Rus Wooton, 41, does lettering for comic books, including for Marvel. But he’s not just about words for someone else’s work — he also draws and designs his own comics, and dreams of seeing his strips make it big on the Internet.
How’d you join the crip club?
I was surfing at Daytona Beach in October 1990 in some pretty rough, choppy water. The waves were pretty close to the shore and in an instant, I was swept under the water. Lifeguards saw me floating in the water and pulled me out, and although I wasn’t breathing, I did have a faint pulse. The ICU at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona became my residence for a little less than six weeks, and thanks to some
surgery, I’m now a functional C6 quad.
When did you start conquering the world?
The day in rehab where I took my brand new sketchbook, loosened my arm and drew without thinking. My hands weren’t what they used to be, nor was the triceratops I was drawing. Yet I knew that with a lot of practice, I’d get there.
How’s the 9-to-5 treating you?
Keeping me busy! As a letterer, I’m using digital fonts that emulate the handwritten dialogue previously used in comics. Typically, I’m lettering eight to 12 different comic books a month along with other graphic design projects.
What inspires you?
“Everything from art and music to books and movies — anything that’s creative and pushes boundaries and puts a new twist on things.”
What’s on your bucket list?
I am very interested in film and would like to take some of my comic book ideas to the big screen. I’m currently developing a screenplay with a friend. No matter what, I don’t want to wake up when I’m older and say I didn’t do it all.
Over the last few years, I’ve helped other people tell their stories, and now I want to tell mine.
I’ve brought back a comic strip, Siblings, that I started working on before my accident. With all my other projects, Siblings has been on the backburner, but I’m giving it new life as an online webcomic. When I was younger, I wanted to have the strip syndicated, but now the growing webcomic industry is really the place to be. Plus, what you can do with a comic on the