The intentions, however, are noble and the effort pays off for the most part. Intended as a literary anthology for comics, Mome #2 plays well with the different aspects of character that its' title implies. The range of styles in both writing and artwork is what strikes one first and if it were any longer it would be a bit overwhelming. As it stands it's a very readable and enjoyable little collection whose stories are mostly continuations from Mome #1 with a few single story additions and an interview with Gabrielle Bell adding to its literary leanings.
Jonathan Bennett, whose work graces the cover, contributes the first story which is interesting but stylistically extremely derivative especially of Adrian Tomine's Optic Nerve series. That said, it is well written and does an excellent job of setting up the largely introspective, protagonist driven stories to come.
Gabrielle Bell (When I'm Old and Other Stories) and Paul Hornschemeier (Forlorn Funnies, Mother, Come Home) contribute back to back stories about birthdays, providing two very different styles and approaches to the theme and what that event can mean. Hornschemeier's work has a polished, clean feeling to it and his writing is minimal enough to allow the illustrations to speak more without words in the second part of "Life With Mr. Dangerous" about a young woman's birthday dinner with her mother. Bell (whose interview follows) contributes a piece that is black and white and has a more underground feeling to it about a shy girl and her various birthday experiences.
Other notable selections come from John Pham (Sublife, Epoxy), Martin Cendrada (Dang!, Zurik Robot) and Sophie Crumb (Belly Button Comix) all, again, concerning some aspect of the blockhead or outsider protagonist.
Most, if not all of the stories in Mome #2 are enjoyable or at the very least interesting experiments. The conclusion or continuation of many of the stories should encourage people to look out for further issues as this literary, comics anthology continues.