Sunnyville Stories Episode 1, pages 29-30

Hello, everyone.  Welcome back for more free pages of Sunnyville Stories episode 1 “Beginnings”.  We’re getting close to the end of the second episode.  In fact, after this week, next Saturday will mark the final two pages of the 32 page pilot for my series.  But before I continue, I just wanted to announce that the Sunnyville blog has earned an editor’s choice pick over on!

Well, when we last left our heroes, Sam’s mother organized a welcoming party for Rusty’s family.  Sam has wasted no time in taking our newcomer to Sunnyville around to introduce him to new friends.  Sam has already introduce Rusty (and the readers) to the Talbots and the Tanuki family.

episode 1 page 29

Rusty gets introduced to the Eftirmatur family, who runs the town bakery.  (Check out their entry if you don’t remember who they are.)  Rusty meets Ragnar, Olaf, and Christina.  Yes, I know that the word “Scandinavian” is spelled wrong.  Don’t worry, grammar teachers – I won’t corrupt the nation’s youth permanently.  That will be corrected when I touch up this episode for the trade paperback I plan for 2012 (watch this summer for more details).  This also marked the beginning of my use of two bigger Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph pens, the 1.0 mm and 2.0 mm.  I don’t use the 2 mm much, but the 1 mm is handy for panel borders.  Before then, I used the .50 mm Rapidograph for panel borders.  In spite of that pen being my workhorse, it didn’t feel right.

Episode 1 page 30Speaking of things not feeling right, there’s a reason why Rusty’s fruit is rather tangy.  It’s a wax fruit display.  Again, that’s a recurring gag that I took from the classic comedians, the Three Stooges.  While Moe, Larry, and Curly were known more for their physical comedy (slapping, eye pokes, etc.), they had more subtle humor too.  That influence creeped into my work and believe me, we will be seeing a lot more of characters eating things that they think are food.

Well, friends, that does it for this week’s blog post.  Thanks for reading it.  Do you have any questions about my work or comments on the comics pages?  Why not share them here?  I’ll be happy to take questions.  Subscribe to the RSS feed or via email if you haven’t already.  Don’t forget to pick up your copy of Sunnyville Stories #2 from Indy Planet and check out my DeviantArt store for plenty of neat Sunnyville prints.

Tune in next week for the last pages to the first episode of Sunnyville Stories episode 1 “Beginnings” – same Bat time, same Bat channel.

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About Max West

I am a freelance artist and the creator of Sunnyville Stories, an independent slice-of-life comics series.
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