You may have never heard of her before now, but Elektra Kosh Edwards has been keeping British children safe for years and not only that, she is one of the funniest artsists you are likely to meet.
Over the past months she has been telling at least one joke a day at the Google + Headquarters of the Micro Victory Army where she holds the rank of Commander.
If you follow her on Google+ your stream will be filled with happy “How Ya Doins?”, jokes, and funny memes like “Seems Legit”. While she is shy about sharing it, Elektra Kosh is an artist and a self described hetero-aesexual. In other words, she’s not interested in you, so back off bub – but if you want to swap jokes or stories …she’s your gal.
I was fortunate to be able to virtually sit down with the facebook hating Kosh and she gracefully agreed to share some of her art with us too.
Vago: Let’s start with the easy stuff ….you’re a short arse crossing guard? Come on tell about that…
Kosh: Over here in the UK, we have what we call ‘Lollipop ladies/men’ who in more posh terms are called School Crossing Patrol. This involves said poor blighter, to cross children and parents over a busy road or street- depending on where your post is. We are dressed in florescent colours so not to be missed by drivers and we also have a prop- a six foot long sign with STOP on the top and Children on the bottom separated by a black line on the blade- this looks like a giant lollipop and that’s where the name came from. The short-arse bit? Well I’m 5 ft tall and that is rather short, apparently.
Vago: You’re art is very fantasy/gaming inspired…can you share a bit about how you got into it, who your influences are, and why you do it?
Kosh: I’ve always wanted to draw things- even from an early age as my mother taught me to draw my very first swan when I was four. Over the years I was inspired by films like’ Jason and the Argonauts’ and ‘Clash of the Titans’ and started wanting to draw monsters- I also loved Greek Mythology at that time and drawn my own version of a Hydra- which looked more like a dragon with several heads and I started to love drawing dragons since watching a movie called DragonSlayer- it was duff but I liked Vermithrax Perjorative so I wanted to put more detail into my scaly creations.
When I reached 14 my tastes changed and thought to create my own characters since there were comics and animations featuring men and boys as heroes, I wanted a female to be the heroine- no love interests just action/sci-fi fantasy with some magic thrown in. It was then I created Elektrakosh and Hirato whom have evolved over the many years I have written/ drawn them. Since then, I have saw a few Japanese animations and had a go at trying to incorporate that style into my work. I figured to just go along with my own as it seems more personal- even if it is deemed messy.
Vago: Lately you’ve been telling some hilarious jokes and sharing them on G+. What’s your FAVORITE joke?
Kosh: You asked for it!
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Vago: You mention in your G+ profile that you write stories. What do you write about?
Kosh: Those pictures you have looked at- are all characters and creatures in the story I’m writing. Basically it starts with a girl who had travelled to another place without realising it and setting an ancient demon free from his subterranean prison. She fled for her life and hid for months but was finally confronted by the demon in a building he chased her outside and used a confuse flare so he may kill her at his leisure luckily for her, she found a sharp piece of metal and severed one of his hands bringing him to from his rage.
After seeing this girl and showing her a neat trick of regenerating his severed hand, he realised that she was his waker and wanted to know her better. After introductions and Elektrakosh giving him a name, he erased that portion of time from her memory and shipped her to a work colony. After that things go awry and she ends up mortally wounded. She wakes up in a hospital to find she was healed and that she had a blood transfusion. That’s when her powers manifest with sometimes hilarious scenarios.
Vago: Are you a religious or spiritual person? What role does God play in your artwork and your writing?
Kosh: I’m not a religious person nor a spiritual one. I rather wished I was more spiritual in a sense. My teacher is life and life can give you so much wisdom. My work -my writing especially has gods in it but I don’t think that is relevant to this question.
Vago: What about influencers in life? Who has had the most impact on your life? Why?
Kosh: My mother had the most impact because of what she and I had to go through when I was young. She was the one who kept me at her side and did not give up on me. Our past had never been so forgiving or kind but that has forged me into who I am. I’m forever grateful for my mother. I just hope she realises it.
Vago: What book do you suggest everyone read? Why? What film do you suggest everyone watch? Why?
Kosh: My favorite book of all time so far is Satan’s Snowdrop by Guy N. Smith. I like the older style of writing plus references of the horror people had to endure in that stilted house that is featured in it. Nazi phantom, horrific killings torture and nightmares. Nice combo.
The Machinist is my favorite movie – psychological thriller about an insomniac factory lathe operator. When he’s involved in an accident at work, his co-workers turn against him. He starts to find strange notes in his apartment and see people that apparently aren’t there crazy stuff that can confuse you if you look away for a moment.
Vago: What is your next project?
Kosh: I have nothing planned yet as I have writer’s block and need some inspiration for my art. Hopefully it will come to me soon- until then, I shall continue to tell everyone on G+ my terrible jokes. That’ll keep me busy.
Vago: What’s your favorite number Elektra? Why?
Kosh: My favorite number is 18. Always been drawn to it. Maybe it was because I had to travel on the Number 18 bus for about three years.
Vago: Please make a prediction of something interesting that will happen in 2013. (You aren’t accountable if it does or doesn’t happen unless you do it) —
Kosh: The next sensation for this year will be something to do with animals- a movie or video. It will inspire people to echo it and flood the ‘net with their variations.