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Saying Goodbye:  Thom and Anna by comic-chic Saying Goodbye:  Thom and Anna by comic-chic
So I read a short biography on Thomas Knowlton last weekend and there was one sentence that jumped out at me. The speaker is talking about when Knowlton left with the army to go to Boston's aid in 1775, "His wife, who preferred peace with her husband to aught that war could win without him, for once found his heart hardened against entreaties and tears."

I've thought a lot about Thomas Knowlton as army Colonel, and also as Thomas Knowlton as father, since I've written a lot of scenes that involve both he and his eldest son Frederick, but I realized I hadn't thought much about Thomas Knowlton husband.

I have one scene written from the beginning of issue #6 where Knowlton gives Alan some advice about marriage. It's absolutely one of my favorite scenes I've ever written out of over 200 pages of script for The Dreamer. But that's the extent I had thought about the Colonel and matrimony.

But after I read that biography I couldn't get Anna Knowlton out of my head. What on earth must it have been like to be the wife to Thomas Knowlton?? I know that the last time he saw her before the events in the Dreamer was April of '76 and it was the first time he had seen her since he left for Boston a year earlier. How hard would it have been to loose him again after only a few days, and also lose your oldest son with him? Knowlton left Anna with more than a goodbye from that trip though, as she became pregnant... with their eighth child!

I must've been thinking really hard about the poor Knowltons because that night I even dreamed about them!

So, from that one sentence in the biography came this little comic. Since The Dreamer is Bea's story, there are soo many stories about my heroes I'd love to tell but just can't because it would make the story rambling and directionless.

So Anna Knowlton will never appear in the pages of The Dreamer because there's just no room for her. Knowing that, I made this little strip. It's one part funny strip, one part awwww!

My favorite part is Frederick's expression as he's sizing up how his little brother is taking the news that his papa hates his name. I don't know how good it shows up reduced on your screen, but on my computer it makes me laugh every time.

And poor Sally looks none too happy to say goodbye to her big brother in the last panel. Frederick looks a little nervous about leaving himself.

Well, enjoy. Since my cast members are almost entirely in their teens and twenties, I don't have a chance to write marriages in The Dreamer. And I love being married. It might not be as exciting as an Alan/Bea romance that's hanging by a thread--will it happen, will it not??--but it's much much better than that. One minute you're makin' love, the next you're arguing about teapots. Best. Thing. Ever.
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DevonGailWeber Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
Rereading this after recent Dreamer events made me tear a little. Poor Anna. This is by far my favorite strip. Just saying.
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EweLamb-Lover Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
what did he say in panel 9?

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Mwaza :onfire:
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Some people are like Slinkies. Not really good for anything but they bring a smile to your face when pushed down the stairs.
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I believe in Jesus Christ, my savior. If you do to, and aren't afraid to admit it, copy and paste this into your siggy.
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Professional
That's for him & Mrs. K to know... !
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EweLamb-Lover Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
haha, ok. :D
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isthisrubble Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Mister K! I love the way she talks
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional
:D I love her. She also shows up for one panel here: [link]
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isthisrubble Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw that. many LOL's :D
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sunnygcat Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
daww my god so sweet i got cavities
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Professional
:aww:
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Acornaih Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Dang. Those conventions always seem to take place in a state where I do not live. :P
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Acornaih Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Ugh. This is suddenly depressing... :P You should color this, and/or make a separate piece out of the two lovebirds hugging each other. :)
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Professional
I've thought about finishing this and including it somewhere. Maybe as part of a mini-comic for conventions or something.
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taviannah Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011   General Artist
The more I re-re-re-read The Dreamer, the more I like/love Col. Knowlton :heart:

Your work is superb! I used to teach (or rather, attempt to teach) history in public schools. I think if the students could have met historical figures and events in this manner, it would have been a heck of a lot easier to hold their attention (I know I got interested in history after watching Disney's old Swamp Fox show). And you actually (gasp!) do research! Love it!

Keep up the wonderful work!

(And as soon as I get some more Amazon credits, I _am_ going to get the first Dreamer book :boogie: )
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Professional
Thank you! On all accounts!

Col. Knowlton is one of my favorites FOR SURE. I've missed having him in the comic lately. :(
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Sakraida82 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
That is a rather mix of emotion. And yeah sometimes there just isn't enough room to put everything in. It limits, and yet doesn't at times. As for marriage. Uhh no clue.
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Paisley-Pearl-Peony Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
This is adorable! I discovered your lovely comic today,, and have read most of it... and the Knowltons (father and son) are some of my favorite characters...though the're all my favorite character... anyway, this is AMAZING! and bittersweet... eep up the good work! :worship:
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Professional
:) Thank you!! I love the Knowltons! I really enjoy writing the father/son dynamic. It's interesting--when I started the comic, for the first few issues no one liked Knowlton. He was just the grumpy old commander. But by the time Frederick was introduced, people started to come around to him. By issue #5 people were rooting for him. :)
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Zoster101 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
i absolutely love the last panel, with all the kids and the brother/sister hug. very sweet
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Professional
:)
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Ekeeya Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm counting SEVEN children...Oo

Oh. My. God. *faints* That's just ridiculous...
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Professional
Seven... and one in her belly! Yup... they had eight in all. :O
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Ekeeya Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
GAH! *passes out*
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Kuwaiti Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
woow i love it
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Professional
thanks! :heart:
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DeceiverNil Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009
lol, I'd love to know what Thomas Knowlton whispered to Anna that made her look so shocked! I love it, it's so sweet, especially the wall paper part.
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Professional
lol, that's been a common complaint about this piece, but I'm still not telling what he said! :giggle:
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gabrielmartin1776 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
aww, that's sweet. It really looks like Freddy's siblings love him! I hope nothing happens to him!!!
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009  Professional
I hope so too. ^^;

;)
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gabrielmartin1776 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
Does that wink mean he'll be ok?
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009  Professional
It means... I can't hide the answer from you since it's a record of history but... I won't do your homework for you either. :XD: If you like the suspense, well, keep reading. :)
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CrazyArtist223 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
i wanna know what there saying in the small writing!!!!DX
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Professional
Doesn't everyone...? :XD:
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CrazyArtist223 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
no doubt its one of those...if you can read this your a moron things...DX
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009  Professional
ha ha ha, not quite, but good guess! :D
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CrazyArtist223 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009
e_e then its probably dirty no doubt..
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NinjaOfTheWord Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
OHMYGOODNESSOHMYGOODNESS...Freddy. I hadn't seen this before, then I started scrolling through your favorites. I absolutely love the last panel. Poor Freddy's siblings. I wouldn't want him to go either.
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Professional
D'aww, you missed this one...?! So sad! Well I'm glad you found it!!

And yeah, Freddy's sister Sally, the one holding onto him, is adorable. I know a guy who is descended from her. He's named Thomas Knowlton Gibson, lol. Me & a friend of mine are writing a short story about Freddy that takes place a month or two before The Dreamer, and she's writing it as if Freddy is writing a letter to Sally. It is so dang cute! :aww:
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NinjaOfTheWord Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
WHAT?!?!.....I want it. Will it cost anything?! Where will it be? *sigh* I want Freddy to write me a letter. He's cooler than my boyfriend. But ssh! Don't tell my boyfriend that.
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009  Professional
lol, maybe it's time for a new boyfriend...! ^^;

It'll cost $5 like my other short stories. When it's finished, it'll be posted for sale on The Dreamer site.
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MellyBrooke Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009
This is one of my favorite deviations by you. I absolutely adore it. :)

I love that kind of love. They fight and then they make up. It's beautiful! And the last four panels... are an EPIC WIN!

:D
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Professional
Thanks! :D This is one of my personal favorite deviations ever as well. :deviation:
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MellyBrooke Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009
:) You are very welcome! I always love your stuff, but this one just makes me all giddy :)

And it makes me giggle even more after seeing the update on Friday. "You're just gonna have to marry her." Way to go, Knowlton!

Yay Lora! Hahah.
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Professional
Mrs. K is awesome. I need to find a way to bring her back. :giggle:
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x-Aka-x Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008
This,
is what I call true love.
D;
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008  Professional
Me too. :love:
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MellyBrooke Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008
Aw. That is so adorable! I love it! :D
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living4ever61 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008   Writer
You're so evil! We'll never know what he is saying :P

This is explicitly adorable. I 'aww'd.
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igcreator Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008
oh about your comic, something weird has happened, i'm not sure, but the homepage for the Dreamer freezes and will not budge to show your updates. i wonder what could be going on?
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comic-chic Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008  Professional
?? It's working for me.

What browser are you using? I'll have my 'webmaster' take a look at it.

Thanks for the heads up!
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igcreator Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008
i'm using Internet Explorer, and thank you! ^^
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