Cosmos: Old School (2001) – part fifteen

First, I showed you the ‘Officially-licensed Cosmos board game’ (2000, Part Nineteen)…. so now it’s time for its partner-in-crime: the Cosmos 2001 calendar! Although created – by obvious necessity – in late 2000, the mere fact that it was intended for use in the following year means I can present it now and still have it be relevant!

Right?

Oh, fine, be that way, then….

Cover
Things to note on the front cover: a Cosmosian critter peeking out from behind the logo; another rare cameo by Dr. Nitro; Gene’s ludicrously-oversized feet – and whatever it is that’s going on with Professor Pod’s arms; the fact that Murph has no stripes on his belly; and the rather anomalous presence of stripes on Co-pilot’s nose (which were originally part of his design when I first drew him, but soon after were removed because they were A) distracting and B) utterly ridiculous.)

Inside cover
It’s the inside front cover, featuring a very nice illustration of Tork from Explorers Inc. – although my reasoning for putting name / address / phone / fax in the box on the left escapes me…. Given that I’ve never seen a calendar with that sort of information on it before…

Title page
The main title page (which calendars do actually have – I checked), with another potential contender for my ‘Top 10 list of really good Cosmos strips’.

Back cover
Do licensed comic strip calendars usually have laudatory pull-quotes about the comic they’re merchandising? I have no idea, but apparently in my reality they do – so there we go.

Unlike Cosmos Cosmonopoly, there are actually two copies of my calendar in existence – the original, in my possession, and a minty-fresh copied-and-stapled version, which I gave to my friend Jeremy for Christmas. Trust me, he gets ALL the good stuff. Based on other licensed calendars of the same ilk, I structured my effort around the ‘something old, something new’ ethos: each monthly spread incorporated a large piece of Cosmos
art in the top half, and (accompanying the all-important calendar-y stuff in the bottom half) a randomly-chosen four-panel strip. Six out of the twelve months featured a reprinted Sunday strip from 1999 / 2000:

Calendar pages
While the others were graced with an all-new A4 sized Cosmos scene:

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1) Valentine’s day at Ax and Macy’s house

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2) Explorers inc. adventuring in the Martarran highlands

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3) Artie and Gene comic shopping at GrandeCon

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4) The Cosmos gang at the beach

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5) Cross-temporal confusion in Cosmos Trek

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6) Christmas morning at Gene’s house

Being a pretty labour-intensive project – especially since I didn’t have the slightest comprehension of Adobe InDesign at that point, and did everything by hand – this calendar was a one-of-a-kind experiment in creative design which (thus far) has not been repeated. Still, there’s nothing stopping me from reviving the idea….

TO BE CONTINUED….

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