New Page #26: Ten Thousand Lives

New Page #26!

Bea Passes Out on the Floor

I apologize for the slow load times on the blog and comments section lately. Webmaster Mike has been working crazy long hours this week. He’ll take a look at the back end of the site and try to figure out the problem just as soon as he can. Thanks for bearing with is.

Wednesday’s update will be the final update in Issue #16.

I guess… I’ll see you then.

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68 Responses to New Page #26: Ten Thousand Lives

  1. Amber says:

    My feels!
    My heart!
    I need the ambulance! *sniff* Blows nose on kleenex.

  2. Caera says:

    You updated early again. Why are you making me late when I’m trying to “be there” for Nathan?!?!?

    Oh gods, gods, MEEP! is the word!

    I wish we were seeing a little more of Nathan’s pretty face on these pages. :/ Since we’re not going to have him around after next page, likely. :'(

    I’m feeling so many things right now.

  3. Half Moon says:

    *is now cryng eyes out* NATHAN!!!!!!! NO….. :( I want to say morerght now but my head isn’t working at the moment…
    Bea, CALLED IT
    VI: where is it…???

  4. Gina says:

    Nope nope nope nope nope.

    The feels are too much.

    I’m letting Miguel handle this one:

  5. Piratecaptain26 says:

    I don’t usually comment, but I feel the need to desperately beg for mercy on Nathan Hale’s behalf–daring gallows rescue scenes are extremely popular these days after all….

      • Piratecaptain26 says:

        Exactly! Although if Robin Hood and Little John are busy Elizabeth Swann and Will Turner could probably pull one off as well :P

        • Lora says:

          They’ve proven themselves able as well.

          • Caera says:

            Now I want to watch POT and POTC at one time.

            Pot and Potsy…that’s how I read what I just typed. Doesn’t sound right.

          • David says:

            First distract the Redcoats with the Skeleton Monkey, then Elizabeth and Will and their crews can make their surprise attack during the confusion. But leave Jack Sparrow out of it. That drunken sot would probably bungle the whole operation!

          • Brent says:

            @David: No, he’d ruin the plan, but the actual operation and goal would still be accomplished.

          • David says:

            Oh, riiiight! Jack would mess up Plan A, but Will and Elizabeth would have foreseen that, based on past experience, and have a Plan B on standby. I get it now.

            Actually, they’d still probably end up having to do some improvising as they’re carrying out the mission, because while the ends may be achieved, the means to those ends are bound to be somewhat “erratic” where Captain Jack Sparrow is concerned.

          • David says:

            I’m afraid that very soon that’s all going to be moot where Nathan is concerned, though. :(

  6. Rae says:

    uh oh Bea’s life is going to be seriously complicated soon (there’s no way her parents let her off for downing a bunch of sleeping pills), but if she’s asleep at least she won’t have to deal with it for awhile…but she won’t be in time to save Nathan either I fear. Happy and sad that the issue ends next week!

    • Jaime says:

      Actually, that little stunt will wind her up in the psych ward, to evaluate for suicidal behaviours. Dang it, Bea!

      • David says:

        Any fangirls who ever wished they could trade places with Bea are probably having second thoughts about that now!

  7. Colette says:

    Wait, you’re updating Wednesday? Did I miss something? And there’s no VI!!!!! D:


    (lol, no don’t worry, I know all about the different witnesses accounts of his last words, but when I was little I learned them as “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country”.)

  8. hazel says:

    Wait. Is it clear she took those pills? I just looked over the pages again, and while she probably did take it, we don’t actually see her putting the pills into her mouth. As a fun thought experiment, I’ll look at both possibilities and the different narrative conflict they would create.

    If she took the pills then conflict is behavior related. Her parents would react to her behavior. Her mental state becomes more unstable as stress and guilt causes her to push her friends and family away.

    The other is ‘magic’ related. By that I mean, whatever has caused these dreams to occur in the first place is getting a greater hold on Bea. This would create a different kind of worry for Bea as she becomes less and less able to keep this thing in check. It would also take her parents away from “you’re behavior needs to stop” territory, into “something is serious wrong with our daughter” territory.

    One is internal conflict, the other external. It’s most likely the first option (she did gulp after all), but it would be an interesting take to go the second route.

  9. Brent says:

    Ohhhhhhh, darn your awesome line-placement timing! Darn it to heck! The feels…… THE FEEEEELSSS!!!!!

    And the line…..oh man, I can’t take it! Quick! Someone send me a Nathan plushie! (He shall ride my ducky plushie into battle and unleash my chibi Godzilla plushie on opponents of love and awesomeness and cheesy foods)

  10. Dana says:

    Here is my meager attempt at an elegy. Original poem by William Wallace Lincoln and edited to match by me.

    “There was no patriot like Nathan, so noble and so true. He fell as a spy must, to the noose, but with his face to the sky of blue.
    “His voice is silent in the camp, which oft his presence graced; No more he’ll hear the fangirl squeals which rang from place to place.
    “No squeamish notions filled his breast, America was his theme; “Providence will see us through,” his day-thought and night’s dream.
    “His Country has her part to pay, towards those he left behind. His Bea, Alan, and fangirls all, she must always keep in mind.”

  11. This is what’s like Liberty’s Kids Nathan say those last words. I almost pass out last night while taking nyquil an hour ago to just get rid of this nasty flu and soon to be a cold in which I have right now. Still fighting strong and hard. I think I should get Cunningham sick or just pass it on to him.

    God, can you please bring Captain Nathan Hale back on the face of this planet Earth!

    “One small step for a man, One giant leap for mankind”-Neil Armstrong

    I’m not ready for Nathan to take that small step not one bit!

    Now crying with big giant tears now it’s the time cry my tears out.

  12. Please say that the dreamers not ending it’s getting good happy and sad at same time

    • Julie says:

      Not The Dreamer…just this issue of The Dreamer. :) Remember…we’re still in Act One: The Consequence of Nathan Hale. That means there’s at least one more Act.

      (I would also like to proudly point out that I caught the blog gremlins/chickens before posting this comment. If I hadn’t, the comic would not be The Dreamer, but The Creamer…a moving story of a non-dairy product falling asleep only to find itself in an older world where it actually is a dairy product. Also, it has to decide between the love in its non-dairy present, Coffee, and the love in its all-dairy past, Tea. DUN DUN DUUUUN!!!)

      • Lora says:

        In this version, the Dr/Creamer picks the present. Because really, coffee or tea? No contest!

        p.s. You are right. There are 3 Acts, but I don’t think the others will be as long as Act 1 was.

        • Julie says:

          I think my preferences for the outcome would be the same Dreamer of Creamer actually. :) When it comes to actual dairy-product cream, I prefer to have some in my tea. The flavored and non-dairy stuff only works in coffee…though I will begrudgingly admit that the real cream does make coffee taste better…but still…TEAM TEA ALL THE WAY!!! :P

      • Brent says:

        *joins Nathan via laughter, who then joins him*

      • Caera says:

        Oh gods, if I wasn’t so tired I would make puns till Kingdom Come off of this. lol

  13. The feels… I think I’m going to go cry myself to sleep now.

    This is so powerful and so sad at the same time. *sniff*

  14. Hannah says:


    I literally feel a bit sick. Our poor, brave, brave Nathan *sniff*

  15. Susan says:

    I, I can’t! This is too sad. Not ready to say goodbye. Good thing my birthday is next week because I’m going to want all the Nathan swag after this to comfort me!

  16. Scott Wiser says:

    This is just getting too good…please stop, I can’t stay on the edge of my seat until Wednesday…just kidding, Lora. I really enjoy the drama and tension you’re playing with here. SO well done!

  17. trevor says:

    Popping pills isn’t the answer, Bea. Going online and creating fan fiction where the British lose and you can change history is.

    Also, it’s probably healthier, and the rest of us get to enjoy your adventures too.

    • Brent says:

      Waitaminute… you realize what that means? It means this whole story….IS AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY!!!

      • Lora says:

        … O___O

        Who told you???

        Quick, Alan, Attack Pattern Alpha! Rendezvous at the Eagle’s Nest at 17:00! And someone grab Nathan because he obviously has his nose in a book and will miss the alarm!

        • Brent says:

          AHA!!!! Nathan IS alive! I KNEW IT!!!

          Hey, hold on th– *DOGPILED!*

          • Caera says:

            Fare thee well, dearest Brent, from whatever dark cave they conceal you in. I shall treasure the secret truth you have unveiled and make sure to spread the word to the rest of the world!!!

            Then, I’ll probably join you because Lora has already sent henchmen after me. Please let one of them be Nathan. <3

          • David says:

            Nathan is too much of a gentleman to participate in such things. No, more likely it’d be Rogers and his merry band of ruffians, so you might want to relocate to a safe-house and change your identity right about now!

          • Caera says:

            Nathan wouldn’t have to play the ruffian. He would simply crook his finger at me and I would follow gladly.

          • David says:

            Ah, yes. Lora would indeed be wise to make use of Nathan’s irresistable charm in order to carry out her diabolical scheme.

            But if that thug Rogers shows up instead, don’t say I didn’t warn you!

  18. Leila says:

    AAH, the FEELS! Great, great work with the buildup here!! I’m guessing Bea won’t be able to change the course of BIG history (i.e. saving Nathan’s life) but hopefully she’ll at least get her hands on those letters and make sure they make it to where they should have gone.

  19. Lora says:

    Thank you all for the compliments on this issue, everyone. It was a hard one to write. Then it was a harder one to draw. I think it’s been nice to have another project to work on these past two months to distract me.

    Oh, and cameo girls, I’ve spent the past two days drawing your lovely, lovely faces! You’ve cheered me up a great deal, thinking about how much I love you and how grateful I am for this community of readers. A lot of times I take for granted your presence in my life. But then I stop and realize how many times a day your investment in and enthusiasm for this story and these characters makes me smile—in tweets, DA messages, FB pokes, or distraught Tumblr posts… you guys light me up a hundred times a day and you don’t even know it.

    Thank you so much for being vocal about your love for The Dreamer. It’s been a constant stream of joy in my life for several years now.

    …Gold stars for everyone!

    • Caera says:

      We love you, Lora!

    • Colette says:

      What exactly is all of this about cameos….I’m confused.

      Also, we love your comic! My life literally goes like this;

      Monday: tomorrow Dreamer updates!!!
      Tuesday: waits all day and stays up as late as necessary pressing the refresh button
      Wednesday: sulks because it isn’t Thursday yet
      Thursday: same as Tuesday
      Friday: weeping because I will have to wait four whole days before the next update
      Saturday/Sunday: romantically sighing while daydreaming about Nathan
      Monday: it’s a Monday >:)

      • Lora says:

        ha ha ha, this made me laugh! <3

        As for cameos… I opened up six cameo slots to appear in the comic. Last time I did this I was recruiting men to fight with Thomas Knowlton at Bunker Hill, so this time I made sure that the ladies got a shot.

        All slots were filled in just a few hours so the announcement never found its way onto my blog…

        • Colette says:

          Aw, I was hoping for a chance to be one of the next cameos :(. Oh well…maybe I’ll get another chance in the future? I’m a big Dreamer fan ;D

          • Julie says:

            You and me both! O_O Although…I think I’d look very odd in the 18th century…as much as I’d love to look like I belonged. :P

          • Colette says:

            I have no qualms about whether or not I would belong–I was TOTALLY born in the wrong century ;D. On the other hand, it is hard to see myself in 18th century apparel…not sure if I would look like I belonged either. BUT HOW AWSOME WOULD IT BE TO ACTUALLY BE IN MY FAVORITE COMIC?!?!

  20. Sarah M (OwlStory) says:

    I love the perspective on the hanging scene — I don’t think I would have been able to handle it otherwise.

  21. Karen says:

    Lora, this is so beautifully done. I’m so glad you worked in some of the more obscure quotes from the old biographies for Nathan’s speech, beyond just the ‘famous last words’ that get quoted so often. Thank you for sharing your wonderful vision with us.

  22. You’re killin’ me, Smalls!