Monday, 28 May 2012

Cosmo Update

No new entries today either as I've got a lot more newly coloured wonderments to sort out and write up for the next few days. So rather than hurry an entry, here's the story so far all in one pace!



And then to Cosmo itself...












Sunday, 27 May 2012

Cosmo-less Sunday

No Cosmo update today - I have had a bit of a back log of stuff I need to draw and get coloured in by Rebecca as I've been struggling a bit in the heat to draw as well as I usually can (and the laptop has been struggling even more!). Rebecca now has said pages and will be able to weave her magic on them accordingly. Hope everyone is still enjoying it...

I will take this break to plug the fact that I'll be appearing at Thought Bubble in Leeds this year. In fact appearing at Thought Bubble is kind of what has spurred "Cosmo" into being because I felt I needed to have not only more stuff for my stall but to make a bit more of a presence online. As far as I'm concerned just going to the festival is enough of an achievement of self belief for me and anything else - like people hearing of me or buying my stuff - is merely a lovely extra. But I have to say, seeing my name on the Royal Armouries Hall exhibitor list is very weird to say the least...


Hopefully more proper Cosmo tomorrow!

Monday, 21 May 2012

Cosmo Mandinsky 6



In other news, further pertinent information regarding Pentateuch Jones can be found here.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Cosmo Mandisnky - preliminary reading 2





A bit more preliminary stuff here - any typos/ amateurism of the bulletin is entirely deliberate as the people responsible are either old or think they're above such things as professionalism. As you will all soon see!

Monday, 14 May 2012

Cosmo Mandinsky - some preliminary homework...

One of the big aims of what I do is to create a universe... this is very much a tip of the hat to my hero J L Carr, all of whose novels exist within one big world. It doesn't effect how you enjoy individual books in his output, but if you do know the earlier appearances of characters when they suddenly pop in as a cameo in a later novel your enjoyment increases somewhat. Accordingly I've gone to great efforts to drop little bits of hints into the early issues of the Common Swings as to what might come later. Never has this been truer than in the small ads at the back of Issue One (still very much available from me or 2 Tone Comics in Hebden Bridge) which may not have *lots* about Cosmo in it but has *some* (and oodles about my hopefully soon to be serialised novel "The Bombardier's Eyes") that may jolly up your reading of what's coming soon...






More soon!


Saturday, 12 May 2012

The Common Swings Juvenilia 5 (THE END!)

Oh it's so nearly over, everybody - SO NEARLY OVER!


So... some quick fire "gags" (in the loosest possible term) to start you all off...


And then there's these... god knows where these came from. Actually I liked these more than anything else I discovered in this cache of nonsense - I should try and work out more rubbish like this.


Gong as the Scooby Doo gang! Hilarious? How could it go wrong? What's that you say, by not being funny and having no jokes? Fair point...


Oh this. Sigh. Well this came from my old housemate in Nottingham, Naveen, who once saw a Louis Armstrong video on VH1 and asked why this Louise woman had such a deep voice... long time Browning co-conspirator Mr David Burnage found this quite rightly hilarious and worked his way through sundry variations on mispronouncing louis... and it ended up with this ludicrous thing - Inspector Morse and Sergeant Louis (Armstrong). And so history was not made...


Possibly the best thing from the whole Common Swings 1.0 debacle - my Winker Watson and Molesworth tribute, "Marilyn Manson Minor, Antichrist Superstar of the Remove"


Some more quickfire nonsense, including an attempt to get long running Burnage/ Browning Abbot and Costello at Glastonbury gag down on the page. Didn't work then, doesn't work now...


Technically I don't dislike the Smiths, but neither do I like them very much - mainly because (and there is lots of evidence of me going on about this) my worst bully at school was a vile, reprehensible individual who was also the school's biggest Smiths' fan. I ended up working with Morrisey's sister's best friend for a patch and I think she related this fact back to the man himself which sort of rights that wrong a little. And if it doesn't there's always this....


No defense for this - it's just gibberish really...


And then some recent nonsense to end this on - see? I got better! I did! I did! 


And finally... I discovered this beautiful thing in the Common Swings folder. It's one of two pieces I own by my Mum's Uncle Raymond (who I'm kind of named after) and shows that I have a long, long way to go to get as good as my forefathers...

And so I hope you enjoyed this... if not, it's all over now anyway. Normal stuff - Cosmo stuff! - to come next week....



Friday, 11 May 2012

The Common Swings Juvenilia 4

Our penultimate trip down the highways and byways of the Common Swings.


This idea was to do a "Private Eye" style diary in the manner of Craig Brown but it never went beyond a title sadly... probably for the best.

Oh god, the amount of variations of this joke I wrote... you would not believe. You should not believe. I really should have accepted some jokes are just not meant for this world... but no, I kept on hammering it home. Ah well. Here's probably the least worst version...


Preliminary sketches for a "hilarious" blues based serial... you can guess the rest of it really.


Poor, but I somehow rather like the phrase "hoochy chancer" and can't quite believe I actually came up with it.


A Bird Called Brenda was one joke too far I think (although "A Bloke Called Barry" was barely any better). Also, I suspect I knew precisely nothing of a Guy Called Gerald beyond his name...


A joke so simple it should write itself. But somehow didn't. There's a Keith Moon variation somewhere too and that's scarcely any better...


Oh good lord, surely this must be the dregs of this whole thing? A weak pun on both Gentle Giant AND quite rightly forgotten eighties kid's football series "Jossy's Giants". I am so, so sorry...


Again, did I actually know what R Kelly LOOKED like? An old joke but not a very funny one...


If I'd had access to the internet then, I suspect this would have been funnier as they'd have looked more like Moog and, well, Theremin. The idea was that Moog and Theremin were angry neighbours like you'd get in "Whizzer and Chips" or "The Beano" and each episode would involve 'hilarious' musical one upmanship or annoyance at, say, the  BBC Radiophonic Workshop moving in down the road.


I'm just so so so sorry for this one. There's no justification for it really.


A title, but no drawing because really the joke really had nothing more to offer than just the title... and even then it barely had that to offer either...


Finally, more doodles and some evidence of my endless attempts to make Nick Drake hilarious along the lines of "Disaster Des" from "Cheeky"...

Last one tomorrow! OH JOY!

NEW THINGS!

i'm currently working on a full issue for my football hero johnny kickfoot (written from the perspective of someone ignorant/ disdainfu...