In Review: Dave – Death of the Cosmic Oddity

Death of the Cosmic Oddity by Richard PesterBy Richard Pester
Out: Now

The Book: Everyone has a story to tell, this is the continuing story of ‘Dave’. Like all of us, he tries to make sense of his life, memories of a turbulent past bring both tragedy and comedy together in one of the best graphic albums you’ll read this year.

The Review: When your day has been blessed by an email from veteran comics writer David Motton (86 years young), it’s pretty hard to find something to top that. So while this review may not top that, it is certainly the equal of being contacted by an admired contributor to the wealth of our British comic tradition.

Firstly, let’s get an apology to my friend Richard Pester (formerly known as Dave Gordon) out of the way.  Richard has been publishing his Cosmic Oddity series over the last few years and while I absolutely love Richard’s art, I have deliberately been avoiding the comic as I hate to tell pals that their comics are not up to par for one reason or another.Cosmic Oddity Volume 2 - Return of the Cosmic Oddity

So it was with some trepidation I decided to read Volume 3 of the Cosmic Oddity series, before I set off to participate in Day 2 of Edinburgh Comic Con.

I shouldn’t have been so worried. I was immediately sold on the art, as Richard has been previously described as the Milo Manara of British Comics before now. As I read the story, I was impressed by the tightness of scripting and the flow of the art.  The flow and the tightness were so good that I had to finish the comic first, then call Richard to ask who had edited the script.

CNN: “So who was the editor?”

RAP:  “I was the scripter and editor.”

CNN:  “Seriously? Get tae!”

RAP:  “Aye, it’s all mine.  Lesley has helped on proof-reading but that’s about it.”

That really surprised me, as many artists I know struggle to keep a script on point.

Cosmic Oddity Volume 1 Cover

Cosmic Oddity is based on Richard’s experiences of growing up as an adopted kid in 1970s Scotland. Reading it, I am laughing hard as I experience being back in that time again.  Then I turn the page – and suddenly I am deep in the pain that Richard experienced, being palmed off to the first family that seems OK.

This comic pulls no punches on how it felt to be unwanted or unloved and walks us through his journey  from being an unwanted adoptee to finding his biological family.  It also takes you through the self-loathing that you experience as you go through the metamorphosis of moving from one identity to another.

This is a project well worth your attention.

The 100-page Death of the Cosmic Oddity is available here for just £10 on Lulu.com

The Return of the Cosmic Oddity (Volume 2 in the series) is available here on Lulu.com

• If you want to bug Richard for back copies of Cosmic Oddity, then he is available on Facebook.  Don’t be as foolish as I was to ignore Issues 1 and 2

• You can check out more on Richard’s work over on the Chang31ings website and Facebook page as well as the System Crash Facebook page

Read an interview with Richard Pester here on Comics Anonymous

As an incentive to buy the first three volumes of Cosmic Oddity, here is a downthetubes exclusive look at one of the pages from Volume Four…Cosmic Oddity Volume 4 Pg 5 Reduced

Colin Noble

A life-long comic fan specialising mainly in UK adventure comics. I do my best to support my passion for the comics of my youth, Commandos (still going!) and any small press that interest me.



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