Top 10 Dreamer Moments

(Guest Blog by Alan Evans)

Lora’s been kind enough to let her Dream Team buddies guest blog on the site. I’ve been a booster since Issue 1, page 18 when I read it on Drunkduck. I came for the art and stayed for the story and I’m sure a lot of you have a similar tale.

There are a lot of reasons to follow The Dreamer. It’s emphasis on story and characterization appeals to anyone with an optimistic, curious and convivial disposition along with heart gripping tension and OMG moments. The art is beautiful. With all of this in mind I would like to present to you, MY Top Ten moments in The Dreamer.

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#10-Issue 1, page 4: Welcome to the supporting cast! Yvette, Liz, Ben and soon to be introduced cousin and all around foil, John on the way make their debut. From the get go we can see that Bea’s friends are very important to her and her story.

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#9-Issue 3, page 18: We know that Bea doesn’t have natural history acumen, so when she stumbles upon a painting depicting Knowlton and Howe and with a title like, ‘The Death of Warren,’ it all hits a little too close to home. This moment is the snowball that turns into an avalanche for Bea’s personal life (with Ben, Liz and John), and her dream life (Nathan and Alan).

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#8-Issue 2, page 19: Meeting for the first time. Again. Bea knows she should now Alan. She feels it but she doesn’t remember him. What you get is an AWKWARD but it’s terribly cute as they two get reacquainted. Again.

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#7-Issue 6, page 10: If there was ever of doubt that The Dreamer was rooted in American history, then look no further than number seven. George Washington makes his dramatic debut by laying the smack down on some quibbling soldiers.

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#6-Issue 4, page 2:The Dreamer is many things: Adventure, romance, war, but it’s also not afraid to throw in a laugh now and again as this page shows. Bea’s pragmatism outweighs Nathan’s swaggering position as the gun is the traveling buddy of choice over the very pretty, but not nearly as effective spontoon.

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#5-Issue 5, pages 10-11: “Fire!” Never before had we seen so many of our beloved characters in such mortal danger. Surrounded and surprised by the lobster backs, it takes every bit of luck and ingenuity to escape with their lives. However, nobody comes out of this encounter unscathed either mentally or physically.

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#4-Issue 1, page 22:The Dreamer’s introduction to fan favorite Colonel Thomas Knowlton and could you imagine any other kind of intro? Knowlton’s gruff but honest demeanor has earned him celebrity status in The Dreamer. Oh by the way, we are also introduced to another fan favorite, Nathan Hale.

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#3-Issue 7, page 16: This is the moment that Bea takes control of her situation and owns it. She finally gets her guy after so many years, shy glances and even a choking bout! Some of you like Ben, some of you like Alan but this page had you all wondering about Bea and her future.

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#2-Issue 5, page 25: I know what you’re thinking: “Of course you picked the dust up.” Ah, but remember the over seventy plus comments regarding this dust up between best friends Nathan and Alan? You guys thought this was pretty special too. Nothing interests us more than when two friends like Alan and Nathan throw down.

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#1-Issue 1,Page 2: The quintessential image of The Dreamer lies on the second page of issue number one. Even if you’ve never read every page of The Dreamer, you probably made your way through page 2 of the series, so you know it. You know that this solider and this girl love each other and you’d recognize this image instantly after seeing it.

So what do you think? Whether you agree with my list or not, you’re bound to have your own top ten. What are some of YOUR favorite moments in The Dreamer?

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20 Responses to Top 10 Dreamer Moments

  1. ally says:

    Ooohh, most of mine are the same, I think, but not really.

    1. “LIFT UP YOUR SKIRT!” (I still laugh out loud every time I read it)
    2. Page 10-16 of Issue 5 (It’s the climax of the fight, I think and Bea finally realizes it’s a WAR they’re in. Plus, there’s Knowlton to the rescue!)
    3. Bea and Alan meeting for the “first time” (Issue 2, page 19)
    4. The Kiss (Issue 1 – totally took my breath away the first time I read it. How can you NOT swoon?)
    5. Nathan and Knowlton’s introduction #4 of above
    6. Nathan’s rant to Bea when she wakes him up to look for Alan
    7. Nathan’s rants to Bea in general :P
    8. “See ya in Harlem, Miss Warren, Miss Hale!” (Freddy!)
    9. “You’re not touching my spontoon!”
    10. “Ooh! Cold pants!” (The first page of Issue 4. Something I still can’t help but laugh at)

  2. Caera says:

    Yeah, Ally’s about got it for me too. lol When I’m not so tired I will go back and make an official list. :D

  3. Lora says:

    lol, I think we need some lists from some non-Nathan fan girls! ;)

    Personally, one of my favorite moments that didn’t make Alan’s list is in issue #4 when Bea finally finds Alan and she realizes out he’s not going to die at Bunker Hill. In fact, the panel where he’s holding her hands and they’re in profile and she’s crying with her eyes shut–I have had that drawing up above my desk since a bout a year *before* issue #4 even happened and I still like looking at it. :)

  4. Erin says:

    See, the problem is that there are so many awesome Dreamer moments that you can’t really sum them up in just 10 slots!! XD

    I agree with all of the ones that are up in the blog, but I also agree with the “Lift up your skirt!!” one and also the scene with Bea realizing that Alan isn’t going to die at Bunker Hill….. Too many awesome moments!!! lol

  5. hazel says:

    I’m judging this by moments that made enough of an impression on me that I don’t need to reread the comic to remember the impact they made (because of this there aren’t ten). So in no real order-

    – The Kiss (Classic)
    – Bea and Ben’s Kiss (I like how it shows Bea taking control and her determination to forget Alan. It’s a nice new level of drama there. I also like the reverse role from the Alan/Bea kiss. And it is really sweet too.)
    – When Alan comforts Bea, after she realizes that Alan wasn’t going to die. (it was so sweet, and Alan finally realizes the extent that Bea has changed. And I think that was a turning point for him. He realizes he might have saved her from the British, but she far from safe.)
    – The Alan/Nathan throw down. (That was a wow moment for me. It opened up a new side of Alan’s character and shows real flaws. Because I don’t think he is really mad at Nathan I think the fight is more about his anger at Bea, the situation, his fear and exhaustion. And he took it out on his friend.)
    – Knowlton’s and Alan “talk.” (It’s sad for Alan and all, but kind of hilarious too)
    – And the “lift up your skirt” line.

    I’m not really sure why Alan features so much in these…

  6. Hannah says:

    I can’t pick only ten! Pretty much all of them up there, my number one is The Kiss, just because it’s so epically beautiful. My second favorite is probably the moment Lora mentioned, where Bea just realized Alan’s not going to die and they’re holding hands. For some reason that scene just stayed with me. And I love everything else as well, especially the spontoon moment!

  7. Albone says:

    Ooooh, that moment when Bea realizes that its not Alan who’s going to die did make the top 18, actually the top 12, I swear! Part of the top 18 that didn’t make it was also when Bea takes her Mom’s drugs to get to sleep and when Alan makes Major.

    The kiss was an easy pick for me. XD

  8. Lora says:

    Oh, yeah, I forgot about that scene– when I first read your top 10 I thought, “What, no lightning Alan?” That “God, you’re beautiful” shot has become iconic.

  9. Farorna says:

    Can’t believe no one’s mentioned this yet, but I absolutely ADORE the “Who are you?” scene! (Issue 6, pg 15) Beautifully-drawn, and it gets me every time.

  10. Trevor says:

    Excellent list, Alan! I completely agree with your #1. That is the image that pops into my head every time I talk about or think about this comic.

  11. Lora says:

    You’re right Farorna– of all the art/stories for the fan art contest this summer, that scene was the most popular by a landslide!!

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  13. Gina says:

    I agree with ALL of these top moments! Particularly “lift up your skirt!” :)

    But I have to see, two of my favorite moments are the scene where Alan sits outside Bea’s door singing Amazing Grace, and we get that gorgeous door-to-door shot…..and then the scene where Bea is asleep and the music on her iPod plays through both the switch between her dad tucking her in in the present, and Alan sitting by her side in the past.

    I dunno, maybe it’s just ’cause I can see those both playing out beautifully in cinema :D

  14. Albone says:

    I really liked Lighting-Major-Alan but most of the top ten moments that I picked are 18th century and I wanted to even that out just a tad. I enjoy both timelines. XD Looking back on it, it probably could’ve replaced #8. Alan’s encounter with Howe and Loring were also up there too, just for the ‘mark out’ moment of it. See what I mean about picking 1776?! :P

    Page 8-9 from issue #7 was a contender for a bit, but I realized that I picked it because it was artistically awesome rather than top ten historically worthy just like page 18 of issue #1.

  15. April says:

    Congrats on your mention in Publishers Weekly magazine! I was reading an article about Web comics being turned into books, and hey! There you were. :)

  16. Julie says:

    loved all the lists! Had to stop by the Dreamer site and wish everyone in the USA a happy naming day. This date in 1776 was when the colonies officially became the US (or so they told me on the radio this morning!) Lora, were they right? :)

    And why is our dear Freddie only mentioned a few times? And Bea’s “21st century Nathan! What the hell are my hoops?!” *LOL* Love it.

  17. Madi says:

    10. “Fredrick Knowlton, RUN.” Haha… I love that one. Great father-son moment there!
    9. “God you’re beautiful.” Classic.
    8. ‘Nathan’s Rant’ in his sleep. That’s just priceless.
    7. “PULL UP YOUR SKIRT!” Gets me every time!! ^^
    6. I also love that scene with Alan and Bea when she’s crying and they’re holding hands… Way too sweet, I mean, SERIOUSLY… ^^
    5. “Ooh! Cold pants!”
    4. The “Who are you?” scene when Alan and Bea are on either side of the door. So beautiful…
    3. Issue 5, page ten has the most incredible artwork… EVER. It’s just shocking how talented you are Lora, really. : )
    2. “You’re not touching my spontoon!” Yup, I’m a Nathan Hale fangirl. *holds up foam finger*
    1. THE KISS! Obviously… Teehee! I’m a sap… ^^

  18. Lora says:

    Hey, Julie! That’s too cool–I did not know that, but thanks for sharing!

    As much as I love Freddy… I don’t know if any of his moments can compete for a top 10 spot… unless you kinda count his George Washington convo with Bea as a part of GW’s introduction!

    And thanks, April! It was really cool to be featured there!!

  19. Angie says:

    10. Washington with the rock, and be Bea/Freddy convo to follow.
    9. The Alan/Nathan fight. Manly men, yumm…
    8. The John/Liz moment in issue seven. We got to see a side of John here that Bea never bothers to notice. (So far.)
    7. “Your not touching my spontoon!”
    6. The Ben/Bea kiss. Sure not entirely sure how if feel about the pairing, but I love looking at that picture.
    5. “Ohh cold pants!”
    4. Providence rant
    3. The Kiss
    2. When Liz refers to Alan as “The pirate?” I laugh out loud every time.
    1. When Alan walks up to Bea and holds her hand in issue six, when they off the boat. you can just feel that Bea is confused, lost, and exhausted and then Alan’s just there.

    These are off the top of my head, I’m sure if I actually looked I would find different/ better ones.

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