✍ Debuted at CAKE (Chicago Alternative Comics Expo), 2012.
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.
Startled Maggie made the Salon Saloon's Heavy 100 list for 2012.
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
Programmed in Scratch by Maggie Umber.