Sunnyville Number 16 Report: Jan. 20, 2018

Just a reminder – if you haven’t yet, make sure you pledge to the Sunnyville Volume 4 Kickstarter and tell others about it.

Anyway, work continues on Sunnyville #16 and we’re making good progress on it.

Applying ink with a round size 5 brush to a Sunnyville page

Here, I’m getting ready to apply a big area of black India ink with a size 5 round brush.   Continue reading

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Kickstarter and Comics Report Jan. 17, 2018

Good evening, fans.  We had a few recent updates on the Sunnyville Volume 4 Kickstarter.

First, we have just passed the $500 mark and are around 27% funded!  That’s amazing.

Second, we have unlocked not but TWO NEW REWARDS!  For anyone who pledges $100, you’ll get five copies of Sunnyville Stories Volume 4 plus some digital point-of-sale materials to use for sales.  If you are a vendor of any sort – maybe you have a comics shop, a storefront or perhaps a stall in a market – this reward is ideal for you.  We also have a reward for a pledge of US$250.  Anyone who pledges that amount will get some special rewards and among those are ALL FOUR VOLUMES OF SUNNYVILLE STORIES!!  That’s right – you could get all four books collecting the saga of Rusty and Sam in the village of Sunnyville.  We have already had one backer each for those tiers but they are limited so you’d better act now!  Continue reading

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Sunnyville Number 16 Report: Jan. 13, 2018

Welcome back, everyone.  First, if you haven’t already, go pledge to the Sunnyville Volume 4 Kickstarter and spread the word.

Moving on, work is progressing on Sunnyville Stories #16.  These next few pages have been quite a challenge for me.

Sunnyville #16 pages await further inking

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Plan for Sunnyville And Other Work in 2018

Good evening, friends.  I have some announcements to make today and they are in regards to my plans for 2018.

First, there’s the Sunnyville Stories Volume 4 Kickstarter.  If you haven’t already, please pledge today and spread the word.  I also have another announcement in regards to this Kickstarter and any future ones.

No matter how this present Kickstarter turns out, Sunnyville Stories WILL CONTINUE.  Should the Kickstarter not make its goal for whatever reason, I will launch another one later this year in the spring or summer.  You’ll find out about that soon enough.

In fact, the next batch of stories – Sunnyville #17 through #22 – happens to be one that I’m looking forward to.  You’ll learn more details about those later.

I still very much would like to do a children’s picture book this year.  Work will continue on my webcomic Tiffany & Corey.  I’m also working on something else connected to that.

However as time, money and resources are limited for me, that means two ideas of mine have to be put on hold for awhile.  I have notes and sketches for a second webcomic.  At this time, I have to cease work on that.  I still hold notes for a spin-off of Sunnyville Stories starring Dominic Duncan, Rusty’s 7-year-old cousin.  That too will need to be suspended for a year or two.  Some of you remember back in the summer of 2016 how I had burned myself out from taking on too many things.  I can’t overwhelm myself again; last time, I made myself sick and also had a breakdown in my creative process.

That’s the long and short of it.  I will reveal more details about these items as the year goes on.

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Kickstarter 2018 Day 4

We are four days into the Kickstarter to fund Sunnyville Stories Volume 4.  It is going slow right now but we hope to pick up momentum soon.

Besides coverage with the press release, I’ve tapped Prefundia to share my project in the next few days.  I am also going to start contacting again the people on my backer list to remind them that the Kickstarter has launched.  A second update went live on the Kickstarter project recently, this time delving into my process and a look into the characters themselves.

A few more websites have been contacted too, such as Comics Anonymous and Kickstart the Week from Comic Maven.

If anyone out there with a blog, podcast, print publication or media access would like to feature my Kickstarter, please contact me at maxwestart(at)gmail(dot)com for more information.

Be sure to pledge today to the Kickstarter and tell others about it.

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Sunnyville Episode 16 Progress and Ink Smearing

With all the work going with my Kickstarter (make sure you pledge to it!), I’ve delayed getting back to Sunnyville #16.  Now I’ve resume work but had a few issues with my materials.

Sunnyville #16 inked pages drying

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Kickstarter 2018 Day 2

Welcome back, fans and readers.  The Sunnyville Stories Volume 4 Kickstarter is in its second day.  So how are we faring right now?

At the time this blog post goes live, we are at about 9% of our funding goal.  That’s not bad at all for this early.  But we have to keep the momentum going.   Continue reading

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Sunnyville Stories Volume 4 Kickstarter Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information, contact maxwestart@gmail.com

CROWDFUNDING CROWDPLEASING COMICS!
Kickstarter Underway To Fund Comic’s Fourth Volume

An ambitious Kickstarter to fund Sunnyville Stories Volume 4 launched on Jan. 5, 2018.

Created by the esteemed Max West and published by Different Mousetrap Press LLC of North Dakota, Sunnyville Stories is a creator-owned comics series with an enrapturing narrative. It tells the saga of an amiable village called Sunnyville, inhabited by anthropomorphic animals dressed in old-fashioned clothing. The series itself revolves around two lively teenage cats, Rusty Duncan and Samantha “Sam” Macgregor, who have all sorts of adventures.

This industrious Kickstarter is slated to run from Jan. 5 to Feb. 11, 2018; the funding goal will be US$2,500. These funds will be used to print the spectacular 216-page trade paperback collecting more of the Sunnyville saga. In this superlative anthology, Rusty and Sam have more adventures involving a mystery, a tabletop game and even a game show. Tearjerking drama ensues too as our heroes deal with sickness and even someone’s death.

The first three volumes have met with fantastic reviews from the press. The Midwest Book Review says Sunnyville Stories is “destined to become a mainstream hit” and even compared Mr. West’s work to the renowned Walt Kelly, creator of newspaper comic strip Pogo. The Library Journal praised Mr. West’s work even more, citing Sunnyville as having “clean artwork and an idyllic story line.”

Sunnyville Stories Volume 4 will be available wherever books are sold and direct from the publisher. The book will also be available wholesale through Ingram and Baker & Taylor as well as to the library trade via Brodart Company.

For more information, visit the Kickstarter page at http://kck.st/2lfBaxp and the official blog at http://www.sunnyvillestories.com

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Sunnyville Stories Volume 4 Kickstarter LAUNCHED!!

The Sunnyville Stories Volume 4 Kickstarter HAS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED!!!

Kickstarter 2018 Launch Screenshot

This campaign runs until 12:00pm Central Time on Sunday, February 11.  We have until that time to meet or exceed the US$2,500 funding goal.

Remember that both the people of Sunnyville and myself need your help!  We can’t do this alone.

Please pledge to the Kickstarter today and share the project with as many people as you can!

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Kickstarter 2018 Countdown: Zero Hour

Ladies and gentlemen, the big day is tomorrow.  Tomorrow morning on Friday January 5, 2018, the Sunnyville Stories Volume 4 Kickstarter will officially launch.  It will be launched in the early morning hours.

I am nervous.  This is going to be a decisive battle that will decide my future and the future of Sunnyville.    The people of Sunnyville are depending on me, my fans are depending on me and all you readers out there are depending on me.

In spite of careful preparation and a specially crafted battle plan, I still know that there are no guarantees.  But with all the planning I’ve done, the help I’ve enlisted and the advertising, I’m confident that the Kickstarter will be funded and succeed.

I am nervous but I will face this challenge head on.

Stay tuned to the blog, Twitter, Facebook and the mailing list for news and updates on the Kickstarter.

Wish me success, everyone.

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