Jesse van Muylwijck studied Law in Groningen, where he graduated in 1985. Since drawing was one of his hobbies, he used the experiences from his legal training to create his daily strip 'De Rechter' ('The Judge') in 1987. Other early newspaper features by Van Muylwijck were 'Er was eens...' and 'Visserslatijn'.
His humorous view on the deep-rooted Dutch legal system made 'De Rechter' so popular that he could live from his hobby and make it his full-time job in no time. 'De Rechter' has appeared in about seventeen regional and local newspapers in Holland, including Dagblad van het Noorden, De Gooi- en Eemlander, Haarlems Dagblad, Leidsch Dagblad, IJmuider Courant, BN/De Stem, Eindhovens Dagblad, Noordhollands Dagblad, De Twentsche Courant Tubantia, De Stentor, De Gelderlander, Brabants Dagblad, PZC, Hoogeveensche Courant and Het Parool. It is also collected in several self-published albums. Jesse received the Stripschap prize for his entire work in 2010.
Van Muijlwijck also serves as a stand-up cartoonist, making on the spot drawings and caricatures during company and institution meetings. He has experience in illustrating articles in newspapers and magazines, and in drawings for annual reports, brochures, advertisements, posters and digital presentations. He is the co-author of the textbook on comic and cartoon art for the 1992-93 television course by Teleac with Frans Le Roux.
Jesse van Muylwijck lives in Courtenay on Vancouver Island in Canada with his wife and two kids since 2005. The realistic comic stories he made based on his meetings with Canadian people earned him local media attention and an exposition in the Courtenay Museum.