In Beardo Volume 2 we get a further look into author and artist Dan Dougherty’s life. We see Dan picking up shifts at the coffee shop again, continuing to make comics, and his relationship with Meg developing. Similar to the first volume, we get customer service vignettes, quips between friends and co-workers, and a clean and bright drawing style. There are some more in depth work subjects with issues pertaining to his store manager that cause him to transfer. In the end there is a realization that the part time gig may not totally be temporary and he needs to be happy where he works. There is a continuing theme of the struggle between needing the steady coffee shop job and the desire to be a freelance artist, which brings a level of honesty to this comic we don’t often see in the genre. This volume touches a bit more on the personal, with the recurring story line of Meg wondering when Dan will propose, and we finally get the satisfaction of seeing that coming to fruition right at the end.
TL:DR- Another delightful installment in the Beardo series about making art and making money. Looking forward to the next volume.
Reviewed by Katie Holland, who is a Chicago based artist, creative mind and bookworm.
Publication Date: October 6, 2014 Page Count: 144
ISBN: 1939888034 Publisher: Comicmix LLC