Notes for August 16

I must apologize to you readers and Sunnyville fans for not updating the blog on its usual Saturday time.  Much has been happening this past week.

First, my pending interview with the local newspaper is still being worked out.  However, I am in negotiations to set up some more out on the blogosphere and maybe one of the alternative publications; we’ll have more news on that as it develops.

My next convention is coming up too.  I’ll be attending AnimeFargo, which is set for next month on September 18, 19, and 20 at the Baymont Inn & Suites, not too far away from West Acres Mall.  I’ll be there for networking, meeting people and passing out promotional items like business cards and copies of Free Sunnyville.  Work is slow as during this month, I have family coming to visit me.  Of course, it has been good as I’ve gotten to see more of my beautiful home state of North Dakota.  I got to see Jamestown (home of the World’s Largest Buffalo Statue) and Valley City.  As it stands, more pages of Sunnyville Stories #13 won’t be up until late this month (more on that in a minute).

As the planned release date of Sunnyville Stories Volume 3 is nearing, I work at promoting the book as well as drumming up more sales.  While I’m seeing more activity with Kindle purchases as well as DriveThru Comics, I’m sending out sales letters to my big target of the libraries.  Besides sales letters to big budget libraries, I’ve begun mailings to libraries throughout North Dakota.  While I have targeted the bigger libraries like Fargo, Grand Forks, Bismarck, Minot, etc, many sales letters are going out to the smaller towns like Wahpeton, Devil’s Lake, New England, Michigan, Dickinson, Enderlin and so on.  These libraries may not have the big budgets of my other mailing list; I have the distinct advantage of being a North Dakotan.  This angle is being used in sales letters to appeal to the collection development staff in getting them to contact either BCH Distribution and Brodart Company (both of which carry my work).

As for Sunnyville #13 itself,  I’m wrapping up the thumbnails.  Due to family visits and trying to determine the pacing of the story, it’s been going slow.  I actually had to throw out two pages worth of thumbnails early this morning as the layout wasn’t working.

Sunnyville #13 thumbnails

It’s tricky to keep track of the ever growing cast too.  For this story alone, I have to introduce FIVE new characters – the three-member Hopper family, Dr. Auernheimer (the town psychologist) and Sarah (the mother of Eddie Macgregor and Sam’s aunt).

What I’m trying to say is that work on Sunnyville #13 will be longer than expected but at least I’m making progress.  Be sure to stay tuned to this blog for more news!

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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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