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The second issue of Now (see page 2 for the first issue) showcases a cover by digital artist Robert Beatty, as well as over 100 pages of all new short fiction by a host of established and upcoming talent, including: Canadian artist and musician Nick Thorburn (of the bands Unicorns and Islands); Spanish cartoonist Roberta Scomparsa, making her English language debut; Cricke The second issue of Now (see page 2 for the first issue) showcases a cover by digital artist Robert Beatty, as well as over 100 pages of all new short fiction by a host of established and upcoming talent, including: Canadian artist and musician Nick Thorburn (of the bands Unicorns and Islands); Spanish cartoonist Roberta Scomparsa, making her English language debut; Crickets cartoonist Sammy Harkham; Dutch cartoonist Tobias Schalken; Los Angeles graphic novelist Graham Chaffee (Good Dog, To Have and To Hold); plus several other surprises to be announced. Now is not just a collection of new comics, it’s a showcase of the diversity of talent in today’s golden age of cartooning.


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The second issue of Now (see page 2 for the first issue) showcases a cover by digital artist Robert Beatty, as well as over 100 pages of all new short fiction by a host of established and upcoming talent, including: Canadian artist and musician Nick Thorburn (of the bands Unicorns and Islands); Spanish cartoonist Roberta Scomparsa, making her English language debut; Cricke The second issue of Now (see page 2 for the first issue) showcases a cover by digital artist Robert Beatty, as well as over 100 pages of all new short fiction by a host of established and upcoming talent, including: Canadian artist and musician Nick Thorburn (of the bands Unicorns and Islands); Spanish cartoonist Roberta Scomparsa, making her English language debut; Crickets cartoonist Sammy Harkham; Dutch cartoonist Tobias Schalken; Los Angeles graphic novelist Graham Chaffee (Good Dog, To Have and To Hold); plus several other surprises to be announced. Now is not just a collection of new comics, it’s a showcase of the diversity of talent in today’s golden age of cartooning.

30 review for NOW #2: The New Comics Anthology

  1. 4 out of 5

    Derek Royal

    I appreciated the stories in the last half more than I did those in the first half. However, I need to go back and reread to get a more complete sense of this collection. This one didn’t resonate with me in ways that the first volume did...but again, another reading may have me feeling differently.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    A second strong collection of new comics from Fantagraphics--a welcome replacement for Mome.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    Even when I don't get what's going on, the artwork is still interesting and there's so much variety. Really enjoying this series so far. This was even a little better than the first. Even when I don't get what's going on, the artwork is still interesting and there's so much variety. Really enjoying this series so far. This was even a little better than the first.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    This was ok, but too many directionless or anticlimactic stories mish-mashing half baked ideas. A fair amount of predictability in substance as well. I've noticed that the current generation of cartoonists doesn't seem to recognize the value of wit as much, which can compensate for a lot when a cartoonist is weak in other areas. It seems the goal in this particular issue is to be different, but not necessarily good. This was ok, but too many directionless or anticlimactic stories mish-mashing half baked ideas. A fair amount of predictability in substance as well. I've noticed that the current generation of cartoonists doesn't seem to recognize the value of wit as much, which can compensate for a lot when a cartoonist is weak in other areas. It seems the goal in this particular issue is to be different, but not necessarily good.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jordan

    A bit boring, unfortunately. Dash Shaw, James Turek and the single page from Sammy Harkham were the highlights. The rest wasn't bad but it really wasn't compelling. Cliche psychedelia, boring historical pieces, etc. A bit boring, unfortunately. Dash Shaw, James Turek and the single page from Sammy Harkham were the highlights. The rest wasn't bad but it really wasn't compelling. Cliche psychedelia, boring historical pieces, etc.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Karl

    This is somewhat of a Version 2.0 of Fantagraphics critically acclaimed anthology series MOME. Similar idea of showcasing mostly unknown artists in an inexpensive collection. And like MOME, I loved the majority of the contributions with only a couple of clunkers. The highlights for me were Susan Jonaitis and Graham Chaffee’s incredible “Sharpshooter”. Ariel Lopez V’s “A Perfect Triangle” and Anuj Stestha’s “National Bird”. Well established artists Sammy Harkham, Joseph Remnant, and Dash Shaw make This is somewhat of a Version 2.0 of Fantagraphics critically acclaimed anthology series MOME. Similar idea of showcasing mostly unknown artists in an inexpensive collection. And like MOME, I loved the majority of the contributions with only a couple of clunkers. The highlights for me were Susan Jonaitis and Graham Chaffee’s incredible “Sharpshooter”. Ariel Lopez V’s “A Perfect Triangle” and Anuj Stestha’s “National Bird”. Well established artists Sammy Harkham, Joseph Remnant, and Dash Shaw make appearances here. The strongest of the three was Remnant’s “Photo Case”. In my opinion, this story was a marked improvement in storytelling over his recently released Cartoon Clouds (Fantagraphics) book. Of note, the Remnant piece was also the strongest artwork in this volume. Having read NOW #1 I can confidently say that this series is on a strong path to establishing itself as a comparable anthology series to Kramer’s Ergot or The Best American Comics series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ian

    A top-notch comics anthology. I haven’t yet read the first issue yet, but I definitely want to pick up a back-issue of it now. As with all anthologies, some pieces are better than others. I particularly liked Tommi Musturi’s “Sammuel,” Ariel López V.’s “A Perfect Triangle,” Dash Shaw’s “Ford,” and Anuj Strestha’s “National Bird.” That’s not to say I didn’t like the rest — I genuinely enjoyed the whole book, cover to cover.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jude

    I enjoyed this graphic novel. It was a little odd and I didn't really understand some of the stories. That was compensated by the art however, the feeling of intrigue that loomed over me as I went through the pages. I enjoyed this graphic novel. It was a little odd and I didn't really understand some of the stories. That was compensated by the art however, the feeling of intrigue that loomed over me as I went through the pages.

  9. 5 out of 5

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  10. 4 out of 5

    Grg

    No masterpieces like in the first issue, but still a very strong collection of short comics.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Mossop

    Interesting to see a variety of new and upcoming artists, the stories might not stay with you but some will definitely make you think and can be entertaining at the very least.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    Fantagraphics has a real knack for identifying great talent.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Harris

    I discuss Fantagraphics' Now: New Comics anthology series in this entry of Harris' Tome Corner. I discuss Fantagraphics' Now: New Comics anthology series in this entry of Harris' Tome Corner.

  14. 4 out of 5

    tinaathena

    Not my fave of these but best cover so far

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gabriel

  16. 5 out of 5

    Grant

  17. 4 out of 5

    Joshua

  18. 5 out of 5

    Øyvind Holen

  19. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Calaman

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dan

  21. 4 out of 5

    Yong Wei

  22. 5 out of 5

    Seth Michel

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jesús

  24. 5 out of 5

    chrstphre campbell

  25. 4 out of 5

    Steven

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mike

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chris Estey

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jonathon Place

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ale

  30. 4 out of 5

    Aronofski

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