Liam, the Lamister (this moniker is also the result of the Kids involvement in the alphabet book) is a complex character. He is a philosopher, often tortured by existential crisis and has strange collecting obsessions and mysterious inclinations. This Koktail Kid loves to skulk about and mumble strange phrases giving the impression that he is up to no good. Maud thinks he reads more than is good for him. Nigel-Yegg adores him and Ruby works to understand him while making sure he does not take advantage of her “safe cracking” friend. Liam does have a certain respect for Nigel-Yegg as he keeps all of the spidery notes (that he can collect) in a box under him bed. “They’ll be worth something one day” he had been heard to say on more than one occasion. Liam is a crafty lamister, indeed. Perhaps it is his moustache or perhaps it's his black cape, but his dark intentions are often swept aside as he dashes about town.
Ruby has a monthly column “Ruby’s Horrorscope and Fortune Telling” and this tells us a lot about her talents, clairvoyant and otherwise. Ruby is a free spirit, a dreamer
and a goth hippie who hopes always for the best outcome no matter what. Ruby and Maud will share an apartment in the new complex and Ruby is in charge of the decorating details (under the ever watchful eye of Maud.) Ruby and Nigel-Yeg who will be caretakers of the roof top garden have a special bond. Nigel-Yegg does not speak but Ruby most often knows what he means. Maud often says that they are thick as thieves. They will have a falling out in the first instalment of their adventures, their one and only episode of conflict. Maud is amazed and delighted and sometimes frustrated by Ruby’s quirky and sunny nature.
Maud might be called the ringleader and she is usually the narrator of the adventures of the Koktail Kids. She is an accomplished organizer, sometimes brash (but always with the best of intentions). Maud has a critical eye, is always on the look-out for new ideas and is sure to edit the ideas of others that do not come up to her high standards. Confident and cheerful, she corrals the others along in their day to day lives, The Koktail Kids are mischievous, have a somewhat twisted sense of humour and love playing tricks on one another. Maud keeps track of the score to make sure the shenanigans are equally distributed. The four have their own mysterious complexities as well and don’t let their cheerful buoyancy fool you are there are unexpected depths. Maud herself often exhibits a surprisingly deep acceptance of the strange and unusual.
Nigel-Yegg is a man of no words and communicates through a constant stream of short written messages. His fine spidery handwriting litters the domains of the Koktail Kids. Sometimes the messages are in the form of cryptic inspirational poetry often disturbing to the practical Maud. Ever since the four friends got gigs in A is for Albatross (an alphabet book) Nigel-Yegg fancies himself a safe cracker. For this he has zero talents but possesses a score of skills he takes for granted. Ruby is Nigel-Yegg’s friend but Liam is his hero and he is very happy in the role of side-kick.
The Elegant Eye
The Elegant Eye watches over everything. A mystical element of the Koktail Kids' existence, there's no telling what magical addition the EE will have to their ongoing adventures.
The Koktail Kids would be nothing if it weren't for the Koktail Kats. These fury friends are equally as mischievous...so look out!
Maureen Riley is a full-time artist based in London, Canada. Her latest project, "A is for Albatross: An Alphabet Of Murder and Mayhem With The Koktail Kids" explores the dark and twisted tales from a troupe of unusual characters.