First Impressions: “LMLY”

LMLY by edbe
LMLY

Following my support and highlighting of Black webcomic creators, I’m excited to share my first impressions of the new WebToon Original, LMLY (leave me loving you) by edbe, a sweet rom-com about two teens pairing up for a school project and then more.

Leon gets his chance at being with Sofia, the girl he likes when they’re paired up for a class project. However, Sofia isn’t interested in dating anyone and her classmate, Monica, is crushing on Leon. Things take a complicated turn when Sofia asks Leon to fake date her. She wants her friends to stop bugging her about daring, but Leon wants her to be more than a friend.

LMLY by edbe
LMLY

A delightful rom-com from the first episode, LMLY contains a soft art style and fun character dynamics. Both Sofia and Leon experience complex feelings about dating and relationships. Sofia’s friends misunderstand her disinterest in dating, assuming that she just needs to hook up with someone. Leon accepts Sofia’s fake dating proposal, which further complicates his true feelings for her.

LMLY by edbe
LMLY

As of this posting, the first three episodes are available with three more on fast pass. However, the promising storytelling and detailed visuals are enough to get excited about. So far, LMLY has already set up the stakes for Leon and Sofia. The creator does an excellent job of showing emotions through body language and gestures like a blush and hands brushing against each other. Plus, the character dynamics don’t feel melodramatic or exaggerated. The unrequited love, rival crush, and the pressure to date are portrayed realistically and will resonate with the target audience.

LMLY is available to read on WebToon.

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Author: Brahidaliz Martinez

Brahidaliz (pronounced Bra-da-leez) is a 2019 graduate of American University’s MFA in creative writing program. Their cross-genre chapbook, Coquí’s Song, is forthcoming (2023) from Mason Jar Press.

Pronouns: he/they
Location: DC Metro area

Twitter: @brahidaliz


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