Sunnyville Number 16 Is On

After stumbling for a bit, Sunnyville Stories episode 16 “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” has officially entered production.

Sunnyville #16 with drawing materials

The drawing is on…but it will likely be on and off for a few reasons.   Continue reading

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Kickstarter Countdown 2018: 107 Days Left

Hello, Sunnyville fans.  We are counting down the days and there’s 107 days until January 5, 2018 when the Kickstarter to fund Sunnyville Stories Volume 4 starts.

Today, I wanted to outline the battle plan for the Kickstarter.  The goal is to run about 40 days and raise a total of US$2,500.

Many of the same strategies I used before will be used again.

First, I’ll be doing a running countdown of the days until the Kickstarter launches.  This is to keep reminding people it’s going to happen; promotion in advance is vital.  Seriously, the first Kickstarter I attempted back in 2014 had little promotion in advance and that was a huge mistake.

Twitter will be one of my big weapons.  The pinned tweet that I used to link the Kicsktarter was a big boon for me.  During the time it was pinned, it got 8,219 impressions, 122 link clicks, 36 likes and 35 re-tweets.  That was not bad at all.

The Twitter analytics for that time period are even more impressive.  Overall, my tweets during that period got roughly 182,000 impressions!

Facebook will be another tool as I will post regular updates on the Facebook Sunnyville fan page.  Unfortunately, I have no hard numbers on that platform’s performance.  The blog and the mailing list will have regular updates too during the Kickstarter.

A few more tactics will be employed too that were not before.  I’ll be doing some paid advertising this time; a little money has been set aside for that.

I am counting on you fans and readers to help spread the word and to especially fund the Kickstarter.  It launches in 107 days from now.  But with these plans and your help, we can make this a success.  See you next week with more numbers!

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The Plan For 24 Hour Comics Day 2017

Hello, Sunnyville fans.  Today, I’d like to tell you my plans for 24 Hour Comics Day this year.

As a reminder, the 24 Hour Comics challenge is one where you must create an entire 24-page comic by yourself within 24 hours.  I undertook this challenge in 2015 and 2016.

This year, 24 Hour Comics Day is being held on Saturday October 7.  It is traditionally held on the first Saturday in October.  But what am I going to do for this year’s 24 Hour Comics challenge?   Continue reading

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Kickstarter 2018 Countdown: 114 Days Left!

114 days remain until the Sunnyville Volume 4 Kickstarter launches on January 5, 2018!

The countdown continues and my mind is racing with a battle strategy.  It’s best though to write everything down; I want to have a concrete plan to promote the Kickstarter and ensure it succeeds.  I don’t want a scattershot effort like my ill-fated funding drive back in 2014.

Here’s a reminder of the goals – the overall goal will be US$2,500.  The estimated printing & shipping costs for the books will be $1,590.  Mailing supplies and mailing fees (again, hard copies will be sent out as rewards) should run around $423.40.  Additional costs, both to cover any contingencies as well as Kickstarter’s fees & take, will bring the final total goal to the above figure of $2,500.

That is VERY ambitious.  I did raise a few hundred dollars on my last Kickstarter but raising a few thousand…that will be quite a challenge.  Next week, I outline my overall strategy.  It will be subject to change as time goes on and the clock ticks down to the Kickstarter launch time.

Remember that just 114 days remain until the Sunnyville Stories Volume 4 Kickstarter commences!  Mark your calendars and stay tuned!

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Kickstarter 2018 Countdown: 121 Days

Welcome, fans!  From now until the time it launches, there will be updates on this blog every Wednesday.  These Wednesday blog posts will be a running countdown from now until the time the Sunnyville Stories Volume 4 Kickstarter launches on January 5, 2018.

We have 121 days until that happens.

From now to that time, I’ll be reminding you of the goals of the Kickstarter and sharing with you the progress in assembling the Kickstarter page, writing copy and planning my strategy.

Remember – that’s just 121 days until the Sunnyville Stories Volume 4 Kickstarter.  That may seem like a long way off – but it will be here before we know it!

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Sunnyville #15 Finished

After many delays, slow workdays and other challenges, Sunnyville Stories #15 is finished at last!!

Finishing & Signing Sunnyville #15

As the effort to get the comic finished has left me tired, I’ll be taking this week off.  Work with the Kickstarter and the next Sunnyville comic will commence next week!

Stay tuned!

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Looking to September & October 2017

Okay, this blog post will be brief but I do have some announcements to make.

Sunnyville #15 is nearly completed.  Eight pages remain to be drawn; as this is Labor Day weekend here, I should be able to knock those out and finally finish.  I hope to share some pages tomorrow on the blog.

Next month in October will be 24 Hour Comics Day.  It is held every year on the first Saturday of October.  This year, it will be Saturday, October 7.  As you remember, I did the challenge in both 2015 and 2016.  I will go the distance a third time and undertake the challenge.  Like I did before, it will be a vampire comic.  However, it will be different – it will NOT star my intrepid vampire hunter, August Von Herling.  You’ll find out about that when the time comes.

Another announcement is that on Wednesdays in September from now until early next year, there will be updates again.  But these will be a special kind of update.  I will be talking about the planned Sunnyville Stories Volume 4 Kickstarter, doing a countdown of the days until the Jan. 2018 launch date as well as sharing progress on the construction of the Kickstarter.  Watch for that soon!

That’s it for now, Sunnyville fans!  Please sign up for the Sunnyville Stories mailing list if you haven’t yet.   Buy me a Ko-Fi today and check out my other creation Tiffany & Corey.

Also, be sure to stop over to DriveThru Comics for digital copies of Sunnyville Stories.  Copies of Sunnyville Stories Volume 1 are still for sale on Amazon, both in print and Kindle formats!  While you’re there, be sure to pick up Sunnyville Stories Volume 2 and (if you love Gothic horror) Von Herling, Vampire Hunter!  And now available is the latest installment of the saga, Sunnyville Stories Volume 3.  Get them today!

Copies of all the above titles are available to the library trade via Brodart Company and to retailers from Ingram and Baker & Taylor (via BCH Distribution).  Copies are also available direct from the publisher.  For ordering information, contact maxwestart(at)gmail(dot)com or write to:

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

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Notes for August 27, 2017

Hello, everyone.  Sorry about the late update but I’ve been working hard to make sure Sunnyville Stories #15 gets completed.

As you all know, I’ve struggled to work on it and have been slogging through the drawing of the story.  It has NOT been easy.  Between the Kickstarter earlier this year, dealing with convention rejections and also promoting my work, it has been an uphill battle.  But I digress.   Continue reading

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Notes for August 19, 2017

This is a short update today, Sunnyville fans.  There hasn’t been much done due to being with family over this week.

Progress has been slow with Sunnyville Stories #15 but we are past the halfway point.  If all goes well, we should be able to get the story finished by September.  From there, we’ll be going straight into Sunnyville #16.

Continue reading

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How to Advertise Free on Project Wonderful

Welcome back, readers and fans.  Last time, I told you about the wonderful website known as Project Wonderful (yes, I meant to say that twice).  You can advertise your site on there like your comic or webcomic if you have a little money to spend.  You can also make money on Project Wonderful by becoming a publisher and hosting their ads on your site.

But what if you’re on a shoestring budget and can’t afford to pay for advertising?  Well, you’re in luck, readers.  I can show you how to get free advertising on Project Wonderful.  That’s right, I said FREE!  So how does that work?

There are a few limitations on that as I’m about to discuss.  I also cannot claim original credit for this technique; it came to me from the Webcomic Police site.  I also have screenshots to demonstrate what to do.  So let’s get on, shall we?   Continue reading

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