Maggie Umber is a cartoonist, illustrator and painter. She has published two graphic novels with 2dcloud: Time Capsule (2015) and Sound of Snow Falling (2017). Her 24 page comic The Tooth appeared in The Shirley Jackson Project edited by Rob Kirby and published by Ninth Art Press in September 2016.
In January I moved into an artist gallery / co-op in the Bridgeport area of Chicago. My new live/work space is cozy and includes three awesome roommates and two cats! I’m three blocks away from 2dcloud headquarters and the comics community here is incredible.
between precipice and crash
embrace the free fall
Part 4 of DRAW OF WAVES is up! Read it here. DRAW OF WAVES is a continuation of the Body of Water project and a collaboration with Jeffrey Yamaguchi. I did a series of five open acrylic monotypes in response to the Body of Water film. Now Jeffrey is creating a series of five written pieces in response to my prints.
Thanks Erik Missio for including Sound of Snow Falling in your article Finding The Right Comic For The Right Kid on the Parents/CBS Radio-Canada website: “A longer shot may be Maggie Umber’s Sound of Snow Falling — a fully painted (almost photorealistic), wordless comic about a family of great horned owls. Meticulously researched, it’s slow-paced. If some comics can be thought of as graphic novels, this one’s more of a graphic poem. In other words, it’s definitely not for every kid, but if you have an owl-obsessed birdwatcher in your house, it might be the perfect, unique gift.”
On Sequential State Alex Hoffman writes in his Review: Sound of Snow Falling by Maggie Umber: “Without the baggage (or crutch) of language, Umber must find a way to craft a compelling and propulsive narrative. Part of the way Umber accomplishes this is through careful color considerations.”
It’s official: I just launched on Patreon! Check out my new page here.
If you love my artwork and books, consider supporting me as an artist. By the end of 2018 my goal is to finish my 30 page mini-comic Owl Portraits: A Mini Exhibition, my 200+page graphic novel The Man in the Blue Suit and a 40 page watercolor comic on insect mating behavior for an issue of Altcomics Magazine.
By pledging even just $1 a month you’ll get behind the scenes access to my studio. For $3 you’ll get early access to all of my comics and graphic novels as I create them. $5 will get you downloadable comics, $10 a discount on merch like books and t-shirts I’ve made, and $50 a month will get you a deep discount on my original artwork.
The Man in the Blue Suit patreon page will launch October 2nd. If you subscribe even just $1 you can watch me make my next graphic novel, via process posts and my new animated series.
Owl Portraits: A Mini Exhibition will be a 30 page mixed media mini-comic collecting paintings I’ve done of owls, mostly focusing on North American owls. It will debut in March at the International Festival of Owls in Houston, MN.
Thank you to FamilyStoreUK for buying 2dcloud’s Spring 2017 KS, promoting it in your shop and talking up Summer 2017 KS.
The 2dcloud Summer KS was successfully funded! Thank you, thank you thank you everyone! It means so much to us to be able to continue publishing! This has been a hard summer, as we transition to our new lives and 2dcloud relocates to Chicago. Thank you! We love you.
“Charged with careful realism, this book—published by independent press 2dcloud, which specializes in comics—is beautiful. The quiet is palpable, the pacing is perfect, and the glimpse at the life of a pair of owls is all too brief.”
What for me was the most immediate and accessible part of the novel, was its depiction of winter light. The colour scheme is very restrained: umber, the colour used by the Dutch Baroque masters to give chiaroscuro shades, and near-monochromatic grayscale gradients dominate the work with blue. Some muted red is added here and there to give additional strength and contrast. For me, the effect is instantly recognizable. This is what winter light feels like.
Today has been a day of surprises. Several big things that have been in the works for many months have suddenly come to fruition.
I’m continuing work on my Black History watercolor series. My last two portraits, one of Jeanne Lee and one of Miles Davis, have turned into Tumblr collaborations with poets Daniel Falck and Michael Neal Morris.
ANMLY25 debuted today. The comics section of this issue features a lot of fantastic cartoonists including Aidan Koch, Austin English and Alyssa Berg. My contribution was an animated version of The Tooth. My 24 page comic The Tooth appeared in The Shirley Jackson Project edited by Rob Kirby and published by Ninth Art Press in September 2016.
Warmer was funded! Thank you to the 294 backers and to the anthology’s editors Andrew White and Madeleine Witt for making this book a reality. I have a 10 page watercolor comic in it called Pollination. It is a small print run and won’t be distributed anywhere, so the kickstarter was the only way to get a copy of this book.
CAKE in Chicago was a huge success! Sound of Snow Falling and Yours by Margot Ferrick were 2dcloud’s best sellers of the show. Also, Raighne and I had such a good time there that we decided to both move to Chicago. So 2dcloud will be saying goodbye to Minneapolis this summer.
Thanks to everyone who is buying Sound of Snow Falling! It is finally available on 2dcloud.com, Amazon and in many comics shops and bookstores! I love getting messages and photos such as the one this anonymous reader sent: “Your book is beautiful and each page is a pearl, not so soundless, a bit spooky even. Bravo and thank you very much! I will spend time with it.”
My ten page watercolor comic Pollination is a part of the climate change poetry comics anthology Warmer.
The line up for Warmer is spectacular: Alyssa Berg with Catalina Jaramillo, Andrew White, Caitlin Skaalrud, Ellie Schmidt, Graeme Shorten Adams, Jonathan Bell Wolfe, Kimball Anderson, L. Nichols, Madeleine Witt with Anya Grenier, Maggie Umber with Raighne, Nick Soucek, Oliver East, Tor Brandt, Warren Craghead, Wenting Li, and Will Cardini.