What You Really Need To Make Comics

Hello, Sunnyville fans.  As this blog post goes live, I am in New York City.  But no matter where you are, there’s something to consider if you want to make comics.

One of the biggest questions asked of the professionals is the tools they use.  That is usually the appeal of the comics or illustration profession – the low overhead involved as materials are quite affordable.  (This changes if you go the digital route and decide to invest in computer hardware and software.  But that is a whole other discussion for another day.)  All you need is paper, ink, pencils, pens, brushes, rulers and erasers – with all those, you are set to go.

To answer that questions myself, I use the pen for drawing.  I usually use a Speedball 512 or 513 nib for inking, supplemented with brushes for spotting blacks as well as a Uniball pen or a Hunt 107 nib for additional pen work.  I draw on smooth bristol board, which takes pen points well.   Continue reading

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New York, new venues and new advertising

Greetings, friends.  This will be a fairly long blog post today – you’d better go get a sandwich.  I’ll wait.  Read on when you’re ready.

This week, I’m going back to New York City for a personal visit.  I will not be taking my laptop with me; after what happened last year, it may be a good idea to just get away from the blog for a while to rest and recharge my batteries.  I do have blog posts and mailing list updates ready to go however during my absence so stay tuned then for regular updates.

I will not completely be unplugging.  I will have my smartphone on me so I will be active on Twitter and checking my emails.

Second, I’m looking at other venues for myself and my work.  Right now, I’m reworking my Etsy page with plans to sell original artwork and comics on there.  I’ve also been in contact with some advertising agencies who’ve expressed interest in my work; I’ll have updates on that in the future.  If you’re interested in private commissions, I take those on too – contact me at maxwestart(at)gmail(dot)com for prices and details.  Also, I’ve been busy recording jokes and gags in a notebook.  Some of these are for use in Sunnyville but they are also part of something else – something that could be very big.  You’ll find out about that soon enough.   Continue reading

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Sunnyville Stories #14, Pages 33-35

And now it’s time for the final pages of Sunnyville Stories #14…so without further delay, here we go!

Sunnyville Stories #14, Page 33

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Cancellation, Kickstarter and Last Pages

I have a few announcements.  First off, I’m going to have to cancel that planned release for the Motley Worlds of Max West I announced before.  My schedule won’t allow for it.

Also, the last pages to Sunnyville #14 won’t go up till this weekend.  So stay tuned!

And now the big announcement – we have a new Kickstarter update.

Sunnyville Super Special #1 arrives in box

The copies of the Kickstarter funded Sunnyville Super Special have arrived; the first ones should be mailed out this weekend!

 

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How to Design a Comic Book Cover

Ladies and gentlemen, today I’m going to talk about a subject that is another big part of making comics.  If you didn’t read my tutorial about to actually put together a comic, then go back now and read over them.

The topic for today is how to do a cover for your comic.  This is necessary, whether you do small press or superhero, print or digital.  Before we continue though, I need to put in a disclaimer.  Just like with making comics, making a proper cover is more of alchemy than science.  There are no hard and fast rules for doing a cover.  If you are working with or for an editor, they usually have some say in the final cover but what they say is often 100% opinion.  It’s possible to have an amazing cover and not sell as well as to have a lousy cover and sell very well.   Continue reading

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Sunnyville Stories #14, Pages 31-32

Our story continues and is drawing to a close.

Sunnyville Stories #14, Page 31

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Book Review: Small Time Operator

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a book review.  As I’ve recently done my taxes, I thought I’d talk about a text that I own and have consulted when I decided to set up a company to produce and market Sunnyville Stories.

This book is titled Small Time Operator written by Bernard B. Kamoroff, a certified public accountant, and published by Taylor Trade.

Before I continue, I need to emphasize a very important DISCLAIMER to all your readers out there: my blog is not a substitute for any sort of legal, financial, dealing with the government, tax advice and so on.  Please consult the appropriate individuals for information and advice on starting a business.  The information I mentioned in this blog post also applies more to the United States; if you are reading this in another country like Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, and so on, you’ll have to check local resources to see what to do about turning your creative enterprise into an official business.   Continue reading

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Sunnyville Stories #14, Pages 29-30

Our dream with Rusty and friends continues…

Sunnyville Stories #14, Page 29

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Updates on DriveThru and Comixology

Okay, fans.  I have some brief updates to share today.

First, on DriveThru, I’ve uploaded the files for the re-issue of the Whimsical Worlds of Max West (also available on Amazon) complete with a new cover.

Whimsical Worlds of Max West Re-Issue Cover

This is the new cover that will be used for the re-issue on both DriveThru and Comixology.  The files have been put on DriveThru and are on schedule for its Saturday March 18 release.   Continue reading

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Sunnyville Stories #14, Pages 27-28

And now it’s time to continue Rusty’s dream with Nemo and Cerebus the Aardvark.

Sunnyville Stories #14, Page 27

This page was based on the Little Nemo Sunday page from September 22, 1907.   Continue reading

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