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PREORDER | Now: The New Comics Anthology #8

Now: The New Comics Anthology #8 book cover

$12.99 | 128 pages | 7.125 x 10.125 inches | full color | --> preorder from Fantagraphics

Synopsis

The 2018 Eisner Award-nominated anthology series continues with another collection of cutting-edge short comics! Now enters its third year of existence firmly established as the pre-eminent anthology of first-rate comics talent from around the globe. Now #8 features an original cover by Al Columbia (Pim & Francie) with all-new stories by Theo Ellsworth, Sami Alwani, E.S. Glenn, Veronika Muchitsch, Henry McCausland, Zuzu, Noah Van Sciver, Walt Holcombe, Maggie Umber, Tara Booth, and Nick Thorburn!

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, March 12th, 7pm – Free Event Quimby's Bookstore signing with Amy Lockheart and Maggie Umber.
  • Now #8 will be shipped on 03/24/2020.

270°

270° by Maggie Umber book cover

$14.95 | 136 pages | 6 × 6 inches | full color offset | smythsewn | --> purchase from 2dcloud

Synopsis

Informative, colorful mixed-media work that bridges nature science and fine art — quintessential comics with an ornithological bend. An artist's field guide on owls and owl behavior. Maggie Umber once again takes readers into nature, showing the beauty and sophistication of animals in their natural habitats. 270º is an educational glimpse of owls found in North America and beyond.

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Blurbs

Umber captures the spirit of nature — its glory and grace — in her beautifully crafted, mixed media comics. — Alyssa Berg, ALPENGLOW

Maggie Umber’s 270° is beautiful to experience and the narrative engrossing. I was pulled in to the reality of the Owls. A fascinating read, gorgeously depicted. — Mike Dawson, WHY DID THEY COME?

When 270º, Maggie Umber’s second beautifully illustrated book on owls reached me I could not put it down until I had absorbed all its delightful owl and other artwork from cover to cover. This book will turn heads and make the viewers turn pages. The playful layout and creative and diverse artwork seduces the reader into absorbing the subtle but factual information woven throughout these pages. The words sometimes blend into the images, like grass, twigs and branches of the owls’ habitats. Maggie has created a book of owls that reminds even the most objective owl scientists like me that there are other aesthetically pleasing ways to know owls. — Dr. James Duncan, Balmoral, Manitoba, Canada

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Sound of Snow Falling

Sound of Snow Falling by Maggie Umber book cover

$22.95 | 104 pages | 6.8 × 8.5 inches | full color offset | flexibound | --> purchase from 2dcloud

Synopsis

A paint and paper documentary, observing great horned owls in their natural habitat. Sound of Snow Falling is a graphic novel done in a poetic documentary mode. In this unique work, the reader becomes a voyeur of the natural world, following a great horned owl family through the dead of winter. Extensively researched and expressively painted, Sound of Snow Falling is a triumph of the comics form.

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Mesmerizing... As in nature, the more you look, the more you see. — Julie Zickefoose, author & illustrator of Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest, The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds, and Letters from Eden: A Year at Home, In the Woods

Umber beautifully uses comic form to take the reader through intimate movements in nature. — Aidan Koch

Umber has captured a small reflection of the natural divine. — Tiny Pages Made of Ashes

Umber's thrillingly inventive approach to cartooning constitutes an act of real empathy with the earth, an attempt to embrace the alterity and sovereignty of the sentient life that surrounds us. — The Globe and Mail

Est-ce que tu as cherché à figurer la vision animale? — Les cahiers du bruit

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Time Capsule

Time Capsule by Maggie Umber book cover

$11.95 | 52 pages | 6 × 6 inches | full color offset | --> purchase from 2dcloud

Synopsis

Time Capsule is a cache of sketchbook drawings, animals, and insects. Letterforms are treated with a casual randomness, punctuating a non-linear narrative. This is a book of beautiful, ambiguous visual poetry and questions.

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Time Capsule is almost wordless, with the few passages that contain words functioning more as poetic framing devices or just lush expressions of a human trying to deal with the confusion of existence. Throughout the book there are letters and numbers rendered as drawings that become decorative design elements on the page, and though they occasionally remind me of where we came from, they also make me think of code, as if in Umber’s words, she is seeking an “innate algorithm [that] breaks down the world hungrily.” It’s this revolving door of collecting and processing with no ultimate sense to come from the endeavor that I find both mysterious and compelling. — The Comics Journal

Maggie Umber's intimate drawings evoke a sense that life on earth, no matter how microscopic, can be immensely beautiful and complex. — Jason Murphy

Snapshots of moments that would be filler in a nature documentary but that, when collected and cataloged together, delve into the intimacy of those moments and the complexity of animalistic relationships we can never fully understand. — Shawn Starr

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Gallery Shows

  • zeitraumexit group show …and other stories - original comic pages by Alyssa Berg, Julia Gfrörer, Aidan Koch, Laila Milevski and Maggie Umber curated by Tilo Schwarz

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Now: The New Comics Anthology #5

Now: The New Comics Anthology #5 book cover

$9.99 | 128 pages | 7.125 x 10.125 inches | full color | --> purchase from Fantagraphics

Synopsis

The 2018 Eisner Award-nominated anthology series continues with another entirely self-contained collection of short comics genius! Under a cover by visual artist Stéphane Blanquet, our fifth issue features 125 pages of ALL-NEW comics by Theo Ellsworth, DRT, DW, Ana Galvañ, Maggie Umber, Eroyn Franklin. Roman Muradov, Jose Quintanar, Walt Holcombe, Walker Tate, Keren Katz, Darin Shuler, Jesse Reklaw, and Nick Thorburn!

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Altcomics Magazine 4

Altcomics Magazine 4
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$5 | 16 pages | 8.5 × 11 inches | full color offset | corner stapled | --> purchase from 2dcloud

Synopsis

Cover by Maggie Umber. Altcomics goes to Canada to get color offset printed. Maggie Umber, Juliacks, Christopher L. G. Hill, Stephen Hayes, Wiley Guillot, and Tracy Auch interviewed by Kim Jooha and Blaise Larmee.


Startled Maggie

Startled Maggie by Maggie Umber book cover

$5 | 32 pages | 5 × 7 inches | pamphlet | cover colored by Raighne, b&w interior | printed by La Mano 21 --> purchase from 2dcloud

Synopsis

Startled Maggie is an auto-bio serial focusing on a mischievous little spit-fire. Drawn in light pencil, this new series is pointed at the ephemeral qualities of memory and what makes early life such a funny and charming place.

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This has the potential to be a downright fascinating series when all is said and done. - Optical Sloth

The way [Umber] draws her parents as having blank eyes behind their eyeglasses is almost as perfect as the way she draws herself: a crazy-haired curmudgeon with either a glint of mischief or a permanent scowl on her face. - Rob Clough

[I]t’s hard not to fall prey to the charm of this book. — Justin Giampaoli, Poopsheet Foundation

Awards

Startled Maggie made the Salon Saloon's Heavy 100 list for 2012.

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The Shirley Jackson Project

The Shirley Jackson Project book cover

$16.95 | 128 pages | 9 x 6 inches | b&w interior | --> purchase from Ninth Art Press

Synopsis

Seventeen acclaimed alternative cartoonists explore and celebrate the work of the legendary mid-20th century author Shirley Jackson ("The Lottery," The Haunting of Hill House, We Have Always Lived in the Castle), including Colleen Frakes, Katie Fricas, Annie Murphy, Josh Simmons, and Maggie Umber. Edited by Ignatz Award-winner Robert Kirby.

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[A]n anthology that honors Jackson by refusing to reduce her work to any one element. - The Comics Journal

Shirley Jackson, domestic horror, and female horror writer’s fans–snatch this up! - Lambda Literary

The best pieces in the book are as good as anything I've read in any anthology this year...Even the misfires are interesting in their own way and every piece is reflective of the profound influence Jackson has had on them as well as the way she expressed things in her work that spoke loudly to the experience of others. - High-Low

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Warmer book cover

$5 | 110 pages | 9 x 6 inches | full color | --> purchase from Andrew White

Synopsis

A collection of poetry comics about climate change for the fearful and hopeful, edited by Madeleine Witt and Andrew White. 1 book, 16 comics to celebrate the world for what it is, and mourn for what it is becoming. All proceeds from these digital sales will go to The Climate Mobilization. Funded via Kickstarter.

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spiralbound

The Rock by Maggie Umber for Spiralbound Magazine

Free | 24 pages | 9 x 6 inches | b&w | --> Read on spiralbound

Synopsis

The Rock by Maggie Umber begins with a woman being ferried to an island of solid rock, where a demon figure is waiting. The story is a variation on the demon-lover/James Harris theme, in which a woman is seduced into giving up her life to join a former lover in hell. Her fate is sealed the moment she sets foot on the rock’s staircase.

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BOMB 146 | Winter 2019

BOMB Magazine cover

$10 | 160 pages | 11.25 x 9 inches | full color | --> purchase from BOMB

Synopsis

The winter issue is dedicated to this planet’s greatest resource: water. With contributions from Saskatchewan and the American Southwest to Iceland and Northern Europe, an array of voices are brought together here—artists and writers investigating water as site, sustenance, and symbol, along with those expressing alarm and calling for intervention. Featuring interviews with Lauren Bon, Oscar Tuazon, Jaque Fragua, Brad Kahlhamer, Ruth Cuthand, Janaina Tschäpe, Jessica Grindstaff, Tomoko Sauvage, Cecilia Vicuña, and Alicia Kopf, as well as writing by Laura van den Berg, Natalie Diaz, Stefan Helmreich, and more.

Free --> Read my comic There is Water


Tender Journal 7

Tender Journal 7 cover

Free | 87 pages | --> available from Rachel Allen & Sophie Collins

Synopsis

A quarterly journal made by women. Cover and contents page by Bunny Rogers. 16 contributors including Margot Ferrick.