Review: WuMo: Something Is Wrong

by Beth C.

WuMo: Something Is Wrong – Michael Wulff and Anders Morgenthaler  (Andrews McMeel Publishing)

wumo coverThe story of how the creators of the WuMo comic strip got their lucky break begins with an impromptu creative session. In 2001, Michael Wulff and Anders Morgenthaler spontaneously entered their comic strip into a contest with a mere three hours to spare before the deadline. Their entry won and received a one-month run in the Politiken, a major Danish daily newspaper. And the rest, as they say, is history. WuMo is featured in major international newspapers including PolitikenDie Welt (Germany), Dagbladet (Norway), and Aftonbladet (Sweden). And in the United States, the WuMo daily comic strip is syndicated in more than 350 newspapers.

And now, fans (new and old) are treated to a collection of the best WuMo comic strips in WuMo: Something is Wrong. Even before I opened up the book, the comic featured on the front and back cover made me laugh. That is such a great first impression. You just get this feeling that there are plenty more laughs ahead. My gut was right: WuMo is hilarious!

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According to the description its GoComics website, the comic strip “celebrates life’s absurdity and bittersweet ironies, holding up a funhouse mirror to our modern world and those who live in it.” Creators Wulff and Morgenthaler are laughing with us, rather than at us. We humans (and animals) can sure be a bunch of inane folk at times. Have we matured into more intelligent creatures? I think the jury is still out on that one.

Even though the comic strip has been around for over a decade, there’s no story line to catch up on because, well, there isn’t one. WuMo is a single panel comic, so it’s easy to jump right in and become smitten with the strip.

There is a very generous preview of WuMo: Something is Wrong on the Andrew McMeel website (look for the “google preview” icon underneath the image of the book cover).

You can also connect with WuMo on FacebookTwitter, and their website.

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wumo - toilet paper

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Get your copy of WuMo: Something Is Wrong, as well as other releases from Andrew McMeel:

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