Jorgen Van Santen, an artist based in Oslo, created the webcomic Death & the Maiden. The comic depicts a dead girl who was struck by a bus while on the phone, Death, and all of the amusing yet morbid adventures that the two encounter.
The artist said he came up with the idea for the comic in 2016, when he entered a national comic contest, in a recent interview with Bored Panda. Jorgen believes that the contest provided him with both a target and a deadline, as he needed at least 15 episodes to qualify. The artist explained, “The comic made the top 5, so I kept making more episodes for fun.”
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Jorgen began posting his comics on Tapas.io not long after the competition, and he soon developed a following. The artist was then invited to print some comics in the weekend section of Aftenposten, Norway’s largest newspaper, in 2019. “Every weekend, I still put out two episodes here. The comics have also appeared in other Scandinavian newspapers and comic magazines.” Jorgen said. “I assume I came up with the idea for an afterlife comic because I am afraid of death and am not religious.”
Jorgen grew up reading classic Belgian comics and American newspaper strips, according to him. Bill Watterson, André Franquin, Tome & Janry, René Goscinny, and Albert Uderzo are among the artist’s favourite authors.
More Death & the Maiden comics can be found below!