Jen Sorensen

Jen Sorensen (born September 28, 1974) is an American cartoonist who authors Slowpoke, a weekly comic strip that often focuses on current events and college life (at the University of Virginia) from a liberal perspective. The comic generally makes use of three recurring characters: Mr. Perkins, Little Gus, and Drooly Julie.

Early life

Sorensen was born and raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She enrolled in University of Virginia, where she drew a daily comic strip, Li'l Gus, for its student newspaper, University Journal, from 1994 to 1995.

Sorensen soon became published in various comic anthologies, including Action Girl and the Big Book of the 70's. She later published her own book, Slowpoke Comix #1, in 1998. In 1999, one year after the book was published, Slowpoke became a weekly comic strip, currently published in over 20 alternative newsweeklies throughout America.

Sorensen also writes a political weblog on her site.


  • 2003: Alternative Newsweekly Award, Cartoon (Five or fewer papers), 3rd Place
  • 2004: Alternative Newsweekly Award, Cartoon (Five or fewer papers), 2nd Place
  • 2005: Alternative Newsweekly Award, Cartoon (Five or fewer papers), 1st Place
  • 2008: Alternative Newsweekly Award, Cartoon, 3rd Place


Sorenson has written the following books, published by Alternative Comics, which are generally compilations of the weekly comic strip, although the first book contained entirely new material.

  • Slow Poke: America Gone Bonkers
  • Slow Poke: Cafe Pompous
  • Slow Poke Comix #1

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