From time to time I, as many cartoonists do, reflect on the influences that shaped the way I write and draw. Many of my generation grew up on Peanuts and although we may not have wanted to draw like Charles Schulz, we wanted to be like Charles Schulz. Or at least as we imagined him and his lifestyle to be.

But recently it occurred to me that the Schulz influence may have crept into my drawing, as today’s strip illustrates. Of course, Ajax has no idea that he already has one foot in the dreaded career as a comic strip character. Let him be whoever he wants to be, I say, and we’ll just watch.