Fargo Moorhead Comicon 2015

I have news for everyone within the vicinity of the Fargo, ND-Moorhead, MN area!  The Fargo Moorhead Comicon is schedule this coming weekend February 28 and March 1, 2015 at the Baymont Inn & Suites not too far away from West Acres Mall.

As some of you know, I stayed off the convention circuit for 2014.  It is imperative that I return to said circuit for 2015 to promote myself and my work.  This will be the main focus of my visit to the convention.  I will not be there to sell work amongst the vendors.  I intend to promote Sunnyville Stories, meet the locals and learn what I can about what’s happening in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Check out the link above for more information on the event.

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Marketing plan for Volume 3

Now that business matters are out of the way, I can continue work on Sunnyville #12 and on the third volume of Sunnyville.  The work on the book itself is just half the battle.  There’s the matter of selling it too.  I don’t have the resources to run full page ads in magazines or trade publications so I have to rely on other methods.

To be honest, the marketing for Sunnyville Stories Volume 3 has started long before this blog post went live.  I’ve been using Facebook and Twitter to no end in announcing the third volume.  In addition, I have a running countdown of the days until the third volume hits the streets and I have a teaser trailer up too.   Continue reading

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Freudian Trio

When I was creating the characters of Sunnyville and building the universe, I needed to make sure the characters were not simply flat characters with no life or no motivation.  A lot of work went into creating Rusty and company; in fact, these characters have something those in my previous creations don’t – they have “heart”.

However, when creating Rusty’s family, I needed more than just heart and personalities.  Rusty and his parents needed a unifying theme to define who they are.  So I looked to neurologist Sigmund Freud  for some ideas.  Rusty and his parents are intended to represent the three aspects of the psyche as theorized by Freud.   Continue reading

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Book Review: Words That Sell

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a book review.  So I have one here that should be a boon to anyone who makes comics.

Promotion is necessary and you must market your work, even if your work is handled by a publisher.  You can have the biggest, baddest comic (or any other product) on the block…but if nobody knows about your work, they don’t buy it.  That’s where marketing comes in.  You need to tell others about your work be it through a weblog, a Facebook post, a press release or a sales letter.  But how can you phrase your marketing efforts so people will sit up and take notice?

Enter the text Words That Sell by Richard Bayan.  The subtitle for this work is “More than 6,000 Entries to Help You Promote Your Products, Services and Ideas.”   Continue reading

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Refreshingly New

I’ve been working on some promotional ads to raise awareness of Sunnyville Stories.  This is one of them.

Sunnyville Stories Refreshingly New

 

This piece was inspired by a 1989 print ad for Takara brand shochu (a more potent version of sake).

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Scripts, Letters and Libraries

Today, I have some general announcements to make.  First, for those of you who missed the news, another library picked up Sunnyville Stories and this time, it’s in the Buckeye State.

Sunnyville library map

Sunnyville library map, January 30, 2015

I still need to work on getting my home state to carry my books too.   Continue reading

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Sunnyville Stories goes to Ohio State!

Another library has added Sunnyville Stories Volume 1 to its collection.  This time, it’s a college library!

Sunnyville Stories Volume 1 (ISBN 9780615653921) is now at the Ohio State University Library.  It’s part of the Dylan Williams Collection and was a gift by an individual named Damien Jay.

I’m honored to see that a university actually acquired my work.  They are the second one right after the School of Visual Arts!

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Plotting out Sunnyville Volume 3

Before we get started on this blog post, I have something to share.  Sometime ago, Jonathan Ponikvar of Peter & Company did a pencil drawing of Rusty and Samantha.  Well, it’s been colored now and here’s the end result.

"First Kiss" by Jonathan Ponikvar

“First Kiss” by Jonathan Ponikvar

Moving on from this cute moment, the layouts for Sunnyville Stories volume 3 have been assembled.   Continue reading

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Script writing and marketing

Before we kick off this post, I wanted to wish a happy birthday to Andy Price of IDW’s My Little Pony comics series!

Anyway, besides the script for Sunnyville #13, I’ve finished off the script for #12 at last.

Sunnyville script gets typed up

Sunnyville #12 script getting typed

It took some time as I had to make many passes at this script.   Continue reading

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Forbidden Planet

Today, I have added a new goal to my list for the year 2015.  As some of you know, I’m originally from New York City.  One of the more notable shops in the New York area for comic books, graphic novels and other neat merchandise is Forbidden Planet.  I visited the shop sometimes when I still lived in New York.  When I visited during my visits from North Carolina, I also stopped there.

Forbidden Planet carries a lot of work from the mainstream publishers (DC and Marvel).  They also carry a number of independent titles such as Jeff Smith’s Bone, Mouseguard, Cerebus the Aardvark and even reMIND by Jason Brubaker.  But there was something missing from amongst those aforementioned titles and many others.  Can you guess what that was?   Continue reading

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