Yesterday was a big day here. WuMo, the comic by writer Mikael Wulff and illustrator Anders Morgenthaler, debuted on GoComics as well as in over 200 different newspapers and media outlets including The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Boston Globe.
The first print comic launched by Universal Uclick since 2010, WuMo has made an immediate splash in the North American market after existing in similar form on the Web and in European papers for nearly a decade (Wulff and Morgenthaler are based in Copenhagen, Denmark).
So who exactly are these WuMo guys, and where did they come from? To chronicle some of the Danish Duo's decade-long journey to overnight success, I've compiled some of the recent media mentions about the WuMo launch along with a short Q&A with WuMo writer Mikael Wulff.
In a story by Michael Cavna of The Washington Post, Wulff stated his excitement about the big reception WuMo has received in the States:
For those of us here at GoComics HQ, it's been exciting to see newspaper editors — and now readers — so quick to embrace what we've long believed is one of the most colorful, chuckle-worthy comics on either side of the Atlantic. In advance of the print launch, I spoke with WuMo writer Mikael Wulff about the strips origins, influences, and his creative process with the WuMo illustrator Anders Morgenthaler:
In the comic strip department, we're of course great admirers of the work of Gary Larson, as well as Bizarro, Calvin & Hobbes and The Perry Bible Fellowship. Other comedy influences include early Woody Allen movies, Airplane! (the movie from the '80s, which was a big thing when we grew up), The Simpsons, South Park, The Onion, Steve Martin, Tina Fey and at the moment, everything that Louis CK is doing.
We don't usually do recurring characters, but occasionally some do pop up from time to time. We specialize in recurring types of personalities and types of animals. Accountants, married couples, beavers, turtles, pandas, doctors, therapists. The classics.
The daily grind is to get the perfect drawing to fit the words, to cut away the superfluous language and make sure that it all seems effortless and pleasurable. We've worked for a long time to gain that kind of simplicity, but it can take a long time to master. One thing we're never short of is ideas. As a two-person team, we can rely on each other. If one has an off day, the other might have an inspired one.
Have you always been comedians?
Both of us were a bit nerdy back in school, doing our own thing and spending time inside our heads. Most comedians feel that they're in the position of the outsider, standing on the sidelines of the action and making remarks while all the others are actually up to something. In a way, it's still like that.