive La Decepticon!
Design School 1
Random Encounters, part three
The Cosmos art gallery, part three
Design School 2
Design School 3
Design School 4
2017 Character Exchange Prologue!
Random Encounters, part four
The Cosmos Art gallery, Part four!
The Cosmos Sketchbook 2
Merry Cosmos-mas 2017!
The Cosmos Crossover Crisis!
A Month of Sundays!
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Cosmos: Behind the Scenes 1
The Cosmos Art Gallery, part five!
The Cosmos Christmas Filksong!
Jon and Jeremy's Top 10!
Cosmos: Behind the Scenes 2
Another Month of Sundays!
Son of Crossover Crisis!
Old School Cosmos: Randomicity selection 1!
Design School 5
Old School Cosmos: Hulk Out!
Draw your characters....
Peter's Christmas Conundrum!
The Cosmos 21st Anniversary Filksong Fantasmatron!
Old School Cosmos: To Boldly Glow where no-one has Glone before!
Crossover Crisis 3: The Continuating!
Battle of wills.... with added sarcasm!
Get a grip, Murph - uhh, but not that much....
Oh, it won't hurt, honest
Croonin' at the moon, all in the month of June
He don't know much, but he knows what he likes!
It's just my allergies.... really!
Don't sweater the little things
Have talent, will travel
Night of the WereCat!
Would you like some sarcasm with your abuse, Sir?
Cosmos Art Gallery: The New Wing!
Old School Cosmos: Cosmosian Love Yodel!
Mind over matter!
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2nd Apr 2020, 7:59 AM
Although there are a huge volume of very good and even great strips in the Old School era (more so with each year you go forward from 1999), there are still ones that show that, even after several years of doing Cosmos, I was still learning my craft. Such as the case with this one: there's nothing wrong with the set-up, or the dialogue, but the punchline - which should be the final payoff to the entire joke - just feels.... forced. And, sad to admit, it was - I was writing it up, I got to that last panel, and I realised that I had no idea what Murph's misinterpretation of Gene's pronouncement was going to be! I hadn't entirely written myself into a corner, but the limited options open to me.... weren't exactly brilliant. Without much of a choice, I had to decide on the one that sucked the least (if we stretch the definition of 'least' quiiiiite a bit) and just.... fudge it. It's not even particularly tasty fudge, either, is it? I STILL don't really know what a better bit of dialogue would be, even now; not without entirely rewriting the joke. And why mess with 2003-me's good intentions?
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