For those of you that have not heard of the Northampton Clown, here’s the back story. In the quaint British town of Northampton, a clown, and let’s face it, he’s a SINISTER looking clown, and he’s been popping up on street corners waving at passersby. The clown even has a Facebook page with over 150k followers. No one knows who this guy is because he doesn’t stay around long enough for anyone to find out.
There’s another famous resident of Northampton who many have wondered if there might be a connection between the two, Alan Moore. That’s right, Alan Moore, who’s been known to create some pretty creepy characters himself. Moore told the Northampton Herald and Post:
Apparently there had been a certain amount of comment on the internet suggesting probably some connection. No it’s not me.
I am getting kind of used to this.
After having a comic strip I wrote 30 years ago spewing masked anarchists across the global political stage for the past couple of years.
Things that I write do have a tendency to spill into reality.
Having heard about this apparently local clown epidemic then I wonder. However the fact that we don’t have anything to do with it will not stop us from exploiting this strange chance occurrence. Me and Mitch were quite tickled by that…
Now, we can be sure that it isn’t Moore beneath all that makeup, but whether or not he has a hand in this somewhere is not really clear. If you read the interview closely, he never officially states that he has nothing to do with the whole thing, just that the whole area is strange and weird things happen there all the time.
The Telegraph recently talked with a person purporting to be the clown, but how can we really know, I mean how could they? The Telegraph reported:
He said he felt people were misinterpreting his intentions to cause mischief around the town, and said he would continue to mysteriously appear for as long as people stay interested.
“Hopefully they will soon see it as a bit of harmless fun,” he said. “We shall see how it goes.
He added: “My actual age is two hundred and ninety eight and I come out of hibernation every thirty years.”
What do you think? I’m hoping that this doesn’t end with some drunk guys and a baseball bat beating the crap out of the clown, or a frightened parent over-reacting, or a scared kid running into the street and getting hit by a car.