I’m feeling very grateful today, grateful for the things life has given me. I realised this morning while I was pouring my cornflakes that I was just a kid when I started this comic. I’ve always been a person who makes things, but such people are nothing without an audience, and I was 16 years old when I first started making things for an audience.

I didn’t deserve an audience, I did nothing to earn an audience, yet I got an audience anyway — I was handed one — and I’ve spent my years since trying to make myself worthy of that gift.

I know I haven’t always been the best cartoonist. I’ve been slow when I wasn’t updating as often as I could have and now I am updating as often as I can I’m even slower. I’ve made some mistakes, I’ve made weird artistic choices and maybe I haven’t told you I love you as often as I should have.

But know that I am truly grateful for the honour you’ve bestowed on me by reading the silly things I post on the internet. I know the next eight years are going to be even better.