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! 😀

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.