Black History Portraits, ANMLY25, Smash Pages & Summer 2017

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.

“The Tooth” from Anomaly on Vimeo.

Also today, my latest interview with Alex Dueben went up: Smash Pages Q&A: Maggie Umber on ‘Sound of Snow Falling’: The co-founder of 2d Cloud discusses her latest graphic novel, her essay ‘Getting Divorced in Comics’ and more. Want to know what I’ve been up to lately? This is a good place to find out.

2dcloud is back on tour in August. Raighne will be Safari Festival in London August 12th. He’ll have copies of this year’s debut books, including Spring 2017!

Sven Hegedus’s photo of his Spring 2017 books including SOSF. Books are still outgoing.

Finally, 2dcloud’s Summer 2017 Kickstarter is live! I wrote an update today for Spring 2017 backers that anyone can read here.

Whew, big day! 😀

Warmer Funded, CAKE and Globe and Mail review

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 KS 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.”

There’s been more press too! Sound of Snow Falling was one of The 10 Most Interesting Comics of June according to Mental Floss. The Globe and Mail gave SOSF a great review here: Review: Katherine Collins’s The Collected Neil the Horse, Eleanor Davis’s You & a Bike & a Road and Maggie Umber’s Sound of Snow Falling.

For those of you who backed 2dcloud’s Spring 2017 Kickstarter, packages have finally started shipping out! I can’t wait for backer packages to arrive <3 It’s such a great group of books!

TCAF and Getting Divorced in Comics

My Sound of Snow Falling Book tour continues! The Toronto Comic Art Festival was incredible. You can read all about it in my Tumblr posts part 1 and part 2. I was pleasantly surprised that Time Capsule was reviewed in Pictures and Portraits TCAF 2017 discussion (video below).

One more awesome thing of note! I was on the TCAF panel Expressive Lines And The Power of Restraint which was moderated by Rachel Davies. Hellen Jo, Ron Rege Jr., Keren Katz, and Xia Gordon were the other panelists. So much fun! Next month I will be tabling with 2dcloud at another great comics convention! If you are at CAKE in Chicago, stop by and say hi.

In my new medium article Getting Divorced in Comics: we celebrated ten years of 2dcloud by ending our marriage I reflect on my history as a Co-Founder of 2dcloud and give our marriage the proper send off. It was inspired by Rob Clough’s High-Low article On The Occasion of Two Anniversaries: Personal Observations on Koyama Press and 2dcloud. Thank you to everyone who has sent their love and best wishes to us. <3

Beauford Delaney portrait, Sound of Snow Falling Book Tour

This past month-and-a-half has been busy! 2dcloud’s Spring 2017 Kickstarter was successfully funded <3 Thank you everyone!!! I did two podcast interviews, a couple of email interviews and Sound of Snow Falling got its first review.

Near the end of February I was contacted by Dr. Monique Y. Wells, the president of Les Amis de Beauford Delaney (in English it means The Friends of Beauford Delaney). In 2009 Monique raised the money to put a tombstone on Beauford’s unmarked grave and has worked hard to bring more public awareness to this amazing painter. Les Amis de Beauford Delaney is now working with the Wells International Foundation to bring the exhibit Beauford Delaney: Resonance of Form and Vibration of Color to the US. You can join their effort here.

Monique came across my portrait of Beauford in a Google Alert. She then interviewed me about it for the Les Amis de Beauford Delaney blog. You can read the article here. Thank you, Monique! <3 <3 <3 It’s such an honor!!!

Greg Hunter interviewed me on Comic Book Decalogue, The Comics Journal’s podcast. I listen to this show a lot, but never thought I’d be on it!!!! I was also interviewed with Nou, Margot Ferrick, and Raighne on the We Should Be Friends podcast. I learned that I may be a Nihilist…

Philippe Leblanc interviewed me on the Comics Beat about my new graphic novel, great horned owls and 2dcloud‘s Spring 2017 kickstarter. Jason Sacks reviewed Sound of Snow Falling on the Comics Bulletin: Tiny Pages Made of Ashes 3/17/17: Heads In The 2dcloud.

My Sound of Snow Falling book tour kicked off at ICE CREAM comics fest in Iowa City on April 8th. In May, I’ll be tabling with 2dcloud at TCAF in Toronto, then in June I’ll be at CAKE in Chicago. You can buy advanced copies from me at these shows, otherwise, you can order from our distributor through amazon.

2dcloud’s Spring 2017 kickstarter has launched!

2dcloud’s Spring 2017 kickstarter is a great way to preorder Sound of Snow Falling! SOSF is an acrylic-painted, documentary-style, wordless graphic novel that follows the lives of two great horned owls through a single winter.

Sound of Snow Falling by Maggie Umber

Sound of Snow Falling trailer

Sound credit: The sound in this trailer was recorded by daveincamas. This work is licensed under the Attribution License.

Altcomics Magazine 4 and 2dcloud’s Fall Collection Launch

 

2dcloud’s Fall Collection launched on Kickstarter! I’m in Altcomics Magazine 4, which is part of the Collection.

I painted the cover art for Altcomics Magazine 4 and in this issue I’m interviewed by comics critic Kim Jooha.


AM4 features interviews with Maggie Umber, Juliacks, Christopher L. G. Hill, Tracy Auch, Wiley Guillot and part 1 of a larger look at the rise of feminism in Korea as a counter to the growing “Alt-Right” movement by Kim Jooha.

Pledge to get AM4 and lots of other amazing books <3 <3 <3