Huzzah! We're finally going to get this show on the road... literally. = )
At first, I was concerned that the tone shift from Panel 1 to Panel 4 would be too extreme but I think it worked well. The way I picutre these two are effectively big kids. To most, having things like animal ears or a whole head mask beyond stuck to you would be Very worrisome to say the least. You can see that in James and how he acts.
Lian and Chet? This is a strange adventure for them. Yes, they're stuck looking weird. Then again, they're stuck looking Their kind of weird so it's okay with them to a point. I'm not sure they fully understand the situation that they're in and I Wrote them. o.O