The interaction between Artie and Gene, I can safely say, is one of the things that made Cosmos work so much better than any of the other (fatally short-lived) comic strips I created in the past – their occasionally antagonistic relationship, their camaraderie, the fact that they are in most cases diametrically opposite (Artie being the sensible, reserved one and Gene the obnoxious troublemaker) adds that certain spark that makes them fodder for so, so many stories. Case in point: this one. It all started with me pondering the weird effect that the full moon apparently has on people, altering their behaviour in strange and unpredictable ways. In doing so, I suddenly thought “By the Spires of Iacon! What if it happened to Gene?” Yes, the little fellow is already plenty bizarro-world as it is, so perhaps him acting even weirder than normal wouldn’t exactly be that noticeable…. Unless, of course, something REALLY drastic happened:
Yes, that’s right, I went there. Clearly, since Artie only met Gene part-way through 1999, either he hadn’t experienced ‘Full Moon Fever’ first hand (only heard about it)…. or, if he had, the effect was unpredictable – you had no idea what you were going to end up with, each and every time. Artie lucked out this time, though, didn’t he?
Top: What is it with Cosmosians and attractive human females? In fact, what is it
with ANY non-human cartoon character and attractive human females? It’s just
weird, is what it is.
Bottom: Power corrupts – and Artie realising he can actually milk this thing for
all it’s worth corrupts completely. That is one eeeeeevil grin he’s sporting there.
Top: The Yoda test….. Gene is well and truly immersed in his new
were-persona, by the looks of things.
Bottom: Proof positive that geeks are A) totally weird, and
B) the most unbelievably awesome people in the universe.
Oh, Artie, you just had to say it, didn’t you? Oh well, now it’s your turn, I guess….
TO BE CONTINUED…..