Illusions of Adulting
Illusions of Adulting is a dramatic, dark comedy about Hailey: A 20-something female who is trying so hard to live the California “dream” while colliding with the harsh reality of adult life. The series has concluded, but there are 48 episodes of Illusions of Adulting on LINE Webtoon.
Illusions of Adulting is an exclusive comic series on LINE Webtoon by Unearthed Comics’ artist, Sara Zimmerman, that features multi-panel comics showing the life of Hailey: a Caucasian female in her early twenties who lives in a seas-side town in California with her fiancé, Steve. The series will depict the trials and tribulations of one woman’s ideas and illusions in contrast with her reality as she experiences the important milestones of adult life.
The main conflict is that Hailey is an over-achiever and falsely believes that if she plans and controls everything, then it will all be perfect. Unconsciously, Hailey is driven to always look for something better, something to “save” her from her current woes, something that will improve her life. In doing so, she gives her proverbial power away, as seen in the opening comic with her wanting to plan the perfect wedding.
Through this series, she works towards acknowledging this issue logically, but doesn’t fully embrace it, which leads her to repeat conflicts when the fantasies she has created are met with reality, in the comic’s ongoing formula of thought versus reality. However, throughout the series, Hailey grows to learn about life’s true lessons, learning from her mistakes, and choosing to see where she has choice and where she has been giving her power away.