A daily newspaper strip? In 2019?!
It started in 2016, I had been working on an autobiographic strip for a while. I picked a handful of strips, and shipped them off to the Norwegian strip competition runned by Dagbladet (Norway’s second biggest newspaper). For some reason, I’ve allways been drawing myself with a cone-like hat, a dunce-cap, so I named the strip Dunce.
Dunce ended up winning the whole thing. The jury stated that “Dunce is a really good and unique strip that (…) has cracked most codes for becoming a successful comic strip. (…) It has interresting and recognizable characters that you want to get to know, a lovely and snap in the dialogue, and a timing and communication skills that makes you read with anticipation from panel to panel, without knowing what will happen next. Styve has also succeded in filling his characters with a lovely hot temper that creates great comedy.”
Best of all, the main prize was to be printed in the newspaper, on a daily basis, for four months, and now, several years later, Dunce is still running daily in Dagbladet. Finally with a permanent spot there.
God bless them.
Newspapers and magazines that are now running the Dunce strip is: Dagbladet, Bergens Tidende, Adresseavisen, Stavanger Aftenblad, Fedrelandsvennen, Nordlys, iTromsø, Strilen, Lunch, Radio Gaga and Framtida Junior.
I’m self-publishing my English Dunce-zines. In Norwegian there are now two book collections (on Egmont Publishing): Dunce - Førstebossen (2017, softcover), and Dunce - Lut og kaldt vatn (2019, hardcover).
What can I say?
It’s pure awesomeness.
Dunce is available to read/follow here:
A 28 page comic book about love, death and the ocean.
That winter, an old punk song popped into my head and stayed for a while. I don’t know why, I hadn’t been listening to it for years. It was the song Cabin Fever by Nick Cave. Eventually, I searched it up, listened to the lyrics, and a story idea started to take shape.