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Design School 6: the Cosmos Monster Movie Survival Guide!
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!
From the Archives....
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!
Old School Cosmos: 2003 - a Murph Odyssey!
Cosmos Art Gallery: The New Wing!
Old School Cosmos: Cosmosian Love Yodel!
Mind over matter!
Old School Cosmos: Can't Hide The Yuletide!
The Cosmos Art Gallery: the 2021 edition!
Old School Cosmos: Cosmos Kitchen
Teaser, teaser, fandom pleaser....
Pre-production 1: You gotta start somewhere...
Pre-production 2: Storyboardin'!
Pre-production 3: Slightly off-model!
Pre-production 4: rallying the troops!
In-production 1: vector art, part 1
In-production 2: vector art, part 2
In-production 3: vector art, part 3
In-production 4: Vector art, part 4
It's the Main Event!
Post-production 1: the minuiate of miniutae!
Post-production 2: Pax Man fever!
Post-production 3: the not-so-great escape!
Post-production 4: special techniques, part the first
Post-production 5: special techniques, part 2
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24th Jun 2021, 12:59 AM
Although the Monster Movie Survival guide got its footing in the writing of the script, the story didn't really come alive until I properly visualised it - in the form of a nifty-keen cartoon storyboard! Said storyboard served not only as a way to present the plot of the film (which I intended to bring about via a suitably snarky narrator, rather than hiring 7 billion voice actors), but also as a way for me to work out how to lay out my roster of gags and nerd references, and effectively move from one scene to the next; given that each scene was going to be its own little story not necessarily connected to what preceded or followed it. Compared to the final film - be patient, you'll see it - the storyboard is, amazingly, not as densely packed with stuff; containing the key events of the proper animation but lacking many of its running gags, specific scene details and scene transitions (I later decided, for example, to divide the story into 'chapters', each with its own reference-centric title card). Page 5 and 6 of the storyboard, in particular, are very much just 'this pops up, that slides in, this falls over, something runs across the screen - so clearly there was quite a bit of work to do to turn it into a proper film....