UMBRA # 3 !! - 2021 has been slowly dragging its feet, but it's already hurt from the past. Looking into the future is not just a necessity or even an act of hope. It is compulsory. Umbra will grab the future into the present.
Some of you have already entered the Umbra universe. Others are only ready to dare now. Umbra is an anthological publication of comics exploring genres such as science fiction, weird fiction, noir romance, and futuristic, apocalyptic dystopias. The first issued came out in 2019 at the International Comics Festival of Amadora, along with a stand-alone graphic novel, Selva !!! Issue 2 came out already during the pandemic, and we still have not given up. But we need your help to plow through. Issue 3 is going to be a blast, so hop along on this adventure with us.
NOTE: All materials are published in Portuguese. We will provide translations of the stories under request. An English edition of Umbra may happen in the future.
Many readers chose either the pre-sale campagin or even subscribed to the ongoing series. The present crowdfunding campaign will consolidate our brandname and trust.
In order to launch of the campaign, we will be revealing some info about the contents of issue 3.
The format and page count (112) remains, in the purest black and white. The 5 stories are as revealing of our present time as they're prescient.
The big reveal of this issue is David Soares's return to comics. One of Portugal's most celebrated comics scriptwriter (and novelist and artist too), he is back with an absurd black fantasy of contemporary inanities. At the helm of the drawing table is the veteran and editor of this very project, Filipe Abranches:
David Soares and Filipe Abranches, “Edible Intentions; or New Table of Cebes ”
The plot of “Edible Intentions; or Nova Tábua de Cebes ”develops in an indeterminate dystopian future, in which an unspecified event flattened the entire orography, making all mountains disappear. As a consequence, vertical construction became difficult, to say the least. In this context, a successful entrepreneur uses his fortune in search of what could be the last mountain in existence, making this search an obsession. However, the last mountain will present itself as a much more dangerous challenge than expected and inside it may be the destination of the last days of the world. A surreal nightmare - or an allegorical portrait of today.
Simon Roy, “Shipwrecked with Dan the Gorilla”
A castaway and a talking gorilla are trapped on an island. Their friendship is sound, sources of entertainment are constantly being discovered, and surprises are consistent. Even if there was a chance for it, who would want to give it up? Still, Simon Roy seems interested in exploring the elasticity of these relationships. What is more important: strengthening friendship ties or accepting different wishes?
Pedro Moura and Marta Teives, “Dam”
All technology is bound to become obsolescent. We can dream of whatever we wish that is yet to come, but even those miracles of the future could be the rejected garbage of another, even more distant tomorrow. A product that has no economic benefit can be redeemed for other purposes. Are conscience and freedom some of those purposes? A stochastic encounter between a young man and a robot.
Pedro Moura and Ricardo Baptista, “Weep me not dead”
One of the legacies of the Enlightenment project is reason. A tenet of the European-centered, industrial and capitalist civilization is that there is an everlasting and constant progress, that becomes evermore just and balanced. We firmly believe that a good society should be presided by reason. Organizing life according to such a principle will surely lead to a better realization of human social and moral potential. Even individual happiness, frankly. That's it, right? Right?
Filipe Abranches, “The Tower”
In a narrative of alternative historiography, an element of the security forces is lost in the conspiracy plots that are woven near an immense and mysterious Tower, erected in Lisbon in the 1980s, buffeted by a pandemic and climatic cataclysms. A furious clash between the speculative fiction of the almost already tomorrow and the delusion of the yesterdays that never were. As of yet. Under the eye of the Tower, the wait...