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A time capsule, an ashcan, a minicomic, and a magazine make unlikely companions in this new collection from 2dcloud.
A time capsule, an ashcan, a minicomic, and a magazine make unlikely companions in this new collection from 2dcloud.
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“Everything 2dcloud is doing right now isn’t just good; it’s exciting. There’s no better publisher of its size and orientation working in comics.” —Tom Spurgeon

"It doesn't make sense not to support 2dcloud." —Dash Shaw

EVERYONE LOVES COMICS

Beyond the newspapers, comics are everywhere. From online interfaces, to apps, to the iconography used in street signage - comics are inescapable.

But maybe a place that they are missing is your home? Our seasonal collections are our answer to that. Altcomics - an exploding niche within this medium - taking cues from graffiti, fine art, zines, poetry, mix tapes, webart, and stretching to some of the groundbreaking narratives you might see at Fantagraphics or Drawn & Quarterly -- this, THIS, is firmly where we are have planted our flag and our future.

HOW IT WORKS 

Our collections are about discovery - finding new, exceptional work and delivering it to you with extras. Together they are shipped out to you as a bundle. This season we have created a new tier system allowing for different price points and offerings. 

FALL COLLECTION 

With your help we’re launching 3 incredible artists to their next level with 3 debut publications, featuring Maggie Umber’s subtle, distilled monument to our geological moment, Tracy Auch’s tour-de-force unfinished epic, and a playfully elliptical narrative by Jake Terrell. We are also releasing a special first issue of our quarterly publication, Altcomics Magazine.

Time Capsule by Maggie Umber | 6x6, 52pp, full color

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

“...humble yet psychedelic, like something from a naturalist who got lost in the woods after eating psilocybe azurescens.” ­ —The Comics Journal

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

Summer Carnival by Jake Terrell | 5x7, 24pp, 1 color

“I want to whisper through the feathery light hair of Jakes Terrell's characters. They're beautifully drawn!” ­ —Anna Haifisch

"Jake Terrell has spent his time well learning to manipulate a fine pen line so that it resembles the amorphousness and confusion of daily life and human interaction. In his work I feel the dizziness of knowing other people." — HTML Flowers

Summer isn't over yet! There is one last party.­ Summer Carnival! Jake Terrell's line is ALIVE with a refreshing youthfulness and spontaneity. Jump in and explore an all too brief taste of magical realism and memory quickly conjured with an airy exuberance. A delight and a joy!

The Necrophilic Landscape by Tracy Auch | 7.75x9.25, 32pp, 1 color

"Finally, we are permitted to peek into the horrid pile left in the bin outside the building of the former Xeric grant office. The building has been closed for a while now, and like one would expect, the state of this original manuscript has been compromised considerably over the years, some might even say 'edited' by the forces of nature." —Noel Freibert

Drawn in 2010 and never completed or published, Tracy Auch's gothic, grotesque, and fragmentary epic will be presented for the first time in this riso-printed ashcan edition. The Necrophilic Landscape's anxious and darkly comic narrative takes place in an all-male world in which sexual reproduction does not exist and the primary class division in society is between men and children. With the thematic sensibility of Nikolai Gogol's short stories and the suggestive, world-building scope of British roleplaying fantasy art, this once-lost work will be certain to enthrall and disgust readers who can finally encounter it for the first time.

Altcomics Magazine #1 | 8.5x11, 16pp, 1 color interior, 2 color cover

Over the past 6 months we have started laying the groundwork for our most ambitious project yet, a feature-length documentary on contemporary cartoonists and the largely fragmented industry they navigate. This magazine will act as a printed companion, released on a quarterly basis. This first collector's issue features Aidan Koch drawing in Central Park, Sab in the Upper West Side, Lala Albert & Leah Wishnia in Lala's Bushwick bedroom studio, and Nou, the cover artist.

BUNDLES 

If you missed us last time around, we’re offering several ways to catch up, or alternatively, to dip your toes in the warm altcomics waters.

DIGITAL EDITION

At the starter level, we are offering a PDF version of the Fall Collection. This will not be your traditional ebook version. We will be taking HD photographs of each print book and building them into a bootleg PDF, which ought to be viewable from just about any computer, reader, or phone.

MINIS AND RARITIES:

6 rare 8-24pp risograph printed minis, all in one fantastic bundle: 

  • How it Happened by Jason T. Miles | 5x7, 24pp, 1 color
  • An Honest Performance by Will Dinski | 5x5.75, 24pp, 1 color
  • Cavities & Crevices by Anna Bongiovanni | 4x5.5, 8pp, 1 color
  • Harvest by Nicholas Breutzman | 4.25x5.5, 8pp, 1 color
  • The Arborist's Companion by Mayme Donsker | 4.25x5.5, 12pp, 1 color
  • Concupiscence by Vincent Stall | 4.5x6.5, 1 color 

FALL COLLECTION:

  • Altcomics Magazine #1 | 8.5x11, 16pp, 1 color interior, 2 color cover
  • Summer Carnival by Jake Terrell | 5x7, 24pp, 1 color
  • Time Capsule by Maggie Umber | 6x6, 52pp, full color
  • The Necrophilic Landscape by Tracy Auch | 7.75x9.25, 32pp, 1 color
  • HD digital bootleg edition of Fall Collection 
  • digital avatar illustrated by Jake Terrell

FALL COLLECTION DELUXE:

  • Altcomics Magazine #1 | 8.5x11, 16pp, 1 color interior, 2 color cover
  • Summer Carnival by Jake Terrell | 5x7, 24pp, 1 color 
  • Time Capsule by Maggie Umber | 6x6, 52pp, full color 
  • The Necrophilic Landscape by Tracy Auch | 7.75x9.25, 32pp, 1 color
  • HD digital bootleg edition of Fall Collection 
  • digital avatar illustrated by Jake Terrell 
  • original hand drawn postcard by Maggie Umber
  • Fall Collection t-shirt illustrated by Jake Terrell

 
FALL COLLECTION + MINIS AND RARITIES:

  • Altcomics Magazine #1 | 8.5x11, 16pp, 1 color interior, 2 color cover 
  • Summer Carnival by Jake Terrell | 5x7, 24pp, 1 color 
  • Time Capsule by Maggie Umber | 6x6, 52pp, full color 
  • The Necrophilic Landscape by Tracy Auch | 7.75x9.25, 32pp, 1 color 
  • HD digital bootleg edition of Fall Collection 
  •  digital avatar illustrated by Jake Terrell
  • How it Happened by Jason T. Miles | 5x7, 24pp, 1 color 
  • An Honest Performance by Will Dinski | 5x5.75, 24pp, 1 color 
  • Cavities & Crevices by Anna Bongiovanni | 4x5.5, 8pp, 1 color 
  • Harvest by Nicholas Breutzman | 4.25x5.5, 8pp, 1 color 
  • The Arborist's Companion by Mayme Donsker | 4.25x5.5, 12pp, 1 color 
  • Concupiscence by Vincent Stall | 4.5x6.5, 1 color

FALL COLLECTION DELUXE + MINIS AND RARITIES:

  • Altcomics Magazine #1 | 8.5x11, 16pp, 1 color interior, 2 color cover 
  • Summer Carnival by Jake Terrell | 5x7, 24pp, 1 color 
  • Time Capsule by Maggie Umber | 6x6, 52pp, full color 
  • The Necrophilic Landscape by Tracy Auch | 7.75x9.25, 32pp, 1 color 
  • HD digital bootleg edition of Fall Collection 
  • digital avatar illustrated by Jake Terrell 
  • original hand drawn postcard by Maggie Umber 
  • Fall Collection t-shirt illustrated by Jake Terrell
  • How it Happened by Jason T. Miles | 5x7, 24pp, 1 color 
  • An Honest Performance by Will Dinski | 5x5.75, 24pp, 1 color 
  • Cavities & Crevices by Anna Bongiovanni | 4x5.5, 8pp, 1 color 
  • Harvest by Nicholas Breutzman | 4.25x5.5, 8pp, 1 color 
  • The Arborist's Companion by Mayme Donsker | 4.25x5.5, 12pp, 1 color 
  • Concupiscence by Vincent Stall | 4.5x6.5, 1 color

SPRING COLLECTION:

  • 3 Books by Blaise Larmee | 6x9, 288pp, 2 color
  • Big Pussy by Gina Wynbrandt | 5x7, 24pp, 1 color 
  • Salz & Pfeffer by Émilie Gleason | 5x7, 76pp, b&w
  • Qviet by Andy Burkholder | 5.5x7, 248pp, b&w
  • includes HD digital bootleg of Fall Collection 
  • digital avatar illustrated by Jake Terrell

FALL COLLECTION + SPRING COLLECTION:

  • Altcomics Magazine #1 | 8.5x11, 16pp, 1 color interior, 2 color cover 
  • Summer Carnival by Jake Terrell | 5x7, 24pp, 1 color 
  • Time Capsule by Maggie Umber | 6x6, 52pp, full color 
  • The Necrophilic Landscape by Tracy Auch | 7.75x9.25, 32pp, 1 color 
  • 3 Books by Blaise Larmee | 6x9, 288pp, 2 color 
  • Big Pussy by Gina Wynbrandt | 5x7, 24pp, 1 color 
  • Salz & Pfeffer by Émilie Gleason | 5x7, 76pp, b&w 
  • Qviet by Andy Burkholder | 5.5x7, 248pp, b&w includes 
  • HD digital bootleg of Fall Collection 
  • digital avatar illustrated by Jake Terrell

RETAILER FALL COLLECTION:

Our basic retailer bundle for the Fall Collection includes 5 copies each of all 4 books: Time Capsule, The Necrophilic Landscape, Summer Carnival, Altcomics Magazine #1.

RETAILER SPRING COLLECTION:

Our basic retailer bundle for the Spring Collection includes 5 copies each of all 4 books: 3 Books, Qviet, Salz & Pfeffer, and the Ignatz nominated Big Pussy. 

RETAILER FALL COLLECTION + SPRING COLLECTION:

This doubled up basic retailer bundle includes 5 copies each of the following books: Time Capsule, The Necrophilic Landscape, Summer Carnival, Altcomics Magazine #1, 3 Books, Qviet, Salz & Pfeffer, and the Ignatz nominated Big Pussy.

BACKSTORY & BACK ISSUES

We’ve been a small publisher for a long time, focusing on supporting challenging work that gets the once over by larger publishers. We’ll always stay committed to youth, to new ideas and big risks. But we want our artists to grow and we want to support that growth.

Starting in 2016 our books will have the full weight of Consortium Book Sales and Distribution behind them.

What this means for our authors is a larger audience, greater coverage, and higher sales - all the benefits enjoyed by Koyama, Nobrow, Uncivilized, and other successful indie labels.

A growth spurt like this is not without its attendant pains. After an amazing Spring Collection we decided to push the rest of our books a few seasons back in order to take full advantage of our position in 2016. Getting our foot in the door of a national distributor like Consortium requires a large influx of money upfront to print books several months before a return on investment can be seen. In order to keep 2dcloud running smoothly in the meantime we need your help.

By backing our Collections series, you are not only purchasing work from some of the most exciting new artists and authors to hit the altcomics scene, you are also helping us keep our doors open. And for that, you have our utmost gratitude!

OUR PRINT PARTNERS

For our Fall Collection we have partnered with Print Ninja for Maggie Umber's debut graphic novella, Time Capsule. Alec, our contact over there has been patient and professional.

Perfectly Acceptable printed our ashcan, mini, and magazine. Big thanks to Matt Davis for his wonderful work.

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO

Book costs broken down by book or item. Please keep in mind that these are approximates and that there are other associated costs beyond printing attributed with each title / item. 

  • $1900 Time Capsule 
  • $1500 The Necrophilic Landscape 
  •  $300 Summer Carnival 
  •  $200 Altcomics Magazine #1 
  •  $400 Fall Collection t-shirts 
  •  $600 kickstarter fee's estimate 
  •  $1500 shipping estimate 

Risks and challenges

Problems crop up - artists hand in books late, production can go into overtime, issues can occur at the printer level. Over the years we've gotten pretty adapt at dealing with these issues as they occur.

To mitigate potential problems we've made sure all books are already completed and with their respective printer.

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    DIGITAL AVATAR:
    A drawing of yourself by Jake Terrell as a participant at a party AND our thanks!

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    DIGITAL EDITION
    A digital edition (PDF) of the Fall Collection featuring high quality photographs of the printed objects. Includes Altcomics Magazine #1, Summer Carnival, Time Capsule, The Necrophilic Landscape + above

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    MINIS AND RARITIES
    How it Happened by Jason T. Miles; An Honest Performance by Will Dinski; Cavities & Crevices by Anna Bongiovanni; Harvest by Nicholas Breutzman; The Arborist's Companion by Mayme Donsker; Concupiscence by Vincent Stall

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    FALL COLLECTION
    Altcomics Magazine #1, featuring interviews with Nou, Sab Meynert, Aidan Koch; Summer Carnival by Jake Terrell; Time Capsule by Maggie Umber; The Necrophilic Landscape by Tracy Auch + HD digital bootleg edition of Fall Collection + digital avatar.

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    FALL COLLECTION + MINIS AND RARITIES
    Altcomics Magazine #1, featuring interviews with Nou, Sab Meynert, Aidan Koch; Summer Carnival by Jake Terrell; Time Capsule by Maggie Umber; The Necrophilic Landscape by Tracy Auch + HD digital bootleg edition of Fall Collection + digital avatar, How it Happened by Jason T. Miles; An Honest Performance by Will Dinski; Cavities & Crevices by Anna Bongiovanni; Harvest by Nicholas Breutzman; The Arborist's Companion by Mayme Donsker; Concupiscence by Vincent Stall

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    FALL COLLECTION DELUXE:
    Includes original hand drawn postcard by Maggie Umber + Jake Terrell illustrated t-shirt + Altcomics Magazine #1, featuring interviews with Nou, Sab Meynert, Aidan Koch; Summer Carnival by Jake Terrell; Time Capsule by Maggie Umber; The Necrophilic Landscape by Tracy Auch + HD digital bootleg edition of Fall Collection + digital avatar.

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    SPRING COLLECTION
    3 Books by Blaise Larmee; Big Pussy by Gina Wynbrandt; Salz & Pfeffer by Émilie Gleason; Qviet by Andy Burkholder + HD digital bootleg of Fall Collection + digital avatar

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    FALL COLLECTION DELUXE + MINIS AND RARITIES
    Includes original hand drawn postcard by Maggie Umber + Jake Terrell illustrated t-shirt + Altcomics Magazine #1, featuring interviews with Nou, Sab Meynert, Aidan Koch; Summer Carnival by Jake Terrell; Time Capsule by Maggie Umber; The Necrophilic Landscape by Tracy Auch + HD digital bootleg edition of Fall Collection + digital avatar +How it Happened by Jason T. Miles; An Honest Performance by Will Dinski; Cavities & Crevices by Anna Bongiovanni; Harvest by Nicholas Breutzman; The Arborist's Companion by Mayme Donsker; Concupiscence by Vincent Stall

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    FALL COLLECTION + SPRING COLLECTION
    Save over 10% when you get both our Fall and Spring Collections in one big package! Includes 3 Books by Blaise Larmee; Big Pussy by Gina Wynbrandt; Salz & Pfeffer by Émilie Gleason; Qviet by Andy Burkholder; Altcomics Magazine #1, featuring interviews with Nou, Sab Meynert, Aidan Koch; Summer Carnival by Jake Terrell; Time Capsule by Maggie Umber; The Necrophilic Landscape by Tracy Auch

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    RETAILER FALL COLLECTION
    Includes 5 copies of each of the following books - Altcomics Magazine #1, featuring interviews with Nou, Sab Meynert, Aidan Koch; Summer Carnival by Jake Terrell; Time Capsule by Maggie Umber; The Necrophilic Landscape by Tracy Auch + retailer digital feature (ask us about details and / or coordinating a Fall Collection event!). International shops, please write us for international shipping rate info.

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    Includes 5 copies of each of the following books - 3 Books by Blaise Larmee; Big Pussy by Gina Wynbrandt; Salz & Pfeffer by Émilie Gleason; Qviet by Andy Burkholder. International shops, please write us for international shipping rate info.

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    RETAILER FALL COLLECTION + SPRING COLLECTION
    Includes 5 copies of each of the following books - 3 Books by Blaise Larmee; Big Pussy by Gina Wynbrandt; Salz & Pfefer by Émilie Gleason; Qviet by Andy Burkholder; Altcomics Magazine #1, featuring interviews with Nou, Sab Meynert, Aidan Koch; Summer Carnival by Jake Terrell; Time Capsule by Maggie Umber; The Necrophilic Landscape by Tracy Auch. International shops, please write us for international shipping rate info.

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