The Motley Worlds on Memorial Day

I have an announcement to make regarding another comics release this year.  You may recall that I’ll be re-issuing one of my anthology comics again for both DriveThru and Comixology.

On Memorial Day (May 29), I will be releasing a compilation of my older comics digitally on Amazon Kindle, DriveThru and Comixology.  It will be titled the Motley Worlds of Max West.  

The Motley Worlds of Max West will collect the following works of mine (subject to change without notice):

  • Ingmar the Wanderer #0 and Ingmar Vs. The Bully
  • A Touch of Class (A class project from my night school days at SVA)
  • Sheldon the Mighty #1
  • The original version of Sunnyville Stories #1 (with some different text)
  • Assorted gag cartoons

I may be adding new wraparound segments too with Rusty introducing the comics and making witty commentary.

This will be a digital title but if I have enough sales, I may see about trying to do a print version.

It wasn’t easy looking for comics to compile into a bigger work.  Some of my comics, like Von Herling, I want to save for future publication.  Other comics currently away in storage are more personal works.

Compiling various comics into a bigger work not only requires a low level of investment for me;  I get cash flow by receiving revenue on projects that I’m not currently incurring new costs.  That was like how I liquidated some of my older print comics at my recent convention appearance – it was better to get money for them than have them just sitting around.

I’ll have more news on the Motley Worlds of Max West closer to the release date.  Stay tuned to the blog for more news!

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March 2, 2017: Commissions Open!

I have a brief announcement to make.  As of today 3/2/2017, private commissions are now available once more!

I work with traditional media.  Regular readers of the blog know what I’m capable of and how I draw.  I reserve the right to refuse certain material or anything too time-consuming.

Methods of payment accepted are checks, money order or Paypal.  If you are a resident of the US state of North Dakota, sales tax may apply.

Contact me at maxwestart(at)gmail(dot)com for more information and pricing.

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Coming Soon: Comixology and Anthology Comics

I have an announcement to make today.  First, I want to let everyone know that Sunnyville Stories #15 has the green light and will be going ahead.  I’ll let everyone know the progress of that as it develops.

Second, I want to announce that expansion onto Comixology has begun.  Von Herling and the Whimsical Worlds of Max West (more on that in a second) will be the first titles to be re-issued for Comixology.  Eventually, the various single issues of Sunnyville Stories should be up on Comixology by April or May.   Continue reading

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Fargo-Moorhead Comicon 2017 Report

Ladies and gentlemen, Fargo-Moorhead Comicon has come and gone.  It was quite a convention for me.  How did it go?

Sunnyville Stories Table at FM Comicon

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Green Max Kickstarter CANCELLED

I have an important announcement to make.  Sometime ago, I announced that Sunnyville character, Green Max, was going to be in a Kickstarter.  After some careful thinking, I will not be doing the planned Kickstarter for a Green Max comic.

Why am I doing this?  How did I come to this decision?

I did not choose this because I feared the Kickstarter would fail.  The initial goal of the planned Green Max Kickstarter was US$250.  Since I did well with the first one, this one would have most assuredly made its goal.  So why am I not going through with this?   Continue reading

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Next Weekend Is Fargo-Moorhead Comicon

Well, next weekend will be my first convention of 2017.  That will be FM Comicon or Fargo-Moorhead Comicon.

The event will be held on Sat. Feb. 25 and Sun. Feb. 26 at the Baymont Inn & Suites at 3333 13th Avenue South off Interstate 94.

I will be there selling copies of Sunnyville Stories Volume 1, 2 and 3 as well as copies of Von Herling, Vampire Hunter.  These will be at discounted prices so you’re saving money from buying them online or from any other vendors.

In addition, I’m going to be putting some of my hand painted sketch cards up for sale.

Sunnyville Art on Watercolor Cards

I will be equipped with a Square reader too; anyone wanting to pay with a credit card or debit card (bearing a credit card logo like Visa, Mastercard, etc) can do so.

Stay tuned for coverage and photos from FM Comicon.  See you there next week!

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Sunnyville Stories #14, Pages 25-26

Rusty’s dream and his encounter of both Cerebus the Aardvark and Little Nemo continues.

Sunnyville Stories #14, Page 25

This page was based on the Little Nemo Sunday page from April 21, 1907.   Continue reading

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Announcing the Green Max Kickstarter

Ladies and gentlemen, after coming off that first success on Kickstarter, I would like to announce another Kickstarter for this spring.  This will be comics related and will feature ace pilot Green Max.

Green Max Spring 2017 Kickstarter

This Kickstarter will launch officially on Saturday, April 29, 2017 and will run through Memorial Day on Monday, May 29, 2017.   Continue reading

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How A Failed Kickstarter Led to A Successful Kickstarter

This entry is a personal one, but it makes me realize how far I’ve come.

The Jan. 2017 Kickstarter to fund the Sunnyville Super Special #1 was a success.  Even I’m amazed at how it performed.  I’m already planning a second Kickstarter to be announced this weekend.

As some of you may know, my very first Kickstarter back in early 2014 failed completely.  It brought my crowdfunding efforts of a screeching halt and made me look away from crowdfunding for awhile.  (It also gave strength to my detractors and served as confirmation bias that Sunnyville was lousy – it’s not.)  But some good came out of that failure.

It forced me to slam on the brakes and bring things to a stop.  The whole failed Kickstarter served as a wake-up call.  Yes, I was on the right track but I was trying to do too much too fast.

That’s why I spent time building more fans and working to promote the Sunnyville property.  I had to go back over the mistakes I made with that first Kickstarter.  I had to study crowdfunding more, review others that had succeeded and learn everything I could about the Kickstarter platform.

This Kickstarter succeeded and it was because I learned from a failure.

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Sunnyville Stories #14, Pages 23-24

Picking up where we left off from last time, a sick Rusty has entered the world of dreams.  He has just met two special guest stars, Cerebus the Aardvark and Nemo of Little Nemo in Slumberland!

Sunnyville Stories #14, Page 23

A lot of these pages that follow were based on original Little Nemo Sunday comics pages; these were NOT easy to replicate as they required every ounce of skill I had.  This page above was based on the Little Nemo page from December 9, 1906.  Those dots were done with a Pilot V-Razor Point and a Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph 1.00mm pen.   Continue reading

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