Megan Rose Gedris

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Megan Rose Gedris
Born (1986-06-12) June 12, 1986 (age 31)
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Artist
Pseudonym(s) Anonymous Manga
Rosalarian
Notable works
YU+ME:dream
I Was Kidnapped By Lesbian Pirates From Outer Space
http://rosalarian.com

Megan Rose Gedris (born June 12, 1986) is an American cartoonist whose comics include YU+ME:dream and I Was Kidnapped By Lesbian Pirates From Outer Space.

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YU+ME:dream[edit]

YU+ME:dream is a webcomic begun in 2004, using manga and other types of styles, about a teenage girl who spends all her time dreaming. The webcomic won the second Queer Press Grant from Prism Comics which allowed Gedris to publish the first collected volume of the series.[1]

The main character of the series, 18-year-old Fiona, lives with her father and stepmother. She is frequently bullied by her classmates at West Catholic High. She develops strange feelings toward Lia, the new girl at school, which confuse her until she learns that girls can be in love with girls. Fiona and Lia begin a secret relationship. However, while attending a school dance with Lia, Fiona discovers that the past few months have been merely a very long dream while she was in a coma.

Gedris writes, "So many stories (bad ones) end with '. . . and it was all a dream.' But I always wanted to know what would happen after that. How would this affect someone’s life." [2] Therefore, the "it was all a dream" twist comes not at the end of the story, but one-third of the way through. According to Gedris, "I put my twists in the middle, rather than the end. . . . Instead of ending with it being a dream, we follow how things go after the dream ends."[3]

The remaining two-thirds of the story follow Fiona's attempts to return to Dreamworld, find Lia, and resume their relationship against the wishes of Sadako, Queen of Dreamworld. The Dreamworld sequences employ a number of art styles, including collage and clay sculpture, to portray different realms in the imaginary world.

Lesbian Pirates From Outer Space[edit]

Gedris' second webcomic, I Was Kidnapped By Lesbian Pirates From Outer Space (usually shortened to Lesbian Pirates From Outer Space or LPFOS), centers on Susan Bell, a 1950s secretary who is kidnapped by a group of lesbian pirates. Lesbian Pirates from Outer Space follows the humorous and risqué situations that develop as Susan lives with them, and her realization she too is homosexual. The titular lesbian pirates are a race of Amazonesque beings who come from a planet referred to as "Lesbos-1," named after the Greek island of Lesbos.

Gedris created the webcomic in 2006 as an antidote to the portrayals of lesbians in the comics media. The webcomic is based on the Cold War pulp novels about lesbians. Gedris entered the Platinum Comics Comic Book Challenge and was a finalist (first place going to D.J. Coffman for Hero by Night).[4] As a result, Platinum Studios began publishing the webcomic via the Drunk Duck webcomics site; in May 2008, the first story arc was published in print.

Prism Comics stated that the webcomic had "laugh out loud moments in every issue".[5] The webcomic was one of the most popular titles on Drunk Duck since its debut.[6]

In November 2013, Gedris took all 18 chapters of Lesbian Pirates From Outer Space down from the web, where it had been hosted by Platinum Studios since 2007. She said the company had not paid her since 2007, and had strung her along for years with false promises.[7]

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