When Nonsense Collides!

Cosmos gets published IRL!

16th Jun 2020, 8:46 AM in Cosmos Art Gallery: The New Wing!
Cosmos gets published IRL!
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Cartoonist_at_Large 16th Jun 2020, 8:46 AM
Long before Cosmos made the jump to the World Wide Web, it experimented with print media - in particular, the University of Auckland student magazine 'Craccum' (er, your guess is as good as mine what that name means - I was there seven years and I never figured it out). Back in 2000, when Cosmos was a fresh faced one-and-a-bit years old, I was in my first year of uni; and decided (after a bit of pondering) to ascend the stairs to the third floor offices of the titular student mag, with a selection of my comics in tow. They were always interested in submissions - so spoketh one of their ads - but I wasn't sure whether my poor, innocent little comic would appeal to their somewhat more, uh, risque senses of humour. However, after much riotous laughter on their part they gave me the thumbs-up - and Cosmos became a fairly regular feature in the pages of Craccum, with both randoms and Sunday comics on show! It was nice to see Gene and the gang in print, and know that people were reading it.... but some of the other comics it was appearing with (and articles it sat alongside if on its own) rather made me cringe at the unfortunate juxtaposition. And sadly, I seem to have jumped onboard at the start of something of a decline for the magazine - come 2001, I looked at some of the stuff they were putting on their pages and thought 'Yehhh.... Cosmos don't deserve that kind of abuse.' And as it rather got worse for the next few years, I was rather glad I'd decided not to go back for a second term - however, by 2005, I felt that, er, the Cracc was back, back on track (to coin a song lyric) so I decided to give it a second shot. This time around, it was all Sunday strips, all the time, featuring material from 2003, 2004 and 2005; gracing pages both glossier and somewhat classier - so that was alright with me! Of course, in 2006 and 2007 I moved on from unergrad to post-grad studies (my PgDipSci and then my Masters thesis); so there was far less time for either Cosmos or Craccum, and the former was temporarily scaled back and the latter yet again allowed to lapse. Still, in my postgrad studies, I learned how to use Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign, which later lead to Cosmos' New School era....