Out of the office, but not out of sight

I’m sending this blog post from my former home of New York. I’m out of the office and visiting family. However, I’m not off the clock. I’m continuing to promote myself and my work.

I’m still thrilled that the Harris County Public Library of Houston, Texas is getting all three of my books (both volumes of Sunnyville Stories AND Von Herling, Vampire Hunter). I’m also working on getting my books into more libraries as well as improving my sales through vendors.

On Friday, I plan to head into Manhattan to visit Carmine Street Comics . They stock copies of my books and I plan to sign those copies! Anyone in the New York metropolitan area should visit that shop as they have all kinds of neat comics and they have a friendly staff.

That’s it for now.  Please support me today on Patreon!

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!

Last but not least, I welcome your fan letters and commentary. You can email me at maxwestart(at)gmail.com or you can write to:

Different Mousetrap Press LLC
PO Box 1321
Greensboro, NC 27402

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Sunnyville hits the Lone Star State!

I have breaking news, ladies and gentlemen. Yet another library has picked up Sunnyville Stories Volume 2.

This time, it’s the Harris County Public Library of Houston, Texas. They are in the process of adding the books to their collection.

What’s more is that they are also adding Sunnyville Stories Volume 1 AND Von Herling, Vampire Hunter to their collection as well!

It’s a good start, but there’s much more to do! Tell your library you want Sunnyville Stories Volume 1 and 2 as well as Von Herling. These books are available via Brodart Company as well as Ingram and Baker & Taylor.

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Additions and Subtractions

A few notes of interest here: first, I want to announce that Amazon finally has added trade paperbacks of Sunnyville Stories Volume 2 and Von Herling, Vampire Hunter to their stock. Both of these books are also available in Kindle format.

Be sure to check Direct Textbook too; they list more retailers stocking these titles! Continue reading

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Episode 10 Page 5

I apologize again for not keeping up with the regular updates. Besides more business matters, I have some wonderful news. More libraries will be picking up Sunnyville Stories Volume 1 AND Von Herling, Vampire Hunter soon. Just this week, I filled another order for books with Brodart Company. That means some lucky library will be adding my titles to their collection. Don’t forget to contact Brodart Books if you’d like your local library to carry my work.

Anyway, let’s get on with the show.

Sunnyville #10, page 5 top

As you remember from the last page I did, I’m showing some of the inner workings of Sunnyville. The general store needs merchandise to sell and it seems that they won’t have rice to sell now. BTW, that name that Alexander mentions? That’s the name of my friendly neighborhood letter carrier. Continue reading

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Submitting to the 2014 Ignatz Awards

I have a special announcement to make. Every year, the Small Press Expo holds the Ignatz Awards.

Named after Ignatz Mouse from George Herriman’s famous comic strip, Krazy Kat, this award honors outstanding achievements in the field of comics and challenges the notion of what comics can achieve, both as an artform and a means of personal expression.

Last year, I submitted Sunnyville Stories Volume 1 to the 2013 Ignatz Awards. It failed.

This doesn’t surprise me. The Ignatz Awards receives hundreds (maybe thousands) of submissions yearly. Many send in their comic books, graphic novels, minicomics, and zines. Out of those hundreds of submissions, only a handful are chosen to be nominated. So simply getting a nomination is next to impossible. Continue reading

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Now on Patreon!

Your attention please! I am now on Patreon!

Please support me today on Patreon!

What was that? You don’t know what Patreon is? Patreon is a crowdfunding site. Unlike Kickstarter, it’s not a one-time deal. With Patreon, you can donate money once, on a regular basis, or at any time to support a creator on there. Hmm…maybe it’s better to let this video explain.

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There we go. That sounds simple, right? So be sure you go to Patreon today to support me with your donations!

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Pages 3 and 4 Pencils

A few notes from the management: I’ve learned that copies of Sunnyville Stories Volume 1 and Volume 2 are getting checked out by patrons in the Alameda County Library. I’m very pleased with that development. At least the Sunnyville paperbacks are not sitting around gathering dust. If anyone representing the Alameda County Library is reading this, thank you very much for adding the Sunnyville saga to your collections.

As a reminder, if you’d like your local library to carry my work or you represent a library interested in expanding your graphic novel selection, please get in touch with Brodart Company, Baker & Taylor or Ingram. Sunnyville Stories Volume 1 is listed under ISBN 9780615653921 and Volume 2 is ISBN 9780989069601.

Anyway, moving on to the comics, I have more pencilled pages to share with you today. Continue reading

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Episode 10 page 2 pencils

Picking up from where we left off yesterday, Rusty is wandering through the woods surrounding Sunnyville.

Sunnyville #10 page 2 top

In yet another polyptych (a technique I picked up from Dave Sim of Cerebus fame), Rusty comes across a shadowy figure. Continue reading

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Episode 10 Page 1 Pencils

As I promised, I’ll share some of the rough pencils that I’ve been working on for Sunnyville Stories episode 10 “Listen to the Music”. So shall we get this show on the road?

Sunnyville #10 page 1 pencils top panel

Our story begins in the vast forests surrounding Sunnyville. What you’re seeing here is fifty percent reference and fifty percent organic. In other words, what’s “organic” is what comes from my memory. If you see the tree on the far left, you’ll see it’s quite bumpy. That tree came from an actual photo of one in my reference files. It’s important to remember that not all trees are straight. Many have bumps, nobs, and unusual shapes. That’s why I encourage everyone to gather photo reference or even go out into nature to make some sketches of real trees. Continue reading

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Delays and more delays

I have to apologize to all of you readers once more. I haven’t updated the blog at its regular intervals and haven’t done much drawing either. I’ve been busy with business matters (taxes for example) and have also had to deal with other things.

Only a handful of pages so far to Sunnyville Stories episode 10 have been pencilled. Luckily for me, the story only clocks in at 31 pages.

Sunnyville #10 pages being drawn

So far, I’ve gotten into the start of the story where everything is being set up. Continue reading

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