Hi Evan, I want to thank you for mentioning Junot Díaz in one of your posts. I had not heard of him before, and although I've yet to read any of his work I have now listened to several of his talks. I find his words incredibly inspiring and true regarding creative work of all kinds. I am curious if you have a favourite book or story of his. Thanks!
Junot is great!! I have only read Oscar Wao but I loved it and will read more. He gave me a very nice blurb for the Rice Boy book and he is a very friendly guy.
I just read Vattu, and I wanted to express my appreciation for the richness of the world you've created, including the different races and their backstories, as well as portraying the more major characters in a nuanced way. I also especially appreciate how gender isn't an issue in the comic (though whether that's intentional, I leave to you); whether they're they're male or female, they're just awesome characters on an adventure that doesn't rely on gender-based cliche. I can't wait to read more
Thank you so much this is nice to hear!
I would actually say gender is definitely an issue in the comic! How the cultures in Vattu treat gender and other aspects of identity is a big part of what the story is about, but I guess what you mean is that I’ve not let it be conspicuously a part of how the story is told? Like it definitely matters that the characters who are women are women, I’ve just made every effort to not have the narrative treat them in stereotyped ways (even if the world & characters of the narrative do so… it is maybe a nitpicky distinction)
I didn’t really plan for it to be as big an aspect of the story as it’s become in book 2 of Vattu… I think a lot of it is because I am a little more aware & overtly a feminist than I was during previous projects, where I sometimes grabbed indiscriminately from fantasy-story archetypes that have some politically gross shit embedded in them.
Browsing through your tumblr (after having read all your comics, which are absolutely great) I found your years-old illustrations for "The Worm Ouroboros" and "The Voyage to Arcturus". Loving both books, I wonder if you plan to ever add more of those? It would be great to see your take on the lords of Demonland, the trecherous Gro, Sophonisba, ... as well as Lindsay's fantastic landscapes.
Thank you! Something I have dabbled with and would love to work on someday is an illustrated edition of A Voyage to Arcturus, like the Oz project I’m doing (very slowly). But that’s pretty nebulous at this point.
Both of those books are very important to me because they’re largely unprecedented and beautifully, profoundly weird, and I will always always like an imperfect strange thing than a perfect normal thing.
If I were to order an artist's edition of Rice Boy, would it be possible for it to be made out to a particular person? My daughter is one week old, and I've known for ages now I wanted a copy of Rice Boy for her to grow up with. It would be nice if it could be signed and addressed to her, though of course I understand if Artist's editions are pre-signed/drawn in and their shipping is beyond your control. Thank you in advance!
Hi! If you can mention this in the “special instructions to sender” field, that would be no problem at all! Thanks so much!
Hi Evan. Do you think making comics on Entervoid was at all an importance influence on you, or was it just another place for cartoonists to hang out on the internet? I think it's interesting how many people from there have continued making great comics: you, Mickey Z, Kris Mukai, Sloane Leong, James Stokoe, Marley Zarcone, etc...
It was a very valuable place for me learn a lot of fundamentals, but most importantly it provided a structure and a culture of obsessive comics-productivity which is a good starting point.