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Adapt This: “Order of Tales” by Evan Dahm

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With Hollywood turning more of its attention to the world of graphic novels for inspiration, I’ll cast the spotlight on a new comic book each week that has the potential to pack a theater or keep you glued to your television screens. At the end of some “Adapt This” columns, you’ll also find thoughts from various comic creators and other industry experts about the books they’d like to see make the jump from page to screen.


This Week’s Book: Order of Tales by Evan Dahm (self-published)

The Premise: Teller Koark is the last survivor of an ancient order of story-collectors. Before his father was murdered, he instructed Teller to seek out a mysterious story called “The Account of the Bone Ziggurat,” which just might have the power to save the world of Overside from a terrible warlord’s conquering army. Teller’s adventure leads him from one end of Overside to the other, where he encounters a host of strange creatures, including a girl made of glass, fearsome Blackbird soldiers, and an enigmatic machine-man.

The Pitch: 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.

It’s easy to picture an “Order of Tales” animated series as something akin to “Avatar: The Last Airbender” in its structure, with an ending in mind right from the start and a narrative that follows the main character as he makes his winding way toward that final chapter. And just like “The Last Airbender,” the combination of well-developed characters and a world full of surprises allows for some thrilling adventures along the way, as Teller gets drawn into one wild encounter after another in his pursuit of the story that could save his world.

However, it’s worth noting that the world of Order of Tales is more alien than that of “The Last Airbender,” making the animated treatment that much more reasonable for any adaptation of Dahm’s saga. A big part of the beauty and appeal of Overside is the bizarre creatures that Teller encounters during his travels, so it would be a shame to subtract anything from that element of the story.

The Closing Argument: A little bit Lord of the Rings, a little bit “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” Dahm’s Order of Tales is a saga that’s nicely suited for development as an animated series that would appeal to both young and older audiences alike. Despite its fantastic setting, the story deals with a number of mature themes while keeping things active and interesting as its characters trek across Overside. As you read Dahm’s story, there’s a sense that something new and amazing lurks around every turn in Teller’s journey, and there’s no reason an adaptation can’t capture that same feeling on the screen.


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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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