Plotting out Sunnyville Volume 3

Before we get started on this blog post, I have something to share.  Sometime ago, Jonathan Ponikvar of Peter & Company did a pencil drawing of Rusty and Samantha.  Well, it’s been colored now and here’s the end result.

"First Kiss" by Jonathan Ponikvar

“First Kiss” by Jonathan Ponikvar

Moving on from this cute moment, the layouts for Sunnyville Stories volume 3 have been assembled.   Continue reading

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Script writing and marketing

Before we kick off this post, I wanted to wish a happy birthday to Andy Price of IDW’s My Little Pony comics series!

Anyway, besides the script for Sunnyville #13, I’ve finished off the script for #12 at last.

Sunnyville script gets typed up

Sunnyville #12 script getting typed

It took some time as I had to make many passes at this script.   Continue reading

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Forbidden Planet

Today, I have added a new goal to my list for the year 2015.  As some of you know, I’m originally from New York City.  One of the more notable shops in the New York area for comic books, graphic novels and other neat merchandise is Forbidden Planet.  I visited the shop sometimes when I still lived in New York.  When I visited during my visits from North Carolina, I also stopped there.

Forbidden Planet carries a lot of work from the mainstream publishers (DC and Marvel).  They also carry a number of independent titles such as Jeff Smith’s Bone, Mouseguard, Cerebus the Aardvark and even reMIND by Jason Brubaker.  But there was something missing from amongst those aforementioned titles and many others.  Can you guess what that was?   Continue reading

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More of Sunnyville Number 13’s Script

Picking up from where we left off yesterday, Rusty gets dragged along to the Macgregor house.  Let’s take a look at what’s happening there.   Continue reading

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Sunnyville Number 13 Script Excerpt

At the time of this writing, the scripts for Sunnyville Stories #12 and #13 are in production.  I thought I’d share with you some of the script I’ve been doing for the thirteenth story.

SUNNYVILLE STORIES
EPISODE 13: Games People Play
By Max West

Copyright 2014 – Different Mousetrap Press LLC
All Rights Reserved

Rusty was bored that day.

“It’s Saturday and I’m bored,” he said, “Saturday
morning cartoons are over and have switched over to sports.” 
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Sunnyville Stories Number 11 Done!

The last page to Sunnyville Stories #11 has been inked, signed and finished at last!

Signing the last page of Sunnyville #11

It always feels good to finally finish a story with Rusty and Sam.  That makes eleven whole stories I’ve done with Rusty, Sam and the Sunnyville gang.   Continue reading

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Goals for 2015

It is now 2015.  That means out with the old…AND IN WITH THE NEW!

First, I have some very good news.  Another library in the Bay State has picked up both volumes of Sunnyville Stories.  This time, it’s the Morrill Memorial Library of Norwood, MA!

This ties into one of my big goals for 2015.  My overall plan is to raise awareness of my work and make more sales.  To this end, I aim to get Sunnyville into at least ten more libraries and to get copies into libraries here in my new home state of North Dakota.  I will keep you posted on my progress, but I’m also relying on all of you to spread the word.  Remember that Sunnyville and Von Herling are both stocked by the Brodart Company as well as Ingram and Baker & Taylor.

My big priority will be to finish Sunnyville Stories Volume 3 and get it put to bed by June 30.  As this year unfolds, I will share my progress and outline my plans to promote the work for the bookstore & library market.

Stay tuned, readers.  2015 promises to be a great year for Sunnyville Stories and its publisher, Different Mousetrap Press!

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Best of the Blog 2014

At the end of each year, I do a tradition on here.  It’s called “best of the blog” where I post up links to the most viewed blog posts for that year.  So what were they for 2014?

Sunnyville Episode 10 Script Excerpt

Sunnyville Episode 10 and Notes

Kickstarter and Picking Myself Up

Sunnyville Episode 11 Pages 3 & 4 Pencils

Rusty Meets Eddie and Rachel

A hearty thanks is given to the readers of the blog and to the fans of Sunnyville Stories.  Thanks for your support.

This year 2014 has been a good year for my work and let’s hope that 2015 is even better!

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The Year 2014 in review and looking to 2015

This year, 2014, was quite a year for me.  The biggest event of the year was moving myself and Different Mousetrap Press (the publisher of Sunnyville Stories) from the state of North Carolina halfway across the United States to the state of North Dakota.

What’s more is that the second volume of Sunnyville was released along with my graphic novel Von Herling, Vampire Hunter earlier this year.  Good reviews have rolled in from the Midwest Book Review as well as from the blogosphere.  A number of libraries have also acquired copies of these titles, which also enhances the appeal and prestige of Sunnyville.   Continue reading

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Sam’s Talents and Rusty’s Career Choice

This will be the last of the pages I share of Sunnyville Stories #11 today.  These are photos of the pages in progress.  The lines have been inked but I have yet to erase the pencil lines and start spotting blacks.  Anyway, here’s the scene.  Rusty has learned that Sam is actually good at drawing and plans to go to the same art school that her cousin Rachel attends.

Rachel and Samantha Macgregor's talents

Sam did reveal in Sunnyville #5 that she is a trained belly dancer and Rusty felt very awkward there too.  So now we learn that Rachel taught Sam how to belly dance and Rusty tries to handle the thought of Rachel belly dancing too.  His reaction is priceless as is how Sam and Margaret react.   Continue reading

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