A widower protects his daughter from demonic creatures in this wonderful webcomic about familial love and letting loved ones fight their own battles. Now and Forever Nia by Sam Concklin reveals a beautiful and dynamic relationship between father and daughter. Originally a short webcomic on WebToon, Now and forever Nia was recently released as a fan-supported graphic novel on Indiegogo.
Eran’s wife dies, leaving him with their newborn daughter Nia. At home, a demonic creature appears in front of him, saying that Nia might be the chosen one. In other words, she is in danger. The monsters of the underworld will hunt her throughout her life. Eran also doesn’t want to lose his daughter, so he watches and fights monsters during his childhood and teenage years. However, his unsung efforts begin to become overprotective, leading to conflict between him and Nia. As she nears eighteen, her need to escape her father’s strict rules becomes more desirable. Either Eran must confess what is really going on or face the likelihood of his daughter leaving him.
Nia falls in love with another young woman later in the story, but of course that’s not why she’s being chased by otherworldly beings. The webcomic focuses on the relationship between her and her father and the mystery surrounding the creatures. Sam Concklin’s clever storytelling and characterization shines here. I’m very impressed with the execution and the beautiful message of how love means letting someone grow on their own. Although Concklin expanded the story into a full graphic novel, the six-episode webcomic has enough emotional moments and memorable characters to stick in your mind after reading.
Now and forever Nia is available to read on WebToon. The fan-backed version of the graphic novel on Indiegogo was released on June 1.
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Author: Brahidaliz Martinez
Brahidaliz (pronounced Bra-da-leez) is a 2019 graduate of American University’s MFA in Creative Writing program. Their cross-genre chapbook, Coquí’s Song, is forthcoming (2023) with Mason Jar Press.
Location: DC Metro Area
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