Last week’s “Adapt This” column for IFC went up while I was en route to London, so I’m a little late in posting an excerpt here. Nevertheless, it’s a great series I’m recommending in the latest column, so you’d do well to check it out.
Evan Dahm’s work first hit my radar a while back, when Gary Tyrrell from Fleen.com recommended Rice Boy to me during New England Webcomics Weekend. I loved the book (and webcomic), so I naturally had to pick up Dahm’s massive Order of Tales collection when it was available at this year’s MoCCA Festival. Both Order of Tales and Rice Boy unfold in the same universe, so if you like one, you’re bound to like the other.
Here’s an excerpt from last week’s column:
An epic, world-spanning fantasy in the vein of Lord of the Rings, Evan Dahm’s Order of Tales manages to balance the vastness of an entirely original world and its history with a very focused narrative that follows Teller and his companions across Overside. We’re introduced to the strange and wonderful aspects of the world through Teller’s eyes, making the scope of the characters’ journey feel large while keeping the story itself more personal — a quality that makes for good storytelling in print or on the screen.
While the collected edition of Order of Tales spans nearly 800 pages, the saga is flexible enough to be compressed into a single film — though something that encompasses multiple chapters, like a movie franchise or television series, is probably best suited for the narrative. And while a live-action treatment is certainly possible, developing Order of Tales as an animated feature would go a long way toward preserving the wonderfully weird elements of the universe Dahm has created.