A paint and paper documentary, observing great horned owls in their natural habitat.”Mesmerizing is the only word that works to describe Maggie Umber’s new graphic novel Sound of Snow Falling. Well, “enchanting” works too. As in nature, the more you look, the more you see. A third viewing reveals story lines I’d missed in the first two. Umber’s minimalist paintings manage to convey, in three colors, the beauty, ferocity, devotion, and sheer heart of a pair of great horned owls bringing three chicks into the world. I’m taken by the economy of line and rightness of gesture in these deceptively simple paintings."— 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, author of After Nothing Comes “Maggie Umber’s work is simultaneously a breathless, quiet stretch and an enormous, orchestral voice. I don’t know anyone else who can create such volume through silence."— Sarah Ferrick, author of Yours 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. Maggie Umber is a cartoonist and associate publisher at 2dcloud. Sound of Snow Falling is her second graphic novella.
Sound of Snow Falling Review
- April 12, 2016KimEven better than her previous work, Time Capsule, Maggie Umber captures the sublime beauty of the nature while expanding the grammar of comics.
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