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With the 2022 website update, I've gotten together an awful lot of ancient news-posts; a few years of them are archived below. These are in reverse chronological order, and we're just going to have to forgive the possible broken links and formatting in the older posts.

November 15, 2022. They said it could not be done but it has been done. Rice Hyphen Boy Dot Com is rebuilt and somewhat more handsome & functional than before. WELL MOSTLY; I still have to reformat and hook up the "short stories" in the "Extras" section, and there’s probably other stuff I missed too. But I think it all holds together pretty well and I have a better understanding of PHP than I ever have before-- that’s not saying much. It is at least a thrill to learn that CSS can make small caps.

I am getting together an awful lot of material for the 3rd Voice launch in less than one month.. I have launched a DISCORD SERVER to that effect (as well as designated socialmediaaccounts I dunno I just want to be in a good position to make noise about this thing). I am provisionally launching the 3rd VOICE LETTER COLUMN, though I have so far not answered anything there, but I am open to getting it running before the comic even launches if you’re into it. More on that in the section below this, on the homepage.

I am persistently having the feeling lately that web 2.0 is just death-spiralling in a million different ways, or it’s just generated so much money that the only way forward is for it all to collapse under its own weight. I’m trying to take more seriously that I have this simple little read-only space, and I love it, and I’ve been able to hold onto it for a long time exactly because it’s so simple and Cheap. Anyway it means a lot to me to have you here, whoever you are. I’m going to try to make this place easy and interesting, and mostly I am just very excited to get into this new comic with you on DECEMBER 12 2022. That’s all for now. sincerely evan.

News - October 6 2022

Couple of updates for you! I’m tabling at CXC, or Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, in Ohio this weekend. And I’m on a panel about webcomics on Saturday, whatever on earth "a panel about webcomics" means in 2022. Last comic event for a while and I loved this one the last I did it.

The preorder campaign for VATTU BOOK 4 ends in mere days as of this post. It’s gone extremely well, in fact better than all of the earlier Vattu book crowdfunding campaigns, and this time without Kickstarter’s support or infrastructure at all. Please if you’re interested in getting the book (or all four of them at once??) consider doing it in this way. We are probably gonna hit a STRETCH GOAL any hour now.

Otherwise I’m working working; not a lot of time to acclimate to finishing Vattu but I probably like it better that way anyway. I still haven’t had the time or appropriate mindset to read through all of Vattu as I have meant to do. Almost done with my next book for Iron Circus, getting into a short for an anthology that I’m probably a little behind on, and doing a lot of GEARING UP for some upcoming BIG MOVES. I should have an entirely clean slate in November, off of which to propel myself into the new thing. As the website doesn’t currently have a news archive feature (tho that also is being worked on), I include below the last paragraph from my previous post--

Look I know the thing’s done, and it’s sad(?) but it’s a relief too kind of; it’s exciting to me. I hope nobody thinks I’m going to stop doing this stuff, or that I have any plans (or frankly opportunity) to shift my work into some more lucrative & less obsessively self-directed industry or enterprise. I am feeling like I have carved out a little niche here and I have some momentum and I’m launching 3rd Voice in December. In the meantime some significant work will be done to the rice-boy.com site; make it a little bigger and denser. Anyway I don’t know what I’m doing but I got plans. Thank you folks.

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News - September 14 2022

Well I would be updating the comic today if it wasn’t OVER. Are you aware that Vattu just ended after twelve years? And that you can read it here (or download the whole thing right here for a few more days)? Anyway some other developments current & forthcoming:

The preorder campaign for the fourth/last book of Vattu hit goal in a little over one day, and will continue chugging along for quite a few more days. If you’re interested in buying this whole thing in print, this is a great way to do it, and also the earliest way to do it. Self-publishing a big thing like this is obviously tricky and I can’t be totally sure about what the future trajectory for Vattu in print is exactly, but it’s really something to have been able to put together these four books over such a long period of time. I have no plans to ever do an all-in-one omnibus; many people have asked me about this recently.

That wrap party stream was great; I’m gonna upload the whole thing on youtube sometime soon, why not. Included therein is the debut of the Vattu Fanzine, which is a really remarkable and enormous effort that a large number of people worked on. It’s beautiful work and it’s an honor to see it; I really can’t believe it. Please have a look, find some artists & writers that you like, download the thing if you like. I have heard there’s a print version being worked on but I dunno the details. Shortly I’ll have a download of it available here on the site "in perpetuity" if that meets with everyone’s agreement.

The SMALL PRESS EXPO in Bethesda, MD is this weekend, September 17-18. I’m tabling; I’m still getting back in the groove of comic conventions after spending a while convincing myself the world was fully over forever; it felt like I would never see SPX again and I’m looking forward. Vattu is up for an Ignatz Award. I look forward to this show extremely. I have a lot of free stuff this time. come say hi.

Look I know the thing’s done, and it’s sad(?) but it’s a relief too kind of; it’s exciting to me. I hope nobody thinks I’m going to stop doing this stuff, or that I have any plans (or frankly opportunity) to shift my work into some more lucrative & less obsessively self-directed industry or enterprise. I am feeling like I have carved out a little niche here and I have some momentum and I’m launching 3rd Voice in December. In the meantime some significant work will be done to the rice-boy.com site; make it a little bigger and denser. Anyway I don’t know what I’m doing but I got plans. Thank you folks.

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Before you Read the End:

I want to let you know that, should you prefer, you can download the entire comic right now with Topatoco, in a package including some extras, which you can pay for, or Not, should you choose. That’ll be available just until September 20.

We’ve launched the preorder campaign for the fourth and final print volume of Vattu coincident with this update. Please have a look.

If you happen to be reading this on the day of September 12, 2022, itself, I hope you’ll join me tonight at 8 pm EST on twitch for a fairly densely-packed Wrap Party featuring a lot of video-essay stuff and call-in guests and what have you.

AND finally, again, if you’d like to vote for Vattu for an Ignatz Award it would honor me Tremendously.

It is a weird and exciting feeling to have finished this thing. Please help me get the word out about it, if you like it. I have loved making this comic.

More soon.



News - September 7 2022

Page 1272 of Vattu is up today. Next update is the last one: several pages on Monday, September 12. A lot of other stuff happening around then, too:

A crowdfunding campaign for the fourth & last print book will launch with Topatoco!

A couple of livestreamed wrap parties on the evenings (EST) of the 11th and 12th! Details here.

Vattu is up for an Ignatz Award and the window for voting closes shortly after the comic ends! Please get a ballot and vote for it if you like it!!! Thank you folks.



News - August 29 2022

First of all, a preliminary announcement. 3rd Voice is the next thing; though I’m of course lately trying to foreground Vattu-related promo. Two weeks left. On that note:

ITEM!Vattu has been nominated for an IGNATZ AWARD, the big independent comics award given out at the Small Press Expo in DC every year. If you like the comic, I must humbly tell you that you can request a ballot to vote for it at any time between now and middle September, right here. Some really excellent company too. And I’ll be at SPX, too, literally under a week after finishing this big comic book.

ITEM! On SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, I’ll be running an almost-after-party stream on twitch, including a rerun of my video essay "Making Vattu" from several months ago, and some talking & hanging out.

ITEM! On MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, the last pages will go up early in the day (EST), and a download of the entire comic will be made available from Topatoco, which will be free if you like. ALSO I’ll be launching with Topatoco a preorder campaign for the fourth and final print book of Vattu on that day. (Topatoco has handled getting the previous books printed and sold, if you weren’t aware).

ITEM! On THE EVENING OF MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (EST), I’ll be running the actual after-party stream on twitch, including 1) new video-essay appendix material from the last few months of the comic, 2) Special Call-in Guests Kel McDonald and Carla Speed McNeil, and 3) just hanging out and question-answering for a while. SOMETHING LIKE THAT!

And then that weekend I’m at SPX in DC, the biggest indie comics thing in the country.

Talk to u soon folks



News - August 17 2022

Less than one month now, and just 17 pages left-- Vattu is ending on Monday, September 12, 2022. Last bit will go up here and on Webtoon on that day. 12 years 1279 pages.

ITEM!Vattu has been nominated for an IGNATZ AWARD, the big independent comics award given out at the Small Press Expo in DC every year. If you like the comic, I must humbly tell you that you can request a ballot to vote for it at any time between now and middle September, right here. Some really excellent company too. And I’ll be at SPX, too, literally under a week after finishing this big comic book.

ITEM! A collaborative Vattu Fanzine is being put together by friend Brian, who I’ve known for years and in whose capable hands I’m Thrilled to have this project. Submissions are open now for all sorts of media; I have always of course frantically loved seeing fanart & similar and im excited about this thing.

ITEM! On SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, I’ll be running an almost-after-party stream on twitch, including a rerun of my video essay "Making Vattu" from several months ago, and some talking & hanging out.

ITEM! On MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, the last pages will go up early in the day (EST), and a download of the entire comic will be made available from Topatoco, which will be free if you like. ALSO I’ll be launching with Topatoco a preorder campaign for the fourth and final print book of Vattu on that day. (Topatoco has handled getting the previous books printed and sold, if you weren’t aware).

ITEM! On THE EVENING OF MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (EST), I’ll be running the actual after-party stream on twitch, including 1) new video-essay appendix material from the last few months of the comic, 2) Special Call-in Guests, and 3) just hanging out and question-answering for a while. SOMETHING LIKE THAT!

And then that weekend I’m at SPX in DC, the biggest indie comics thing in the country.

Talk to u soon folks



News - August 1 2022

Vattu is ending on Monday, September 12, 2022. Whether you’re following along here or on Webtoon, the last few pages will go up all at once on that day. 12 years 1279 pages and one fairly-cohesive beginning-middle-end story. Almost done, almost done.

On SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11,q I’ll be running an almost-after-party stream on twitch, including a rerun of my video essay "Making Vattu" from several months ago, and some talking & hanging out.

On MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, the last pages will go up early in the day (EST), and a download of the entire comic will be made available from Topatoco, which will be free if you like. ALSO I’ll be launching with Topatoco a preorder campaign for the fourth and final print book of Vattu on that day. (Topatoco has handled getting the previous books printed and sold, if you weren’t aware).

On THE EVENING OF MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (EST), I’ll be running the actual after-party stream on twitch, including 1) new video-essay appendix material from the last few months of the comic, 2) Special Call-in Guests, and 3) just hanging out and question-answering for a while. SOMETHING LIKE THAT!

And then that weekend I’m at SPX in DC, the biggest indie comics thing in the country. PHEW. more details soon. I’m not done yet. thank y’all.



News - June 29 2022

I have finally nailed everything down enough to say that Vattu will end on Monday, September 12, 2022. It’ll be 1279 pages in length, or almost exactly that. No more writing or planning left to do. It is an entire cohesive thing and I’ve been working on it for twelve years and at the very least it’s "something"!!!!

Trying to get some PROMO going but I don’t really know how to do that since the entire middle apparently dropped out of the pop-culture-news world a few years ago. If you’d like to write or talk about this comic, or interview me or Anything at all, let me know and I can send you a press kit and make myself available. Is this tacky to do in public?? I’m still a self publisher and don’t have anybody else to do it for me!!! l-o-l

There’s gonna be a streamed WRAP PARTY sort of thing, shortly after the page drops. There will be some limited-time merchandise stuff. There will be a crowdfunding campaign for the fourth and final book of the story. That is all that’s certain right now. Thank you extremely for your interest in what I am making. adieu



News - June 15 2022

ALRIGHT FOLKS, 1239 up today brings us to the end of a somewhat "businessy" scene, and I’m off to TCAF in Toronto this weekend, so there won’t be another Vattu update until sometime next week. It’s moving along, I have the ENTIRE rest of the book thumbnailed and ready, and it’s been really lovely hearing feedback from folks as things start to bend towards an ending. I’m intending to get together some appendix material for that video essay to better articulate my thoughts. BUT ANYWAY IF YOU’RE IN TORONTO, please come see me at the show on the second floor of the reference library; it’s free, it’s always been one of the best shows of its sort and surely will still be even in this weird and tentative and careful period.

The third and final book of the Island Book trilogy I made with First Second Books came out recently, did you know? Nice to have that all out there; it is kind of one big story spinning out from the quiet fable-style vibe of the first book. I’ll have all of these at TCAF and am doing a signing with First Second on Sunday too.

I forget sometimes that I have a website I can put anything I want here; in fact I would like to start making the archive of news posts accessible and taking this more uh seriously. Much talking lately on twitter about the state of the internet and independent artists thereon; I’ve added a simple first draft of a "link" section to the bottom of rice-boy.com in an effort to make some small reminder that people making art independently can and still do build spaces for themselves outside of these various compromised & occasionally dehumanizing social mediums.

I am trying to effectively psychically grapple with the reality I’m making art in, lately, in advance of what I hope can be a productive reorientation with the start of "the next thing I’m working on." Will think and talk more about that soon I think.



May 18 2022

Hattu is BACK, after a short break at the end of that climactic chunk of the comic. I’m planning to keep a consistent update schedule going for the entire rest of the comic-- it should be COMPLETELY FINISHED in September 2022 but more on that later. As ever I’m constantly talking about such process stuff on tweter etc.

OH did you know the third book in ISLAND BOOK trilogy is out shortly, in fact on June 7, from First Second Books? Excited for folks to finally see this whole weird colorful project.

Coming up on TCAF in Toronto, June 18 and 19. Very excited, it has been a while. thank you for reading.



May 6 2022

HEY, this is a big one. Eight pages of Vattu are up today, bringing us to page 1225 and a really big moment. The past 100 pages of this comic have been some of the most intensive comic-making I have ever done; it’s been really exciting to have all of this stuff coming together that I’ve been working on for literally twelve years. Anyway now’s a good time to reread some of the book if you’re interested. Thank you for following along and helping make this comic possible. UPDATES WILL RESUME after a bit of break, on May 16.

Putting up on Patreon shortly a whole bunch of thumbnail sketches, development script, and a new little video essay pertaining to the recent stretch of Vattu, also, for your information. Otherwise I’m lately juggling this comic with Untitled Horror Comic for Iron Circus Comics, and gearing up for TCAF in Toronto in June.

I’m really despairing at the state of the internet lately. It’s nice to have been able to hold onto this little lo-fi website, and I’ll continue to do so, but maybe it would be nice to have a mailing list or something. What will happen to the world and all of us independent artists once venture capital guts the social media internet?? well thank you for reading, hope you are well out there.



February 7 2022

Here’s an update I’ve been meaning to do for a while: every page of Vattu on this website is now at a HIGHER RESOLUTION than ever before: 800 pixels wide instead of 600. I have added LITERALLY MILLIONS OF PIXELS to this website today. I think it looks much cleaner and sharper and it finally seems like none of the details are lost. This is mostly spurred by my recent re-serialization of the comic over on Webtoon at that higher resolution. Incidentally with the recent updates (1181 up today) we’re entering into a part of the story with a LOT OF DENSE DRAWING.

This past couple of weeks I’ve been more intensely wrapped up in Vattu than I can really ever remember being. It’s all kind of COMING TOGETHER; I’ve never had the experience, obviously, of ending something so huge, time-consuming, and complicated. I will continue to not say anything about what’s gonna happen of course, but let me say at least that I’m feeling it and it will really be something. Keeping up with a pretty consistent update schedule lately, and trying to get a lot of things together coincident with the ending to really make it a BIG EVENT. Anyway stay tuned.

I’ve been juggling Vattu with Mansion X, an upcoming graphic novel with Iron Circus Comics, lately, if you weren’t aware of that. Going to try to steer the huge unweildy vehicle of my Attention towards that project this week, as I’ve gotten pretty far ahead on Vattu. (Oh and on that note, I’m posting pages slightly ahead on Patreon as I finish them lately)

More comics and website fixup forthcoming. If you’re for any reason interested in more of my thinking about working on these comic books, maybe you aren’t aware of my recent obnoxiously-dense video essay pertaining to these subjects. SEE U LATER



December 22 2021

SO, for the past few months I’ve been working here and there on a big VIDEO ESSAY about my process for working on Vattu, and about a lot of other things too: independent art, pop culture, the Internet, "worldbuilding," and so on. It’s very long and dense and not very professional-looking and it’s a lot of me just talking in front of a screen. But if you’re interested in this sort of stuff it’s a lot of what I have to say about it. Here’s a little trailer.

If you’re around on SUNDAY DECEMBER 26, you can watch its live debut on twitch at 9 pm eastern, and we can TALK ABOUT IT. Thereafter it will be on youtube.

Thank you for reading folks. Hope you are having a nice end of the year.



November 29 2021

Hey folks can you believe it, I’m going to Seattle in a couple of days for Emerald City Comic Con, the first comic convention I’m tabling at since covid started. It’s December 2 thru 5, at the big convention center downtown, and I’m on the main floor with "Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales."

No idea what to expect. These things were a huge part of my routine for years and now I’ve been a weird cave person since early 2020. So I’m just treating it as a low-risk first-time convention basically; I’ll have books and things but not a huge amount of stock. If you’re at the show it would be lovely to say hello to you.

Exciting to be able to move forward with Vattu at a good clip, and it’s been great to introduce it to a new audience on Webtoon lately too. Aside from that, I’m mostly just working on "Mansion X," a new horror-ish graphic novel for Iron Circus Comics. Chugging along. Thank you for reading folks



September 24 2021

Hope you’re well out there; thank you for reading. As I write this page 1129 of Vattu is going up, and I’m several pages ahead of that, for the first time in a long long time. We’re in a section of the story I’ve been calling to myself "the trip uptown," a big intense sustained section I’m Very Excited about-- anyway things are going to ramp up as much as I can handle them in this comic, and it’s been great to be able to stick to a three-a-week schedule lately.

Updated my store with Topatoco recently, with an elaborate new print that took a long time to make, and some othernewthings too. This is where most of my books and physical things I’ve made are!! please have a look if you are interested!



September 17 2021

hEY FOLKS, I hope you are well out there. I’m working a lot on Vattu-related stuff lately as I’m DONE with other comics work for now. You may have noticed I recently made a detailed MAP of the Sahta, the city in which most of Vattu takes place. It’s up on its own little explanatory page here, along with a newly-updated character guide. It might be helpful or interesting to see this context as we head into some big heavy stuff in the story.

Also I’m trying out webtoon and tapas; Vattu is being serialized there with a few scenes a week basically just as an effort to get more eyes on the thing. I don’t fully understand these platforms but it is absolutely true that the internet has mostly moved away from the old-timey webcomics Personal Website Era. of course I will continue to have this clunky and outmoded website until the day I die, probably.

The Other Stuff I’ve been working on and not posting here for the past few years has been the ISLAND BOOK SERIES with First Second Books. The third and last book in this series is now FINISHED, and it’ll be out in 2022, and you can preorder it now if you like! I really strongly support you ordering through a local bookseller (perhaps via IndieBound?? that might only work in the States tho).

THank you for reading!!!!



August 27 2021

phew I haven’t updated this news block in a while! Let’s do that. I’m really chafing against the shopping-mall social-media nature of the internet and I forget sometimes that I still have this little website I can do whatever I want with.

Vattu is back to updating with some regularity, and it’s exciting to be back in the groove with it and have a sense of the structure coming together for the last chunk of it. Disorienting to think that I started this thing TEN YEARS AGO; that I was probably 22 when I started building this thing I’ve been chipping away at since then.

I’ve had to slow down on Vattufor a few periods over the past few years, mostly on account of the Island Book trilogy, which is now in fact FINISHED. The second book came out this Spring (first one here), and the third one is out in 2022. I’m happy with them and I worked very hard on them.

Currently chugging along in a new and continually closed-off world; trying to figure out how to keep moving and get some stable comics work for the near future. Thank you for following along and I hope you are well and safe out there.



March 23 2020

MY FRIENDS. Things in the world have gotten a lot stranger, and more disorienting and anxious since the last thing I posted here. I hope you can work through this period as well as possible for yourselves and your friends and neighbors. I am chugging along and acclimating to something like a new normal as much as I’m able.

If you’re looking for something to fill your indoors hours, I’ve recently put up a download of almost every comic I’ve ever made, here. It’s free or pay-what-you-want, and includes the vast majority of stuff on this website as individual image files, and some other things and previews of things not released online. It’s been an incredible privilege to me to be able to make stories that people connect with. I am feeling very emotional about everything in this weird crystallizing moment.

love and solidarity, sincerely Evan.



January 17 2020

Hello!! Vattu is BACK with page 1043! I’ve been really struggling to balance everything lately, but I just FINISHED the penciling-and-inking phase of Island Book 2, and am excited to get back into a more regular schedule for Vattu. Island Book 2 is out in Spring 2021; coloring it as of now.

I recently posted the last 15 pages of the short story "The Thinker." I started this story in 2011, and had gotten 12 pages into its last section before getting frustrated and stressed out about it. Weird experience to come back to something from so long ago, but it’s nice to have a finished story out there now.

Goblin Week starts this Sunday. New book available on Topatoco soon soon. thank you for reading



August 13 2019

Several new developments for you here on the home page, as Vattu chugs along into some big tangled plot developments.

I have a new book available, called Mere Vibration; it’s a collection of five short comics I’ve made over the past several years dealing with contacting the unknown. I’m very happy with how it all comes together!! And the third Vattu book will finally finally be available soon alongside.

Two sequels to Island Book have been announced, and I’m currently deep in working on them. Very excited to build this into a really enormous, overwhelming story. This was first announced in this big interview with Sloane Leong on The Comics Journal, which was very fun and which might interest you if you haven’t seen it.

Gearing up for Flame Con, Small Press Expo, and Cartoon Crossroads Columbus!! Running new ongoing creature-design-improvisation project on my Patreon! Operating as part of a new and slightly disorienting podcast project called Behemoth! THAT’s basically IT, thank you for reading so much.



May 29 2019

My new graphic novel Island Book is AVAILABLE NOW! In bookstores and online and everywhere; this is my first book with a major publisher and I’m super excited to have it out there.

Island Book is a visually-driven fantasy-adventure fable story about the ocean and the unknown & unknowable. It represents a distillation of a lot of my thinking lately about fantasy storytelling in general, and a deliberate attempt to reconnect with some of the ideas I was working through years and years ago with Rice Boy. I finished drawing it about a year ago; I’ve never had the experience of having to wait so long for people to read something I’ve made!! Very lovely to hear feedback and to hear that people are liking this thing.

Recently released a soundtrack album made by my brother Lewis that we’re very happy with, and I put together a pair of dense little art books a little while ago too. AND for a who-knows-how-limited time, many original pages are available.

Had a great time in Canada and hope to go back for TCAF & VanCAF next year; in the meantime I’m doing many more comic conventions this year: Heroes Con in Charlotte NC on June 14-16 is the next one. Hope to see folks there! Have a good day.



May 8 2019

My new graphic novel Island Book is finally debuting! It’s out everywhere on May 14th, and I’m about to go to comic conventions in Canada to herald its arrival:

TCAF is in Toronto May 11 and 12. Island Book will be available there, and a bunch of my other books and things, and I’m on a panel on Saturday at 2:45.

VanCAF is in Vancouver May 18 and 19! I’m on a panel there, too, on Saturday at 3:30.

I hope you can make it to one of those shows if you’re in the area!



February 17 2019

I’m solidifying plans for the next few months of comic conventions and things; here’s some updates for you if you’re interested in that!

Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle is March 14-17; I’ll be tabling as usual with the Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales booth near the skybridge. And I’m on a panel about Iron Circus Comics on Thursday at 5:30!

MoCCA Fest is in Manhattan April 6 and 7; missed last year and I’m excited to be back at this one with some new stuff.

TCAF in Toronto on May 11-12 is the official debut of Island Book; it’s out in bookstores on the 14th. Going to bring a ton of new stuff to this show I love it!!

And right after that is VanCAF in Vancouver, May 18-19.

Much traveling!! I have a lot of new stuff coming out this year and want to get to a bunch of shows. In the meantime, working with printers for the new third book of Vattu, getting a book of black-and-white short comics printed, and chipping away at a book about hell...

I am out of town for this next week, and Vattu should resume on the 26th or so!



October 20 2018 - Vattu Book 3 Kickstarter!

Just launched the Kickstarter to get the third book of Vattu printed! If you’d like a copy of this book in paperback or hardcover, this would be the best way to get it I think! Also there’s a bunch of options to get the whole story so far, and some extra things. Thank you for having a look and thank you for your support!!

It’s going well so far, which is always a relief-- I really don’t often have a good sense of how many people read this thing and are interested in buying print editions of it, and it’s been a while since the previous book. Excited to see it in print; the print versions are what I have in mind as the final version of the comic throughout the process.

Did you see the nice new website header I did make. Island Book has its own little homepage now! Very bare bones but I wanted to have something visible. Thank you for reading.

October 15 2018 - Vattu Book 4

Vattu is finally back!! Posting the first three pages of the LAST BOOK of the comic today. Excited to get where this last book is going and excited to hear what you think of it. The free download of the first three books of Vattu is still available.

Starting Kickstarters is more complicated every time I try to do it, so the Kickstarter for the print volume of Vattu Book 3 will launch sometime this week but not sure exactly when! I’ll make a lot of noise here and onsocialmediums when that starts. Did you see the cover, by the way!!!

In the little hiatus here I’ve reworked a lot of structural elements to rice-boy.com, added a lot more miscellaneous extra content, and plugged along on Hell book and various other things! Thank you for reading.



September 10 2018 - Vattu Book 3 Complete

Vattu book 3 is finished, as of page 958 today. This book in particular has had some of the most ambitious storytelling I’ve ever tried to do, and I think I’m happy with how it’s turned out. It’s a weird feeling to be here at the start of the last book of this comic I started EIGHT YEARS AGO, that has been the main creative throughline of my life since I was 22 years old. I have changed and what this comic means to me has changed a whole lot in that time, but I’m excited to bring it to an end over the next couple of years. Thank you so much for reading this weird comic.

For the next few weeks while I take a break from updating Vattu and work on writing and other things, the entire comic so far will be available for download as individual PNG pages right here. This might be an easier way to read it and I want people to read it easily and for free!! BUT ALSO, I will be starting the process to get Book 3 printed sometime soon, and taking preorders for that. I’ll make noise about that everywhereIcan.

OTHER STUFF! I’m tabling at the SMALL PRESS EXPO in the DC area this weekend, at table D8. Really looking forward to it, this is one of my favorites. Island Book is officially coming out on May 14, 2019, and you are more than welcome to preorder it right now! Looking forward to seeing what people think of this book; I’ve already in fact made a couple of art books in anticipation of it. AND ALSO finally, I have recently started working on a book for Iron Circus Comics called The Harrowing of Hell. This will be an unusual book for me, and scheduled in such a way that I think I can balance it pretty well with the next several months of Vattu.

Thank you for reading.



July 9 2018

We are really closing in on the end of Book 3 (of 4) of Vattu, and I can't believe I've finally gotten here and I'm very excited about the end of this book and the Enormous writing challenge that book 4 represents. I will survive; thank you for reading.

I just posted the (apparently) annual Vattu State of the Union, about where I'm at and where the comic is at. On Medium and Tumblr.

In the near future! A couple of new things will be available on my Topatoco store! I'd like to get the Kickstarter for Vattu Book 3 running pretty soon after the end of the book is posted! Flame Con in NYC, and SPX in DC!



April 2 2018

Vattu's back and over 900 pages now; I had to back off for the last chunk of working on Island Book, which was wayyy more work than I thought it would be, but IT'S DONE AND IT'LL BE OUT IN 2019. I loved working on this thing; I am pretty sure it's something like how I wanted it to be when I started but maybe I'm too close to it right now to say. Can't wait for everyone to see it.

Figuring out how my schedule works now that that's done, and for the moment at least I'm going to try to update Vattu with 3 pages a week. Also the Rice Boy Rerun Blog is back, and I'm working on a couple merchandise items that you'll see soon soon.

Thanks for reading this stuff friends; I'm excited to get back into focusing more fully on Vattu.



February 23 2018

Hello friends! We're almost to page 900 of Vattu today. I've had to update a little less frequently lately, as I'm closing in on my actual final deadline for all of Island Book, the graphic novel I'm making for First Second Books that should be out in early 2019. Thanks for your patience; I don't normally juggle big huge projects at such length but having this be my career means I am always working too much. Back to more frequent Vattu pages in mid-March, I think!

Very excited to be going to Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle next week! I'm at table 208, with Kel McDonald, Joe Pimienta, Sloane Leong, Kory Bing, and Meredith McLaren. With a ton of books and prints and things. If you're around I hope you'll come say hello.

One more Big Development-- A new edition of Rice Boy was just published by Iron Circus Comics, a publisher dear to my heart and run by my friend Spike, one of the people in comics who I've known the very longest. This is the first major book I've had published by someone who isn't just me, and it'll be the first time anything I've made will show up in actual bookstores. Twelve years I've been doing this, and I've never seen a book of mine in a bookstore. (The self-published edition will still be available at Topatoco for the near future)

Thank you for reading~~~~~!!!!!!!



December 6 2017

Almost done with the year and in the thick of a big heavy sequence of Vattu that I've been looking forward to for a long long time. Thanks everybody for reading; I'm excited about what we're getting to.

A couple of topical items: I'm exhibiting at Comic Arts Los Angeles this weekend! A small & friendly & charming show that I'm excited to be a part of again. And shipping deadlines for the holidays are coming up, if you're interested in any of the books and things I have made. No particularly new merchandise for this holiday season because I am too busy to think, though.

Posting periodic updates on Island Book over on tumblr and elsewhere. Colors colors colors for the next couple of months! happy holidays to all of u

November 8 2017

Just put up page 877 of Vattu, ending a pretty huge and consequential scene, and beginning another: a sequence I've been calling 'Coming Home.' I have a little bit of preliminary work to do, and I'm working on a lot at once right now, so the next bit of Vattu will start going online a little late, on Monday, November 20th. Thanks for your patience. I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate you reading this thing and how excited I am for the moment we're at right now in the story.

Until November 20th, you can download for free the entire comic so far, as individual PNG files, right here. This might be an easier way to read it! Please feel free to pass it around.

I'm into the coloring phase of Island Book, and that's my other big project for practically this whole year so far; if you're interested I'm trying to keep some occasional updates going on Tumblr, twitter, etc. Gonna work on getting a little home-base page for it on rice-boy.com too! whenever I have... a second...

Getting ready for my last comics event of the year, holidays, etc etc. Hope you're well, thanks for reading.



July 12 2017

We're close enough to the 7th anniversary of my starting Vattu that I can use that as a pretense to post this bit of writing, which let's call the 'Vattu State of the Union.' I haven't put much of my thinking about the process out in the world, so this is something I'd like to do in the future. Hope you like it! No spoilers or any particular story details.

My illustrated edition of Moby-Dick is finally available for sale! Thanks everybody for your support during that big unusual project; there's tons of process artwork, writing, and photos of the finished book up on the Moby-Dick Illustrated Tumblr.

And the other big thing going on right now is prep for San Diego Comic Con next week! I'm tabling with Becky and Frank and Tyler and BigBud and Seibei and maybe other people I hope I haven't forgotten?? I'll have a few exclusive prints and all my other stuff. Table 1334.... I am virtually certain.

Thanks for reading everyone! see u



 
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