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An autobiographic comic strip about everyday struggles in Northern Norway. Acclaimed/awarded strip, now self-published in English.
An autobiographic comic strip about everyday struggles in Northern Norway. Acclaimed/awarded strip, now self-published in English.
113 backers pledged NOK 30,394 to help bring this project to life.
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Hi, my name is Jens, I am a comic artist living in Tromsø, Norway. I started doing my comic strip Dunce in January 2017, and with the help from supporters like you, I've been able to self-publish these collections in English. It's now time for Dunce number five, and I'm really looking forward to this one! 

I'm almost done putting this thing together, it's an action packed issue, with a total of 40 pages (thickest issue so far!). All I need now is your Kickstarter support.  

Dunce 5 will be 40 pages, A5-size.
Dunce 5 will be 40 pages, A5-size.
Special Limited Kickstarter Edition!
Special Limited Kickstarter Edition!
Modern day Marshmallow Test.
Modern day Marshmallow Test.
Guest cover by Argentinian/Spanish Victoria Maderna (Adventure Time ++).
Guest cover by Argentinian/Spanish Victoria Maderna (Adventure Time ++).
Guest cover by Matt Smigiel (Adventure Time, Regular Show ++).
Guest cover by Matt Smigiel (Adventure Time, Regular Show ++).
Guest cover is by Troy Nixey (Batman, Hellboy, Jenny Finn ++).
Guest cover is by Troy Nixey (Batman, Hellboy, Jenny Finn ++).

Winner: Dagbladet's strip competition 2016. 

Winner: Norwegian Pondus-price 2017. 

Nominated for Norwegian Sproing Award: "Best comic of 2017".

Reviewed as Strip of the Year 2018 in Dagsavisen.

BUNDLE

If you missed out on the first issues, they are still available. Choose the Dunce Bundle pledge and get all five!

ORIGINAL ART

I love drawing the old fashioned way with ink, nibs and brushes. For those of you who appreciate a piece of original art, to hang on your wall (or to keep in your collection), I've added the possibility to pledge for Dunce with an original drawing. The motif will be based on a panel from the book.

Inked originals for you art afficionados.
Inked originals for you art afficionados.

Timeframe 

I intend to get Dunce 5 printed and shipped to you as soon as possible after this Kickstarter-campaign is over. From experience, I know that doing a Kickstarter like this takes time, so I've set the expected shipping month to August 2019. We'll see, I'll be as quick as I can...

Follow online

You can follow me/Dunce here: 
www.instagram.com/duncecomic
www.twitter.com/jenskstyve

About Dunce

It started in 2016, I had been working on an autobiographic comic universe for a while. I did 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 in in Dagbladet. 

God bless them.

Other newspapers and magazines that are now running the Dunce strip is: Bergens Tidende, Stavanger Aftenblad, Fedrelandsvennen, Strilen, Lunch, Radio Gaga and Framtida Junior

I quit my day job and went full time comic artist in October 2017.

Pure awesomeness!

Risks and challenges

The only risk I can see is that something unforeseen happens and the shipping of the comic will have to be delayed. In that case, I will keep backers informed.

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    Pledge NOK 100 or more About US$ 11

    The Dunce 5 reader

    The Dunce 5 reader gets a printed Dunce 5, it will be a signed and numbered copy from the limited Special Kickstarter edition!

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    Pledge NOK 390 or more About US$ 43

    The Dunce Completist

    The Dunce Completist gets a printed Dunce 5 from the limited Special Kickstarter edition, PLUS all the earlier (printed) issues.

    Includes:
    • Dunce 1
    • Dunce 2
    • Dunce 3
    • Dunce 4
    • Dunce 5
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    Pledge NOK 850 or more About US$ 93

    The Dunce 5 Art Connoisseur

    The Dunce 5 Art Connoisseur gets a printed Dunce 5 from the limited Special Kickstarter edition, PLUS an original ink drawing (A5-size) with a theme frome the book.

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    Pledge NOK 1,000 or more About US$ 109

    The Dunce Completist Art Connoisseur

    The Dunce Completist Art Connoisseur gets a printed Dunce 5 from the limited Special Kickstarter edition, PLUS all previous issues AND original ink drawing (A5-size) with a theme frome the book!

    Includes:
    • Dunce 1
    • Dunce 2
    • Dunce 3
    • Dunce 4
    • Dunce 5
    • Original art (A5-sized)
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