Inside '2dcloud spring 2017' - a five piece collection
2dcloud's micropublishing efforts lead to beautiful books. This season's releases include the 240-page 'Mirror Mirror II', Maggie Umber's wordless nature book 'Sound of Snow Falling', 'Yours' a visual diary by Sarah Ferrick and two zines: '100' by Nou and Altcomics Magazine 5.
Described by 2dcloud as their 'flagship anthology', Mirror Mirror II is far and above the longest book included in this season of releases. Featuring contributions from Noel Freibert, Clive Barker, Simon Hanselmann among many others, the collection is undoubtedly dark with many stories blurring the lines between creepiness and sexiness. Longform stories intermingle with sensual shorts, erotic comics and standalone horror portraits. Some of the longer, more developed entries play out like sensual Twilight Zone-esque stories. The first longform story is 'Love' by Laura Lannes, portaying a disturbing and violent love triangle between a businesswoman, her partner and an assistant. A collaboration between editor Sean T. Collins and Simon Hanselmann entitled 'Black Flame' centers around the dominating sexual presence of a growing black flame taking control over it's Megg-like subject. Other standout entries include 'The Estate' by Aidan Koch, a surreal and funny short about a crane-like bird and 'I'm Fucking Tired of You' by Uno Morales, a gritty city-piece whose art-style resembles that of a 1980's videogame. The collection encompasses so many different stories and styles of art while remaining true to it's theme while allowing the contributors to explore all corners and ideas present within it. 'Mirror Mirror' is an absolutely essential shelf addition to those who want to explore the modern creators working in and around the boundaries of horror and erotic comics.
A wordless exploration of nature and rare artistic exploration of nighttime nature illustrations, 'Sound of Snow Falling' by Maggie Umber (who also did the book cover illustrations on this page) is an intricate portrait of a family. Dark blue and black panels view the woods and it's inhabitants through the eyes of a pair of owls caring for their young. Inspired to create the book from a tenth grade biology class, Umber's passion and intrigue shine through with each stroke, giving a dreamlike life to each page, making you feel like you are there in the dark as well.
Sarah Ferrick's sketchbook diary 'Yours' is an abstract collection of words, shapes, sketches and thoughts put to paper with passion, frustration and honesty. The incredibly personal pages range between song lyrics, letter drafts, diary entries and even just smatterings of words. Sometimes written in plain black pen, sometimes stylized with color and shapes to give them life, it feels like a window into a period of Ferrick's life that almost feels intrusive. Much of the subject matter feels like thoughts and feelings that would be hard to share with someone close to you, let alone whoever may be the reader of the book, but I sympathize with the freeing feeling of expressing yourself personally through your art.
The two short form books included with the collection is the new zine '100' by Nou and the fifth edition of Altcomics Magazine. The small one-color 24-pg entry by Nou is a beautifully illustrated surreal illustrated monologue. Altcomics Magazine 5 includes contributions by Paul Peng, Daylen Seu and Ashley H.G. It's short twenty-four pages make the most of the space available when it comes to representing each artists' unique style and thoughts, leaving you wanting more from each entry but happy to have new artists to seek out additional work from.
The thought, care and attention that goes into the curation of these seasons and the manufacturing of these books is undeniable. They become a part of your life not only in art and words but in possessions that feel comfortable in your hands, that you are excited to share with those close to you. This season is another victory for 2dcloud and the artists they collaborate with, leaving readers always ready for the next handful of releases.