No, I’m just pretending to be gay for all the social benefits it brings.
Yu+Me Dream is a webcomic that I followed for years and years, so when creator Rosalarian (pseudonym; actual name Megan Rose Gedris) announced a Kickstarter to fund a limited printing of the comic, I leaped at the chance to support it. While I have read Yu+Me before online, reading this beautiful comic in print is a hugely different experience, and there’s tons of extra, never-before seen content in the print version.
The printed omnibus is almost 1000 pages long, and as you can see in the image above, it’s in two parts. According to Bookstravaganza rules, I could technically count this as two. HOWEVER, because I’ve read the online version before, and because my last Bookstravaganza read was kind of a cheat (if a deliciously funny one), I’m only going to count this as one.
Now, getting to the actual story… Yu+Me Dream is amazing. I adore it so much. Gedris describes it as a surreal lesbian love story, which is as good a description as anything—it’s so hard to sum this comic up into words. Part one focuses on Fiona, an incredibly lonely girl at a Catholic high school who has to deal with bitchy queen-bee types, nuns who have it out for her, and a truly horrid step-mother. It’s the story of Fiona making friends, falling in love, and learning to stand up for herself. It’s somewhat of a cheesy high school romance story, but it’s endearing and funny, and just quirky enough to keep the attention of a cynic like myself.
Part Two is where things get really interesting. There’s a huge twist that I don’t want to give away, but it totally changes the whole direction of the comic. It turns into more of an adventure story, and the previously mentioned surreal starts to really become fun.
The artwork in Yu+Me Dream is breathtaking. It was so worth buying the print editions just to see this beautiful artwork on a page. Gedris started working on Yu+Me in 2004, right out of high school, so the art in the beginning is nothing to write home about. But watching her art grow and develop over the years is amazing. Part One is a simple black and white art style that develops into something truly beautiful by the end, but Part Two is where things really get fun: Gedris starts changing the art style at different parts in the story, and you get everything… water colours, clay dolls, photo comics, anime, paper-cut dolls, vector art, classic tattoo-style, etc,. etc., etc….
I could go on and on about how much I love Yu+Me Dream. I kind of just did, actually! But I could continue, ad infinitum. This series is amazing. Go read it online, fall in love, and buy one of the remaining omnibus editions before they all sell out. You’ll be glad you did.