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-> Adventure, Romance, War. 1776 is back.

Beatrice “Bea” Whaley seems to have it all; the seventeen year old high school senior is beautiful, wealthy and the star performer of the drama club. And with her uncle’s connections to Broadway theater, the future looks bright ahead of her. Little does she know that her future might actually be brighter behind her.

Bea begins having vivid dreams about a brave and handsome soldier named Alan Warren--a member of an elite group known as Knowlton’s Rangers that served during the Revolutionary War. Prone to keeping her head in the clouds, Bea welcomes her nightly adventures in 1776; filled with danger and romance they give her much to muse about the next day. But it is not long before Beatrice questions whether her dreams are simply dreams or something more. Each night they pick up exactly where the last one ended. And the senses--the smell of musket shots and cannons, the screams of soldiers in agony, and that kiss--are all far more real than any dream she can remember.

Bea begins to research Colonial America only to discover that her dreams recount actual historical events that she knew nothing about! She grows increasingly detached from her friends and family as she tries desperately to figure out what is happening to her...

You can go read it here [[http://thedreamercomic.com/ on the official site]]

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!!Provides Examples Of:
* ADayInTheLimelight: The short stories are usually written as these, with two of the three revolving around Nathan and Freddy, respectively.
* {{Arcadia}}: 18th century Roxbury, MA definitely fits the bill.
* AerithAndBob: Bea's Uncle Hercules and her mother Sarah.
* AlternateSelf: The comic features 21st century and 18th century version of several characters, most notably the main character Beatrice.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Played straight with Alan Warren wanting to send Bea Whaley back to Boston.
* UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution
* AmericanAccents: It's a given that the modern cast and most of the 18th century cast speak with a New England/Boston accent.
* AnyoneCanDie: In the 18th - century at least. With war and less - than -stellar medical care, anyone can, you know, die.
* ArtEvolution: From [[http://thedreamercomic.com/comic.php?id=6 this]] to [[http://thedreamercomic.com/comic.php this]].
* {{Asexuality}}: Samuel Warren is stated to be one by the creator.
* AuthorGuestSpot: Sometimes, the author and her friends/family appear in the background.
* BadassBookworm: Nathan is one of these.
* BadassLongcoat: Well, the military uniforms ''do'' include these.
* BadDreams: Sometimes Bea's dreams are like this.
* BandOfBrothers: Knowlton's Rangers.
* BetaCouple: Liz/John
* BettyAndVeronica: Bea finds herself trying choose between 21st century Ben and 18th century Alan, with Alan as the Veronica and Ben as the Betty. However, the twist is, that Ben is the "safe" one, but family-loving, apple farmer, puritan Alan probably has more Betty characteristics than Ben, so which is Betty and which is Veronica depends on your interpretation and the situation Bea is in. It is also worth noting that even in the 18th century segments of the comic there is still a Betty and Veronica dynamic with Alan (Betty) and a young UsefulNotes/AlexanderHamilton (Veronica). Although, it's pretty obvious which one Bea loves best/chooses.
* {{Big Applesauce}}
* {{Big Fancy House}}
* BigNo: Bea in issue #4.
* BilingualBonus: In the beginning of Issue #12, Benjamin Tallmadge says to Nathan Hale in Latin, "Poena absentiae non excusandae probatio collegii dies quinque et admonitio publica est. '''Decem''' pro furciferis Linoniae."[[labelnote:Translation]]The punishment for unexcused absence is five days of college probation and a public admonition. '''Ten''' for Linonian rogues.[[/labelnote]]
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: With Alan as the blond, Bea the brunette, and Alexander the redhead.
* BloodlessCarnage: averted.
* BolivianArmyEnding: If the author is going to keep things historically accurate, part one will surely end with this...
* BoyMeetsGirl: We start the comic with the last stage of the trope; Bea and Alan meet at a market in Boston.
* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: Played with with Nathan's spontoon.
* ButtMonkey: Poor Nathan. He gets beat up when trying to apologize to Alan, has to escort Bea back to Boston, his Colonel doesn't think he's competent enough, and he's never even been in a single battle.
* CastFullOfPrettyBoys
* CastOfSnowflakes: Everyone has a distinct appearance in the comics.
* ChickMagnet: Woo Boy. A lot of them.
* ChildSoldiers: Freddy could be considered one of these, although he's a teenager.
* CliffHanger: Many of the issues end with one.
* CockFight: Many occur between Alan and Alexander.
* ColonelBadass: Col. Knowlton, obviously. Being the leader of ''Knowlton's Rangers'', the first organized intelligence organization in the U.S. Army certainly helps.
* ComingOfAgeStory: For both Beatrice and Freddy.
* CostumePorn
* CulturedWarrior: Played straight with Nathan, considering he graduated from Yale with honors and was a school teacher before he enlisted as an officer.
* DashedPlotline: In Issue #14,the story is interspersed with vignettes of Alan's life.
* DatingWhatDaddyHates: Beatrice and Alan's relationship.
* DefinitelyJustACold: Alan's cough.
* DistressedDamsel: Bea tends to be this.
* DoubleEntendre: "I remember taking my turn with you more than once that evening."
* DownerEnding: See the BolivianArmyEnding trope above.
* DramaClub: Bea and Ben are part of it.
* DreamLand
* DressingAsTheEnemy: Alan does this in the first issue to rescue Bea.
* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: Well, the comic does focus on ''Knowlton's Rangers''.
* EscapeConvenientBoat: Alan and Bea use this when escaping from the ship holding Bea captive in issue #1.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: In the fandom, some of the male characters are subject to this, especially Nathan.
* {{Epigraph}}: Each comic has a quote with the title that goes with the comic's theme.
* AFatherToHisMen: Col. Knowlton to his Rangers.
* FamousLastWords
** "Fred...? Go back out there and defend your country, son. There's n-nothing you can do for me here..."[[spoiler: Thomas Knowlton]]
* FemaleGaze: ''lots of it.''
* FeverDreamEpisode: Issue #14 switches between Alan's fever dreams and memories and what's happening in the real world.
* [[FirstGirlWins First Guy Wins]]: The first male we meet/see is Alan, whom the reader finds out is Bea's 18th - century boyfriend.
* {{First Kiss}}: Beatrice's and Alan's first kiss is actually in the first pages of the comic; Ben and Bea's kiss doesn't come until issue #7.
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Alan Warren
** TheLancer/ TheSixthRanger: UsefulNotes/AlexanderHamilton
** TheSmartGuy/ TheHeart: Nathan Hale
** TheBigGuy/ DaChief: Thomas Knowlton
** TokenGirl/ TheChick: Beatrice Whaley
** TagalongKid: Freddy Knowlton
* FlashSideways: Beatrice tends to get these a lot.
* ForegoneConclusion: [[spoiler:Nathan must die.]]
* ForeShadowing: Some of the comments Nathan has made can be read as this, especially if you've read up on your American history.
** [[spoiler: Nathan Hale couldn't keep a secret to save his life. Ouch.]]
* FormFittingWardrobe: The clothes in the 18th - century basically are this.
* FourPhilosophyEnsemble: Alan as The Realist, Alexander as The Cynic, Nathan as The Optimist, and Beatrice as The Conflicted.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble:
** Alan: Phlegmatic Type II
** Alexander: Choleric
** Beatrice: Phlegmatic
** Nathan: Melancholic
* GeniusBookClub: Nathan is often seen reading the play ''Cato'' which also acts as a [[GeniusBonus Genius Bonus]] for those who know that his historical counterpart's famous quote is sometimes attributed as being based on a part of the play.
* GentlemanAndAScholar: Played straight with Nathan Hale.
* GenreRoulette: The comic jumps from historical fiction to YA lit in a matter of pages.
* GenreSavvy: There are moments when the characters display this.
* GorgeousPeriodDress: Well ''duh.''
* GreenEyes: Bea has these.
* HeldGaze: Between Alexander and Beatrice no less during [[http://www.thedreamercomic.com/comic.php?id=314 an argument]].
* HeroOfAnotherStory: In Act 1, is that tried and true tale of the loss of innocence, and the drift from boyhood into manhood for Freddy.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Nathan Hale and Ben Tallmadge.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: ''And how''. There's Nathan Hale, Col. Knowlton, John Adams, Gen. Howe, Betsy Loring,Hercules Mulligan, Alexander Hamilton, Gen. Washington... and probably plenty more coming soon.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Nathan Hale, arguably.
* HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct: Bea makes one attempt to change history [[spoiler:and gets the wrong Warren]]. The mess it creates causes her to swear off trying to mess with the past in her dreams.
* HollywoodNewEngland: Since the parts take place in modern - day Boston, MA, it's possible that the characters in that period talk with an accent. Also with Nathan, Alan, and 18th - century Bea.
* ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe: Subverted with Bea and Ben.
* IdiotBall: At the end of issue #10, Alexander offers to take Beatrice to safety to Washington's headquarters, but Beatrice stays put with Alan and Nathan. Alan is supposed to take Beatrice to Washington for interrogation about what happened when she was with Howe - and Alexander could easily have taken her to Washington himself!
* IdenticalGrandson: 21st - century Bea and 18th - century Bea look exactly the same.
* ImpossiblyLowNeckline: In vogue for 18th-century fashion.
* InformedAttribute: The reader is often told how skilled an actress Beatrice is.
* InnocentCohabitation: Beatrice and Alexander roomed together 2 years ago with Beatrice's uncle in New York City.
* IKissYourHand: Alexander does this.
* IvyLeague: Nathan is a graduate of Yale University, Alex went to to King's College, which is now called Columbia University. {{Justified|Trope}}. If it's 1776 and you're going to college, the IvyLeague's pretty much your only option.
* JailBaitWait: Alan waits for Bea to be of proper age before he can court her.
* JigsawPuzzlePlot
* JustAKid: Freddy Knowlton gets told this a lot, even though he's in one of the most elite fighting forces in the U.S. Continental Army!
* KissingCousins: In a behind-the-scenes interview with Lora Innes, the comics creator, says that 18th-century Bea's parents want her to marry her cousin, John Mulligan.
** It's also weird because 21st-century Bea ''also'' has a cousin named John Mulligan....
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: When Bea is dreaming and in her 18th - century self, she seems to have forgotten nearly ''everything'' about her life; Alan is trying to help her regain those memories. However, as the plot progresses, Bea is starting to remember bits and pieces of her 18th - century life.
* LivingDream: 18th-century Beatrice (or is she?)
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Well, it ''was'' the style back then!
* LoveAtFirstSight: Bea goes through this when she first see Alan at the market.
* LoveTriangle: Played with, since Bea has boyfriends in both time eras. Also it looks as if Alexander Hamilton has an unrequited love/crush on Bea.
* ManlyMenCanHunt: In the 18th - century, at least.
* MeetCute: Although Alexander and Beatrice technically already knew each other, they still met cute in [[http://thedreamercomic.com/comic.php?id=237 issue nine]]. Granted, they aren't in a relationship yet, it's still worth noting.
* MentalTimeTravel: Beatrice goes back in time to the American Revolution when she fall asleep.
* ModelCouple: Face it. Whoever's together, they look beautiful together.
* MultipleDemographicAppeal: ''TheDreamer'' has elements of a high-school drama, American Revolutionary action, romance arcs, and [[EstrogenBrigade gorgeously-drawn characters]].
* MuggleAndMagicalLoveTriangle: Bea is caught between Alan, the dashing revolutionary war soldier she meets in her dreams, and Ben, the football captain at her high school and her long time crush.
* TheMuse: In issue #11, Bea's voice teacher invokes this as the reason why Beatrice sang particularly well.
* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine: Apparently this was what Bea went through with while staying with General Howe.
* OfCorsetsSexy
* OfficialCouple: Alan/Bea, obviously.
* OneSteveLimit: There are two Benjamins in the series: one in the 21st century, the other in the 18th century.
* PermaStubble: Col. Knowlton has one.
* RecurringDreams
* RedHeadedHero: Alexander Hamilton has red hair.
* ReunionKiss: Beatrice and Alan have one within the first pages of the comic.
* RichBitch: Subverted with Bea. She's actually a very nice girl.
* SchroedingersButterfly: The story relies heavily on this trope.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Nathan often [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this trope.
* SickEpisode: The entirety of issue #14, with Alan as the sick one.
* SiblingYinYang: Bea and John, although they're cousins not siblings.
* SharpDressedMan: Alex, naturally.
* ShirtlessScene: In issue #4 Nathan gets one, although it's just him in his bed.
* ShoutOut: In issue #7's CreatorCameo, the author draws herself holding a copy of a FruitsBasket manga.
* ShownTheirWork: The author/illustrator has studied ''a lot'' for this comic to be as accurate as possible.
* StoryArc: Currently twofold: 18th - century deals with the Battle of Harlem Heights/Long Island and the modern day deals with Bea and Ben's relationship.
* SquadNickname: Knowlton's Rangers are also called ''Congress's Own''.
* TalkingInYourDreams
* TriangRelations: Of the Type 7 variety with Beatrice, Ben, and Alan.
* TrueCompanions: Knowlton's Rangers.
* UptownGirl: 18th - century Bea, and to a lesser extent, 21st - century Bea.
* VolleyingInsults: Alexander and Beatrice often do this.
* WebComicTime: Issues where it takes place in one day feel like months, especially since it only updates on Fridays.
* WhamLine
-->'''Nathan:''' Ever since I enlisted, I've been waiting for the chance to be useful. [[spoiler:'''''So I'll do it.''''' Colonel Knowlton, tell General Washington that I am his man.]]
* WheredaWhiteWomenAt? Ben Cato and Beatrice are in a relationship.
* WigDressAccent: In issue #9, Alan, Alex, Bea and Nathan go in cognito.
* WifeHusbandry: Alan does this with Bea, which of course is rather squicky to say the least. Also a ValuesDissonance with the readers. To us, it looks weird, but back then, it was perfectly normal.
* WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief: A discussed trope.
-->'''Ben''': It's just you and the audience - hundreds of people - and you've got just one chance, ''just once chance,'' to convince them that it's real. There's a magic moment where you can make them believe ''anything'' because they already want to. They're there and ready and you just have to take them the ''rest of the way.''
* WorkingThroughTheCold: Alan does this through the majority of the series.
* YoungFutureFamousPeople: A young Alexander Hamilton is featured in the comic.
* YourCheatingHeart: ''Both'' Bea and Alan have done this to some extent.
* YouNeedToGetLaid: Alan gets told this by Col. Knowlton, and is even given furlough papers so he can go and marry Beatrice.
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