Welcome, friends! Today, I'm here to tell you about the Sunnyville Stories Super Special #1. This super special is an 80 page comic that collects Sunnyville Stories #13, Sunnyville Stories #14 plus exclusive material NOT available anywhere else.
Sunnyville Stories is the charming saga of two teenagers, Rusty Duncan and Samantha Macgregor, in a remote village. They have all kinds of adventures in Sunnyville and in its vast surrounding wilderness.
Let's meet our protagonists:
Robert "Rusty" Duncan - A wisecracking city boy; he moves to Sunnyville with his parents at the start of the series.
Samantha "Sam" Macgregor - A sweet country girl; she befriends Rusty. Sam acts as a voice of reason for Rusty and also reacts to his antics.
The straightforward hamlet of Sunnyville is one that is isolated from the outside world by vast wilderness. Isolated by mountains and vast stretches of forest, the modest townspeople go about their daily business. Dressed in unpretentious clothing (males wear suits or farm clothes, females wear skirts or dresses), this down-home populace lives untouched by today's hectic world. Into this town arrives a new family from a distant metropolis - the Duncans. Their son, Rusty, isn't sure if he'll like this folksy village. But soon after, he meets the congenial country girl Sam. Together, Rusty and Sam share all kinds of jubilant escapades.
So what stories are in here?
First up, we have Sunnyville Stories #13 - "Games People Play" - in this thrilling tale, Rusty and Sam play a tabletop fantasy game, but Rusty's mom and the town nurse become fearful that the game will corrupt them. Will these overprotective ladies pull the plug on all the fun? Or can Rusty and friends convince them that fantasy gaming is harmless?
Next up, we've got Sunnyville Stories #14 - "Epidemic Proportions" - this dramatic exploit involves Rusty getting very sick with chicken pox! While a worried Sam takes care of him, Rusty falls into a deep sleep. He enters the world of dreams where he meets Winsor McCay's Little Nemo AND the legendary Cerebus the Aardvark (created by the honored Dave Sim)! Will Rusty beat the chicken pox or will he go to sleep permanently?
OUR GOAL (WITH COST BREAKDOWN)
Our goal is to fund a small print run of 30 copies of the Sunnyville Super Special #1, which will cost US$129. Shipping of the books to me (using USPS flate rate) will be US$13.45.
Estimating domestic first class mail at US$3.46 and international first class mail at US$12.50, shipping estimates (of about 25 copies) domestically will cost $86.50. Shipping estimates abroad (of rougly 5 copies) will cost $62.50. All additional funds will cover supplies, taxes, fees, Kickstarter's service charge and any other expenses.
AND NOW THE REWARDS!
Just as little as US$1 will get your name printed in the back of the book as thanks in the donor list section.
If you pledge US$5, you will get the above plus you will have a FREE copy of the super special in PDF sent to you!
If you pledge at least US$10, you will get both of the above AND you will get a signed & numbered print copy of the super special mailed out to you! International shipping will be done too; if you live in Canada, the UK, Japan, Germany and so on, you can have this comics still mailed out to you!
My professional name is Max West. Born & raised in New York City, I hold a degree in creative writing from Baruch College. I also went to night classes at the School of Visual Arts, where I got training from individuals like Tom Hart (Hutch Owen) and Matt Madden (Drawing Words & Writing Pictures). I developed Sunnyville Stories in 2009 and officially launched the series in 2010. I've since done three whole trade paperbacks collecting Rusty & Sam's exploits. I'm also the creator of the original graphic novel Von Herling, Vampire Hunter (ISBN 9780989069618).
HOW YOU CAN HELP
1. Spread the word! Tell people all about the Kickstarter and, even better, tell them of Sunnyville Stories!
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Risks and challenges
Shipping remains my biggest challenge. In spite of careful calculations and even a test shipping (I mailed a copy of the prototype to myself from Minnesota), any challenges could arise.
I also have to wear many hats, having to handle creation, publication, mailing and marketing. It's a tricky balancing act but I expect to still succeed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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