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This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .
About this project
Art exists because life is not enough. —Ferreira Gullar
2dcloud is publishing some of the most exciting comics today. The intimacy of many of the works is mirrored in the thoughtful production. —Jillian Tamaki
2dcloud publishes artists who surprise me, which tends to be the experience I want most out of comics these days. Some of the most surprising artists working right now. —Michael DeForge
We’re a young company with love and wildness in our hearts.
We still have this idealism and we still are not always sure of what we can and cannot do. Certainly that can be a negative, but I think there is something positive and powerful about that as well. Not knowing one’s limitations can be freeing — it can allow us to sometimes do what is thought to be impossible. Just making it this far as a company feels like we are doing impossible things.
And as we grow, that is something I don’t want us to ever lose. Bc good or bad, that is a part of our DNA.
We've been using Kickstarter as a mechanism for curated book bundles since 2015 and pre-orders since 2010. This is our 10th Kickstarter, and it's how we keep the lights on. We're selling these book at less than retail cost. Moreover, starting this Summer Collection '17, we will ship books* before the mass market. This is to give you a closer connection with us as a label and with our authors.
These collections that we sell on Kickstarter are continuing to let us achieve the impossible. Thank you for your support.
Love and wildness forever
*Leif Goldberg's Lost in the Fun Zone and Jaakko Pallasvuo's Retreat will ship in December 2017 for backers and will be distributed to the mass market in Spring 2018.
Summer Collection 2017
illustrations by Xia Gordon
— Architecture of an Atom by Juliacks
— Retreat by Jaakko Pallasvuo
— Lost in the Fun Zone by Leif Goldberg
— Kindling by Xia Gordon
— Altcomics Magazine 6 cover by Kyung Me
Architecture of an Atom
7 x 10.9"
full color offset
black fore edge printing
Excessive, mysterious, wonderful, Juliacks work takes the graphic novel to a new and more plastic dimension. —Chris Kraus, I Love Dick, Torpor, Summer of Hate
ARCHITECTURE OF AN ATOM is a long, deep breath before a dive. It’s a Piscean tale of survival, harrowing and surreal, a dreamlike escape, a delight. Dive into this pool of misfits and watch how wreckage becomes magic, hunger becomes adventure, and human questions about love, intimacy, and community unravel and manifest in beautiful washes of color. The language matches the vibrancy of the drawings and paintings that describes a cast of characters surviving on the brink of a disaster, in the end forming a magnificent poetic experience. —Sally Wen Mao, Mad Honey Symposium
Juliacks is a comic artist whose work—crude, ornate, subjective and dreamy—is not for those who prefer their narrative crisp and tidy. —The New York Times
With Architecture of an Atom, internationally recognized multi-disciplinary artist Juliacks brings her trans-media project to the print realm. Characterized by critics as a member of the immersive school of cartooning, she has sought to trouble the boundaries between fine art and comics throughout her career. A socially conscious, layered work in every sense of the word.
Juliacks is an artist, filmmaker, performer-choreographer, cartoonist, and playwright who splits her time between New Jersey, where she recently received a 2016 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the Netherlands. She's been published and performed in various cities across North America and throughout Europe, her most recent project being the trans-media story Architecture of an Atom.
8.25 x 11.7"
full color offset
Jaakko Pallasvuo has a gift for rendering the anxiety of contemporary life with complicated sincerity. He blends art-world satire and queer tragedy with a cosmic sensibility that can ruminate on ecological deep time and crack absurdist jokes on the same page. Retreat is his most accomplished comic to date: an ambitious, fully-realized post-apocalypse narrative in lush, impressionistic watercolour. Like everything he makes, I adore it. —Saelan Twerdy
Currently nothing excites me more than a new project from jaakko. i don't care if he's making films, masks, comics or papier mache hats, i'm in for anything, but i'm very happy he's come back so strongly to comics over the past few years. i generally find his stories of "pretentious groups of art-people" to be actually very unpretentious and quite matter of fact. i found RETREAT to be propulsive and full of emotion and "social action". it made me feel for the characters. it felt real. and most importantly: i LOL'd. <|:-) (i heard a rumour that james van der beek purchased the screenplay rights in a secret google hangout.) —Simon Hanselmann
A gay couple flees the city from the impending apocalypse. They meet another artist on the way and their hopes and plans transform unpredictably. Finnish multi-disciplinary artist Jaakko Pallasvuo's Retreat brings a postmodern knowingness to his take on the dystopian genre as he explores the clashing ideologies and emotions of a queer love triangle set at the twilight of the human race. An expressive, sardonic rendering of love, fear, and ennui in the face of oblivion, Retreat takes well-worn narrative tropes in refreshing new directions.
Jaakko Pallasvuo is a Finnish artist and novelist working in painting, sculpture, video, photography, books, and digital media. He has exhibited his work in galleries and museums across North America (Detroit, Chicago, Toronto), South America (Sao Paulo), Europe (Berlin, Paris, London, Milan, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Helsinki, Madrid, Prague, Vienna) and Asia (Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai). His previous graphic novels are Pure Shores and Easy Rider, both by British art book publisher Landfill Editions. As a multi-disciplinary artist, Pallasvuo is both inspired by and heavily engaged in Internet culture as a source of material, a subject unto itself, and a space to realize his work.
Lost in The Fun Zone
8 x 4.6"
2 pantone colors offset
I think Leif Goldberg made Lost in the Fun Zone using automatic writing—after absorbing all art of the twentieth century and comics from the past forty years. How else do you get Dubuffet, synthetic cubism, Garfield, Italian Futurism, Luis Buñuel, and Gary Panter in a story about two cats traveling a digressive and banal path to nowhere? It's boldly weird. Goldberg has hijacked the comics form, for its benefit and ours. —Nicole Rudick, Managing Editor at The Paris Review
With precision timing and an unmistakable line, Leif Goldberg has been making funny cartoons for two decades. Lost in the Fun Zone is a casually brilliant and hilarious animal and vegetable tale that asks the big questions about beer, dreams, waste and mops. It is also a meditation on friendship, person-hood, art, comics, and the mechanics of this very blurb. It is very, very fulfilling. —Dan Nadel
Alleluia!!! Our favorite Artist has made a Graphic novel unlike any other. Going Commando in Black'n'White Rodeo style, the better to spin his lasso spiderweb of narrative, Goldberg performs the great trick of steering time neatly down two railroad tracks. A metamorphosis per page, at the speed of synapses sprouting digression radicles... This story echoes, spins, and convulses with a thousand sweaty puns- you will laff on the bus, in the bathroom, and at Harvard. Truly unlike no other artist in the galaxy (Borblefluzz is related).... Do you want to understand the world by walking through a pumpkin? Is your favorite drug Funny Animals?... Well then get "Get Lost"!!!! To Find Yourself!! in the Fun Zone!!! —Matthew Thurber
Lost in the Fun Zone is the long-awaited debut graphic novel from respected underground printmaker, animator, musician, and zinemaker Leif Goldberg. Transposing buddy and road film dynamics into the world of underground art comics, Goldberg adroitly balances absurdism with cultural snark and art history commentary to produce a book worthy of its name.
Leif Goldberg is a visual artist and musician living in Vermont. As a member of the highly influential art-collective Fort Thunder based in Providence, RI in the late 1990's and early 2000's, Goldberg is known for his bold screenprint work as well as experimental animation and contributions to the band Forcefield, who were part of the 2002 Whitney Biennial.
5 × 7"
2 color risograph
Xia Gordon's Kindling is one of the most visually arresting short pieces I've had the pleasure of experiencing in recent memory. It's something of a love letter that reads like a deep breath - a long, slow inhalation before a last goodbye. It lingers beautifully. —Trungles
Hazy, gesture rich lines explore ideas on love, altruism, and self-sacrifice. Abstract and expressive, visceral and affective, elusive and palpable. A letter to the universe and to oneself: LOVE!
Altcomics Magazine 6
8.5 × 11"
b&w and color offset
Altcomics Magazine is a print quarterly publishing in-depth interviews between artists alongside essays and portfolios. Issue 6 features cover artist Kyung Me, Michel Esselbrügge, Robin Vehrs, Helen Stefanie, Cynthia Alfonso, Óscar Raña, Julia Huete, Richard Short, and Anna Haifisch. (exact contents subject to change).
Experience the collection as a suite of DRM-free PDFs
Get Architecture of an Atom, Kindling, and Altcomics Magazine 6 in this light weight bundle. Ships in September
The collection in print. Books are offset printed & smythsewn for an ideal reading experience. For US orders, to expedite shipments, get your first half of your order in September.
The collection in print. Books are offset printed & smythsewn for an ideal reading experience.
Risks and challenges
This is our 10th Kickstarter. Like a lot of Kickstarters, we've certainly had many of them ship later than desired or planned. It's difficult to predict everything that will pop up. If / when we have been late in the past, we've tried to make sure we communicate clearly as to what the hold up is.
This time around, for US orders, we are breaking up fulfillment into 2 packages. The first one is scheduled to be delivered in October, with the second part arriving in December.
Architecture of an Atom is at our warehouse now, while Kindling is already in our Minneapolis office. Retreat and Lost in the Fun Zone will be heading to the printer a couple weeks. Altcomics Magazine following shortly thereafter.
We will continue to improve our communications with customers to alert them of any potential delays and allow for refunds, on a case by case basis.
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