candy and costumery

Two costume parties in one day! Here was the first, Fearfest, at Foyles bookshop on London’s Charing Cross Road. I’m posing with a comics reader named Belle, in front of the piranha tank. (Yes, real piranhas! And one of them was getting rather chomped on by the rest.) Belle had a cool broomstick and, very gratifyingly, knew my comic Vern and Lettuce, back to front. I love it when that happens, she caught all these tiny details I knew most people would miss. (Maybe she’ll contribute a page to Vern and Lettuce’s online magazine, The Pickle.)

A quick poster of Captain Waffle that I drew for the shop, a be-wigged Children’s Marketing and Events Co-ordinator Neil Jackson with a be-hatted Sam, who both were good fun, and one of the kid’s pirates. (You can download a free Draw a Pirate pack here.)

The event had free sweets for the kids, but I partook of them rather extravagantly. The chocolate sweets were the best, but Neil also introduced me to mallow sticks. Thanks, Neil, Sam and the Foyles gang!

Then it was on to the house of my fellow Fleece Officer Ellen Lindner and her husband Stephen Betts, where all my studio mateys from the Fleece Station were costumed up! Gary Northfield and Lauren O’Farrell had evidentally had a massive row and stuck things through each other’s heads. It was all a bit gory.

Look, two villagers from The Wicker Man! We love playing that soundtrack in the studio, it’s well creepy.

I was never quite able that evening to be at ease around Dylan Wyn Owen, his seamless mask/makeup job was just a bit too convincing.

Ellen had bowls of gummy teeth lying around, nom nom.

Gary’s gone a bit simple since his hatchet job.

Oo, don’t look at Charlotte Brown the Medusa or she’ll turn you to stone.

Noelle Davies-Brock went all Star Wars princess…

And Alfred wore his heart on his sleeve.

James Turner (have you seen his brilliant new Super Comics Adventure Squad comic book?) and Bond girl Akanksha:

Agh, scary eyeball! Scary eyeball!

And scary food! What IS that stuff?

And to end, a rather reassuringly normal photo taken on the bus ride there with Stuart, who didn’t dress up, but was jolly all the same. Thanks for hosting a fab party, Ellen and Stephen!

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