Sunnyville #14 is finished!

After much work and many challenges, Sunnyville Stories #14 is finally finished at last!

I apologize for not posting this weekend; I wanted to make sure I finished Sunnyville #14.  On top of that, I still have to finish the Sunnyville 2016 annual and two other works as well.

Signing Sunnyville Stories #14

Here I am, putting my signature on the very last page of Sunnyville #14.   Continue reading

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News for May 22, 2016

I have some announcements today.  I’m very busy working on FOUR entire projects to finish up by June 11.  First and foremost, I’m working on Sunnyville Stories #14 and wrapping that up (more on that in a moment).

Work on Ingmar the Wanderer #1 is close to finished and that will be put out on time.  As for the Sunnyville Stories 2016 annual, I’ve had a setback with that.  Besides one more 5-page story to complete and a handful of other items, my guest cover artist had to cancel due to other commitments.  So I have to work up a cover for that myself.  Lucky for me, I do have an idea I want to use for that.   Continue reading

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Ingmar the Wanderer

Ladies and gentlemen, I have another announcement to make.  In addition to the planned release of the Sunnyville Stories 2016 annual and the re-issue of Von Herling, Vampire Hunter for DriveThru Comics, another release from Different Mousetrap Press LLC is planned for 6/11.  It will be released digitally on DriveThru (and hopefully on Comixology) and will see a print release on Indyplanet soon after.

Ingmar the Wanderer #0 Cover

Ingmar the Wanderer is an enigmatic drifter who wanders the modern day American West.  He hobbles through various states like California, Colorado, Utah, Texas, Montana, Oklahoma and so on.   Continue reading

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New titles on DriveThru Comics

I have a brief announcement, readers!  Digital copies of Sunnyville Stories #2-12 are now available over on DriveThru Comics so go get your copies today!

Don’t forget that there’ll be some more additions there on June 11 so keep your eyes out for them!

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Von Herling to be re-issued for DriveThru

We’ve got another announcement to make.  Some of you out there are familiar with my original graphic novel of Gothic horror Von Herling, Vampire Hunter (ISBN 9780989069618).

Von Herling, Vampire Hunter paperback cover

The book has done well by small press standards getting some good reviews and selling okay.  I even got it into a handful of libraries!   Continue reading

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Sunnyville Stories Annual 2016 Coming!

The date has been set!  On June 11, 2016, the Sunnyville Stories 2016 annual will be released digitally on DriveThru Comics.

As a reminder, the annual will contain two original stories as well as some of my older comics and it will have a guest artist cover.

A print edition will also be out around that time.  If all goes well, I will put out more annuals.

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Sunnyville #14 through thick and thin

Work is slow but steady on Sunnyville Stories #14.  The pages that have been finished are currently up on my DeviantArt gallery so you can go check them out.  Today, I’ll be working up the layouts for the Little Nemo style pages that depict the dream Rusty has (guest starring Little Nemo and Cerebus the Aardvark).

I would like to share two particular pages I’ve recently done.   Continue reading

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Free Comic Book Day 2016

Today, May 7, is Free Comic Book Day!  For the uninitiated, Free Comic Book Day is an annual event here in the United States (as well as Canada and around the world) designed to promote awareness and readership of the comic book, be it the single story pamphlet, the trade paperback collecting many stories or the full-length graphic novel.

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A number of comic book retailers will be participating and will have free comics you can get when you go into their shops.  These comics will be from big publishers like DC and Marvel as well as smaller companies like Fantagraphics.

Different Mousetrap Press LLC, the publisher of Sunnyville Stories, is taking part in Free Comic Book Day too.  But here’s the good part – you don’t have to run down to your local comics shop to get these free comics (or drive there or take the bus or so on).

They are right here on the Internet!!  Available FREE for Free Comic Book Day 2016 are the following:

  • Sunnyville Stories #1, which is hosted free on this blog and on my DeviantArt
  • Sunnyville Stories #13, also hosted on my DeviantArt
  • Sunnyville Stories #14, on DeviantArt but at the time of this posting, is only partly complete
  • Free Sunnyville, a free comic that gives a basic overview of Sunnyville to entice new readers and potential vendors; the inspiration for this comic was Free Cerebus by Dave Sim, a free comic done in 1992 to introduce new readers to the series.  That too is free to read online.

So enjoy these free comics for Free Comic Book Day!  And don’t forget to visit your local comic shop for even more!

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A second look at Kickstarter

One of my plans for the coming months will be to possibly set up another Kickstarter.  But I can’t do that just yet.  I ran a Kickstarter effort a few years ago but it failed.  I very much want to do another one.  There are things that must be done first.  There are three tasks that must be completed before even putting together such an effort.

The first step will be to actually communicate with some successful Kickstarter campaigns.  The plan is to ask them what they did right, what they wished they hadn’t done and what they attribute their success to.  It’s important I understand why these campaigns succeeded and the mechanics of such campaigns.  One example is that of Charles Dowd, the creator of Lilith Dark.  Sometime ago, he had a campaign to raise US$5,000 for printing an original Lilith Dark graphic novel.  He not only succeeded but also raised nearly THREE TIMES the original goal!  I will be investigating some of the other Kickstarter successes including the ones I’ve promoted here on the blog in the past.

But that is not enough.   Continue reading

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Von Herling, Vampire Hunter still for sale

My original Gothic horror graphic novel Von Herling, Vampire Hunter (ISBN 9780989069618) did quite well.  The paperback copies on Amazon sold out.  About a week ago, there was one copy on Amazon itself and quite a number in the marketplace.  The copy on Amazon was sold and slowly the number in the marketplace went down.  First there were ten copies, then eight, then six, then eight again, then down to six and four.

Not bad at all, uh?  People like Von Herling.  I do want to do more with him and even have a script for another book.  I’m not sure when I’ll get around to it.

Anyway, for those of you who want more of Von Herling, copies of this Gothic horror tale are still available on Kindle.  If you want paperback copies, they are also available for sale on Indyplanet.  Or you can get them direct for me for US$16.99 plus shipping.  Anyone interested can reach me at maxwestart(at)gmail(dot)com for more info.

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