Evan Dahm

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May 30
Thinking about costume changes for Junti from the comic I am making. I’m on her last scene in book 2 of the comic!
I’ve been trying to put a lot of emphasis on clothing and how it signifies status among the Surin, to the point of many of Junti’s scenes beginning with meticulous focus on her putting on or adjusting her uniform, etc. I like motifs.
The second book of Vattu is ending very soon!!!! Stuff is HAPPENING!

Thinking about costume changes for Junti from the comic I am making. I’m on her last scene in book 2 of the comic!

I’ve been trying to put a lot of emphasis on clothing and how it signifies status among the Surin, to the point of many of Junti’s scenes beginning with meticulous focus on her putting on or adjusting her uniform, etc. I like motifs.

The second book of Vattu is ending very soon!!!! Stuff is HAPPENING!


May 5

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.


Apr 29

I put up a couple new originals on etsy! Keep an eye on the shop if you’re interested; I’m going to try to keep a handful available at all times.

Very weird looking at my inking from 2006 and 2013 at the same time! A lot of early Vattu looks a little too meticulous to me now; I think I’ve figured out a nice, bolder middle ground for inking in the last couple hundred pages.


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.


Dec 20

Books have arrived. 2000 Vattu books (some hardcover) and 2000 of the new Rice Boy edition (mostly same insides but different cover and design scheme). Vattu books to Kickstarter backers go out when I get back from home for Christmas.

Thank you L and Kris and Conrad for helping me.


Dec 10

Process for page 497 of Vattu, from sketchup model to finished inks and colors. I love doing scenes like this but they do take forever.

A big part of what I want to convey in Vattu is a sense of place that feels organically learned and consistent, which is why I work from the model on panels like this one. If you look closely, bits of the city seen on pages 204, 366, 399, and a few others all come together here.


Nov 5
Quick drawing to finalize upcoming costume changes for Vattu. The story is turning out to be all about identity and self-representation, so I’ve been trying to emphasize clothing and how it changes and reflects characters’ places in the world. Internet comics.

Quick drawing to finalize upcoming costume changes for Vattu. The story is turning out to be all about identity and self-representation, so I’ve been trying to emphasize clothing and how it changes and reflects characters’ places in the world. Internet comics.


Oct 25
saw the final proofs today.
I am so excited about having vattu in print finally!!!!

saw the final proofs today.

I am so excited about having vattu in print finally!!!!


Sep 12
Getting color printing to look right is always an awful stressful process. The second offset proof for the Vattu book just came in and it looks right, finally!!

Getting color printing to look right is always an awful stressful process. The second offset proof for the Vattu book just came in and it looks right, finally!!


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