DUNCE is an kind of autobiographic strip about coping with life above the arctic circle. The main character Jens K clings to his every day life in the far north of Norway. He’s running a tiny web company together with his buddy Børge (that fish). Jens is also a divorced father, his son is Gustav.
DUNCE won the strip competition in one of Norway’s biggest newspapers, Dagbladet, and is running daily in several Norwegian papers. The strip also has a regular eight pages in the monthly comic magazines ”Lunch” and ”Radio Gaga”.
Summer 2017 the strip won the Norwegian Pondusprize ($12.000). It’s published in these Norwegian newspapers: Klassekampen, Bergens Tidende, Adresseavisa, Fædrelandsvennen, Aftenbladet, Dagbladet, Avisa Nordland, Nordlys, iTromsø, Haugesunds Avis, Strilen and Framtida Junior.
The publisher Egmont has released two book collection (in Norwegian) and will release the third in autumn 2020. In January 2020, the Norwegian comic journal Serienett listed Dunce as ”best Norwegian comic of the decade”. In 2018 and 2019 the strip got nominated for Sproingprisen (the Norwegian comics ”Oscar”) in the category Best Norwegian Comic.