Sunnyville at Guilford Middle School

As I reported before, I had a speaking event at the Comic Book Club of Guilford Middle School yesterday January 8, 2014.

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.

Comic Book Club Students

Students of Comic Book Club, Guilford Middle School

Comic Book Club Students 2

More of the students at Comic Book Club

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.

Max West discussing his work

Max West (me) discussing his work and showing comics pages

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) or you can write to:

Different Mousetrap Press LLC
PO Box 1321
Greensboro, NC 27402


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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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