Sunnyville 11 Page 3 and 4 pencils

I have some rough pencils to share from parts of Sunnyville #11 pages 3 and 4 today.

Sunnyville Stories #11 page 3 top pencils

As the Talbot family owns the general store, we shouldn’t be surprised to see Alexander and his older sister, Magnolia working in the store.   Continue reading

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Sunnyville to be in Hennepin County!

Breaking news!  It has just come to my attention today that Sunnyville Stories Volume 1Sunnyville Stories Volume 2 and Von Herling, Vampire Hunter will be entering the collection of yet another library system!

Sunnyville map 11/17/2014

The neighboring state of Minnesota is the next one to be filled in on my map.  The Hennepin County Library will be adding copies of all three of my titles to their shelves.  Sunnyville Volume 1 and Von Herling will be available soon in the Minneapolis Central branch while others will come to Ridgedale, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie.

This doesn’t surprise me.  I had been sending mailings to that library system for sometime.  In addition, my sources tell me that the Hennepin County Library has an expenditure budget of US$30,000,000+ as of 2014!

While I am pleased, I do not intend to rest on my laurels.  I want to fill in that entire map and get as many libraries carrying my titles.

If you represent a library and are interested in any of my books, they are readily available via Alibris, Brodart Company, Baker & Taylor and Ingram.

Sunnyville Stories Volume 1, ISBN 9780615653921

Sunnyville Stories Volume 2, ISBN 9780989069601, Library of Congress Number 2013944447

Von Herling, Vampire Hunter, ISBN 9780989069618, Library of Congress Number 2013946269

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Sunnyville Number 11 Page 2 Pencils

I have some more pencil art of Sunnyville Stories #11 to share today.

Sunnyville #11 page 2 pencils top

To give Sunnyville more of a feeling to the reader that it’s an actual place, I used an aspect-to-aspect transition here to show shots of the town and its inhabitants.   Continue reading

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My art on a shirt

This is not Sunnyville related, but it still is a big deal to me!

While at my former base of operations in North Carolina, I rediscovered the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.  GLOW was a women’s professional wrestling organization best known for its TV show that ran in syndication from 1986 to 1990.  I had watched some episodes of the show and I recalled it after I watched the 2011 documentary film.

My favorite of the lady wrestlers was a belly dancer named Little Egypt, portrayed by Angelina Altishin.   Continue reading

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Episode 11 Page 1 pencils

Work is progressing on both Sunnyville #11 and Sunnyville volume 3, still on schedule for its release in January 2016.  As for the eleventh story “the Artful Dodger”, it’s going to be 33 pages in length.  I thought I’d show you some of the rough pencils I’m doing right now.   Continue reading

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The Pictorial Vocabulary of Sunnyville

In my plans to keep improving upon Sunnyville, I had to go back to the drawing board to take another look at what I created and even to look at what’s behind it.  To do this, I had to take another look at all my books and refresh my memory about what I had learned.

One of the texts I own is Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud.  This is a book that really needs to be read by anyone in this field.  It takes a serious look at the medium.

The second chapter of the book “The Vocabulary of Comics” takes a look at icons, representation and the concepts of what icons mean in comics.   Continue reading

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Help Seth Kushner today!

Comics professional Seth Kushner is in need of our help!  He needs to have a bone marrow transplant and insurance doesn’t cover everything.  In addition to paying for the procedure, he’s unable to work so his family needs our support too.

Please give what you can to the GoFundMe effort today!

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Getting Into the Library Market

It’s been awhile since I’ve done an updated map here regarding areas that have Sunnyville Stories (and Von Herling) in their libraries.


I had to change this map a bit since the District of Columbia is too small to show and the country of Australia is NOT a US state.  Anyway, these areas all have libraries that presently have copies of Sunnyville Stories Volume 1 (ISBN 9780615653921), Sunnyville Stories Volume 2 (ISBN 9780989069601) and Von Herling, Vampire Hunter (ISBN 9780989069618).    Continue reading

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Sunnyville Stories Volume 3 News

I’d like to talk to you today about Sunnyville Stories Volume 3.  The book is intended for a release on January 15th, 2016.

Sunnyville Stories Volume 3 solicitation cover

Sunnyville Stories Volume 3 Solicitation Cover

The above cover you see here will NOT be the final cover.  This is a mock-up or what is frequently a solicitation cover.  This is presently being used to solicit the book to readers and to the book industry.  The final cover (which I’m still trying to plan) won’t be finished until sometime next year.   Continue reading

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Sunnyville Number 11, Game On!

First, I’d like to let everyone know that Sunnyville Stories #10 is finally available for sale at Indy Planet!

Second, I’ve been working more on promoting the Sunnyville franchise.  The Comic Book Database listing for Sunnyville has been updated and I’m now on the Self-Publisher’s Showcase as well.  The showcase site has been useful in promoting my work.  In fact, copies of my books got sold on Amazon within the last few days!  Some of my other plans will be sending out some point-of-sale tools to a few retailers carrying my work to help with visibility and sales.

Now for my next newsbrief – work is now underway on Sunnyville Stories #11!  The script has been printed up and thumbnails are being put together.  If all goes well, I can have some pencils up in a few days or at the latest next weekend.

sunnyville stories cousins

“Cousins”, Pen drawing on watercolor paper, 11×15 inches

That’s a drawing of Rachel and Sam together.  They’re so much alike that even Rusty is confused at who is who.

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!

Your feedback is appreciated.  Contact me at maxwestart(at) or write to:

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

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