Evan Dahm

Rice Boy Comics / Benign Kingdom
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Mar 14
Rice Boy covers, old and new. What a relief to have some vague proof that you’re getting better at drawing.
(did you see)

Rice Boy covers, old and new. What a relief to have some vague proof that you’re getting better at drawing.

(did you see)


Mar 13

The Rice Boy book has now entered its FOURTH printing, and I re-designed its cover and overall design for the first time since the tiny overpriced print-on-demand version from 2008! I think it’s a good-looking book!

The first few hundred orders of the new edition will get the set of three stickers shown here- 3 by 3 inches, full-color screenprinting on vinyl. Like the best stickers I have ever had made fyi.

Thank you all for reading my comics and still consistently caring about something I started almost eight years ago, it means so much to me.


Mar 10
winter self portrait.
This is my icon on twitter now… I had the same icon for like five years and I guess twitter occupies a lot of my brain so this feels like….. significant…..

winter self portrait.

This is my icon on twitter now… I had the same icon for like five years and I guess twitter occupies a lot of my brain so this feels like….. significant…..


Mar 7
ok i was happy with this one too

ok i was happy with this one too


Mar 3
I don’t post very much here about the project that takes up the vast majority of my time. Vattu is nearing the end of Book 2, and I’m very excited about some things that will be coming together in the near future… This page initiates one of those comings-together; finally we approach the Imperial Tower that has been looming in the distance since page 204.
Started this thing in summer 2010 and about halfway through it now and I think you should read it if you’re interested.

I don’t post very much here about the project that takes up the vast majority of my time. Vattu is nearing the end of Book 2, and I’m very excited about some things that will be coming together in the near future… This page initiates one of those comings-together; finally we approach the Imperial Tower that has been looming in the distance since page 204.

Started this thing in summer 2010 and about halfway through it now and I think you should read it if you’re interested.


Feb 28

mattmcguigan asked: 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.


Feb 27
i don’t draw enough human people.
tough-looking girls in winter clothes are my current weakness

i don’t draw enough human people.

tough-looking girls in winter clothes are my current weakness


Feb 24

Anonymous asked: 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.

A relevant excerpt from a Junot Díaz interview that has stuck with me for a year: http://rare-basement.tumblr.com/post/45545924305/junot-diaz-on-men-who-write-about-women


Anonymous asked: What species is the fat blue dude in the enclave?

z33r0:

evandahm:

The Weightless One is a Surin like the rest of the enclave folks

I thought the Surin were all female??? even the floating old one, especially her. Am I mistaken?

The Weightless One is never referred to as any gender and I think I’ve avoided using any pronoun for them in the comic so far. More on that… eventually.


lovelytornado asked: hey evan, did all the vattu books get shipped yet? (not trying to rush you, i know you've been busy, just wanna make sure mine didn't get lost (: )

Not done yet; I’m only updating Vattu twice a week until they’re done.