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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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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