It dawned on me the other day - as I was busy planning next year's themes - that 2016 will officially mark our 10th anniversary. Hard to believe!


This issue is one of my favourite editions because it marks the beginning of us exploring themes beyond the traditional and extremely tedious kids themes we seemed to be bombarded with, such as dinosaurs and robots. It also marked our first anniversary. Aw baby publishers!


The incredible cover - one of our best I think - by Supermundane showed Anorak looking suitably ghostly and was all done using pencils and watercolour. A masterpiece, don't you think?


It also carries THE most incredible fashion shoot ever, illustrated by Rob Flowers. This story still makes me giggle. It didn't launch any models careers, but it certainly entertained us all.


To celebrate this decade long of fun, I thought we could start the festivities early by opening

Anorak's vaults

and reminisce about some of our early editions.

This theme came about for several reasons: my son started having night terrors which left us both having to rationalize what fear did to us; it was the Autumn and Halloween was just round the corner; I was getting bored with the same old topics being churned out in kids books, based around dinosaurs, princesses and goodie-goodies.


We had stories about Kizzy, a cockney witch written by Susan McCrystal and illustrated by Adrian Johnson, about time travel by Emma Lambert and Al Murphy, about a sad snail again written by Emma and illustrated by Rob Ryan, a portrait of a sloth by Justin Quirk and Marcus Walters and the first story I ever wrote called Louis The Knee, fabulously illustrated by Harriet Russell, currently featured in The Big Book of Anorak.


The main feature explored what fear does to our bodies and minds, phobias, witches, best scary scenes in movies and even carried a gallery of monsters drawn by some of our Little Editors. It concluded that fear was nothing to be frightened of!