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Mike du Jour is, according to Lester, the rare triple entendre: the main character's name, the artist's own name and an honest description of the strip. "Like the freedom of a chef designing a menu every day based on what's fresh, MDJ is whatever fresh idea I can cook up," he says.
Mike (the character) is an autobiographical composite. He's "a combination of Walter Mitty, Buster Keaton and moi. He's single, a bit of a loner and a situational counterpuncher, heavyweight division," Lester adds. Mike works in a generic office environment known as Big Bottom Line Inc., and since he and his co-workers don't have enough problems, they invent them. "Office work is boring," says Lester, "or so they tell me."