Owl-obsessive Umber’s slim collection is a handspun collage of prints, pen-and-ink sketches, and thickly textured paintings that serve as an ode to the mysterious species. The bird portraits are striking and graceful—on one page, the face of an expressive, intelligent owl is juxtaposed with abstract earth-tone strokes that evoke both mottled tree bark and detailed feathers.
I’ve been touring with 2dcloud in support of my new graphic novel 270° and the 2018 Spring Collection. Pictured in the photo above are Tara Booth and I at TCAF. Tara was there in support of her new 2dcloud graphic novel Nocturne. which is also a part of the 2018 Spring Collection <3 !
The week after TCAF I tabled at my first ever CZF ! I shared a table with Sam Szabo and sold 2dcloud zines and advanced copies of 270°.
My 12 page rubber-stamp black-lace weaver spider comic We Are Hungry is being shown in the PLANTS AND ANIMALS exhibit at The Learning Machine. The opening is tonight from 6-9pm.
2dcloud’s Spring Collection 2018 is available for preorder!!!! We are doing things differently this time and offering the preorder for our new collection on our website instead of on Kickstarter. My graphic novel 270° is a part of our collection, alongside graphic novels by Tara Booth (Nocturne), Eli Howey (Fluorescent Mud) and Alexis Beauclair (Vanishing Perspective) and zines by Justin Skarhus (Wander Maunder), Apolo Cacho (A Tunnel to Another Place), Fifi Martinez (It Felt Like Nothing) and Christopher Adams (Gustave Flaubert Trois Contes). For those of you who will be in Toronto this week, if you stop the 2dcloud table at TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival) you can buy advanced copies of the books.
Wish me luck in Toronto at TCAF! I’m doing my first panel of the year there.
Learning Centre (1st Floor, Toronto Reference Library) Saturday 10:00 AM – Mixed Media – Comics are just the combination of drawings and words, right? Wrong! Come and listen marvelously multi-disciplinary artists as they talk about how they incorporate photography, music, video, maps, and more into their kaleidoscopic comics. Featuring James Kochalka, Michael Comeau, Maggie Umber, and Ryan Barnett. Moderated by Glen Downey.
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.
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.