The start of a new year brings forth the changes
that we want to make in ourselves and the world around us. These resolutions are what propel us forward, even if they end up being just a little out of our reach. What I have for you today isn’t a nerdy way to lose weight or a petition to bring about a well-needed shift in media; however, if your resolution had to do with reading something new, have I got a webcomic for you.
On the surface, Megan Rose Gedris’s Yu+Me Dream doesn’t look like anything out of the ordinary. Main character Fiona lives her day-to-day normal, boring life going to Catholic school and being teased because she’s an outcast. Although content with her life—save for the bullying—Fiona can’t help but feel there’s something missing, and when new girl Lia transfers in, Fiona realized that it might just be this new face she was looking for this entire time.
Yu+Me Dream deals with the struggles of Fiona coming to terms with her sexuality, and it isn’t easy. In fact, she doesn’t even realize that women can be in love with other women until she steps back and examines herself. At times, even Lia seems uncertain of the relationship, and attending a school run under an institution that isn’t exactly accepting of non-heteronormative love only brings more harassment down on both of their heads. Despite all of this, the two continue to work on their relationship, deepening their bonds until they feel like they can make it public. What better place to do this than the school dance? However, during the dance, Fiona finds something out about her seemingly normal life. Then shit gets real.
I’d bet you’d love to know what that shit is, right? Then read the comic! The twist in this story is too good to spoil, and even if I did, I doubt I’d be able to do it any justice.
What I love best about this webcomic is that it’s almost an entirely woman-driven story, with a few men taking up the reins as side-characters. Not only that, but it’s a lesbian narrative that caters entirely to an actually queer audience rather than catering to an audience more drawn to the typical male gaze: no aspect of the relationships is put in simply for shock value or to get views. Every event seems like something that anybody could relate to (from personal ignorance to pushy, unwanted suitors). Let’s face it, we don’t get a lot of these in any forms of media, although there seems to be a webcomic boom right now trying to address this issue.
The only problem I can see with Yu+Me Dream is that it’s terribly white. Off the top of my head—which may not mean much since it’s been years since I finished it—I can only recall three people of color, and two of them were villains, or could be interpreted as villains.
Other than that issue, the series itself has a more than engaging narrative and Gedris’s art style really lends itself to the stories and the characters (don’t let the first chapter fool you; if the site’s banner is any indication, the art gets better). Even later on, where Gedris breaks away from traditional art and experiments with different mediums such as clay and collage, it only lends itself to the tale being laid out in front of the audience, never detracts. Yu+Me Dream has been finished for several years, so sitting down and reading it all in one fell swoop could be a perfect way to spend an afternoon locked away from the cold. In fact, if you end up liking it, you could even buy the anthology. Either way, I implore you to start your journey into Fiona’s psyche by clicking here.