New Page #26!

New Page #26! There’s only one page left in this issue. Come back next Wednesday–you don’t miss it!

You know what else happens next Wednesday?!  Volume 2 of The Dreamer is released!!! I hope you’ve all ordered your copy!! Comic Shops only will probably get it on the actual release day…

Use these codes:

Vol 1: 978-1-60010-465-7

Vol 2: 978-1-61377 – 031-3

Vol 2 Diamond Order Code (for Comic Shops): SEP110353

As a special farewell, since we’re at the end of the issue, VOTE this week for a trip down memory lane with Thomas Knowlton! All of his greatest moments in a little “highlight reel.” (Warning: It might take a few seconds to load.)

And don’t forget to order your limited edition Thomas Knowlton souvenirs in The Dreamer Tee Shirt store! These are only for sale until NEXT WEEK and then they’ll be forever gone!

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159 Responses to New Page #26!

  1. Caera says:

    SHIT, ALAN! Dying is bad enough but for the love of God don’t turn into a ZOMBIE!

    And stopping the letter in mid sentence? Smooooothhhh….

    The VI made me laugh and cry!!! D’aww!!! The memories…we’ll miss you, Knowlton! <3

  2. We’ll miss you Thomas Knowlton in later issues and Alan you can not die, someone get a doctor!

  3. Rose says:

    Gah! Cliffhanger much?

    This whole issue/chapter/whatever you call it has been lovely and intense, Lora! It just keeps getting better and better.

  4. Grace says:

    Damn it, damn it all to hell…now I’m crying.

    Someone pllleeeaaasssse find a doctor for Alan…

    And the VI: You will be sorely missed, Thomas Knowlton…</3

  5. nessili says:

    for someone who’s never drawn puke before, you did entirely too good a job–made me queasy just to read that. I’m hoping the next issue shows them trucking Alan off to the doctor whilst passed out.

    Love the VI. Sniff. Will miss Thom dreadfully.

    • Caera says:

      Hahaha, I left “gross!” on her facebook page when I saw it. I hate puking. More than coughing, though Alan needs to not do either. :(

    • Lora says:

      My BFF almost puked looking at the black-and-white version!

      • Tamesin says:

        I think it speaks highly of your artistic talent to say that this is a page I won’t be re-reading very often! :D

        • Lora says:

          Says the girl who wants a SPUNKERS CLUB STORY! Think you can handle it? ;)

          • Tamesin says:

            Of course! As long as it’s not in full color, 3D, pop-up, scratch ‘n’ sniff, I should handle it just fine. (And I’m sure the family genes would kick in at some point and I’d begin to giggle.)

    • nessili says:

      I could be all sorts of gross and say at least it’s not black…that’d mean blood, and we really don’t want him bringing up blood.

      Sorry, I’m a doctor’s daughter and a mom, so it doesn’t phase me too much to talk/read about it. IRL though…

      anyway, I’ll stop now :P

  6. Tess says:

    How in the world am I going to make it all the way to next Wednesday? I have exams to study for – I can’t keep this in the back of my mind all weekend!!! :P

  7. Chajiko says:

    Oh my gosh–the VI made me cry, and I’m already coughing and hacking and congested from a bad head-cold. x_x It was lovely, though.
    And Alan–auuuugh Alan!! >_<

  8. Faith says:

    AAAAHH!!

    I repeat:

    AAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!

  9. Etoile says:

    Oh, Alan won’t die; he’s too important to the story to die this early, right? Right?

    …I’m very, very worried for him.

    The VI was wonderful, even if it made me sad about Knowlton all over again. It’s really amazing the way that you made me care so much about him. I’d never heard of him before I started reading The Dreamer, and now I want to know even more about him, and I’m sure that when I learn about him I’ll be picturing him as you’ve drawn him. Basically, what I’m trying to say is that you’ve done an amazing job with him as a character, and knowing that there actually was a Thomas Knowlton makes him even better and his death in the story even sadder.

    • Lora says:

      Thank you! It means a lot. I tried to bring alive, make him fun and yet stay true to what I know about him at the same time.

  10. Rebecca says:

    Not Alan too! Please, haven’t you killed off enough characters in this issue? Who are you channeling? Is it George RR Martin? It is, isn’t it? Well, please stop. We are I am way too emotionally invested in him.

  11. Rachel says:

    I loved the vote incentive! It was so cool to see the progression of your art within the summary. I especially noticed the strong variation of line-widths that sets the depth-of-field in the later pages: it’s really beautiful.

    Also, I’ve written a story that involves a character being seriously ill like this, and it’s so weird to see all my research about respiratory illnesses coming into play. I must say it’s very realistic! Do you think of Alan’s illness as an actual definable one (i.e., pneumonia, bronchitis, tuberculosis), or is it just generalized?

    • Lora says:

      That old art work…! Eep! Yeah I’ve definitely gotten better.

      The lightweight change happened in issue 10. Before that the pages were drawn traditionally and I just couldn’t make my pencils look that rich. With a program called Sketchbook Pro, all of my inks are digital and I love the effect!

      Oh and as usual, well done research will help you find spoilers for the Dreamer…

  12. Half Moon says:

    VI: geh- ah- wha- GAH!!!!!!!!!!!! HE CAN’T LEAVE US!!!!! I DEMAND HISTORICAL REWRITE!!!!!!

    AS for the page: Is this where Alan goes to presant day to pay Bea a visit???

  13. Leina says:

    “…Surely you must know that I am….” Lora, I love you dearly and you know that I all but bow at that maybe-not-quite-so-fictional-alter of yours, but so help me, if the end of Alan’s sentence to Bea is “…I am too old for you…” I may scream….just a fair warning. Of course, that will never stop me from bringing popcorn to Wednesday’s event……(and I still don’t believe Knowlton’s dead yet :(……)

  14. Brent says:

    Wow. with all the gunshots and death and everything, I think this may be the most painful (physically) page for me. Great job capturing it all.

    the VI — BWAAA-HUHHUHHAAAAAAA!!!!! *blows nose*

  15. Allison says:

    Wait a second… Is vomiting a symptom of tuberculosis…?

    I bothered to look this up online and it doesn’t mention vomiting… Wikipedia wouldn’t ever lie to me! I look forward to finding out for sure what it is. :D

    PS. The vomiting panel made me want to blow my nose as I do after a good hurl. Great job!

    • Jen says:

      My guess is it’s either the strain of physical exertion (I’ve heard of people tossing their cookies after running a race) due to fighting in that battle with a fever, or he triggered his gag reflex from coughing so hard. Or both.

  16. Jen says:

    My first thought was “OMG, vomit!”

    Then I read the snippets from the letter. My money’s on him finishing that sentence, “I am dying of tuberculosis” or something to that effect. Knowing you’re dying is definitely an incentive to NOT confess your love for someone, because you don’t want them to be tied down to you, especially when they’re so young.

    But that’s just my speculation. I hope I’m wrong.

  17. lo says:

    NOO! Alan don’t die now, be strong. Please don’t die. We need you <3
    PS. Awesome as always :D

  18. deb says:

    I must be one disgusting and unsympathetic child because I reacted to the puke by giggling and “Hehehehe, puke!” D: Bad, Deb! Very bad!

    “Surely, you know that I am the culprit who’s been eating all your pa’s tea cozies.”

  19. Julie says:

    Epic incentive…this page made me cringe though. :P

  20. Esile says:

    I saw this page and cringed, between the vomit and just how overall sick Alan looks. I don’t want him to die, but I think I’d be more surprised if he lives… unless Bea steps in somehow.

  21. Rae says:

    OMG ALAN! I need to know what he’s going to say. It better finish with “love you” somehow lol

    I also loved the VI it was great to go back and see Knowlton’s greatest moments! I actually forgot about a few of them, he was so great! I feel so bad for his family war is so awful.

  22. Lisa Jonte says:

    I’ve been in a bit of willful denial over Alan’s “Consumption”. I kept thinking that his sweating/fever meant that his crud was viral and might eventually clear up. Sadly, I’m a curious monkey who lives in the information age and the Mayo Clinic has blown that fantasy right out of the water: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/tuberculosis/DS00372/DSECTION=symptoms

    Stoopid, jerk Mayo Clinic…

  23. Amber says:

    Oh well, I guess the regiment can have their (ruined) tea cozies back, now that Alan spat them up like a hairball. (ewww) I thank God I have a strong stomach or else I would be throwing up because of all the eww involved in that very realistic-looking vomit.

    Ok, now I will be serious. Alan, get a doctor already! Oh wait, a doctor would just perscribe leeches and rest. :( No help there. Please live Alan, we cannot live through another heartbreak. We do not want to see your memorial like Thomas Knowlton’s in the VI! (Of which said VI sent me to the verge of tears)

  24. Margaret says:

    I think this is the most well drawn page in the entire story. I am overwhelmingly impressed at your ability to drawn Alan so realistically sick looking. And the VI is just great.

  25. Trevor says:

    I think he’s got the black lung. Farmers can get that too, right?

    Perhaps a good spot of English tea shall fix him right up.

    • Half Moon says:

      …I think the Son of Liberty would rather die…

      • Caera says:

        Thank G-d I’m half British…I could never live without my Tea. lol

        • david says:

          So by “half British” do you mean “half Scottish”? I’m asking because I’ve heard many Scots don’t like to be referred to as British despite Scotland’s geographic location.

          • Caera says:

            I have Welsh, Scott, English and Irish on my mother’s side, though she got her citizenship a little less than ten years ago. My dad was born here. So I say Half-Brit because there’s simply nothing else to call me. lol

            We won’t even get into my paternal ancestry. We’ll be here all night.

  26. Rose says:

    So, was the VI intentional for Veteran’s Day? Or was it a happy coincidence?

    The person I couldn’t help thinking of while attending my local Veteran’s Day events, though, was Nathan. So many people like him–nice kids with a bright future ahead of them whose lives were cut short by war. :(

  27. David says:

    It’s also kind of ironic that Veteran’s Day was originally observed as the day the “War to end all wars” officially ended. Obviously that particular nickname wasn’t very accurate. Duh!

  28. David says:

    @Caera: I was about to comment that the Irish part of your ancestry wouldn’t really qualify as “British” but then remembered that Ireland is officially one of the “British Isles” so your “half-Brit” description is basically correct. Anyway, just for the record my combined ancestry is English, Scots-Irish, German, Dutch, French, and Swiss. I promise I will drop this subject after this entry!

    • Caera says:

      Well my Irish side wound up in Northern Ireland before I was born anyway so either way. lol

    • Amber says:

      Wow! It is good to know I am not the only Heinz 57 here. I too, am English, Irish, Scottish, German, with French, Egyptian, and Italian mixed in. Lol! This mix comes from over 1,000 years…….. I won’t get into it. It’s kinda complicated. :)

  29. David says:

    Does anyone remember when people used to vomit “off-screen” or at least it was done in such a way that we didn’t have to actually see the puke? I just barely do!

  30. David says:

    @Caera: Considering much of their history with their “neighbors” on Great Britain, it’s little wonder the people of BOTH parts of Ireland would prefer to be called “Irish”! I guess what I’m trying to say is that while they are certainly ETHNICALLy Irish they could probably be considered GEOGRAPHICALLY “British”, like it or not, because Ireland IS one of the British Isles. It’s kind of like how Swedes and Norwegians are both “Scandinavian” and Spaniards and Portugese are both “Iberian”. Anyway, that’s my theory. Oh, Whatever! I’m ready to just drop this whole subject if you are!

  31. “Let us agree it is difficult to put the world together. Let us remember, however, when you put man together, you put the world together.”- Walter P. Reuther

  32. Becca says:

    Long-time reader, 1st time comment-er, b/c I just had to say that this is seriously the most heart-wrenching and beautiful issue of a comic I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. The entire thing was so astoundingly brilliant, from the detailed battle scenes to Alan’s words. I had to go back and read it over and could do so a million times more. Lora, please don’t ever stop drawing/writing “The Dreamer.” There are so very few pieces of art like this, and your work really is an inspiration to the rest of us historical-fiction lovers.