KComic stories by Jaroslav Rudiš and Jaromír 99 are created for the cultural magazine Vlastní cestou, published four times a year by the Bernard brewery. The authors were freely inspired by the figure of the adventurer Jan Eskymo Welzl. He is also the name of the narrator of their two-page closed-ended stories, who lives in a backwoods shack on the edge of Dawson City in an odd trio with his best friend Black and former dancer Emma.
Jaromir 99 (1963), by his own name Jaromír Švejdík, is balancing between the world of music and comics. He is known as a member of the bands Priessnitz and Umakart, the Kafka band and as the comic author of the Alois Nebel trilogy (2003). He also contributed to its successful film adaptation (2011), which won the European Film Academy Award for Best Animated Film. He won the Muriel Award for his comic strip Bomber (2007). For the British publisher SelfMadeHero, he converted Kafka's The Castle (2013) into comic form, for which he was nominated for the prestigious Eisner Award. With writer Jan Novák, they created the popular comics Zátopek (2016), Zatím dobrý (2018) and Čáslavská (2020). A collection of his song lyrics and illustrations, Mimosezóna, was published by Host (2022). Jaromír 99 lives and works alternately in Prague and Rychlebské hory.
Jaroslav Rudiš (1972) a writer, an author of film scripts, theatre and radio plays. He debuted in 2002 with the novel Heaven Under Berlin. In Czech, he wrote four novels and two novellas, which were published in many translations abroad and were also made into films. For his novel Winterberg's Last Journey, which he wrote and published first in German, he was nominated for the Leipzig Book Fair Prize and in 2020 he won the Chamisso-Preis/Hellerau Award. In 2022, he received the Karel Čapek Prize for his work. With artist Jaromír 99, he created the cult comic Alois Nebel. He is a member of the Kafka Band. He lives in the Czech Republic and Germany and writes in both Czech and German. In 2021 he published the comic book Nachtgestalten with Austrian artist Nicholas Mahler.