Conclusion of Act I!

FINAL PAGE #34!

I know how you feel, Bea.

That’s exactly how I feel, Bea…

Three graphic novels and over 500 pages later, that’s is a wrap for The Dreamer Act I: The Consequence of Nathan Hale! Mark your calendars NOW for The Dreamer’s return.

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Act II: Countdown to Culper begins January 15th, 2014!

Be sure to sign up for The Dreamer Newsletter TODAY so that you don’t miss the exciting return in January! I’ll email you to remind you when the comic  resumes so you won’t miss it!

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As a final sendoff, VOTE one last time and download an Act II: Countdown to Culper wallpaper for your desktop so you can countdown the days until The Dreamer’s return!

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Read below the cut for a personal note from me about reaching this milestone.

Back in 2006 Mike and I quit our jobs and moved to New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to become relief workers. When we moved back to Ohio at the end of that summer, I found myself unemployed with a lot of free time. Between freelance illustration gigs, I began working on an idea for a comic that I couldn’t even articulate. I found my earliest description to friends in an old journal entry recently: “Tellos, meets Matrix, meets the Island, meets Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane.” (What does that even mean?!)

My best friend tried to convince me to do it as a webcomic. (After hearing that hot mess of a description, I would have tried to convince me not to do it all…!)  I told her there was no money in webcomics. She told me it was a great way to build a fan base that would lead to a publisher. In the end, she convinced me—and I’m glad that she did.

Here we are, six years later, and I’ve completed Act I, the story I set out to tell about a young captain named Nathan Hale whose death catapults his friends into carrying on the torch of espionage in his memory. Today’s reveal has been planned since Issue #1, and it sure feels good to finally have the cat out of the bag: Ben, what are YOU doing here?!

For those of you who have been with me since our earliest days on Drunk Duck, to those of you who just found me via iO9 a few weeks back, thank you for following me on this ride. It’s been a very special season of my life. I don’t know what Wednesdays and Fridays will even look like at the Innes house without Dreamer updates!

I’m going to miss Dreamer Days, mostly because I’ll miss you. Many artists struggle to find an audience, and no matter how difficult other parts of being a comic book artist have been, I have been richly blessed in the fan-base department since the start. Thank you for not just reading the comic, but for being so vocal in your love of it. Working home alone for years on end, this connection to you has been a lifeline for keeping the project alive. So thank you. This thing lives and breathes because you all give it life. It doesn’t just belong to me anymore.

Act I: The Consequence of Nathan Hale was the initial story I set out to tell. Before I can truly leave Knowlton’s Rangers and move onto Washington’s Spies, I need to take a break and do a fresh wave of research.  Because of this, The Dreamer is going on a six month hiatus.

When I began writing The Dreamer during the summer of 2007 I would take my iPod and go walking for several hours and let my characters talk to me, let the story shape itself as it rolled around and around in my head. I need a chance to do that again. Act II will contain old characters you know and love, some old favorites—with a twist! and brand new characters I have yet to flush out.

So please, sign up for the newsletter, and follow me on the web as I leak out sneak peeks and sketches from Act II. Find me on Twitter! Tumblr! Facebook! and of course, stay in touch with me over at Paper Wings Podcast which is gearing up again now that The Dreamer is winding down. Add The Dreamer to your RSS feed and stay in touch via the blog—I won’t disappear from the site completely.

Finally reaching this milestone is exciting and terrifying all at once.

I’ll see you real soon.

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272 Responses to Conclusion of Act I!

  1. Amy says:

    Oh, thank goodness I am not going to be missing updates while I’m in basic training.

  2. TibbyMSTie says:

    Ohmygoodness!! Reading the Dreamer has been my special “weekend treat” for so long now & it’s actually the only webcomic I follow anymore! I will miss it terribly, can’t wait ’till you come back! In the meantime, I guess I’ll just have to be content with the books I’ve gotten. Thanks Lora for all your hard work!!!

  3. Jeni says:

    Man, I think I’ve been there since the Drunk Duck days, and I’m so excited to see where this is headed next. I actually pulled The Dreamer up the other day while I was at work to show it to my coworkers (it was relevant, I promise- I’m a summer intern in the publications department of Colonial Williamsburg! Even more relevant now though because I was taking a break from researching ciphers and 18th century “spying” things…), and I think I made a few new fans! The fact that this webcomic is so incredibly well-researched makes it all the more wonderful, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little jealous of the research you’re about to do.

    I’ve no idea if you’ll remember me, Lora, but I’m the Pema from last year’s Otakon, and I had the poster I got up in my dorm room at W&M (and will put it back up again when I move back into the dorms in the fall) and the TJ card commission I got pinned to my desk bulletin board at Colonial Williamsburg- he gives the exact right “You should be working” look.

    I can’t wait until January. In the meanwhile, though… archive binge!

    • Lora says:

      Jeni! Of course I remember you! In fact, I have been kicking myself for a year that I did not get your contact information! I’m so glad you wrote.

      Would you mind if I emailed you a question pertaining to William & Mary?

      (…and about folks knowing about me at CW now, I cannot comment. *fangirl flail*)

      • Jeni says:

        Of course not! I think this thing has my email attached to it? If you can’t access it let me know and I’ll give it to you- I’m always happy to blabber about W&M.

        (And re: CW, I definitely think I got the graphic designer interested if nothing else, and everyone was very pleased Bea’s dresses covered her elbows as we just had to get on a kid’s magazine we’ve been working with about that. XD)

  4. Kristee says:

    Holy crap on a cracker! :O

    Well, I guess I should’ve seen that coming. What a great cliffhanger!

  5. Kristee says:

    Btw, thanks for keeping us updated with the email list, Lora! God forbid we should forget about this!!!! I’m gonna miss this so much!! Excellent work throughout the whole series. God bless.

    • Lora says:

      Thank YOU for signing up for it! I’ve heard many horror stories about webcomic creators taking breaks and then their readers never come back. I wanted to stay in touch with you all!

      • Caera says:

        You don’t have to worry about that, Lora. Especially not with me. Nathan may have gotten me into this story but he’s not the only reason I kept reading. I’m invested in everyone now, even the fandom.

  6. Wow, what a doozy of a finale! Just… wow. Hope the research goes well for you, and I’ll be there as soon as you start the updates for Act II. Godspeed!

  7. Warren says:

    That loud sound you heard from south of Columbus? That was the sound of my mind being blown.

    The loud crying you will hear later this evening? That will be my daughter when she suddenly realizes that she’ll have to wait for six months until she gets another Dreamer fix. She’s already re-read volumes 1 and 2 that she owns, and I figure she’ll have them almost memorized by next year — now if only they were AR books!

    • Lora says:

      I thought that was the thunder that’s been rolling through all week—no wonder there was no rain!

      I love that you read The Dreamer with your daughter! Well, if she’s a (prose) reader, which it sounds like she is, there are always the short stories you can give her one every few weeks to help her bide her time!

  8. Cocohorse says:

    Yay! Thank you, Lora! It’s been a great time reading your comic. ^^ Can’t wait for January!

  9. ShariIsLikeWHOA says:

    We should organize some activities for the hiatus! How about a contest??? lol

  10. Piratecaptain26 says:

    Updates have been the highlights of my Tuesday and Thursday late nights for forever now–It’s going to be a long six months…Thanks for all the hard work Lora! I am anxiously awaiting the return in January (even though Nathan won’t be around anymore-imho I think you need a Nathan Hale spin off series. Maybe about his time in New London or Yale or something because I miss him dearly, just sayin’ :P)

  11. Stephen says:

    Argh! Finally decided to start reading this, and I get caught up just as you go on hiatus. Oh well, at least I’ll be able to get work done this week.

    Love the comic. Can’t wait for January.

  12. Trickster says:

    Sherlock Season 3 will be out sooner than this

    Maybe even Adam will get get out of Hell sooner (oh who am I kidding, everybody forgot about Adam)

  13. Don’t know if I can wait till Jan 2014

  14. Silvre says:

    I am going to dearly miss The Dreamer for six months, but I’m glad you are taking a break to refresh yourself and do research. And since you don’t seem like the type to just leave your readers hanging, I will eagerly await January!

    Thank you for caring about your work, thank you for sharing your knowledge and love of American history, and thank you for creating one of the most unique, interesting and beautiful comics I have ever read!

    See you in six months, Lora! :)

  15. Breezie says:

    I just want to say i love your webcomic. I am a huge history buff and a hopeless romantic. This comic has everything i love. And as a struggling writer like myself, it inspired me. So thank you so much for writing this! And i can’t wait to read act II. Love you! <3
    Love,
    Bree

  16. Caera says:

    “Hotel Massachusetts” is officially online now. lol http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJe6lCTGnCA&feature=youtu.be

  17. Julie says:

    So…doing my re-read of The Dreamer…and got to this page… It takes on an entirely different meaning reading what Nathan said now that we’ve seen his end. :(

    • Lora says:

      Oh gosh, the lettering on those old pages makes me cringe. I can’t look!

      • Caera says:

        You are hilarious.

        I sighed the first time I saw that page; I knew what I was getting into. It still makes me sigh, even though it’s all over.

        Oh, and apparently there is a Nathan Hale street across town. Why I don’t live there is beyond me and I am going to remedy this if I can.

      • Julie says:

        I’ve actually enjoyed re-living the metamorphosis of your artistic style. :)

        When was the change of colorists again? I would love to be able to claim to notice the difference without guidance, but I’d rather know so I can look for it and then compare the differences. :)

    • Brent says:

      Great, now I’ve been hit by a feels train

      • Julie says:

        Hmm…Maybe you need to switch cars to find the happy section of the train…and then uncouple the sad/bad feels car so that it becomes the Happy Train instead of just the Feels Train. :) *hugs*

  18. Jackie says:

    Oh my. I’ve followed your webcomic for so long and it was a pleasure meeting you at a con a few years back and I am so excited for the next part of the story! I am SAD that it won’t be for another 6 months but if it’s anywhere as good as the last I can’t wait! Congrats on making it this far!

  19. Ashley says:

    I was just watching Antiques Roadshow with my mom, and somebody brought in a pass for Paul Revere that was signed by Dr. Joseph Warren! I ALMOST HAD A HEART ATTACK. It unfortunately turned out to be a reproduction, but I WAS EXCITE. I couldn’t help imagining what Alan would think if he saw that episode in 2013. :)