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The Life and Times of Cartoon Investment Banker Alex Masterley
At the Century Club - Soho W1

Tuesday 7th March 2023
Doors at 6:30 pm, talk begins at 7 pm

ALEX is the longest-running current daily British cartoon strip still produced by the original authors. It began life in 1987 as a satire on the short-lived social phenomenon of Yuppies (remember them?) in Robert Maxwell’s London Daily News. The newspaper itself proved to be equally short-lived, but the character of Alex Masterley, an egotistical, snobbish and materialistic banker struck a chord with the public. The cartoon transferred to the Independent, where it remained for five years, before Alex defected shamelessly to the Daily Telegraph, where he appears to this day. Over the years the strip has developed into a satire on the corporate world and middle-class professional lifestyles and has ridden out more boom and bust cycles than Alex cares to remember.

In this illustrated talk Alex’s creators, Charles Peattie (artist and writer) and Russell Taylor (writer and luncher), will give the low-down on Britain’s favourite investment banker (well, it’s not like there’s much competition from any of the real-life ones).

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Charles Peattie
Charles Peattie was born in 1958 in Manchester. He studied Fine Art at St Martin’s. He worked as a portrait painter for a while, painting rich people and their dogs, before creating the legendary Dick comic strip in Melody Maker. He also produces Celeb in Private Eye and has written for TV for Lenny Henry and Harry Enfield.

Russell Taylor
Russell Taylor was born in York in 1960. He read Russian at Oxford and after failing to be recruited into the intelligence services of either Cold War power he drifted into journalism. He has also written books on Russia and marathon running. He moonlights as a composer of TV and film music, largely for very depressing documentaries.

Charles and Russell met in 1986 at a Christmas party of an advertising magazine they were both working for and Alex was born.

As well as syndicating in newspapers around the world, Alex has also been spun out into a 2007 West End play, starring Robert Bathurst, which toured the world in 2008 and a Classic FM drive-time show in 2010.

Charles and Russell were awarded MBEs for services to newspapers in 2002.

Comica, The London Comics Festival, at The Century Club is a VIP Brands Ltd concept, presented in association with The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Antique Beat & A Curious Invitation.


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