About Artist/Co-Writer Dan Wright

Dan Wright is a multi-talented, seasoned comic veteran, whose critically-acclaimed daily strip “WILDWOOD” was syndicated by King Features from 1998 through 2002. Dan brings his considerable artistic and writing gifts to the “Rustle” strip, masterfully creating a world where a sagacious leaf, a trash-talking acorn, a persecuted dandelion seed and a know-it-all raindrop jump straight off the page and into the heart.

While digital copying-and-pasting shortcuts are all the rage in comic strips these days, Dan still sketches each strip by hand and then uses a #2 Sable brush and India Ink to create the finished line art. The work is then scanned and painstakingly painted in a multilayer Photoshop file. Critics have compared Dan’s beautiful comic strip panels--especially his nature scenes--to those of the legendary Walt Kelly.

Dan lives in Central Indiana with his three wonderful children.


About Creator/Co-Writer Dave Ponce

The creator of the Rustle the Leaf characters, and the strip’s co-writer, Dave Ponce infuses intellect, humor and important environmental principles into the colorful weekly series.

A lifelong lover of comics and comic strips, Dave's first attempt at "breaking into the industry" came in 7th grade shop class, when he printed business cards that read: “COMIC COLLECTOR'S CLUB.” Early inspiration came from Walt Kelly, Charles Schulz, Neal Adams, Parker & Hart, and (more recently) the genius of Bill Watterson.

Dave has been a high school teacher (creative writing, speech) and an ad agency and freelance copywriter. He currently works as a creative/brand consultant in the natural products industry.

Dave lives in the Indianapolis area, not far from his four wonderful kids.




Hear Dan & Dave on NPR Affiliate WBST's
"Arts Desk" with Marcus Jackman

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Rustle the Leaf exists to educate, encourage and entertain. Our environmental comic strips and cartoons are offered to encourage environmentalists, to facilitate the sharing of environmental views in an engaging, non-confrontational manner, and to introduce and reinforce environmental education with people of all ages. Our environmental lesson plans, including Earth Day lesson plans, are provided free of charge. We are an educational web site, an environmental web site and (hopefully) an entertainment web site!