Animated Video Production

Lead Paint Comic: Dana Wulfekotte

David 05.09.2013
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Lead Paint is an online comic written by Mike Cornnell and our fellow Rocketeer Dana Wulfekotte. It’s funny, smart, surreal, and “slightly toxic.”  I recently caught up with Dana about the style and development of the series…

IdeaRocket: When did you first begin working on Lead Paint?

Dana Wulfekotte: We started about 5 or 6 years ago when we were both looking for a personal project to do in our free time. Since Mike is a writer and I’m an artist, doing a webcomic seemed like a good fit for us.

IR: How do you generally develop an idea for a new strip? Do you start with the visuals or the text?

DW: Some of the strips are based off of real events that have happened to either Mike or me, or sometimes an idea will come out of a conversation we’re having. But since Mike and I live in different cities and it’s difficult to find a lot of time to work together, Mike does the majority of the writing on his own. Once he’s done with a script, I’ll use it to draw some rough thumbnails where I’ll work out the pacing of the action and dialog and basically give an idea of what’s happening in each panel.

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IR: How has the art and/or storytelling for Lead Paint evolved over the years?

DW: In the beginning the comics were mostly based on our lives, but over the years I think the humor and content has gotten a lot more varied as Mike has experimented with different approaches to the writing. The artwork has also changed drastically, going from black and white to full color, along with a total redesign of the visual style. It’s gotten more consistent recently, but I’ll probably always be tweaking it as we go.  We’ve never felt a need to stick to a specific formula.

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IR: What are some comics and artists that inspired Lead Paint?

DW: Up until I started doing the comic, I’ve been more influenced by animation than comics, having grown up watching cartoons like Rocko’s Modern Life, Animaniacs, The Simpsons, and more alternative stuff like The Maxx. Comics like Black & White by Taiyo Matsumoto and anything by Jason have been more recent influences. I also love webcomics like Hark! A Vagrant, Nedroid, and Perry Bible Fellowship. I think they all have a unique sensibility that’s difficult to duplicate.

IR: This might be hard, but is there one strip from Lead Paint that you could call your all time favorite?

DW: We’ve done so many it’s impossible for me to remember them all let alone pick a favorite, but I like anything involving “Ask A Wizard.”

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IR: What do you see for the future of the comic?

DW: I’d just like to continue to grow and gain more readers. We plan on opening an online store in the near future and going to some more conventions, but other than that we’re just going to keep working and see where it takes us.

Dana Wulfekotte is an NYC-based animator, designer, and cartoonist. Read Lead Paint. To see more of her work, go to www.danawulfekotte.com

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