The Next Stories of Rusty and Sam

Work is slow but sure on Sunnyville Stories #10, but it will be finished soon after so many delays.  I have much to reflect on once that is done…but that’s for another post once the work is finished.

I’ll talk more about episode 11 once I finish the the tenth story.  But I do have some interesting stories lined up for Rusty and Sam.  There will be some ups and downs for the duo in the future.

Sunnyville Stories #12 will be a mystery story called “The Case of the Crushed Cake”.  The story will be told from Rusty’s point of view – he’ll be narrating it in other words.  Rusty plays detective when he tries to find out whether Christina (youngest daughter of the town bakers) wrecked her parents’ cake.  This story came from some of the detective stories I used to read years ago.  I used to read the Berenstain Bears books where Brother, Sister and Cousin Fred would be the Bear Detectives, a group of kid sleuths.  I was also an avid reader of Encyclopedia Brown by the late Donald J. Sobol.  Remembering these books made me think…what if Rusty decided to play detective?   Continue reading

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Dave Sim, Awards and Sioux Falls

In this post, I have some announcements to make.  I contacted Dave Sim recently about how I had fallen behind on Sunnyville Stories episode 10 (more on that in a bit).  As you may recall, Cerebus the Aardvark will be making a cameo appearance here with Sim’s permission.  I contacted him via mail and soon got an answer back in my mailbox.

Dave Sim postcard front

Dave Sim postcard front

Postcards are a handy tool; I use them myself.   Continue reading

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Progress on Sunnyville Number 10

Work is continuing slowly but steadily on Sunnyville #10.  At the time of this writing, 15 out of 31 pages total have been inked.  I’m about halfway through and I’m pleased this story is one of the shorter ones.

Partially inked Sunnyville page

This is one of the pages that’s been partially inked.   Continue reading

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The Road Not Taken

We all wonder about the road we didn’t take.  I’m sure you readers have thought about this yourself from time to time.

I always wanted to do something creative with my life.  I tried making it as a writer and failed at that in a major way.  In school, I actually wrote poetry but it was never published.  I also auditioned for a puppeteer troupe while in high school; I was summarily rejected for that.  The rejection destroyed me inside and sadness filled me for days.  Looking back at that, it’s probably just as well – I know people who work with puppets (like the famous Rapid T. Rabbit and Friends of New York City) and it is NOT easy.

In college, I actually tried to apply for Blue Man Group!  In my final semester at Baruch College, notices were posted for Blue Man Group looking for new talent.  I wanted to try out, but never even made it.  It turned out I was too short (you had to be about five foot ten to even be considered).

But did you know what I really planned to do?   Continue reading

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Back to one post a week

I have an announcement to make regarding this blog.

The strain of working on Sunnyville Stories along with marketing the work, developing other ideas, running a self-hosted blog, and my other life responsibilities is putting an enormous strain on me.

Until further notice, this blog will only be updated ONCE A WEEK and that will be on Saturdays.

I may post during the week on occasion such as when I have special news, but from now on, the main posts here will only be once a week.

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Episode 10, Page 5 Inked

I have some more artwork to share today.  Work is progressing slowly on Sunnyville #10, but I aim to finish it no matter what.  Anyway, Matthew Talbot has a town’s general store to run and that often encompasses many responsibilities.

Episode 10, page 5 top panel

Here’s an Easter egg – that name Alex mentions?  It’s the name of my former mailman while I was living in Greensboro, North Carolina!   Continue reading

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Sunnyvillestories.com 4 years old!

Today is a special day. It was on this day four years ago back in 2010 that I officially launched the blog!

That’s right! Sunnyvillestories.com – the official blog for the alternative comics series, Sunnyville Stories – is four years old!

And to think that it all started with that very first blog post.

I never thought I could keep the blog running this long. You’re probably wondering how this blog came out. I talked about the origins of Sunnyville Stories in the past, but I never explained how this blog came to be. Allow me to explain. Continue reading

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4th Anniversary Coming Up

There will be no blog post tonight.

However, stay tuned to this blog. This Friday, August 1, will be a very special day. Do you know what day that is?

That day will be the FOURTH anniversary of my blog! Watch for a special blog post this Friday!

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Fascinating.

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Noodler’s Ink

Work continues on inking Sunnyville Stories #10.  I ran into a challenge a few days ago that ended up leading to a neat discovery.

Sunnyville #10 being inked

I’ve been unable to find Speedball Super Black India ink so far here in North Dakota.  I’ve had to settle for Higins Black Magic ink.  However, as I had found out on while inking Von Herling, Vampire Hunter, that ink doesn’t have a long shelf life.  After about 30 to 60 days, Black Magic breaks down into a very gray and splotchy ink.  It was impossible to get a rich and even black on the page!   Continue reading

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