Digital Comics Review: Dream Life Vol. 1

Murder in BC leads to an inuksuk in Ontario. Charlie’s childhood friend is about to die. Hitchhiking in BC PJ’s luck runs out. Lionel is in crisis, time for love? Leslie is a therapist and part time drug dealer. It’s just occurring to her that she hates her job. Dan’s six year old daughter thinks he needs to grow up. She may have a point.

Life is connections and causes you never see coming. The story of five friends confronted with failed dreams and fantasy lives. Learning to deal with traumas to their minds, bodies, and ideals.

First in a two part story, 161 pages of cinematic, neorealist comics by Salgood Sam. Exploring identity, destiny, and life in a possibly ambivalent universe.

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When people ask why I like digital comics, I would like to point them in this direction. There is no way I would see a comic like this in my local comic shop (if I had one) and there I would be missing out.
Dream Life is also proof of the concept of sequential art to standalone. I could not see something like this being produced in any other type of medium.

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The characters are excellent, you get a real connection with each one – their joys and sadness as well as their lives they have and, perhaps, wish they have.
Have no illusions – this is not a simple read, 161 pages and there is so much going on. I’m glad I found the time with peace and quiet to sit and read this in such a manner.

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Salgood Sam has crafted and epic story here which crosses a vast geographical area. It makes you smile, it makes you sad and most of all it makes you think.

The art is amazing – from the wide scenery shots to the close up expressions of people, animals and others. There is so much to see and appreciate from panel to panel and I feel the images burning into my brain.

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For those who want something more from their digital comics, I would point you in this direction. Find a quiet place and find yourself immersed into Dream Life

 

 

Dream Life Volume 1 is available online here or on Comixology here

You can read a preview here:

 

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