is a Slice of Life
humour comic by Charles Peattie and Russell Taylor following the life of Alex Masterley, a City of London merchant banker.Alex
is a topical strip, satirizing banker's attitudes to most of the major financial, political and sporting stories of the day. It also targets the changes that have occurred in the business world in the last twenty years, such as the rise of political correctness, the increase in rules and regulations, and changes in technology. The cartoonists receive a lot of material from bankers themselves, and many of the situations they poke fun at in the comic are based on real occurrences.
It is a gag-a-day strip, and has no overarching meta-plot or story, but will occasionally have longer story arcs lasting for anything up to a month. The comic is set firmly within the real world (other than fictitious bank names), but does have some dream and fantasy sequences, such as when Alex and his colleague Clive are put in charge of buying out and floating Santa's North Pole operation
The comic has been running in the pages of The Independent
since 1987, then The Daily Telegraph
from 1992, and the strip has been duplicated on the Web since 1999. It has always updated five days a week (Monday to Friday) without fail, matching the newspaper copy, although it takes a short break whenever the cartoonists have a holiday, as the strips are drawn the day before publication.
The archive is very badly designed, so the first strip on the Web can be found here
. If you take a break during an Archive Binge
, it is recommended you take note of the URL, and return later via the address bar, or use your browser history menu.
Has an Audio Adaptation
Not to be confused with the Adventure Time fanfic
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