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 (a tabloid 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, it ended up running there for 2,5 years. Now, after they cut all strips on weekdays (!), Dunce can still be read in Dagbladet on Saturdays.
Newspapers and magazines that are now running the Dunce strip is: Klassekampen, Dagbladet, Bergens Tidende, Adresseavisen, Stavanger Aftenblad, Fedrelandsvennen, Nordlys, iTromsø, Avisa Nordland, 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.