rice boy

Here it is, the big fancy T-O-E drawing. Always fun and kind of weird to return to a character like this; I feel like this is the closest I’ve ever got to the picture in my head of an immortal, indifferent magic robot covered in trinkets from different cultures and centuries.

Getting some prints of this for Spring conventions (Staple, ECCC, TCAF, MoCCA, Linework [wow is it really that many]), at the very least. I liked having one big new print for shows last year, so maybe that’s a tentative plan for the future…

(the one electronic is a character in some of my comics if you are unaware)

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I put up an enormous art book on Gumroad. About 100 pages; practically every piece of Overside-related promotional art and illustration I’ve made over the past eight years. EIGHT YEARS! There is also a pretty lengthy section of commentary on every piece in the book, from the perspective of bitter, wizened 2014 Evan.

It was strange and weirdly emotional pulling this stuff out of the last three computers I’ve used. Overside and what I’ve been trying to get out of it haven’t been extremely internally consistent, but I don’t think many people get to have such a clear throughline for so many years through practically everything they do creatively. Not done yet, either.

It would be lovely if you’d help me spread the word on this thing, and let me know what you think of it if you decide to get it! Thank you!

Overside Miscellany 2006-2014.

Alright y’all I’m gonna start this thing on MONDAY, MAY 25. Thanks to Patreon supporters for making it feasible.

It’s been just over NINE YEARS since I started drawing Rice Boy. Everything was different, and I was different, and the work I wanted to make was different. I’m going to post the entire comic here, five pages a week, with commentary on every single page, written by the current modern version of Evan. I’ll put up as much development art as I can find (not as much as I’d like), and some new art will debut on this blog too.

Thank you for following along and for sharing and for still caring about this comic I made in college!

sincerely evan

Here is the RICE BOY TENTH ANNIVERSARY PRINT! It’s available through Topatoco until June 1, and no longer.

I started Rice Boy in Spring 2006 and it was the starting point of an entirely new way of thinking about making art for me, and of a career that is difficult and weird but as close to what I want it to be as I can imagine.

You can read Rice Boy online for free, or also in print. And an enormous navel-gazey exegesis is also underway currently.

Thank you so much for reading this thing and caring about it, all of you who have. I am continually awestruck that people love this comic, and it is to that love more than anything that I owe all of the work I will ever make. thank you.

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Just a small collection of my favorite moments from Evan Dahm’s work, Rice Boy, Order of Tales, and Vattu.

I don’t know any other artist that gives me chills over dialogue like Evan Dahm does. He is absolutely prolific and talented at creating worlds that seem larger than the story itself. I love it. Whenever I feel uninspired, I just go back to his work.

One day… I will own the hardcover print of Order of Tales to match my Rice Boy book. And then own the full Vattu set once that comes along too. One day man, one day.

I’m really happy with this quiet little bit on page 742 of Vattu!

Velas is a character who’s very important to me, though most of what he’s done in the story so far has been kind of understated and marginal. I’ve been looking forward to the two of them actually formally meeting for a long long time– they encounter each other first on page 368, almost 400 pages ago.

I don’t want to SPOIL ANYTHING. But these two are important to me and to the story in full, and I’m excited to get them where they’re going.

(Vattu is free to read online thank you)

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NEW BUSINESS BUDDY ALERT!

Everyone, please welcome evandahm to our list of pals! Evan has worked with the good people over at makethatthing on his book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the original book written by L. Frank Baum in 1900. This is a new, illustrated version of the original work that is now in the public domain! Hooray!

After this years San Diego Comic Con, we will have more of Evan Dahm’s merchandise on his TopatoCo page! But for now, get your petite hands on a beautifully illustrated copy of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, that could originally only be acquired by the Kickstarter.