The Next Ten Stories

This week, Sunnyville Stories Volumes 1 and 2 got reviewed on No Flying No Tights.

The review overall was a mixed bag.  While the review praised the art style and the nostalgic feel, there was some rough spots noted.  It’s written that there’s “minimal character development with not enough movement in the plot” and “the dialogue feels forced at times.”  (On another note, the reviewer mistakenly refers to the main male protagonist as “Max” and not his correct name of RUSTY.)   Continue reading

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No Flying No Tights reviews Sunnyville Stories

Comics review blog No Flying No Tights took notice of Sunnyville Stories Volumes 1 and 2.

It’s given me a lot of food for thought; I’ll talk about that this weekend.

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One-Fifth Through Sunnyville

I’ve completed ten entire stories starring Rusty, Sam, and all of Sunnyville.  What I did is nothing short of impressive.  I have done what very few people have done.  There are many creative types out there who NEVER get past their first story or even finish them.

There are people who never get past the planning stages either.

There will be a total of fifty stories in the saga of Sunnyville.  Having ten whole stories done means I’m now one-fifth of the way through the stories of Rusty and Sam.  I should be happy.

But for some strange reason, I feel empty.   Continue reading

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Number 10 Finished!

After many delays and moving across the United States, Sunnyville Stories episode 10 “Listen to the Music” has finally been finished!

Signing the last page of Sunnyville Stories #10

Signing the last page of Sunnyville Stories #10

It took a lot of time, but I finally finished this installment!   Continue reading

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Wrapping up Number 10

Sunnyville Stories #10 is still being finished at this time.  I’ve been struggling with all kinds of delays; I was unable to work last weekend as I was entertaining visiting family.

Drying Sunnyville #10 pages

Some of the line work is drying as this blog post goes live.   Continue reading

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Earth Alliance Kickstarter

There’s a Kickstarter going on for the second issue of Earth Alliance.

Please help out today with a donation!

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The Next Stories of Rusty and Sam

Work is slow but sure on Sunnyville Stories #10, but it will be finished soon after so many delays.  I have much to reflect on once that is done…but that’s for another post once the work is finished.

I’ll talk more about episode 11 once I finish the the tenth story.  But I do have some interesting stories lined up for Rusty and Sam.  There will be some ups and downs for the duo in the future.

Sunnyville Stories #12 will be a mystery story called “The Case of the Crushed Cake”.  The story will be told from Rusty’s point of view – he’ll be narrating it in other words.  Rusty plays detective when he tries to find out whether Christina (youngest daughter of the town bakers) wrecked her parents’ cake.  This story came from some of the detective stories I used to read years ago.  I used to read the Berenstain Bears books where Brother, Sister and Cousin Fred would be the Bear Detectives, a group of kid sleuths.  I was also an avid reader of Encyclopedia Brown by the late Donald J. Sobol.  Remembering these books made me think…what if Rusty decided to play detective?   Continue reading

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Dave Sim, Awards and Sioux Falls

In this post, I have some announcements to make.  I contacted Dave Sim recently about how I had fallen behind on Sunnyville Stories episode 10 (more on that in a bit).  As you may recall, Cerebus the Aardvark will be making a cameo appearance here with Sim’s permission.  I contacted him via mail and soon got an answer back in my mailbox.

Dave Sim postcard front

Dave Sim postcard front

Postcards are a handy tool; I use them myself.   Continue reading

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Progress on Sunnyville Number 10

Work is continuing slowly but steadily on Sunnyville #10.  At the time of this writing, 15 out of 31 pages total have been inked.  I’m about halfway through and I’m pleased this story is one of the shorter ones.

Partially inked Sunnyville page

This is one of the pages that’s been partially inked.   Continue reading

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The Road Not Taken

We all wonder about the road we didn’t take.  I’m sure you readers have thought about this yourself from time to time.

I always wanted to do something creative with my life.  I tried making it as a writer and failed at that in a major way.  In school, I actually wrote poetry but it was never published.  I also auditioned for a puppeteer troupe while in high school; I was summarily rejected for that.  The rejection destroyed me inside and sadness filled me for days.  Looking back at that, it’s probably just as well – I know people who work with puppets (like the famous Rapid T. Rabbit and Friends of New York City) and it is NOT easy.

In college, I actually tried to apply for Blue Man Group!  In my final semester at Baruch College, notices were posted for Blue Man Group looking for new talent.  I wanted to try out, but never even made it.  It turned out I was too short (you had to be about five foot ten to even be considered).

But did you know what I really planned to do?   Continue reading

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