I have some finished art to share with everyone today. After much work on both Sunnyville Stories Volume 2 and Von Herling, Vampire Hunter, I’ve finally gotten back to work on Sunnyville Stories episode 9. I have a few pages of art ready to show. Continue reading
Great Stories has done a review of Sunnyville Stories Volume 1!
Here’s a couple of excerpts: What has been missing from the field of graphic novel storytelling for some time is the innocence and journey of American discovery that has been embodied in the work of Charles Schulz and in a different medium, Norman Rockwell.
Enter Max West’s Sunnyville Stories.
Another excerpt: Rusty may be a cat, but he is more like a fish out of the water on his first adventure to meet a new friend. The writing is infused with a touch of humor while dealing with an array of very real issues that many families face each and every day, which is all part of the charm of Max’s flagship creative work.
Read the whole thing. This is one of my strongest reviews yet, rivaling the one I received in the Midwest Book Review.
Plus, Great Stories also stocks Sunnyville Stories so be sure to buy a copy today!
As I reported previously, the Cartoon Art Professional Society is going to be helping out Stan Sakai. His wife is in need of medication and 24 hour medical care; the costs exceeds their insurance coverage. CAPS is organizing a charity auction to help cover these costs. All the proceeds are going to Sakai and family.
“Water Hazard”, Ink & Acrylic on Illustration Board, 8×10 inches
This piece I did, titled “Water Hazard” (which is BTW a reworking of my older work “No Swimming”), will be mailed out first thing Friday morning to CAPS.
If any more cartoonists & comic book artists wish to help out with original artwork donations to be auctioned, check the aforementioned link for instructions and the mailing address.
That same link also has information if anyone wants to make a cash donation to help Stan Sakai, should you wish to donate money.
Please help out Stan Sakai and his wife, Sharon!
From Bleeding Cool News – Stan Sakai needs our help!
Excerpt: Now Stan is dealing with one of the pitfalls of doing creator-owned comics… his wife Sharon has been battling a debilitating illness for a while that has included a long hospital stay and convalescence. She is home now but needs 24-hour care and medication and its more than their insurance covers.
Read the whole article.
I’m planning to help out Stan Sakai myself. I’ll report again later once I have more information for you.
A couple of notes here, loyal readers – first, the Library of Congress has received the copy of Sunnyville Stories Volume 2 that I sent to them. It’ll probably take some time for them to process the book and add it to their shelves once they do what they need to do on their end (I am a participant in their Preassigned Card Number program). Besides the honor of having Sunnyville Stories on the shelves of the US Library of Congress, this will be a boon for getting public libraries to carry the book. As a reminder, I’m still holding a giveaway for the book – enter on Goodreads by December 15, 2013 for a chance to win a copy!
Moving on, I’ve resumed work on Sunnyville Stories episode 9. The pencils were just finished yesterday and I intend to get back to the inking. Once this gets finished, then the content for Sunnyville Stories Volume 3 (due out in 2016) will be halfway finished. Continue reading
I apologize for not updating the blog any sooner today. However, I have been quite busy. First, the pencils for Sunnyville Stories episode 9 have almost been finished. They should be done by the end of the week. From there, I can start the inking.
After much waiting, I finally confirmed that the advance copies of Sunnyville Stories Volume 2 arrived at their destinations. Both the Library Journal and the Midwest Book Review have gotten their advance copies. So has the review site No Flying No Tights. (On another note, the aforementioned site has yet to review the first volume.) A review of those books should turn up around January at the earliest, possibly February. Continue reading
Ladies and gentlemen, I have an official announcement to make. In 52 days, on January 6, 2014, I will launch a Kickstarter to fund a bigger print run of Sunnyville Stories Volume 1!
I’m glad to say that most of the original print run has sold out. I currently possess a handful of copies I’m keeping for vendors. I want to have more on hand for the eventual reorders. On top of that, the pending release of the second volume should also raise attention to the first volume.
The Kickstarter funds will be used to fund the printing of the book as well as the shipping costs. In addition, the funds raised will pay for the Kickstarter rewards, the mailing of said rewards and the service fees that both Kickstarter and Amazon Payments charge.
I plan to keep putting up posts as the Kickstarter draws nearer. I’m counting on as many of you readers as possible to give money to this as well as to tell people.
Remember that I can’t do this alone. I’m depending on all of you out there to help out. Everyone in Sunnyville will be counting on you too.
Stay tuned to this blog for more details!
Well, loyal readers, once more I have to apologize to you for not updating this blog on time. This blog is normally updated on Wednesdays and Saturdays. However, I was travelling all day yesterday back to the office at my base in Greensboro, North Carolina.
I do have some wonderful news to share with all of you. Continue reading
I apologize to all my readers out there for not updating the blog on its usual day of Saturday. I’m back in New York at present for a personal visit as well as to visit Carmine Street Comics, one of the shops that carries my work.
Carmine Street Comics
Located at 34 Carmine Street in the West Village of New York City, this independent comic shop is operated and owned (in part) by Jon Gorga. Continue reading