Sunnyville Stories Volume 2 Official Press Release

For immediate release

For more information, contact Different Mousetrap Press at or 336-706-5681


Publisher Readies Second Volume of Acclaimed Comics Series

Different Mousetrap Press LLC has announced that the top-rated comics anthology Sunnyville Stories Volume 2 is scheduled for a general release in March 2014.

Sunnyville Stories is a creator-owned comics series in the vanguard of alternative comics. It tells the saga of a charming village called Sunnyville, inhabited by anthropomorphic animals dressed in old-fashioned clothing. The series itself revolves around two energetic teenage cats, Rusty Duncan and Samantha “Sam” Macgregor, who have all sorts of adventures.

In this stunning 200-page trade paperback, the famous creator Max West continues to unveil his stunningly complex universe of Sunnyville to loyal readers everywhere. Picking up from where the first beguiling volume left off, Rusty and Sam have even more imaginative adventures where they resolve a family dispute, meet three newly arrived brothers, attend a community dance, and put on a play for the entire town.

The first volume of Sunnyville, already available, has met with excited reviews from the press and the publishing industry. The Midwest Book Review says Sunnyville Stories is “destined to become a mainstream hit” and even compared Mr. West’s work to the renowned Walt Kelly, creator of newspaper comic strip Pogo. The Library Journal praised Mr. West’s work even more, citing Sunnyville as having “clean artwork and an idyllic story line.”

Sunnyville Stories Volume 2 will retail for US$19.99 and will be available for sale through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and other booksellers. The book will also be available wholesale through Ingram and Baker & Taylor as well as to the library trade via Brodart Company and Alibris.

For more information and weekly updates, be sure to check out the official Sunnyville Stories blog at


Progress on Von Herling and other stuff

It’s been about a month since I’ve posted up on this secondary blog of mine.  I apologize to all of you who have been following me and hoped for more regular updates.  First, I encourage you to check out my primary blog for info on Sunnyville Stories, my flagship title.

Second, I’ve been VERY busy.  My publishing house, Different Mousetrap Press, has been quite busy promoting our work as well as filling orders.  So far, my first book Sunnyville Stories Volume 1 is slowly but steadily gaining traction.  I’ve sold a few copies here and there.  It’s carried in roughly four library systems, copies have sold on Amazon, and I just came under contract with a book distributor who will be selling my work to various retailers and wholesalers.

Von Herling pages being inked

Von Herling pages being inked

Work progress slowly on Von Herling. Besides this and running my company, I also have to work on the ninth episode (individual story) of Sunnyville Stories. So I’m quite busy as you can see.

At the time of this writing, I’m one-third of the way through the inks.  40 pages of art have been completed.  I have to finish the book and put it to bed by no later than October 31st to meet its planned release in March 2014.

I’ll have more info up soon and some more artwork up soon.  So stay tuned to this blog!

Now on Etsy!

I’m now on Etsy!  I’ve just opened up an Etsy store where you can purchase original artwork of mine.

Check back from time to time; I’ll be updating it.

Been busy lately

I have to apologize for not doing any posts recently here.

No, I haven’t abandoned this secondary blog of mine.  If you want regular updates (Wednesdays and Saturdays), check out my primary blog at

I’m presently working on episode 8 of Sunnyville Stories as well as not one, but TWO books – Sunnyville Stories Volume 2 and my original graphic novel, Von Herling Vampire Hunter.

Von Herling is roughly a third of the way completed.  I’ve pencilled several pages but have not yet reached the halfway point.  There’s still the inking to do.

Stay tuned to this blog.  I’ll have more updates on my work soon enough.

Rusty in Canoe

Just a drawing of a character from Sunnyville Stories and it’s none other than Rusty Duncan, the star of the series.


Rusty in canoe

Rusty Sweating

I thought that I’d share another drawing today from the Moleskine watercolor sketchbook that I took to Austin, Texas.  This one though is not of the scenery.

Rusty Sweats


It’s none other than Rusty, the star of my comics series Sunnyville Stories.

This was sketched with watercolor and diluted ink.  Yes, there’s a reason I sketched it.  Does anyone know how HOT Texas gets in the dead of the summer?  Like Rusty, I was soaking with sweat.

Also, my first trade paperback, Sunnyville Stories Volume 1, is available for sale over on Indy Planet.  Why not buy a copy today?

Origins and Inspiration for Sunnyville

I have a few videos to share.  These were made to promote my comics work, Sunnyville Stories.

Videos can be a handy tool.  Thanks to YouTube and being able to get a video camera for next to nothing nowadays, anyone can make a video and post it online.  This can be VERY handy for you artists and creative individuals out there to promote yourself.  But I digress.


BONUS!  Here’s another video of mine.  This is designed to promote the Sunnyville Stories trade paperback I plan to put out in 2012!