io9 The Dreamer

The Dreamer was featured on io9 this week.

As I was recovering from a fun day at Appleseed Con Saturday night, I saw a surprise on my social media feeds. Everyone was linking me to this article. So many of you checked out The Dreamer after reading this review that our site was down for a bit. We’re sorry for that and glad you came back.

If you’re joining us from io9, welcome!

What is The Dreamer? The Dreamer began as a webcomic in 2007 and has been updating uninterrupted since then. It is the story of a young girl named Bea who begins dreaming about the American Revolution. But when it begins to happen every night, she wonders if these are just dreams, or something more.

In 2008, IDW Publishing began reprinting the webcomic material in graphic novels. The Dreamer continues to update online, as well as be released in printed editions.

Where is a good place to start? The beginning, of course! People generally take only a few hours to read through the entire archives—so don’t worry, it isn’t as intimidating as it looks. We welcome you to make some popcorn, put on your comfy socks, and kick back for a few hours of entertainment.

Of course if reading online isn’t your thing, you can find the first two volumes in book stores everywhere from IDW Publishing, or buy them on Amazon: Volume 1, Volume 2.

I’ve read the archives, now what? New Dreamer pages update every Wednesday and Friday, so come soon for more!

Or look forward to Volume 3’s release in early 2014. The webcomic always moves faster than the printed collections, so if you have to know what happens next, is the place to be.

Why don’t the comments on the blog make any sense? Like most fandoms, The Dreamer has its own language of in-jokes. But that doesn’t mean you aren’t welcome! Dive right in with thoughts of your own and we’re always happy to explain the nonsense if you don’t understand.

Is The Dreamer really historically accurate? Well, it’s about a time-travelling girl, so no. But as for the rest, check out this recent review on Journal of the American Revolution where historical author Lars Hedbor gives his thoughts on the project, as well as a brief interview with Lora Innes, the author.

What an honor to be spotlighted by io9, and welcome! A special thank you from the bottom of my heart to Lauren Davis for the dazzling feature.