We all wonder what happens after we die. There are many theories going around depending on one's views, religion, and many other factors. Do we go to heaven? Do we reincarnate? Or do we just fade away into nothing? This comics artist named Jorgen Van Santen from Oslo, Norway tries to answer that question with his funny comics!

The main characters of the illustrations are a dead girl, who got hit by a bus while she was on the phone, and Death himself. They go on all kinds of adventures together, even visiting the land of the living. They meet all kinds of people in Death's realm, from animals to celebrities.

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Deal _Anneal
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5 months ago

Dark Humour....

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Here's what the artist told us about how he started creating these comics: "I came up with the idea for Death and the maiden back in 2016 because of a national comic contest. The contest gave me purpose and a deadline. I needed at least 15 episodes to participate. The comic made the top 5, so I kept making more episodes for fun.

After a while, I started posting on Tapas.io and gained some followers. In 2019, I was asked to publish in the weekend section of Aftenposten, which is the largest newspaper in Norway. I still publish two episodes every weekend here. The comics have also been published in other newspapers and comic magazines in Scandinavia. I think I came up with the idea of a comic about the afterlife because I’m terrified of death and not religious."

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The Pansexual MELONLORD
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5 months ago

What comes around goes back around

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Why?
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5 months ago

A defective gene pool.

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Jorgen told us what inspires him to create art: "I love to draw, and also enjoy writing and coming up with jokes and short stories. I find inspiration for my comic everywhere, but very often during conversations with friends and family. Very often I think: 'Ha! This topic would make a great episode.'

I have been drawing stuff and reading comics all my life, so my interest in comic art has always been there. Creating communication and education concepts is also my day job, so I work with illustrations, storyboards, and animations almost every day."

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Joseph Kuhlman
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5 months ago

Lol the chicken in the last panel. He’s so smug

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I'manoob!
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5 months ago

it happens...

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"I decided to create Death and the Maiden for a national comic contest in 2016. I have a fascination for the concept 'life after death' and all the possibilities in such a universe. Most of the established comics in Norway are typical 'Slice of life comics,' and I wanted to do something different to stand out in the contest. Death and the Maiden came in 4th.

I actually had other plans for the dead girl (a graphic novel), but never felt ready to start the process. So now I make simple comics instead. I started posting on Instagram in November 2019, and really enjoy the feedback and comments (No such thing in paper editions of newspapers), so I guess I’ll keep at it as long as people read them!"

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Lydia Shen
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5 months ago

I don't get it

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Exotic Panda
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5 months ago

i laughed way to hard at this

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Jorgen tells us more about his drawing style: "My style is what you’ll probably call 'old school.' I do classic newspaper comics with 3 or 4 panels and a punchline (or two) in the end. I try to use colors, light, and shadows to accentuate the atmosphere in the afterlife. I also always try to make the next episode a little better than the last, so I spend way too much time on every episode. But if you’re into illustration, you can hopefully see a progression from the first episode."

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Cherries Turtle
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5 months ago

lol

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That_comment
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5 months ago

No don't do that because then 2021 will come!

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"I wanted to make a graphic novel about a girl in the afterlife, so she was already in the back of my mind. I don’t remember how the Grim Reaper came to life. It just appeared in my sketchbook," said the artist when asked how he came up with these characters.

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Robert Thomas
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5 months ago

heheheheh

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The Zooble
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5 months ago

That's kinda sad

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Jorgen said that his favorite part about art is "sketching up the panels to seeing if the idea flies or not and doing the (digital) inking." And the hardest part is "finding the time between work, family, and other commitments. I’m always short of time!"

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Robert Thomas
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5 months ago

relatable

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Little Zoologist
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5 months ago

Aww😢

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"I grew up with classic Belgian comics and American newspaper strips. Some of my favorite creators are Bill Watterson, André Franquin, Tome & Janry, René Goscinny & Albert Uderzo."

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CATMONSTER2018
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5 months ago

lol

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Robert Thomas
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5 months ago

damn this is true

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Jorgen tells us more about himself and his other hobbies: "I like skiing (both cross country and downhill), fishing/boating, and running. I also love to just chill and watch Netflix. I tried gardening for a while, but it turned out I sucked. Now I just grow raspberries.

I live just outside Oslo (in Norway) with my twin boys and an annoying cat called Sonic. I am probably what you may call a 'late bloomer,' and do everything late in life. Such as creating my first comic... That’s probably why I still feel like I’m a kid, though I’m definitely not anymore!

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Robert Thomas
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5 months ago

batvid-19

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Soap
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5 months ago

oh.

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"I would love for anyone who finds this comic interesting to follow it on Instagram (@death_andthe_maiden), and I always try to answer every question and (serious) comment. I also wish for everyone to stay safe wherever you are."

Do you want to see more comics that have been featured on Bored Panda? How about some comics about a cat? Perhaps you're more of a dog person? Or maybe you want to see some quarantine struggles? We have a lot of comics here on Bored Panda!

What do you think about these comics? Tell us in the comments and don't forget to upvote your favorite one! Also, go show some love to the artist on his social media.

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Robert Thomas
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5 months ago

XD

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SeaShell
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5 months ago

Wel that's just sad

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SeaShell
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5 months ago

This nana is awesome

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Lydia Shen
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5 months ago

awww this is sad

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Bobby Sammons
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5 months ago

Sure that isn't an ex-spouse?

Arindam Bhattacharjee
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5 months ago

I dont get Americans, are you guys that unattached with your Spouse ?

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AlmightyOne
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5 months ago

What a mean roomate

Alien
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5 months ago

And they were ✨røòmåtęš✨

Penelope Haymore
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5 months ago

how did she die?

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Robert Thomas
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5 months ago

awwww NOOOOO

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Mae
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5 months ago

why wouldn't he be there?

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That_comment
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5 months ago

Well at least there all clean

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I travel. I seek the Parmesan.
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5 months ago

IS THAT KURT COBAIN?!?!?!??!?

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Soap
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5 months ago

Ha Ha! Revengeeeeeee!

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Red
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5 months ago

Free....?

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Robert Thomas
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5 months ago

life FLYS by

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Troy Currie
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5 months ago

Black comedy...

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Botox
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5 months ago

but cutting that tree would do the same...

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Little Zoologist
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5 months ago

Love you Laika 🥲

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Harry Potter
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5 months ago

If i fits i sits

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Harry Potter
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5 months ago (edited)

whoa there

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Nicholas Williams
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5 months ago

. . .

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Robert Thomas
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5 months ago

death is really COLD

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SeaShell
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5 months ago

NOOOO the food

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Sarah Hulett
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5 months ago

Did you land in america?

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Sasha Kuleshov
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5 months ago

So mermaids have mammalian sex organs or are they extremely good at giving bl*wjobs? :D

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Emily
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5 months ago

fourth wall who??

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