Cancellation, Kickstarter and Last Pages

I have a few announcements.  First off, I’m going to have to cancel that planned release for the Motley Worlds of Max West I announced before.  My schedule won’t allow for it.

Also, the last pages to Sunnyville #14 won’t go up till this weekend.  So stay tuned!

And now the big announcement – we have a new Kickstarter update.

Sunnyville Super Special #1 arrives in box

The copies of the Kickstarter funded Sunnyville Super Special have arrived; the first ones should be mailed out this weekend!

 

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How to Design a Comic Book Cover

Ladies and gentlemen, today I’m going to talk about a subject that is another big part of making comics.  If you didn’t read my tutorial about to actually put together a comic, then go back now and read over them.

The topic for today is how to do a cover for your comic.  This is necessary, whether you do small press or superhero, print or digital.  Before we continue though, I need to put in a disclaimer.  Just like with making comics, making a proper cover is more of alchemy than science.  There are no hard and fast rules for doing a cover.  If you are working with or for an editor, they usually have some say in the final cover but what they say is often 100% opinion.  It’s possible to have an amazing cover and not sell as well as to have a lousy cover and sell very well.   Continue reading

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Sunnyville Stories #14, Pages 31-32

Our story continues and is drawing to a close.

Sunnyville Stories #14, Page 31

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Book Review: Small Time Operator

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a book review.  As I’ve recently done my taxes, I thought I’d talk about a text that I own and have consulted when I decided to set up a company to produce and market Sunnyville Stories.

This book is titled Small Time Operator written by Bernard B. Kamoroff, a certified public accountant, and published by Taylor Trade.

Before I continue, I need to emphasize a very important DISCLAIMER to all your readers out there: my blog is not a substitute for any sort of legal, financial, dealing with the government, tax advice and so on.  Please consult the appropriate individuals for information and advice on starting a business.  The information I mentioned in this blog post also applies more to the United States; if you are reading this in another country like Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, and so on, you’ll have to check local resources to see what to do about turning your creative enterprise into an official business.   Continue reading

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Sunnyville Stories #14, Pages 29-30

Our dream with Rusty and friends continues…

Sunnyville Stories #14, Page 29

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Updates on DriveThru and Comixology

Okay, fans.  I have some brief updates to share today.

First, on DriveThru, I’ve uploaded the files for the re-issue of the Whimsical Worlds of Max West (also available on Amazon) complete with a new cover.

Whimsical Worlds of Max West Re-Issue Cover

This is the new cover that will be used for the re-issue on both DriveThru and Comixology.  The files have been put on DriveThru and are on schedule for its Saturday March 18 release.   Continue reading

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Sunnyville Stories #14, Pages 27-28

And now it’s time to continue Rusty’s dream with Nemo and Cerebus the Aardvark.

Sunnyville Stories #14, Page 27

This page was based on the Little Nemo Sunday page from September 22, 1907.   Continue reading

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The Motley Worlds on Memorial Day

I have an announcement to make regarding another comics release this year.  You may recall that I’ll be re-issuing one of my anthology comics again for both DriveThru and Comixology.

On Memorial Day (May 29), I will be releasing a compilation of my older comics digitally on Amazon Kindle, DriveThru and Comixology.  It will be titled the Motley Worlds of Max West.  

The Motley Worlds of Max West will collect the following works of mine (subject to change without notice):

  • Ingmar the Wanderer #0 and Ingmar Vs. The Bully
  • A Touch of Class (A class project from my night school days at SVA)
  • Sheldon the Mighty #1
  • The original version of Sunnyville Stories #1 (with some different text)
  • Assorted gag cartoons

I may be adding new wraparound segments too with Rusty introducing the comics and making witty commentary.

This will be a digital title but if I have enough sales, I may see about trying to do a print version.

It wasn’t easy looking for comics to compile into a bigger work.  Some of my comics, like Von Herling, I want to save for future publication.  Other comics currently away in storage are more personal works.

Compiling various comics into a bigger work not only requires a low level of investment for me;  I get cash flow by receiving revenue on projects that I’m not currently incurring new costs.  That was like how I liquidated some of my older print comics at my recent convention appearance – it was better to get money for them than have them just sitting around.

I’ll have more news on the Motley Worlds of Max West closer to the release date.  Stay tuned to the blog for more news!

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March 2, 2017: Commissions Open!

I have a brief announcement to make.  As of today 3/2/2017, private commissions are now available once more!

I work with traditional media.  Regular readers of the blog know what I’m capable of and how I draw.  I reserve the right to refuse certain material or anything too time-consuming.

Methods of payment accepted are checks, money order or Paypal.  If you are a resident of the US state of North Dakota, sales tax may apply.

Contact me at maxwestart(at)gmail(dot)com for more information and pricing.

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Coming Soon: Comixology and Anthology Comics

I have an announcement to make today.  First, I want to let everyone know that Sunnyville Stories #15 has the green light and will be going ahead.  I’ll let everyone know the progress of that as it develops.

Second, I want to announce that expansion onto Comixology has begun.  Von Herling and the Whimsical Worlds of Max West (more on that in a second) will be the first titles to be re-issued for Comixology.  Eventually, the various single issues of Sunnyville Stories should be up on Comixology by April or May.   Continue reading

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