I was astonished to see so many students in the club. I had been expecting about half that number. Anyway, I introduced myself, talked about my background (being originally from New York City and attending the School of Visual Arts), and then showed a presentation via computer of my work.
During my presentation, I introduced the students to Rusty and Sam, the stars of Sunnyville Stories. I was also showing pages of episode 1 and episode 5 of Sunnyville.
I talked about how I came up with ideas, my creative process, the tools I used, and individual commentary on the pages I showed. I also passed around copies of my work to the students.
As for the students, they were very interested in every word I said. They asked me many questions about Sunnyville, how I worked, how to draw, and even about animation. They also asked me to sign artwork and I even did sketches for some of them.
My speaking gig turned out better than I expected. Plus, the teacher in charge, Rachel Scott, said she’d be able to help get Sunnyville Stories Volume 1 and 2 into the school library.
Sunnyville Stories Vol. 1 (ISBN 9780615653921) is still for sale on Amazon and it’s also available wholesale through Ingram and Baker & Taylor via BCH Distribution as well as to the library trade through Brodart Books.
Last but not least, I welcome your fan letters and commentary. You can email me at maxwestart(at)gmail.com or you can write to:
Different Mousetrap Press LLC
PO Box 1321
Greensboro, NC 27402