One talented Brummie illustrator has found a new way to kill time on his train commute – by turning his fellow travellers into cartoon characters.
What do you do to entertain yourself during the daily slog to and from work?
Perhaps you get stuck into a good book, read the paper, furiously try to smash your high score on Flappy Bird or maybe you have a snooze.
University of Wolverhampton graduate animator Joe Butcher, who is better known by his Twitter handle and pen name October Jones, has been using sticky notes and his seemingly boundless imagination to transform strangers on a train into hilarious cartoons.
The unwitting victims of his pranks have been given the features of beloved characters such as Batman, Spiderman, and, in one ingenious snapshot, Wile E. Coyote even appears to be chasing Road Runner.
The clever creations are doodled onto the small pieces of paper, and then held in just the right position for a funny photograph to be taken.
When asked on Twitter why he did them, Mr Butcher wrote: “I did them to combat boredom on my long commute. I posted them on Twitter because I thought they might brighten other peoples’ train journeys. Also, I’ve never been caught doing it. I’m pretty stealthy.”
He has seemingly shared his journeys with a gruff Winnie the Pooh, Danger Mouse’s soft-spoken sidekick Penfold, Kermit The Frog, Daffy Duck and comic book favourite Hellboy.
Cartoons include an annoyed Mickey Mouse, with the caption: “Howdy. I’m on a train. This guy just caught me laughing at his squeaky voice.” ET also appears to be slightly miffed. The Twitter caption reads: “I just told this guy off for using his phone in the Quiet Zone. I don’t care who he’s phoning.” The drawings are often created to match the stranger’s outfit or posture, including The Incredible Hulk for a man in a green jacket, and Batman for another train rider in a long black coat.
In one such example, a commuter in a red-and-white-stripy top is turned into a favourite children’s picture book character, with the tweet: “I’m on the train playing Where’s Wally?” The drawings have been getting world-wide attention, having been reposted thousands of times on a number of social websites after initially being tweeted to October Jones’ 77,000 Twitter followers.
Mr Butcher, under his pseudonym, is also the mastermind behind the highly-popular Texts From Dog, an internet craze that has led to books, called Texts From Dog and The Dog Delusion.
Mr Butcher left university with a first degree in animation.