Inking Von Herling
I’ve been busy lately, but not with Sunnyville Stories. I’ve been working on my original graphic novel Von Herling, Vampire Hunter. Just yesterday, I finally finished the pencils. At this time, I’m going to work on inking the book. Work on Sunnyville Stories episode 9 will be delayed until around June 1.
Why the decision? I’m not in a rush to do episode 9. As for the second volume of Sunnyville Stories, that book is mostly complete. It just needs to have the individual pages reviewed, retouched (if necessary), and organized. Von Herling though is tricky. For that, I have to ink just over 100 pages of art – more than double the length of an individual installment of Sunnyville. Continue reading
Ladies and gentlemen, I made it onto the interviews section of the website “Book Goodies”.
Hopefully, in the future, they’ll review my book.
Alameda County Library has Sunnyville!
BREAKING NEWS!!! Ladies and gentlemen, I discovered this completely by accident while searching through some databases via the Greensboro Public Library website.
A THIRD library is carrying Sunnyville Stories Volume 1 (ISBN 978-0-615-65392-1) and that is the Alameda County Library in California.
I learned of this when I ran a search through the Greensboro Public Library portal to Worldcat. But wait…there’s more! Continue reading
Sunnyville now at Parts Unknown
Yet another comics shop is carrying Sunnyville Stories Volume 1!
This time, it’s a local store which I reported on before – it’s Parts Unknown of Greensboro, North Carolina! They’re carrying a few copies of Sunnyville Vol. 1. They’re located at 906 Spring Garden Street in the College Hill neighborhood of Greensboro.
Stop on by and give John Hitchcock (the shop’s owner) your business. Besides my fine work, he carries many other titles and books too!
Don’t forget that many other fine retailers stocks Sunnyville Stories too!
Developing Sunnyville Stories Volume 2
Today, I’d like to talk with you about my next book, Sunnyville Stories Volume 2.
This book is set to be released in March 2014. It will collect episode 4 (“Don’t Answer Me”), episode 5 (“Dance Hall Days”), episode 6 (“Squeeze Play”), and episode 7 (“By Any Other Name”) of Sunnyville Stories. In addition, it will also have two bonus stories, which will be short vignettes set in between the individual episodes, as well as the contents of the Sunnyville Sketchbook. Originally, I planned the sketchbook as a bonus feature for the third volume of Sunnyville (which I plan to put out in 2016). But I didn’t want to work on creating too much new material since I’m busy with my graphic novel Von Herling, Vampire Hunter. Continue reading
Sunnyville Now At Carmine Street Comics
I have a new announcement to make, everyone. Yet another independent store is carrying Sunnyville Stories Volume 1!
Remember how I reported on Carmine Street Comics earlier? FYI, it’s a comics shop located in the West Village of New York City. Owned and operated in part by the incredible Jon Gorga, this independent comics store now carries Sunnyville Stories.
That’s right! They stock a few copies at present of Sunnyville Stories Volume 1. You can find it in the shop’s self-published section.
Be sure to stop by Carmine Street Comics. They have not only my work, but other excellent comics and even an artist who draws live in-store! Tell them that Max West sent you.
As of today, I’ve opened up a shop on Etsy.
I’ll be selling original artwork on my Etsy shop so be sure to check back from time to time.
Delaying Sunnyville for Von Herling
I have an announcement to make. Sunnyville Stories episode 9 will be delayed for awhile, in spite of what I said before. Why am I doing this?
Some of you may know that I’m working on an original graphic novel of Gothic horror titled Von Herling, Vampire Hunter. Sample pages of it are available on my second blog. In order to make sure the book meets its deadline of being completed and sent to the printers by October 31st, I’ll be working on the pencils the rest of May. A total of 120 pages of art to Von Herling need to be finished by the end of this month so I will have adequate time to go back over and ink the 112 out of 120 pages that have not been inked. Then I have to take care of the formatting of the book for the printers as well as plan its marketing campaign and organize the press kit.
At the same time, I’m also working on Sunnyville Stories Volume 2 but I’ll discuss that in a future blog post.
Von Herling is a tale of Gothic horror influenced by older works of vampire fiction. In an attempt to move away from contemporary media depicting vampires as tragic characters, I want to show the vampire as a creature of pure evil. Von Herling borrows heavily from the original novel of Dracula by Bram Stoker as well as the vampire films of Hammer and Universal. The book will be finished in October and will see general release through Different Mousetrap Press LLC in March 2014. Stay tuned to this blog and my WordPress blog for further details.
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Happy Birthday, Master Godai!
Today is someone’s birthday and that is the one known as “Master Godai”.
Rusty and everyone in Sunnyville wanted to wish you a happy birthday. So…
BTW, I’m talking about one of Master Godai’s works, an Japanese style webcomic called “Rascals” (and there are others on his site). So go check it out!
Sunnyville Stories Submission to Ignatz Awards
I have an announcement to make. I’ve decided to submit Sunnyville Stories Volume 1 to the Ignatz Awards.
Wait a minute…you’ve never heard of the Ignatz Awards? Permit me to explain. The Ignatz Awards were created and are managed by the Small Press Expo as a unique award within the comics industry. Named after the character of Ignatz Mouse from the legendary comic strip “Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse” by George Herriman, it’s an award meant for the small press within comics and honors outstanding achievements in that field. Continue reading