Progress on Sunnyville Number 10

Work is continuing slowly but steadily on Sunnyville #10.  At the time of this writing, 15 out of 31 pages total have been inked.  I’m about halfway through and I’m pleased this story is one of the shorter ones.

Partially inked Sunnyville page

This is one of the pages that’s been partially inked.   Continue reading

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The Road Not Taken

We all wonder about the road we didn’t take.  I’m sure you readers have thought about this yourself from time to time.

I always wanted to do something creative with my life.  I tried making it as a writer and failed at that in a major way.  In school, I actually wrote poetry but it was never published.  I also auditioned for a puppeteer troupe while in high school; I was summarily rejected for that.  The rejection destroyed me inside and sadness filled me for days.  Looking back at that, it’s probably just as well – I know people who work with puppets (like the famous Rapid T. Rabbit and Friends of New York City) and it is NOT easy.

In college, I actually tried to apply for Blue Man Group!  In my final semester at Baruch College, notices were posted for Blue Man Group looking for new talent.  I wanted to try out, but never even made it.  It turned out I was too short (you had to be about five foot ten to even be considered).

But did you know what I really planned to do?   Continue reading

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Back to one post a week

I have an announcement to make regarding this blog.

The strain of working on Sunnyville Stories along with marketing the work, developing other ideas, running a self-hosted blog, and my other life responsibilities is putting an enormous strain on me.

Until further notice, this blog will only be updated ONCE A WEEK and that will be on Saturdays.

I may post during the week on occasion such as when I have special news, but from now on, the main posts here will only be once a week.

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Episode 10, Page 5 Inked

I have some more artwork to share today.  Work is progressing slowly on Sunnyville #10, but I aim to finish it no matter what.  Anyway, Matthew Talbot has a town’s general store to run and that often encompasses many responsibilities.

Episode 10, page 5 top panel

Here’s an Easter egg – that name Alex mentions?  It’s the name of my former mailman while I was living in Greensboro, North Carolina!   Continue reading

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Today is a special day. It was on this day four years ago back in 2010 that I officially launched the blog!

That’s right! – the official blog for the alternative comics series, Sunnyville Stories – is four years old!

And to think that it all started with that very first blog post.

I never thought I could keep the blog running this long. You’re probably wondering how this blog came out. I talked about the origins of Sunnyville Stories in the past, but I never explained how this blog came to be. Allow me to explain. Continue reading

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4th Anniversary Coming Up

There will be no blog post tonight.

However, stay tuned to this blog. This Friday, August 1, will be a very special day. Do you know what day that is?

That day will be the FOURTH anniversary of my blog! Watch for a special blog post this Friday!

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Noodler’s Ink

Work continues on inking Sunnyville Stories #10.  I ran into a challenge a few days ago that ended up leading to a neat discovery.

Sunnyville #10 being inked

I’ve been unable to find Speedball Super Black India ink so far here in North Dakota.  I’ve had to settle for Higins Black Magic ink.  However, as I had found out on while inking Von Herling, Vampire Hunter, that ink doesn’t have a long shelf life.  After about 30 to 60 days, Black Magic breaks down into a very gray and splotchy ink.  It was impossible to get a rich and even black on the page!   Continue reading

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The Game Plan for 2015

As I explained before, I’m staying off the convention circuit for 2014.  I plan to return in 2015 when I hit Anthrocon once more and check out at least one other one.  However, I plan to overcome one of the biggest challenges that Sunnyville Stories faces.

Do you know what that is?

It doesn’t matter how good your work or your product is.  You could have the best and most cutting-edge creation – but if nobody knows about it, nobody buys.  Do you see what I’m saying?

What I lack is advertising!  I’m planning to raise awareness of my work by running ad spots inside of publications.  I’m in talks with a few specialty publications to run a few advertisements for Sunnyville Stories in 2015.  They would mainly be publications like the Comics Journal or Self-Pub Magazine.

I’m also planning to run advertisements in convention programs like Further Confusion 2015 or Anthrocon 2015.

Another aim will be to get more press coverage.  I want to see about the local newspaper here in Fargo; maybe they’d be willing to do a story about me and my work.  I also need more blog coverage and anything else to raise awareness of Sunnyville Stories.

If you represent a blog, newspaper or publication that would like to do a story about myself or my creation, you can reach me via email at maxwestart(at) or you can write to:

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

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How Far I’ve Gotten

The blog is approaching its fourth anniversary; it will turn four years old on August 1.  I can’t believe all that I’ve been through and all that has happened.  I have come very far.

Sunnyville Stories was conceived way back in 2005, nearly a decade ago.  It was shelved though and wasn’t revived until 2009 where I spent that ENTIRE year creating the characters, fleshing out the main protagonists (Rusty and Samantha), building the world and writing story ideas.  I was unsure what would become of the world of Sunnyville.

Over five years of work have gone into Sunnyville and I’ve come so far.  I have done ten entire stories (number ten is being inked right now) AND put out two entire books that are in bookstores and libraries.  That is nothing short of a miracle.  There are a lot of people out there who had all these neat ideas but never bothered to put them on paper.  There are others who never even got as far as their first story.  But look at me – I’ve done TEN ENTIRE STORIES featuring Rusty and friends.   Continue reading

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