The Working Area

Work is continuing on Sunnyville #12 but I thought I’d show you the workspace I use and the surrounding area.

Drawing table layout

This is where I draw.  I use a flat surface, though some out there prefer surfaces that are more tilted.  I keep reference materials here like my model sheets and character drawings.  Many of my tools are here too like brushes, pens, pencils, erasers, and other things.  I keep at least one lamp and a bigger lamp to provide plenty of light.  I also like to have Mountain Dew Kickstart or Rockstar brand energy drinks on hand to keep me going.   Continue reading

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The Importance of Marketing Comics

As this blog post goes live, the first copies of Free Sunnyville have been sent out.

Copies of Free Sunnyville

The first copies has been sent out to Forbidden Planet as well as to the libraries in West Fargo, Fargo and Moorhead.  Copies have gone out to two of the local media: Fargo Monthly (a local magazine) and the High Plains Reader (an alternative weekly).  Starting this week, copies will be sent out to various libraries, namely the ones with really big budgets.   Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Dave Sim!

I only just learned this a few minutes ago (as my previous blog post was going live) but it should be repeated here.

Dave Sim, creator of Cerebus the Aardvark, is celebrating his 59th birthday as of today, May 17, 2015

Dave Sim on his 59th birthday!

(Photo taken by Sandeep Atwal and courtesy of the Moment of Cerebus blog)

 

 

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Slow but Steady on Twelve, Three and Four

Greetings.  Work on inking Sunnyville Stories #12 remains slow but at least work is being done.

Lines on a Sunnyville #12 page dry

Lines on a Sunnyville #12 page dry

I aim to finish this as soon as I can but it should be done sometime this summer.   Continue reading

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Moorhead and Free Sunnyville Redux

Greetings, readers and loyal fans.  I apologize for not updating the blog yesterday.  I had a very long day yesterday in not only working on Sunnyville, but promoting the work and marketing to potential buyers.

Moorhead library

Library of Moorhead, Minnesota

As I reported before, there was a small (and I do emphasize “small”) comic con at the Moorhead library yesterday on May 9.  There were some speakers, some things for sale and quite a few costumed visitors too.

501st Legion TIE Fighter Pilot

The 501st Legion turned up here (you may remember them from Fargo-Moorhead Comic Con a few months back) and got the attention of many library patrons.

501st Legion Darth Vader, Clone Trooper and Imperial Guard

I stayed at the event for awhile and then I had to move on.  (I had errands to run that day.)  Before heading on my way, I did drop off some promotional material for Sunnyville Stories with a request that it be turned over to the collection development staff.  I am planning to send them a copy of Free Sunnyville in the near future once the first print run arrives.  And speaking of Free Sunnyville…

…The first print run has been ordered up!  By the end of the day, the invoice will be paid and the first batch should be arriving sometime around Memorial Day.  As I said before, these will be sent out to libraries, to the media and to my vendors.  I plan to send some copies to Carmine Street Comics in New York for them to give out to their customers.

Hatching display lettering

Hatching display letters with a Uniball pen

Work is continuing on Sunnyville #12.  I should have more pages posted up next weekend.  The plan will be to put this to bed by month’s end so I can turn full attention to wrapping up Sunnyville Stories Volume 3 and put that to bed as well.

Stay tuned for more news.  Sunnyville Stories Vol. 1 (ISBN 9780615653921) is still for sale on Amazon. Copies of Sunnyville Stories Volume 2 and Von Herling, Vampire Hunter are for sale right now at Great Stories. Check out Direct Textbook too for more details on my books!  And if you have an Amazon Kindle, get Sunnyville Stories Volume 1, Sunnyville Stories Volume 2 and Von Herling, Vampire Hunter for it today!

Comments? Questions? Fan letters? Interested in ordering books? You can write to:

Different Mousetrap Press LLC, 1100 19th Avenue N, #108, Unit J, Fargo ND 58102-2269

 

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Another view on Sunnyville

Work continues on Sunnyville #12.  I aim to put this to bed by the end of May so I can devote full attention to getting Sunnyville Stories Volume 3 to be finished and put to bed.

Sunnyville Stories #12 pages drying

These are some Sunnyville pages that are drying and are in the process of being inked too.   Continue reading

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Free Comics, Free Sunnyville and Moorhead

I’ve got an update concerning Sunnyville Stories Volume 3.  The book is coming together but there are still problems in getting the Preassigned Control Number (the precursor to the Library of Congress Control Number).  It’ll be at least another week before that’s been finalized.  I also received the new proof copies of Sunnyville Stories Volume 1 and Volume 2.

Sunnyville Stories Volume 1 and Volume 2 third printing proof copies

Everything looks good as I have had to update some of the information (the older printings listed me and my company as being in North Carolina).  There’ll be some fresh print runs made soon for sale to my vendors and to my customers.   Continue reading

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April 2015 Potpourri

Yes, another potpourri blog post today.

First, as a reminder, Cerebus the Aardvark is being posted up on Tumblr to read for free.  Go check it out if you haven’t already.

I reported recently that I’m working on a small 5.5 x 7.75 inch comic titled “Free Sunnyville”.  As of last night, the comic was finished and put to bed.  Once the proof copy arrives and I check it over, a few hundred copies are going to be printed up.  The comic will give a basic overview of Sunnyville Stories and have some panels in there as samples along with contact and ordering information.  I plan to send these out to some of my vendors to distribute as well as to libraries and the media.  These will given out to potential customers as it will be a good way to promote the series.   Continue reading

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Cerebus Online

Some of you here have heard me talk about Dave Sim’s groundbreaking creation Cerebus the Aardvark on this blog.  I’ve even had Cerebus cameo in Sunnyville and in the near future, I want to upgrade him to “special guest star” status.

Cerebus the Aardvark #1 Cover

Cerebus the Aardvark was a monthly comic book series from Canada that ran for 300 issues from 1977 to 2004.  Early on, the series was a parody of sword & sorcery works like “Conan the Barbarian.  As time marched on, it turned more serious.  Dave Sim really pushed the limits of art and writing in the world of comics while also exploring themes like politics, religion, male-female relations and existentialism.

These comics were eventually collected into sixteen thick trade paperbacks.  I own the first four volumes right now and plan to reread them once I finish reading Reid Fleming, World’s Toughest Milkman.  This series is really one-of-a-kind and inspired a whole generation of creative geniuses out there.  I’ve been using polyptychs myself like those found on the pages of Cerebus.

Cerebus #2 page by Dave Sim

Cerebus #2 page by Dave Sim

Are you intrigued by Dave Sim’s comics masterpiece?  You can find the trade paperbacks at your friendly neighborhood comic book shop, your corner bookstore or your local library.

But what’s that?  You can’t get Cerebus there.  Well, you’re in luck and now we get to the point of this blog post.  The entire saga of Cerebus is being put online FOR FREE one page at a time via the social media platform Tumblr.  Check out Cerebus Online to read it!  At the time of this writing (April 23, 2015), we are only up to somewhere in Cerebus #3.  It will probably take a good twenty years for the series to be posted in its entirety.

So what are you waiting for?  Go read Cerebus today!

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Pencils and Lettering Sunnyville Number 12

Work is continuing on the pencils for Sunnyville Stories #12.  I need to make up for lost time.  Progress has been made and the pencils for the comic should be done this weekend.

My visit to New York took away from my working time and there’s also the work on Sunnyville Stories Volume 3, still on schedule for its January 15, 2016 release date.  On top of that, I still need to work on promoting and marketing the series.  Anyway, the story runs for 33 pages and I’m up to page 20 at the time of this writing on the pencils.   Continue reading

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