Bren MacDibble

October 12, 2009

Anchovy Circus… Roll Up! Roll Up!

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Who in their right mind would think up a circus made of dried anchovies?

Anchovy Circus… it’s the kind of story a mad person might dream up if they were sitting around one day putting random unrelated words together just to see if it would spark story ideas… oh, while we’re on the subject, do you have any thing for Cosmic Lobster? No?

Anyway, some odd person made up a story called Anchovy Circus, and some extremely farsighted publisher thought it was a good idea and challenged a very talented illustrator to make the story come alive.

Connah Brecon is doing sensational things with anchovies and characters and I hope he’s not cursing the storyline too much. It’s about a boy who doesn’t like anchovies and hides them under his bed, then he notices that as they dry out, they twist and stick together into strange shapes, strange animal shapes… so he makes a circus out of them… after that, things really get wacky.

Connah has very kindly lent me a few roughs to show you:

(Removed as book is now published)

If you like his funky style as much as I do, check out
and you can buy some of his artwork at



  1. A story like this could only come from your mind Bren, the strange and twisty place that it is! You absolutely fascinate me. The story would actually be an illustrator’s dream – something completely fresh to play with. They’re gorgeous. I’m sure the final product will be even more so.

    Comment by Katherine Battersby — October 12, 2009 @ 7:38 am | Reply

  2. Connah is doing an amazing job of molding anchovies into all manner of circus creatures. They’re not fresh tho… more kind of dried and sticky and clumpy little anchovy rejects. 🙂

    You illustrators thrive on challenges, huh?

    Comment by macdibble — October 12, 2009 @ 10:11 am | Reply

  3. Have to admit Bren, this sounds like just the sort of story you would write…witty, entertaining, original.


    Comment by Dee White — October 12, 2009 @ 8:40 pm | Reply

  4. Very bizzare story, Bren (in a good way!). And the illustrations are just perfect. When does it come out?

    Comment by Marie Alafaci — October 14, 2009 @ 10:48 pm | Reply

  5. They’re great, aren’t they?

    I’m hoping it will be out before the end of the year. They may be intending them to be sold next year tho. The layout and final images are almost done, apparently.

    Comment by macdibble — October 14, 2009 @ 11:06 pm | Reply

  6. Hmmmm… There’s something fishy about this…

    Comment by Greta Thain — October 15, 2009 @ 6:09 am | Reply

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