Help Seth Kushner today!

Comics professional Seth Kushner is in need of our help!  He needs to have a bone marrow transplant and insurance doesn’t cover everything.  In addition to paying for the procedure, he’s unable to work so his family needs our support too.

Please give what you can to the GoFundMe effort today!

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Getting Into the Library Market

It’s been awhile since I’ve done an updated map here regarding areas that have Sunnyville Stories (and Von Herling) in their libraries.


I had to change this map a bit since the District of Columbia is too small to show and the country of Australia is NOT a US state.  Anyway, these areas all have libraries that presently have copies of Sunnyville Stories Volume 1 (ISBN 9780615653921), Sunnyville Stories Volume 2 (ISBN 9780989069601) and Von Herling, Vampire Hunter (ISBN 9780989069618).    Continue reading

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Sunnyville Stories Volume 3 News

I’d like to talk to you today about Sunnyville Stories Volume 3.  The book is intended for a release on January 15th, 2016.

Sunnyville Stories Volume 3 solicitation cover

Sunnyville Stories Volume 3 Solicitation Cover

The above cover you see here will NOT be the final cover.  This is a mock-up or what is frequently a solicitation cover.  This is presently being used to solicit the book to readers and to the book industry.  The final cover (which I’m still trying to plan) won’t be finished until sometime next year.   Continue reading

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Sunnyville Number 11, Game On!

First, I’d like to let everyone know that Sunnyville Stories #10 is finally available for sale at Indy Planet!

Second, I’ve been working more on promoting the Sunnyville franchise.  The Comic Book Database listing for Sunnyville has been updated and I’m now on the Self-Publisher’s Showcase as well.  The showcase site has been useful in promoting my work.  In fact, copies of my books got sold on Amazon within the last few days!  Some of my other plans will be sending out some point-of-sale tools to a few retailers carrying my work to help with visibility and sales.

Now for my next newsbrief – work is now underway on Sunnyville Stories #11!  The script has been printed up and thumbnails are being put together.  If all goes well, I can have some pencils up in a few days or at the latest next weekend.

sunnyville stories cousins

“Cousins”, Pen drawing on watercolor paper, 11×15 inches

That’s a drawing of Rachel and Sam together.  They’re so much alike that even Rusty is confused at who is who.

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!

Your feedback is appreciated.  Contact me at maxwestart(at) or write to:

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

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Help Carmine Street Comics

I’m putting out a call today to help out Carmine Street Comics is having some difficulties in making their rent.

Please visit them and give them your business.  They stock many of the latest superhero titles, both single issue and trade paperbacks.  Carmine Street Comics also has many small press and offbeat titles – including both volumes of Sunnyville Stories AND Von Herling, Vampire Hunter!

Carmine Street Comics is easily accessible to anyone in the New York City metropolitan area.  It is close to the Christopher Street station on the PATH train and is located close to the Houston Street station on the 1 subway line AND by the West 4th Street stations of the A,C,E,B,D,F and M subway lines.

So be sure you stop by today!

Carmine Street Comics, LLC
34 Carmine Street
New York City, NY 10014
1 (646) 656-1022
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Rachel and Eddie Macgregor

Today, I thought I’d introduce the cousins of Samantha.  This upcoming story will mark their debut so let’s meet them.

Rachel Macgregor

Here she is, Rachel Macgregor!  She’s nineteen years old and resides in the seaside resort town of Solton. Continue reading

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Concept art for Sunnyville 11

At the time this post goes live, I have a lot of things I’m doing.  Among them (and my top priority) is Sunnyville Stories #11.  As one of the goals is to make the series mature and really show off what I can do, I’ve been aiming to open up the world some more.

To that extent, I’ve been developing some concept artwork.   Continue reading

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More of the Number 11 Script

Picking up from where we left off last time (with the cold open), Rusty and Sam get ready for the arrival of Sam’s cousins.   Continue reading

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Episode 11 Script Excerpt

I have a partial script done for Sunnyville Stories #11.  It’s quite a challenge as doing the tenth story took a lot out of me.  I also had to review my story treatment several times.  Anyway, I just have a cold open for this story.  Let’s take a look at what I have so far, okay?

EPISODE 11: The Artful Dodger

By Max West

Copyright 2014 – Different Mousetrap Press LLC
All Rights Reserved

As always, the general store in Sunnyville was busy. It was the only real store in town that sold everything. While there was a candy shop, a used bookstore and two junk shops, the general store was the only place where you could get anything from fabric to groceries to dry goods to maps.   Continue reading

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Done At Last with 10!

Sunnyville Stories #10 is finally finished and has been put to bed!

On top of that, I want to announce that I was able to contact Bob Burden and got his permission.  The Flaming Carrot will be making a cameo appearance in Sunnyville Stories #11!

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