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.
2018, like 2017, has been full of big life changes for me. In addition to moving to Chicago, I realized that I have OCD. I wrote a medium article about it: Stuck in One Gear: It Isn’t Funny Anymore or My Comic Life with OCD.
My graphic novel Sound of Snow Falling has continued to get great press. It was included in The Beat’s Best Comics of 2017 and The Beat’s Holiday Gift Guide: For the Indie and Small Press Comics Admirer thanks to comics reviewer Philippe Leblanc. Alex Hoffman wrote about Sound of Snow Falling in his article Comics That Challenged Me In 2017: Part 3.
James Duncan, author of Owls of The World: Their Lives, Behavior and Survival and the foreword to Sound of Snow Falling, has started a new company called Discover Owls. The company’s mission is to conserve owls through education and research. My watercolor of a barn owl in flight is included on his website.
Sound of Snow Falling has been nominated for YALSA’s (Young Adult Library Services Association) 2018 Great Graphic Novels for Teens. It’s also in the running for the 30th Annual Minnesota Book Awards under the category General Nonfiction.
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.
Read Parts 1-4 of the DRAW OF WAVES here.
I’m thrilled that @street-heart-posts and @tjustmystuffpoetrymusic have written tiny poems for my tiny watercolors.
I remember a time
when all of our days
were spent dancing–
your light was the song
that held me enthralled.
unseen roots – intermingle – forming synapses
Sam Ombiri wrote a review of Sound of Snow Falling for Comics Workbook Daily News! Read it here.
My recently completed page two of The Daemon Lover. It will be collected in the graphic novel The Man in the Blue Suit. Watch me make the whole book on patreon.com/maggieumber .
On a related note, my editor forThe Shirley Jackson Project comics anthology, Rob Kirby, was just featured on The Haunting of Hill House/The Haunting Podcast – Episode 3 – Literary License Podcast. For Shirley Jackson fans this episode is a must!!!!
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.
Thank you for supporting me in whatever way you can! Pledge, like, reblog, tell your friends!
Want to buy books and art from me in person? Or just hang out and chat about art and comics? I will be attending An Evening of Fine Wine & Fine Books at MN Center for Book Arts Fri Oct 13 from 6-9pm and tabling at The Marketplace at Hamline University Sat Oct 14 3-5pm in the Giddens/Alumni Learning Center. See you there!
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.
Look what @goodcomicsbykim spotted at The Beguiling in Toronto! Mirror Mirror II and Sound of Snow Falling are staff picks at this awesome store.
Also @marinaomi read Sound of Snow Falling and gave me a great review on Good Reads (“A masterpiece”).
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.