Announcing Sunnyville Stories: Beginnings!

I’ve always liked older music and to quote Thin Lizzy, the boys are back in town.

Or more specifically, the Sunnyville crew is back in town!

Sunnyville Stories: Beginnings Teaser Cover

Sometime in 2021, either June or September (still to be determined), I will be running another Kickstarter to fund a print run of Sunnyville Stories: Beginnings. So what can we expect from this new book?

First, this will be replacing Sunnyville Stories Volume 1 and 2 (the latter to a lesser extent; more on that in a moment). As I’ve discussed, the original trade paperbacks are being retired; from now through next year, I’ll be liquidating that stock.

Second, the specifications of the book are still being determined. It will be black & white and printed in a digest size (8.5 x 5.5 inches). This is a portable size and it is more economical. It will have a new ISBN and a new cover.

Third, the content is still under revision. The plan is to have the first four issues (Beginnings, Multiball Madness, the Train Robbers and Don’t Answer Me) collected. To entice existing fans and also make any customer feel like they are getting their money’s worth, there will be NEW content! I will do a few short stories from 2-5 pages of Rusty and Sam together or Rusty interacting with the rest of the Sunnyville crew.

Fourth, the artwork is going to be both retouched and redone. There will not be a massive overhaul in the form of redrawing everything and having my work look radically different. However, some of the art is showing its age; the early stories have drawing that look off-model. These were done when I was just starting out and my technical ability was much weaker. What I will be doing is retouching some elements like removing superfluous parts and redoing some of the lines; some partial pages and whole panels will be redone, using Photoshop to paste them in digitally over the older work; and some pages will be completely redrawn. As a disclaimer, the redrawing of whole pages will be used sparingly; not only is it time-consuming but new pages with new art contrasting with older, weaker art can be jarring. It’s similar to the criticisms against George Lucas with his Star Wars Special Edition.

Fifth and finally, the projected print run will be anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000. In spite of having more fans now, it is best to keep a conservative number for the printing.

If all goes according to plan, I aim to print more Sunnyville volumes. Things are different now. I have more fans than previously, my skills are much better and I’ve gotten the hang of crowdfunding. I know this is a tall order but it’s one I’m up to.

So watch soon for the new Sunnyville Stories books and stay tuned to this blog for more updates.

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Sunnyville Plans for 2021

It’s been awhile since my last update. As a reminder, this blog is on low power mode. You should be expecting sporadic updates for the rest of the year.

Regular updates will resume in 2021 for the Sunnyville Stories blog. As you know, January 2021 will the the official launch of the Kickstarter for my planned picture book, Hilda & Richie. (As a reminder, Hilda & Richie have their own blog so go check that out for more news.) I will be using this blog to help promote the Kickstarter and, as I established before, Hilda and Richie exist in the Sunnyville universe.

There is more though; it is my goal to fund a new print run of Sunnyville books sometime in 2021. Once I can crowdfund higher amounts, my aim will be to fund a new printing of Sunnyville Stories books. The old ones will be going out of print and I will be liquidating my current stock through next year.

The details still need to be worked out but the book size will be smaller. The size will most likely be the smaller manga or digest size. I will also be doing back over some parts and redrawing some things. However, it’s best not to go overboard and make everything look brand new. On the downside, I’m not planning at this time to continue with new Sunnyville comics with Rusty, Sam and the crew. That may not happen at least until 2022.

One more thing: remember Dominic & Claire, the Sunnyville spin-off starring Rusty’s cousin Dominic? I am trying to work out an idea to turn that spin-off into an actual series for the mainstream comic book reader, albeit a short one of around six to eight issues. Humor comics are sorely lacking and I think Dominic & Claire could make it big out there. Unfortunately, I have no more news to share on that; the proposed Dominic & Claire series has not advanced beyond notes.

That’s it for now. Stay tuned here for more news.

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Sunnyville Stories Turns Ten Years Old

This blog is now TEN YEARS OLD!

I can’t believe that it was ten years ago on a hot, humid day that I first launched Sunnyvillestories.com. Can you believe I’ve been going this long?

So…were you expecting something special today? Well, I do have something and that is a lesson learned.

It was in the 2006 movie Rocky Balboa that the title character (played by the immortal Sylvester Stallone) give his son a speech. I think it is notable and pertains to the work I put in with Sunnyville and my other comics. The speech is as follows:

Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that!

I’ve been drawing comics for several years now. It is something I want to do. I had a lot of failure along the way – I’ve had poor sales with some of my works, I’ve had losers berate me, I’ve had inept basement dwelling nobodies harass me about how “lousy” I draw, I’ve had Kickstarters fail and just last year, I almost decided to publicly announce I was giving up. I was that close to just throwing in the towel.

But I didn’t. Do you know why?

In spite of everything bad, I still plan to keep going.

I am far from finished. Right now I’m more focused on my comic strip and my upcoming picture book but now that I’ve unlocked the secret of crowdfunding, more Sunnyville comics will be in the cards.

We have yet to see the end of Rusty and friends.

So happy tenth anniversary and here’s to ten more!

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Hilda and Richie Kickstarter

Now for my second big announcement today – on Wednesday January 6, 2021, I will be launching a Kickstarter to fund my first picture book, Hilda & Richie. (As a reminder, Hilda and Richie do live in the Sunnyville universe. I do want to see about a possible crossover.)

This Kickstarter will run for 30 days and the final goal has yet to be determined. It will be bigger than my last one; the total we’re shooting for this time is US$2,000 to 3,000. I know – it is more than before, nearly double to triple the previous goal. But I am confident this can be done.

The picture book itself will be a paperback of about eight by eight inches. The planned print run is 1,000 to 1,250 copies.

This book has its own page so you can tune into that for more news.

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Sunnyville Still on Hiatus

This is the first of two blog posts planned today.

As many of you have noticed, there haven’t been many posts on this blog lately. This is owing to the fact that Sunnyville Stories and its spin-off, Dominic & Claire, are currently on hiatus. My main priority at this time are my webcomic Poison Ivy Gulch and my planned picture book Hilda & Richie.

I need to further clarify that Sunnyville is on HIATUS – it has NOT been cancelled. As some of you know, I am planning to do reprints of the Sunnyville books in the future. To do that however, I need to succeed with a planned Kickstarter to fund that picture book I mentioned. (I will be discussing that later today.)

Since the tenth anniversary of this blog is coming soon, I hope to do something for that.

Anyway, stay tuned – later today, I will be talking about a big Kickstarter planned for my picture book, Hilda & Richie!

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Poison Ivy Gulch Launching on June 1!

Just a reminder – my latest creation, Poison Ivy Gulch, officially kicks off on Monday June 1, 2020!

Poison Ivy Gulch Test Color Strip

I’ve mentioned it before. Poison Ivy Gulch is a comic strip set in the Old West during the 1870s. The emphasis here though isn’t slice-of-life like Sunnyville Stories; this work only has good old-fashioned laughs.

Poison Ivy Gulch is launching on June 1 so get ready!

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Sunnyville Update And Other Things

It has been over a month since I last updated. I finally finished sending out the rewards for my last Kickstarter, Dominic & Claire Circus.

At the time of this writing, Sunnyville Stories remains on hiatus; given the current situation with the coronavirus pandemic, I’m not sure how well my plans will pan out to liquidate the remaining stock of Sunnyville books. It still remains my goal for 2021 to crowdfund both my planned picture book and new version of the Sunnyville trade paperbacks. I proved earlier this year that I can raise thousands of dollars through crowdfunding.

I am also unsure about Dominic & Claire. I have more fun planned with them but like with Sunnyville, that might have to wait. Now that my Kickstarter is out of the way, I need to think ahead to two major projects.

I am planning to launch a webcomic in June. I’ll have updates on that later. In addition to that, I have been long neglecting my planned picture book of Hilda & Richie. That ties into my master plan that was previously discussed. I have been neglecting that for too long – if this book is to be a reality and to be crowdfunded in January 2021, then it is imperative to get started on it.

As you know, Hilda & Richie do exist in the Sunnyville universe so I want to do a crossover to help promote that to all of you readers out there. I’ll have some periodic updates about their book but most updates will be over on their own blog.

Updates will be more sporadic on this blog for the immediate future but stay tuned as I will share more news about Sunnyville and my other comics works.

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What’s Next for My Comics in 2020

My Kickstarter has finished and that Sunnyville spin-off comic, Dominic & Claire Circus, is nearly done. If all goes well, it should be finished by tomorrow night. Check out the latest Kickstarter update on that.

After that, my next order of business is a planned comic book/webcomic I’ve been planning for a long time. It’s a Western called Poison Ivy Gulch. There are some similarities to Sunnyville, in spite of its human cast. It deals with a remote, isolated town with its populace full of eccentric characters. But that is a whole other story.

I also plan to continue work on my picture book, Hilda & Richie, which is also part of the Sunnyville universe.

As for Sunnyville Stories itself? I’m still on the fence about what to do. I will have been working on this saga for ten years now. I don’t know if it should continue as I want to move on. On the other hand, I can’t just abandon Rusty and friends. Even now with crowdfunding more comics a suitable option for me, I just don’t know what to do.

Sunnyville will remain on hiatus for the foreseeable future while I think things over.

That’s it for now. Stay tuned for more news!

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Dominic and Claire Circus Funded!

Late last night, the Kickstarter for the Sunnyville Stories spin-off, Dominic & Claire Circus, ended.

Dominic & Claire Circus Funded!

The final funding amount is $1,030, about 103% of our goal.

This was one of the most difficult battles I ever fought. In spite of fighting hard, promoting aggressively and the amount of people helping, this went down to the wire.

This was not unlike my other Kickstarters where I funded with a few days to spare.

This shows that I am capable of raising funds in the thousands. That means that my picture book and new, more compact books collecting Sunnyville comics are now possible!

Those however are for another idea. I must finish my current comics and plan my next move.

Stay tuned for more news!

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Dominic and Claire Circus: LAST DAY!

Today is the last day of the Sunnyville Stories spin-off Kickstarter, Dominic & Claire Circus!

At the time of this writing, we are 88% funded and just $118 from the goal! We are doing well and the numbers are on my side. But in spite of that, it is IMPORTANT to hit 100%!

Go back Dominic & Claire Circus now!

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