Trouble Thinking

May 31, 2011

Why Haven’t You Read Rice Boy?

Filed under: Comics, The Internet — Tags: , , , , , , , — Durandal @ 10:48 am

What?

No, fuck you. You don’t get to just not know about it, that’s what people say when what they mean is “I am a worse human being than I could be, but I’m also so bad and lazy that I won’t fix it bleeeeeeh”. You sound like that. “Bleeeeeh”, yeah it’s disgusting.

Rice Boy is a comic by Evan Dahm that makes comics on the internet worth keeping. It justifies all the hundreds of poorly draw retreads of ancient joke c0nstructions that are trying to be the next Penny Arcade. It’s a massive, interesting, well paced fantasy story starring a little person with no arms or legs, just a sort of well… just a sort of rice boy I guess.

Yeah I don't know how he's picking that fruit.

The art begins and for the most part remains weird and sort of developing. I mean the main character is basically a sketch, and many people are drawn with varying levels of detail. But at the same time it’s so confident that it’s difficult to tell whether certain things look odd due to inability to draw them any other way or due to a stylistic choice. The artwork quickly becomes a defining aspect of the story, helping to characterize the world and the people in it in a manner far more effective than simply attempting to be “realistic” would.

The story, briefly, is about a prophesy and the person who is supposed to fulfill it. It is almost exactly a Hero’s Journey, and plays out in a manner that will be familiar to anyone who’s read Lord of the Rings. But the unique aspects of the story come in the little details about a strange world and the people in it, and in the surprising emotional connections a skilled writer can create using characters that are incredibly foreign. I mean only a few people in the story even have the ability to display human emotions effectively.

The whole thing, about 450 pages, is available online. And that’s only the start! He’s got a bunch of short stories and another complete epic: “The Order of Tales“, as well as a new ongoing called “Vattu“, all of which are really awesome.

Plus, his new stuff has some even more interesting and sweet-looking art.

6 Comments »

  1. I recently discovered these comics. I’ve yet to read to dig into Riceboy, sadly, but The Order of Tales and Vattu I have devoured. Incredible, honestly and truly. I’m overjoyed to know that someone I know reads these! XD

    Comment by Fore — June 1, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

    • Then Rice Boy will blow your mind. If you don’t cry at some point, you have no soul. Enjoy it!

      Comment by esv — June 8, 2011 @ 6:49 am

  2. I haven’t yet finished his most recent stuff, but Rice Boy was really incredibly pleasing to read. I hope this guy gets to do a lot more work.

    Comment by Durandal — June 3, 2011 @ 1:45 pm

  3. I’ve read every story offered so far and I love all of it. I can’t wait until the Rice Boy paperback is available again so that I can buy a physical copy of that amazing story. 😀

    Comment by Draug — June 8, 2011 @ 12:46 am

  4. Rice Boy is a fantastic read. I haven’t read a comic book in years and I devoured the whole thing in one sitting.

    Looking forward to the development of Vattu.

    Comment by Bj — June 8, 2011 @ 9:32 am

  5. I cried a little while I was reading Rice Boy. Okay. Maybe I totally baww’d at some parts. But it was totally worth the humiliation of having my brother walk in and see me bawwing at character who looks like an art-deco door knob from IKEA, and a chain smoking, black-and-white television robot.
    Totally worth it. I loved this story and I recommend it to anyone looking for a good read.

    Rice Boy and Order of Tales easily made it to the top ten of best stories I’ve ever read.

    Comment by Arktur — November 27, 2011 @ 1:14 am


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