Cosmos

When Nonsense Collides!

Plot twist par excellence!

23rd Jul 2020, 7:30 AM in Old School Cosmos: Cosmosian Love Yodel!
Plot twist par excellence!
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Cartoonist_at_Large 23rd Jul 2020, 7:30 AM
Cartoonist_at_Large
Aaaaand there you have it: the plot twist that - in 2003, at least - absolutely none of my readers even saw coming! It may seem pretty obvious today, with Gene and Jenny's relationship so firmly and ubiquitously established (almost as if it had never not been), that this is where things were going; but back in the ol' 03, this was absolutely the last thing anyone was expecting to happen. Which, of course, was deliberate: I didn't show any of the main cast, have Jenny or Candice refer to any of them by name or reputation; or in fact give any indication that Artie, Gene, Ax or Macy were even going to be involved in the tale at all. The girls were in their own little storyline, no different from any other random-characters-doing-random-hilarious-things story I'd done before, and that was that.....

Except it wasn't, was it?

The fact that I (and Jenny) had successfully obfuscated our way through these first four strips and pulled off a classic left-field surprise maneuver was perfectly demonstrated by the reaction of one Jeremy Riley to that last panel - the first three strips were met with the standard amount of smirks, chuckles and satisfied nods, but upon reaching panel four, strip.... He. Just. Laughed. Long, and hard, and with the genuine surprise of someone blindsided by a punchline that triggers all the 'Whuh?!?' receptors in the brain, and just makes you crack up laughing. Mission accomplished, methinks....

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