PEEP PEEP! Fasten your seat belt – behind the second window of the Dixie Advent Calendar is Dixie’s arch enemy Lou Ella.

This is the first character sketch I ever made of her, and she hardly changed when it came to doing the illustrations of Dixie O’Day in The Fast Lane.

When I was small I had short tufty hair cut short like a boy, and stomped about in thick wooly tights and lace-up shoes. I envied Penelope Pitstop, with her bright yellow tresses, pink umbrella and LIPSTICK APPLICATOR.

With Lou Ella I am revisiting Penelope with a ‘Dark Side’ twist…