Jens K. Styve
Jens K. Styve (1972) was born and raised in a small village in western Norway. After working for underground series for several years, he was one of the founders of Jippi publishing house in 1997. In addition to being a series creator, he has worked as an illustrator, filmmaker, author and graphic designer.
The comic strip Dunce was his contribution to the 2016 competition of the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet, and it won. Since January 2017 he has been creating this strip on a regular basis. In the autumn of 2017 the strip won the Pondus-award in Norway. Jens K Styve debuted as a fiction writer in 2007 with “Eg, Ove Kvamme” at Damm Forlag, followed by the novel “Friedland” at Samlaget in 2013. Jens K Styve also collaborated with Øyvind Lauvdahl on the comics “Torsken bel Air” (The Cod bel Air) in 2003 and “Kina Town” (China Town) in 2014.
Styve works mainly in the “old fashioned” way with brushes, ink and nibs, just like the classic cartoons from pioneer days.
“One of the smartest and most original Norwegian cartoons that has debuted in recent times.”
“Like Watterson or Thompson, Styve’s simplified drawings are enhanced by his skilful use of traditional media.”
“(An) art style in which I see a little Ralph Steadman and a little Quentin Blake. His simplistic character designs are deceptive and brimming over with life and vitality in a way that is surprising and deeply human.”
The Mini Comic Courier