Lucian Amarii is a Romanian cartoonist and comic artist known by thousands of readers as Jup. He started his career in 1990, making caricatures for the local press of his birthcity Iaşi. He created over 100 comic strips starring his caricature of the middle class Romanian, 'Costel', in 1997 and 1998. The character then got its own full page in the paper Monitorul de Duminică.
After a tour through the US, Jup returned to Iaşi in 2005 with a new series of strips, dealing with both Romanian and global current affairs and politics. He was the honorary guest of the Constanta Comics Festival 2008, where he presented his first comic album ('Super Costel') and where he received the Sandu Florea Trophy for his career in comics. He is a contributor to Ziarul de Iasi, The Culture Supplement, and Autobild.