Webcomic: Rice Boy

I'm just Rice Boy. I don't know what I'm supposed to do. All I can do is grow plants and watch sunsets and listen to stories.

Rice Boy is a surreal fantasy comic by Evan Dahm. It began April 1, 2006, and finished May 14, 2008. It was the first comic set in Overside. The comic is available as a webcomic, in softcover, and in hardcover.

The One Electronic is a mechanical man on a Mission from God: he is searching for the Fulfiller of the Prophecy of Ridrom, and he will not die as long as he continues searching. Unfortunately, T-O-E has been searching for 3,000 years, and every candidate for the position of Fulfiller has been a spectacular failure. When his latest candidate dies, T-O-E once again finds a replacement: the humble little pawn-shaped Rice Boy.

The only problem is Rice Boy says he can't do it.

T-O-E grows despondent and begins doubting his mission, while, unknown to him, a number of events are set in motion: Spatch II, the son of the last candidate, convinced that he himself is the Fulfiller, prepares to kill the new candidate and to wage war. To this end, he begins amassing an army, and he hires the Bounty Hunter Golgo to shadow T-O-E.

Meanwhile, Rice Boy decides he's a little bit curious about this Prophecy, so he sets off to learn more...

What ensues is a classical hero's journey story with many twists, played by a cast of strange creatures and set against the background of a surreal land.

After the conclusion of Rice Boy, Dahm began other webcomic series based in the same world. Order of Tales, which is now completed, is a loosely-connected prequel to Rice Boy. The third and current webcomic set in Overside is Vattu.

The world of Overside has a wiki.

This webcomic provides examples of:

  • Mechanical Lifeforms: The Machine Men. They can smoke, they grow as they age, and one of them nearly dies of poisoning. Order of Tales includes a story about them evolving into their metal form from rock material.
  • Messianic Archetype: The Fulfiller of Ridrom's prophecy.
  • Mission from God: T-O-E and Calabash are following the Avatar of Time's orders. They only continue this mission because if they don't their immortality will be lost.
  • Mouse World: The Trill-Folk.
  • Physical God: The three Avatars, maybe. T-O-E argues that while his employer is very powerful, it is no God.
  • Pinball Protagonist: Rice Boy.
  • Poisoned Weapons: T-O-E's knife. It backfires on him, though it is implied that it was intended to end his own life.
  • Prophecy Twist: T-O-E fulfilled the prophecy in his own way due to it's vague defining. Thus he restores the third Avater after Golgo stabs him on the Iron Tower.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Gortch, the late father of the late King Spatch.