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Sunnyville Stories #12
by A.P. F. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 07/01/2016 10:27:55

What I appreciate about Sunnyville Stories is the subtle humor throughout. This issue was loaded with little jokes that didn't interrupt the main narrative and I found myself smiling or chuckling often. Also noticed a certain easter egg referencing an esteemed comic creator. Max West has an endless imagination and I'm always impressed with the fun stories he comes up with for this all-ages comic book. Good stuff. Recommended.



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Sunnyville Stories #10
by A.P. F. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/23/2016 16:02:16

What's fun about Sunnyville Stories is their playful tone, however, this issue deals with a mature theme--yet it's still told for all-ages. What's impressed me about Max West from the start is his storytelling ability and his clever combination of overt and subtle humor. The man never seems short on ideas and how he came up with this type of story for this type of comic, I'll never know. This story was solid, the town of Sunnyville seemed like a real place, and a few new art techniques were used compared to the rest of the series. You can count this fan happy.



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Sunnyville Stories #8
by A.P. F. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/16/2016 14:44:48

You can always count on Max West to deliver a good tale with Sunnyville Stories and this issue is no exception. What sets his comics apart is his desire to bring back the good old days of yesteryear by instilling in each installment some kind of moral. This issue does just that and tackles the importance of trying again after not succeeding--especially against opposition--a lesson we all need to be reminded of now and then. Really appreciated this issue.



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Sunnyville Stories #8
by chris g. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/23/2016 18:12:09

This is one of my favorite issues of Sunnyville Stories. Not just for the great Queen tribute on the cover, but also for the content of the issue. Sunnyville is usally sort of an idellic world, but every now and again it takes on serious issues. In this story, we see Rusty getting a bad grade on a math test. A simple enough concept, but then his mother finds out and this is where the story takes a serious turn.
We are introduced to the character of Rusty's mother and she is not the ideal cartoon mom, she is a character with depth as well as flaws. I don't want to spoil to much of the plot, but I will highly reccommend this issue to people as sort of a turning point in Sunnyville Stories. Many of the beginning issues set up this world and now we are beginning to see the depth and complexity that makes this one of the great indie comics out there.



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Sunnyville Stories #12
by chris g. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/23/2016 18:05:44

In this issue of Sunnyville Stories, Rusty takes on the role of Master Detective. Max west once again brings his "only what is necessary" style to Sunnyville. It is a steamlined art style which suits the work quite well. The story itself is a great farce on the detective genre with Rusty and the gang getting up to thier ususal mischief. In the end it is all sorted out and happiness is restored to the iddelic world of Sunnyville.
This is a great all ages comic which can be enjoyed by young and old alike. Max throws in a lot of references to those familiar with indie comics. He seems to really have a firm grasp on the history of comics and the medium he has chosen to tell his story in. This issue is one of his simpler farce issues and doesn't take on any real serious issues like some of the other ones, so anyone can enjoy this issue. Highly recommended.



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Ingmar the Wanderer #0
by Jack G. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 03/16/2016 01:42:49

This almost doesn't qualify as a comic. It's just seven weakly-attempted panels that barely convey a story, intended to spam the artist's URL.

The entirety of the contents: A blind cat stumbles past some wobbly lines and uninformative black shapes. A mugger points at gun at him (somehow, since the mugger lacks a thumb and the gun lacks a trigger). The cat pulls a sword out of nowhere (it's supposed to be from his cane but it's impossible to tell from the pose, angle, motion and linework) and kills the mugger off-panel. You get to see the mugger's twitching hand on the final page, where it looks like the artist drew the hand with a blunt-tipped marker. There isn't a single graceful, tapering line in any of these pages.

The artist needs to understand a story is only compelling if you care about the characters. Dialog isn't necessary, but clarity is, and very little here communicates well to the reader because form and shape are replaced with thoughtless linework. When going for a film noir style, texture and light and atmosphere must come into play, and those elements can't be faked or handwaved away with some wobbly hatch lines. Instead, most of the backgrounds here look like they were done in under 10 seconds, with no consideration at all.

My constructive criticism is that the artist should practice their craft and take it seriously before spamming Twitter with it. This is very amateur.



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Free Sunnyville
by Frank Z. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/29/2015 18:52:22

First, a warning: This isn't a full story, but a collection of random bits and pieces from the actual comics, put together as a sort of teaser. So it's less of a "sneak peak" (shouldn't that be "peek"?) and more like an extended ad.

What little content is shown is lackluster, both in quality and style. The jokes are popsicle-stick level quality at best, and the art is sloppy and unrefined. (The main character hears the name "Albrecht Durer" and thinks it's Fat Albert, because... they're both named Al?) It probably would have been better to learn a bit more about humor rather than just having the characters say foolish things while other characters laugh at them.

Most products that rely on anthropomorphic animals use the animals' characteristics for exaggeration - weasels are tall and skinny, badgers are stout and surly - but every animal in Sunnyville Stories is drawn with the same face and body shape. Only the shape of the ears gives any clue, and are often the only way to tell the characters apart! The linework is sloppy as well, with crosshatching and line weights applied thoughtlessly and backgrounds almost entirely missing. Crossmatching is supposed to suggest form and shadow, but mostly the artist just uses it as a poor shortcut for tones.

Most telling is that the artist has no problems with squashing and distorting his drawn panels to fit them where he needs on the page, not caring how unpleasant it is to view when distorted. When resizing work, the 1:1 scale should be kept, or it just ruins the lineweights and makes everything feel cramped.

Don't bother with this series. The creator didn't put a lot of effort into it.



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