Sunnyville Stories turns 5 years old!

We have reached a milestone today.  The official Sunnyville Stories blog has now turned FIVE YEARS OLD as of today, August 1st!

It all started with my first official blog post five years ago on August 1, 2010.  In the time before I set this blog up, I had created Sunnyville Stories during 2009 and had finished the first story sometime in the spring of 2010.  I was working on the second story when I took a marketing class and was told about the advantages of a self-hosted blog.  So that’s what led to the creation of the official blog.   Continue reading

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Sunnyville hits the Great Lakes State!

Ladies and gentlemen, another library has picked up Sunnyville Stories!

Sunnyville library map 7-29-2015

The next state with a library to acquire Sunnyville Stories is the Great Lakes State aka Michigan!  The first volume has now been added to the comic art collection of Michigan State University Library over in East Lansing.

That’s nine states plus the District of Columbia with my books (and that’s not counting the country of Australia).  That’s not bad so far.  My goal is to get the Sunnyville books into at least ten libraries this year  So far, this makes a total of four libraries out of ten.  That isn’t bad but I need to keep at this to meet my goal.

If you represent or know of a library interested in getting any of my books – Sunnyville Stories Volume 1 (ISBN 9780615653921), Sunnyville Stories Volume 2 (ISBN 9780989069601), Sunnyville Stories Volume 3 (ISBN 9780989069625 – available Jan. 2016) or Von Herling, Vampire Hunter (ISBN 9780989069618) – they are available to the library trade through Brodart Company.  You can also get copies through Ingram and Baker & Taylor through BCH Distribution of New York.

If you want to order copies direct from the publisher, write to:

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

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Sunnyville now on DriveThru Comics!

As I reported before, I was working on getting single issue Sunnyville titles on DriveThru Comics.

It has been a success.  Besides the store section of this site being updated, I’ll make a note of it here too.

The following episodes are available for just USD 0.99 in PDF format:

Sunnyville Stories #10

Sunnyville Stories #11

Sunnyville Stories #12

I may add more installments later on as well as maybe even my original graphic novel Von Herling, Vampire Hunter.

Also available is Free Sunnyville as a PDF download, with just one notable difference from the above titles – IT’S FREE!  That’s right; if you can’t get a print copy or you want your own copy for download, you can get it on DriveThru Comics!

Don’t delay; grab these titles now!

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News and Making News

I’ve got some major news for everyone.

First, Sunnyville Stories #13 has started.  I’m serializing it for free on my DeviantArt gallery.  Right now, the cover and the first page is up.  There’ll be more pages as time goes along.

I’m also working out a deal to put up PDF copies of some Sunnyville single issues as well as Free Sunnyville over on DriveThru Comics.  Stay tuned for more news on that.

Speaking of news, there’ll be exposure for Sunnyville Stories soon.  Sunnyville has got a mention over on the Alpha Manga blog.  On top of that, there’ll be an article about your humble creator very soon in my local newspaper, the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead!

Stay tuned for more news, friends!

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!  And if you have an Amazon Kindle, get Sunnyville Stories Volume 1, Sunnyville Stories Volume 2 and Von Herling, Vampire Hunter for it today!

Comments? Questions? Fan letters? Interested in ordering books? You can write to:

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


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Sunnyville Number 13 Starts Next Week

I have a brief announcement to make.  As this blog post goes live, I’m tweaking the script and changing a few things – but it is finished.

My plan is that tonight, I will sketch out thumbnails and start laying down pencils for the first couple of pages.

I’ve talked about this before in past blog posts.  Sunnyville Stories #13 will be made free to read online and will be serialized on my DeviantArt.  On top of that, my working process will involve pencilling AND inking pages in batches rather than at all at once.  I want to see if this working method will be suitable for future use.

Stay tuned to this blog for more details and updates as they happen.

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Mailing lists and scripts

As San Diego Comic Con and Anthrocon take place this weekend, I keep promoting myself and my work during the event.  But a lot of work is taking place at my drawing desk and at the computer.  Just this morning, I sent out a batch of sales letters to libraries with big expenditure budgets.

I have explained before that the library market is one of my key targets in selling Sunnyville Stories.  Given the fact that US libraries spend over 1 billion dollars on acquiring new materials, this is not a chance I can pass up.  Most of these libraries are in states that are not yet on my goal map such as Illinois, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, Utah and so on.   Continue reading

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Comic Books Ripe for TV & Film Adaptation

Today, as both San Diego Comic Con and Anthrocon kick off, SSN Insider posted an interesting article.  It’s about comic books that are just ripe for TV & film adaptations.

One of the works that made the list was reMIND by Jason Brubaker.  I used to follow his blog and I’m inclined to agree – his work is definitely of high quality.

Something was missing from that list though.

It was MY work, Sunnyville Stories!  I think Sunnyville would make a great animated series!

If anyone is interested in adapting my work for the medium of animation, please email me at maxwestart(at)gmail(dot)com or write to:

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

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San Diego Comic Con and Anthrocon

Anthrocon will be held next weekend in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  It has also come to my attention that Comic Con in San Diego will be held that same weekend (July 9-12).

I will NOT be attending either event as I live in the interior of the country (North Dakota) rather than the Northeast or Southern California.  There is something I will be doing during both events and that is promoting Sunnyville Stories like crazy!

I’ll not only be using Twitter excessively during that time to share links to my comics; I’ll also be sharing links on where to buy my comics too.  There may be blog posts too on both events and what’s happening.

If you’re heading to those events, make sure you have fun and don’t forget to spread the word about how great Sunnyville Stories is to attendees at both San Diego Comic Con and Anthrocon!

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Moving on with the next stories

Now that Sunnyville Stories Volume 3 is out of the way, I need to plan ahead in the creation of Sunnyville Stories #13 and #14.  I do have an announcement to make regarding these two stories.

These two will be made FREE to read.  Following the advice of Jon Gorga from Carmine Street Comics, I’m going to be serializing the next two stories for free on my DeviantArt gallery.  This should help to get more exposure for my work.

My working method is going to be somewhat different this time.  When it comes to pencilling and inking, I usually pencil all the pages and then proceed to ink all the pages.  For these next two stories, I intend to try Dave Sim’s working method – I will pencil a few pages and then ink them afterwards.  That way, I’ll be finishing a few pages at time so I’ll have something to show rather than wait until I’ve completely finished.  This will be done for the next two stories.   Continue reading

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Volume 3 Finished At Last!

Ladies and gentlemen, Sunnyville Stories Volume 3 has been finished and put to bed at last!

After talking about the book for months, counting down the days and assembling all that I need, the book has finally been done.  Throughout yesterday and today, I assembled everything together to make one final clean copy.  That copy has just been sent to the printers; by next month, I should have a proof copy to review and two early copies to send to the US Library of Congress for their records.

From here on, things won’t be any easier.  First, I have to review my proof copy and make sure that everything is right.

Second, the book remains on schedule for its release on January 15, 2016.  From here on, I have to work to market the book, get it covered by the press, and get it to the customers.  In a while, I’ll be contacting vendors to let them know about the book and that it’s on schedule.

Third…my work is not over.  From here on, the story goes on as I will be drawing the stories for the next volume of Sunnyville.  I aim to get the fourth volume out by 2017.  That will be a whole other post.

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