Dragon’s Breath and other true stories

by MariNaomi

Published by 2D Cloud + Uncivilized Books

In this collection of thought-provoking, emotionally honest graphic vignettes, many of which first appeared on TheRumpus.net as the series “Smoke In Your Eyes,” MariNaomi explores a wide spectrum of topics including youthful rebellion, mortality, disillusionment, and compassion. These poignant stories, some filled with hope, others tinged with remorse, are sure to appeal to even the most discerning reader.

Publication Date: 9/30/14

“The book is utterly absorbing, funny, intimate, and even philosophical.”
Publishers Weekly

384 pages, 6" x 9" paperback with french flaps, black & white interiors.

$24.95 + shipping

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Join 2D Cloud, Space Face Books, and Youth In Decline to launch their Spring titles!

Come on out to The Central (603 Markham St.) on May 8th at 7pm to help celebrate the Spring collections from some of the finest publishers in independent comics! 2D Cloud, Space Face Books, and Youth in Decline are banding together to showcase the many fun and fantastic books that they are debuting at TCAF. This evening will feature readings from:

  • Blaise Larmee (3 Books)
  • Émilie Gleason (Salz & Pfeffer)
  • Andy Burkholder (Qviet)
  • Katie Parrish (Advice Comics #1)
  • Sam Alden (Lydian)
  • Jason Murphy (Me Nut Nut #3)
  • HTML Flowers (Virtual Candle)
  • Cathy G. Johnson & Sophia Foster Dimino (Lovers Only #1)

Right next to The Beguiling, this event is a great chance for out-of-towners to mix and mingle before heading to the Official Kick-Off Afterparty at The Pilot, (or for exhibitors who are waiting to set up at the Toronto Reference Library).

Spring Thing with 2D Cloud, Space Face Books, & Youth in Decline
Featuring readings by Sam Alden, Cathy G. Johnson, Blaise Larmee, and more!
Friday May 8th, 2015
7:00pm – 9:00pm
@ The Central, 603 Markham St., Toronto
Free Event
Facebook Event

Check out our Events, Debuting Books, and Full Exhibitor List for more information.

You can also keep track of events and exhibitors by downloading the TCAF 2015 Guidebook! It’s free!

A cornucopia of comics debuts are set to be unleashed upon Bergen Street Comics!

Here’s what’s on tap:

A. Degen’s surrealist superhero adventure MIGHTY STAR AND THE CASTLE OF THE CANCATERVATER (Koyama Press), equal parts Dalí and Astro Boy, Degen’s mostly silent narrative is both metaphysical and mighty; Blaise Larmee’s 3 BOOKS (2D Cloud) is an eclectic and meticulously crafted reproduction of rare and unpublished books; Émilie Gleason’s SALZ & PFEFFER (2D Cloud) a taboo-soaked world of the inane and the intellectual, the profane, profound, and parodic; Andy Burkholder’s QVIET (2D Cloud) focuses on the abstractions of sex, of seeing, and the fluid relations between the two; Robert Goodin’s THE KURDLES (Fantagraphics) is an all-ages comic, in the spirit of Hergé’s Tintin or Carl Barks’ Uncle Scrooge, spiced up with a teaspoon of strange.

Celebrate MoCCA Fest weekend with an incredible night of bleeding edge comics and cartoonists! Facebook event page right here!

Event poster by A. Degen.

Austin friends! 

Join us this Saturday (8pm-10pm) at Diverse Arts Culture Works (1601 E. 5th St.) for Lit Crawl! We’ll be debuting The Foxhole Newsstand, a Foxing Quarterly pop-up shop.

Pictured above is a small sampling of our inventory for this weekend.

The Foxhole will carry mini comics, zines, and miscellanea from micro publishers and artists including:

Retrofit ComicsStinckersMichel Fiffe’s Copra PressOily ComicsStudy Group ComicsHic & Hoc2D Cloud’s Anna Bongiovanni, Yumi Sakugawa, Leigh Luna, Jaime Willems, Jensine Eckwall, Sabrina Elliott, Melissa Mendes, Alabaster, Damien Jay and many more! 

You can RSVP to the event here.

Stay tuned for more info!

“The Austin Lit Crawl is a collaboration between the Texas Book Festival and the Litquake Foundation. Inspired by the San Francisco literary festival Litquake’s long-running Lit Crawl (and produced with Litquake’s participation), the Lit Crawl features some of America’s most groundbreaking and beloved writers onstage and in conversation. Come join us for readings and screenings and literary mayhem in places you’d never anticipate!”



QVIET : A TCAF 2015 Debut Book

by Andy Burkholder

If someone else out there is working this fearlessly with the silliness of sex, I’m almost afraid to find out. — The Comics Journal

Burkholder uses line in fresh and startling ways to cast new light on humanity’s most enduring obsession. — Anya Davidson

Qviet focuses on the abstractions of sex, of seeing, and the fluid relations between the two. Using the strip, one of the oldest formal modes in comics, as the misleadingly benign container for his explorations, Burkholder challenges the reader to reimagine not only what falls under the purview of this form, but the larger conceptions of sex as a set of abstract symbols that inform our daily lives. Qviet stands as an example of the ever expanding potential of comics in the 21st century.

Debuting at TCAF from 2D Cloud, 248 pages, 5.5 ✕7, Paperback w/ band $22.95

For more information on these and all books debuting at TCAF 2015, please visit our Debuting Books page.

Koyama Press, 2D Cloud and Fantagraphics TAKE OVER Bergen Street
A.Degen / Blaise Larmee / Emilie Gleason / Andy Burkholder / Robert Goodin

11 April 2015 | 7PM at Bergen Street Comics, Brooklyn, NY  | FREE
Visit the Facebook event page for more details

Only a few more sleeps until this cornucopia of comics hits Brooklyn! Get ready!


The most exciting arts movement nowadays may be the tiniest one - in the actual size of the output, that is. Micro-publishers specializing in artful comics and illustrated story books have cropped up selling their publications online, maintaining a presence through outlets like Tumblr, and showing up on tables in books, art and comics shows around the world. 

These aren’t comics as you’ve known them, and many stand as the nexus between graphic storytelling, the literary world and gallery art, grasping for something new and different from what you already know. 

Berkshires micro publisher Oily Comics has a vast array of titles and creators in the fold, far too many for me to talk about here, but there are some favorites of mine worth mentioning. 

Melissa Mendes is one of the most exciting young comics talents out there, thanks to her deadpan, insightful stories about kids, and her charming illustration style, which matches the subject matter perfectly. 

Her series “Lou,” which ran for 17 issues, focuses on the middle kid and her relationship with a new dog, as well as family turmoil. The full-color, oneshot “Joey” portrays one boy’s attempts to escape the constant arguing of his parents. 

Oily chief Charles Forsman focuses on an older age group in his work, and “Teen Creeps,” his latest, is a great introduction to his work. Following the lives of smart-ass bad girls Hilary and Dawn, Forsman’s deadpan humor and tenderness for the dysfunctional is very well-realized. 

Jessica Campbell has put out several titles with Oily, and she released two great ones in 2013. “Mrs. Connie Dutton” is an illustrated story about a lonely woman and a Nigerian scam. Her comic, “Rave” #1, is a bittersweet and humorously self-deprecating portrayal of weird girl Mary and the taunts of her school mates. 

Daryl Seitchik’s “Missy” #1 is another winner about a kid’s life, this time, a girl named Daryl, who writes in her diary- each entry is addressed to Missy - about the heartaches of the day. Each entry includes Daryl’s creative spelling, grammatical errors, and vagueness, while the art spells out what she’s talking about. It’s a heart-breaking and hilarious work. 

Also not to be missed from Oily is Nick Drnaso’s “The Grassy Knoll,” about the complicated interactions of a group of people cleaning trash off the side of the road, like “Lord of the Flies” taking place in a high school work program. 

Hic and Hoc offers a great sampler of some of the best work in micro-publishing and minis with its two volume “Illustrated Journal of Humor.” The first covers American cartoonists, the second British, and they are great purchases if you are looking for strong work off the beaten path. 

Hic and Hoc has also given a domestic release to Philippa Rice’s “Looking Out,” an adorable little space romance by the British cardboard collage artist, and handsome artist book treatment to “Spider, Man,” Amy Jean Porter’s charming illustrated meditation on nature and technology, spurred on by a spider web viewed during lunch. 

Minneapolis-based 2D Cloud puts out beautiful books like Meghan Hogan’s “Manny Plus Bigfoot,” a mystifying, amusing little art package, which opens like an envelope and features an encounter between the two title characters, and “Arthur Turnkey,” by Toby Jones and Alex Horab, a hilarious fantasy about a kid who goes to another world every time he sneezes. 

Most impressive of all is “Year Books” by Nicholas Breutzman and Shaun Feltz, a disturbing, riveting portrayal of a kid’s encounter with his guarded high school art teacher, the revelations of the teacher’s own work and the secrets of what kind of person he’s become. 

Retrofit Comics put out one of my favorites, Sally Madden’s “Gray Is Not A Color,” a tender and hilarious comic memoir of her time working at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia. 

It’s particularly poignant for her memories of the late great museum director Gretchen Worden. Madden certainly had one of the most unusual museum jobs in existence, and this book is a loving, funny tribute to it. 

Among artists self-publishing their work, Alabaster’s “Mimi and the Wolves Act 1: The Dream” stands out as a deceptive fantasy. It begins with the slightly twee girl Mimi as she devotes her time to creating garlands and doing chores on her friends’ farm. Mimi is stricken with a recurring, violent nightmare about a woman trying to speak to her. Mimi tries to solve the mystery of what it means and becomes involved with wolves in the forest and strange events. Alabaster takes you off guard- you expect one kind of story, a light meditation on Mimi’s pursuits, and end up with something much darker, emotional and thoroughly fascinating. Her previous book, “Wool and Gin,” features some of the same characters and is also exquisite cartooning. 

Further way-high marks for self-published cartoonists goes to Vermont’s remarkably talented Laurel Lynn Leake. Her latest books, “Deep Forest” #1 and 2, is a cryptic and engaging science fiction series about growing up, going to school and interacting with the mysteries of the forest. A previous tiny picture book, “Wolf Girl,” offers more insight to one of the characters, and to the nature of the backdrop of the stories. Leake’s art is as evocative and fluid as the world she portrays, and what she sets up through her characters begs for more work from her. 

Emi Gennis is a powerhouse among selfpublishing cartoonists. Her output includes five issues of “Spaz,” which is filled with autobiographical cartoons about working in a restaurant and hanging out with her own pretend zygote, as well as some strips about unusual deaths. This last topic has expanded into a couple of larger works - “The Unusual Death of Gregory Biggs” and “The Collyer Brothers” - as well as her fantastic 2013 disaster anthology, “Unfortunate Mishaps in Aviation History." 

There are several other wonderful autobiographies worth seeking out. Tessa Brunton’s nuanced, depthful "Passage,” released by Sparkplug Comicbooks, recounts the comforts and oddities of her family through the events of one of her brother’s birthdays, and her own embrace of slumber parties at her friend’s house. 

Marta Chudolinska’s “Home Ache” is a touching piece of cartoon poetry, an ode to her previous Toronto apartment and the life she lived there. “LOVF New York: Destination Crisis” by Jesse Reklaw, put out by Paper Rocket Minicomics, is a sketch book diary with layer upon layer of dense color and imagery as Reklaw recounts wandering around New York City while struggling with mental illness - harrowing and personal, you don’t often see works this raw. 

On the lighter side are books by Kelly Froh, like “The Greatest,” a book of portraits and descriptions of memorable people from her life, and “Tales From Amazon,” a three-issue cartoon memoir of working in the offices of the Internet monolith. 

Josh Frankel’s “Water Column” is a few years old now - the last one was published in 2010 - but it stands out as rising to the potential of non-fiction nature adventure stories within a comic form. 

Frankel’s three-issue meditation follows the cycle of aquatic nature starting with plankton and ending with the carcass of a basking shark, all with personality and charm, as well as a tad of enlightenment. 

T. Edward Bak’s “Island of Memory” - volume one of his “Wild Man” series - tells the story of Bavarian naturalist Georg Wilhem Steller and an expedition he took part in that went through Siberia and onto Alaska. Bak mixes his understanding of the psychology of such an undertaking with a keen sense of nature drawing, at times capturing the environment with an almost scientific precision and then switching to the emotional turmoil of the men on the trek. It’s a remarkable work, insightful and well researched, all the more amazing for being from such small origins, and is guaranteed to wow anyone who encounters it, functioning as a potent gateway drug for anyone who might think the micro comic movement isn’t worth paying attention to.


We never got around to posting this great video of Zak Sally (Sammy the Mouse 1 & 2) and talking to the late & great Dylan Williams. They discuss things like running your own press, touring, teaching, and more! Not to be missed!


an eye-opening debut 

Autoptic, as profiled by the Southwest Journal here in Minneapolis! 

The organizers! - back row, left to right: Zak Sally, Caitlin Skaalrud, Tom Kaczynski, Jenny King, Justin Skarhus; front: Bob Algeo & Raighne Hogan. Not pictured: Anders Nilsen & Jordan Shiveley.

Review: Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories

Overview: A collection of autobiographical short stories from MariNaomi, talking about everything from partying with Duran Duran to the disillusionment of adulthood.

Art: MariNaomi’s art is simple and uncluttered. In a way, it makes her work feel more intimate, more direct - like she’s sitting down and telling you about this one time.

Writing: Her writing is also fairly direct. It’s informal, and accentuates the feeling that what you’re reading is a conversation between friends rather than a formal remembrance.

Good for: Fans of autobiography, people who are alive.

Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories
2014, 2D Cloud/Uncivilized Books


CAKE DEBUT: Deep in the Woods by Noah Van Sciver & Nic Breutzman

Levitating disembodied cow heads, crack witches, mutant children, urban myths, half-remembered folklore: from the minds of Noah Van Sciver and Nic Breutzman comes Deep in the Woods, a double feature that pairs two of 2D Cloud’s favorite cartoonists in one oversized newsprint.

Noah Van Sciver was born in 1984 in New Jersey. He first came to readers’ attention with his comic book series Blammo, which earned him an Ignatz award nomination in 2010. His work has appeared in the Alternative weekly newspaper Westword, Mad magazine and multiple graphic anthologies. His first book The Hypo: The melancholic young Lincoln from Fantagraphics books is a graphic portrait of Abraham Lincoln’s early years in Springfield, Illinois.

Nic is a Minnesotan native by way of New York who has had a number of comics published both through 2D Cloud as well as in collaboration with other artists, such as Sharon Lintz (Pornhounds 2) and a collection of SVA grads (Jon Vermilyea, Eamon Espey, Raymond Sohn, et al) for the anthology Critical Citadel. He placed at #24 on The Comics Journal’s Top 50 comics of 2009 for his graphic Novella Yearbooks, has been listed as a notable in multiple editions of Best American Comics for work in Motherlover and Yearbooks, and his work with Sharon Lintz on Pornhounds 2 secured him a place on numerous best of 2011 lists. CAKE will see the debut of his newest work, Deep in the Woods, a newspaper split with Noah Van Sciver (Blammo, The Hypo, and 2D Cloud published The Death of Elijah Lovejoy).

2D Cloud is a micro-press comics publisher and distributor based in Minneapolis, MN. Since 2007, we have published paper-craft art books, mini comics, and graphic novels by an assortment of both established and new/emerging creatives. Gravitating towards work that balances a distinct vision with narrative elements, we publish artists that both challenge and invite, draw and disturb.

Visit NoahNic & 2DCloud’s websites, and pick up Deep in the Woods at Table 104 June 15 & 16th!