Sunnyville Stories Turns Ten Years Old

This blog is now TEN YEARS OLD!

I can’t believe that it was ten years ago on a hot, humid day that I first launched Can you believe I’ve been going this long?

So…were you expecting something special today? Well, I do have something and that is a lesson learned.

It was in the 2006 movie Rocky Balboa that the title character (played by the immortal Sylvester Stallone) give his son a speech. I think it is notable and pertains to the work I put in with Sunnyville and my other comics. The speech is as follows:

Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that!

I’ve been drawing comics for several years now. It is something I want to do. I had a lot of failure along the way – I’ve had poor sales with some of my works, I’ve had losers berate me, I’ve had inept basement dwelling nobodies harass me about how “lousy” I draw, I’ve had Kickstarters fail and just last year, I almost decided to publicly announce I was giving up. I was that close to just throwing in the towel.

But I didn’t. Do you know why?

In spite of everything bad, I still plan to keep going.

I am far from finished. Right now I’m more focused on my comic strip and my upcoming picture book but now that I’ve unlocked the secret of crowdfunding, more Sunnyville comics will be in the cards.

We have yet to see the end of Rusty and friends.

So happy tenth anniversary and here’s to ten more!

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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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