Smart and playful when nature meets fantasy
Rights for Leo the Luremaker:
Rights for Great Jobal from Krokjala:
Rights for The Big Banquet:
The Faroe Islands
Awards & Nominations
2021 – Shortlisted for the Urhunden Award
2019 – The Albert Engström Award for young artists
Emil Maxén is an illustrator, writer and comic artist. He is the creator of the highly acclaimed graphic albums about the grumpy hermit and half-troll Great Jobal from Krokjala: The Bag of Horrors, Snatcher in the Rye and The Doomsday Cuckoo .
History as well as superstion and myths intrigues Emil Maxén. He often mixes historical facts, epochs and real persons into his different projects. The pictures blend the bizarre, absurd and scary with easy-going, detailed and playful motifs.
As concept and storyboard artist Emil Maxén has made storyboards and visual manuscripts for several international productions all over the world. Among them the visual manuscripts for the music video ”Addicted to you” (Avicii). He illustrated the SVT Advent Calender.
Since the autumn of 2021, Maxén has been illustrating the books in Martin Widmark’s popular series about Nelly Rapp. In 2022, Leo the Luremaker, was published and was the first children’s book both written and illustrated by Emil, and is inspired by his love for nature, which he now rediscovers together with his children. Leo the Luremaker: Fishing Facts is the the second book in the series about fishing facts for beginners and will be published summer 2023.
The jury motivation when Emil Maxén recieved the Albert Engström award for young artists 2019.
“Emil Maxén is genuine great lier who tells his stories with pictures. A young laureate entirely in the spirit of Albert Engström. A man who with his soul and work embraces both the lie and the truth.”
Bibliography children fiction
2023 – Leo the Luremaker: Fishing Facts (Frans fiskebok), children non-fiction 6-9
2022 – Leo the Luremaker (Frans fiskar), children novel 6-9
2019 – The Big Banquet (Knäckarbanketten), children novel 6-9. Written together with Sara B. Elfgren
Bibliography graphic novels
2019 – Great Jobal from Krokjala – The Doomsday Cuckoo (Ragnagöken), graphic novel
2017 – Great Jobal from Krokjala – Snatcher in the Rye (Det surnar i säven), graphic novel
2016 – Great Jobal from Krokjala – The Bewitched Bag (Skräcksäcken), graphic novel