Resuming work on Sunnyville Number 13

Readers and Sunnyville fans, I apologize for not keeping up with the blog’s regular Saturday schedule.  During the month of August, I had personal visits from family, who came all the way out to North Dakota to see me.  I was not able to get much work done though I have been going over ideas for the next installments of Sunnyville, including my planned fourth volume for 2017.

Sunnyville #13 thumbnails

Sunnyville #13 thumbnails get worked out.

I should be able to have more pages of Sunnyville Stories #13 next weekend over Labor Day as I’ve nearly gotten the thumbnails worked out.  Tonight, I’ll be working out character designs for the all the new characters that we’ll be meeting.  To be honest, I’ve had a number of challenges in laying out and setting the pace of the story.   Continue reading

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My First Startup & Its Kickstarter

I got wind of this via Twitter and thought I’d share it here.

Produced by YourComicStory.com, this project is called My First Startup and is a comic book/graphic novel designed to teach kids about entrepreneurship.  Yes, you read that right.  This work teaches children about the basics of business such as income & expenses, finding leads for customers, marketing your business and so on.

Besides responsibility and problem-solving, child readers will be taught how to handle money and alternatives to the standard 9-5 job.

The Kickstarter to fund this project is underway so be sure to check it now!

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Selling Out?

The Los Angeles Review of Books put out an article called “Selling Out the Newspaper Comic Strip” recently.  Most of the article deals with Bill Watterson of Calvin & Hobbes fame and his fiery criticism of merchandising one’s art.

The article compares him to the legendary Charles Schulz (Peanuts) and to a lesser extent, Jim Davis (Garfield), the latter of which specifically designed his creation to be mass-merchandised.

The article is worth reading in its entirety as it is too long to be posted here, but Watterson’s general attitude is carried in the following quote:

“Cartoonists who think they can be taken seriously as artists while using the strip’s protagonists to sell boxers shorts are deluding themselves.”

Watterson’s view isn’t unique.  Dave Sim voiced similar views in not wanting Cerebus the Aardvark on t-shirts, lunchboxes, posters and so on sold in Sears, K-Mart or other chain stores.

So where do I stand on all this?  These are differing opinions that I can’t say as being right or wrong.  In the end, it is entirely up to the creator.

As for me, I wouldn’t mind having Rusty and Sam on t-shirts or as plushes.  I already do limited merchandising in the form of prints I sell on DeviantArt.  If anyone wants to do so with my characters, please contact me!

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Notes for August 16

I must apologize to you readers and Sunnyville fans for not updating the blog on its usual Saturday time.  Much has been happening this past week.

First, my pending interview with the local newspaper is still being worked out.  However, I am in negotiations to set up some more out on the blogosphere and maybe one of the alternative publications; we’ll have more news on that as it develops.

My next convention is coming up too.  I’ll be attending AnimeFargo, which is set for next month on September 18, 19, and 20 at the Baymont Inn & Suites, not too far away from West Acres Mall.  I’ll be there for networking, meeting people and passing out promotional items like business cards and copies of Free Sunnyville.   Continue reading

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Volume 3 Trailer and other notes

I have some announcements to make.  First, there’ll be a slowdown on new pages for Sunnyville Stories #13 during this month of August.  I will have family coming to visit during this time and will not have as much time to work on the comics as I had hoped.

Second, my planned interview in the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead is still on but we are just trying to work out the schedule for that.

The biggest news I have is that the official trailer for Sunnyville Stories Volume 3 is now up and running!

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Sunnyville Stories turns 5 years old!

We have reached a milestone today.  The official Sunnyville Stories blog has now turned FIVE YEARS OLD as of today, August 1st!

It all started with my first official blog post five years ago on August 1, 2010.  In the time before I set this blog up, I had created Sunnyville Stories during 2009 and had finished the first story sometime in the spring of 2010.  I was working on the second story when I took a marketing class and was told about the advantages of a self-hosted blog.  So that’s what led to the creation of the official blog.   Continue reading

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Sunnyville hits the Great Lakes State!

Ladies and gentlemen, another library has picked up Sunnyville Stories!

Sunnyville library map 7-29-2015

The next state with a library to acquire Sunnyville Stories is the Great Lakes State aka Michigan!  The first volume has now been added to the comic art collection of Michigan State University Library over in East Lansing.

That’s nine states plus the District of Columbia with my books (and that’s not counting the country of Australia).  That’s not bad so far.  My goal is to get the Sunnyville books into at least ten libraries this year  So far, this makes a total of four libraries out of ten.  That isn’t bad but I need to keep at this to meet my goal.

If you represent or know of a library interested in getting any of my books – Sunnyville Stories Volume 1 (ISBN 9780615653921), Sunnyville Stories Volume 2 (ISBN 9780989069601), Sunnyville Stories Volume 3 (ISBN 9780989069625 – available Jan. 2016) or Von Herling, Vampire Hunter (ISBN 9780989069618) – they are available to the library trade through Brodart Company.  You can also get copies through Ingram and Baker & Taylor through BCH Distribution of New York.

If you want to order copies direct from the publisher, write to:

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

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Sunnyville now on DriveThru Comics!

As I reported before, I was working on getting single issue Sunnyville titles on DriveThru Comics.

It has been a success.  Besides the store section of this site being updated, I’ll make a note of it here too.

The following episodes are available for just USD 0.99 in PDF format:

Sunnyville Stories #10

Sunnyville Stories #11

Sunnyville Stories #12

I may add more installments later on as well as maybe even my original graphic novel Von Herling, Vampire Hunter.

Also available is Free Sunnyville as a PDF download, with just one notable difference from the above titles – IT’S FREE!  That’s right; if you can’t get a print copy or you want your own copy for download, you can get it on DriveThru Comics!

Don’t delay; grab these titles now!

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News and Making News

I’ve got some major news for everyone.

First, Sunnyville Stories #13 has started.  I’m serializing it for free on my DeviantArt gallery.  Right now, the cover and the first page is up.  There’ll be more pages as time goes along.

I’m also working out a deal to put up PDF copies of some Sunnyville single issues as well as Free Sunnyville over on DriveThru Comics.  Stay tuned for more news on that.

Speaking of news, there’ll be exposure for Sunnyville Stories soon.  Sunnyville has got a mention over on the Alpha Manga blog.  On top of that, there’ll be an article about your humble creator very soon in my local newspaper, the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead!

Stay tuned for more news, friends!

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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Sunnyville Number 13 Starts Next Week

I have a brief announcement to make.  As this blog post goes live, I’m tweaking the script and changing a few things – but it is finished.

My plan is that tonight, I will sketch out thumbnails and start laying down pencils for the first couple of pages.

I’ve talked about this before in past blog posts.  Sunnyville Stories #13 will be made free to read online and will be serialized on my DeviantArt.  On top of that, my working process will involve pencilling AND inking pages in batches rather than at all at once.  I want to see if this working method will be suitable for future use.

Stay tuned to this blog for more details and updates as they happen.

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