Jesse van Muijlwijk was born in 1961 in Groningen, the Netherlands. At the age of 15 he published his first comic strips in Dutch magazines. From 1979 to 1985 he studied Law at the Groningen University, graduating with a Master’s degree of Law. He also studied at the Groningen School of Art ‘Minerva,’ and began exhibiting his artwork at the age of 21. In the 80s he exhibited his art in galleries, performed as caricaturist, gave numerous workshops comic strip drawing and made cartoons for newspapers and other clients.
In the 90s Jesse was a guest teacher at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. He co-wrote a best-selling course book on comic strip and cartoon drawing. Jesse developed his daily comic strip The Judge for newspapers throughout the Netherlands, of which every year a book was published since 1995. Jesse continued making cartoons for clients in the Netherlands and other countries. He was invited by the Dutch government to represent the Netherlands in the Eurocomics Festival in Hong Kong, to give workshops to Chinese and International School students.
Around 2000 Jesse developed his profession as a stand-up cartoonist, making drawings on the spot at strategic meetings and conferences of large organisations, often cooperating with consultants.
In 2005 Jesse immigrated with his family to Vancouver Island, Canada. Here he continues his comic strip The Judge for the Dutch newspapers and publishes his books with his wife Marleen. He makes cartoons and comic strips for clients throughout the world, performs as stand-up cartoonist, gives workshops and develops his own art. In 2010 Jesse received the National Award for comic strip artists in the Netherlands from the Dutch Comic Strip Society, and in 2011 his work was exhibited in the Dutch National Comic Strip Museum and several Dutch courts.