Introducing Green Max and Hilda & Richie

Ladies and gentlemen, I have some new characters I’m introducing today.  These characters will exist in their own works but do exist in the Sunnyville Stories universe as well, leaving the possibility of guest appearances and crossovers open.  Now let’s get started.

Green Max color study

The Green Max is an ace pilot anthropomorphic fox who lives in the town of New Gestad.  He’s known for flying various World War I-era aircraft like monoplanes and biplanes; he’s also an inventor who will build gyro-copters and strange aircraft.   Continue reading

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Reynard City Kickstarter

Tonight, I’m here to make the case for all of you Sunnyville fans and comics fans to lend your support to another Kickstarter – this one isn’t mine though.

This Kickstarter is to sponsor the reboot of Reynard City, an online comic that is the brainchild of Rob Turner and a host of other talented people.

The goal of this Kickstarter is to raise 6,000 British pounds to fund the reboot.  This sum will cover printing costs, promotion and other aspects which are covered in more detail in the link below.

They have only 60 days to do this so make sure you give your support and spread the word.

Pledge to the Reynard City Kickstarter today!

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Sunnyville Stories #14, Pages 19-20

Don’t forget that the Kickstarter is still going so be sure to make a pledge today!

Anyway, on with the story…Rusty and Jason are quite sick.  Samantha Macgregor has stayed on in the town hospital to take care of them both.

Sunnyville Stories #14, Page 19

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Notes for Jan. 22, 2017

I have some announcements today.  The first one is obviously about the Kickstarter.  We are halfway through and we still have rewards left to be sure to make your pledge today!

Second, I am already plotting out a second Kickstarter for sometime in the mid-to-late spring.  It will be Sunnyville related so stay tuned for more news as it develops.

Third, there’s going to be some delays on the start of Sunnyville #15.  Besides my present Kickstarter, from here through February, I’m going to be busy with some other things.  I need to take care of the business end of things, namely taxes.  That will limit the time I spend on drawing and writing more stories.

Another point of why I will be delaying Sunnyville #15 – on Feb. 25 & 26, I’ll be at Fargo Moorhead Comicon where I’ll be selling more Sunnyville books.  I’ll have more news on that too as the day approaches.

Join us for more next time.  Sign up for the Sunnyville Stories mailing list if you haven’t yet.  Stop over to DriveThru Comics for digital copies of Sunnyville Stories.  Copies of Sunnyville Stories Volume 1 are still for sale on Amazon, both in print and Kindle formats!  While you’re there, be sure to pick up Sunnyville Stories Volume 2 and (if you love Gothic horror)Von Herling, Vampire Hunter!  And now available is the latest installment of the saga, Sunnyville Stories Volume 3.  Get them today!

Copies of all the above titles are available to the library trade via Brodart Company and to retailers from Ingram and Baker & Taylor (via BCH Distribution).  Copies are also available direct from the publisher.  For ordering information, contact maxwestart(at)gmail(dot)com or write to:

Different Mousetrap Press LLC, 1100 19th Avenue N, #108, Unit J, Fargo ND 58102-2269 USA 

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Sunnyville Stories #14, Pages 17-18

The Kickstarter has delayed the comics pages from being posted up.  Speaking of which, before we get started, the Kickstarter still has about 16 days to go and there are still copies of the Sunnyville Super Special available.  Remember that a pledge of US$10 or more gets you a copy and there’s only 14 copies left at the time of this writing.  Be sure to pledge today!

Anyway, we continue with our story.   Continue reading

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Kickstarter Roundup 1/20/2017

I’ve been talking a lot about my own Kickstarter lately.  It’s still got 17 days left to go so please make sure you pledge today – there’s still 14 copies left of the Sunnyville Super Special #1!

Anyway, I want to mention some other amazing Kickstarter projects out there.  First up we have Sovereign: the Return by Andrew Huerta.

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Tonight, I was going to make an announcement to rally support for the Sunnyville Stories Kickstarter.  In spite of doing an amazing job in raising funds, we lagged for awhile and, just today even had a few pledges yanked.

Besides asking for the usual pledges and to tell others, I was also going to unveil more tactics in order to pull in backers.  Then, early this evening, I saw this.

Sunnyville Stories 2017 Kickstarter Goal Reached

I had to reload the page a few times to make sure I was not hallucinating.

The Sunnyville Stories Kickstarter has been fully funded.


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Review: The Art of Atari

Today, I have something of personal interest to me that I find handy for inspiration.  It’s an art book; many exist out there for television and feature films.  These books show the creative process behind such franchises like Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and so on.  They serve as good inspiration for your own creative work plus anyone looking into working in the entertainment industry (concept art, film, animation, etc) can get an idea of how a finished product gets done from start to finish.  But enough about that.  Today, I have Art of Atari by Tim Lapetino (Dynamite Entertainment, 2016).

The Art of Atari Hardcover Book

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Kickstarter 2017 Day 7

With 23 days left to go, the Kickstarter has progressed at an amazing pace!  At this time, we have 21 backers and have raised US$230 out of US$350.  That is astounding.  Even I am surprised at how well the Kickstarter has done.

I don’t aim to rest here.  It’s my goal to make sure the Kickstarter succeeds and gets fully funded.

Make sure you pledge today to the Sunnyville Stories Kickstarter today!  Tell everyone you can about this spectacular comics Kickstarter too.

As a reminder, the US$10 reward tier is limited.  Only 30 copies of the Sunnyville Super Special #1 will be printed and, at the time of this writing, only 13 slots still remain open.  That’s all the more reason to pledge now!

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Sunnyville Stories #14, Pages 15-16

Welcome back, friends!  First, before we got to the comics pages, I have some news about the Kickstarter.  As of this writing on the evening of Jan. 11, 2017, the Kickstarter is now HALFWAY FUNDED!!  This is amazing – still though, we have to meet the funding goal so please pledge today and spread the word.  Anyway…getting back to the story…   Continue reading

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