Friday, June 16, 2017

Nothing

Color work will be periodically be posted here; it is time-consuming for me to do.  Anyway, let's get on with this.


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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Sinking Ship

Ladies and gentlemen, today is June 13, 2017.  This is the OFFICIAL LAUNCH of my new webcomic.  So without further delay...ON WITH THE SHOW!



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Monday, June 12, 2017

Meet Corey

We have already met Tiffany.  Now let's meet the adorable co-protagonist of this gag comic series, Corey!


COREY HUMBOLDT

Age:  8
Astrological Sign:  Capricorn

Occupation:  He's a kid!  What do you expect?

Ideal Vacation Spot:  Disneyworld
Favorite Food:  Tacos
Favorite Drink:  Dr. Pepper
Favorite Music:  Aerosmith
Favorite Color:  Blue
Favorite Sport:  American Football
Favorite Holiday:  Halloween

Hobbies:  Video games, cartoons, travel
Desired Birthday Present:  A football helmet

Favorite Movies:  Ghostbusters (1984), the Goonies, the Neverending Story, Star Wars (all of them!), the Last Starfighter

Favorite Cartoons:  Transformers (1984), He-Man & the Masters of the Universe (1983), the Real Ghosbusters


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Friday, June 9, 2017

Meet Tiffany

Let's meet one of our webcomic's two protagonists, shall we?


TIFFANY BLOOMFIELD

Age:  22

Height: 5 feet 8 inches
Weight: She won't tell...
Bust-Waist-Hips (Inches):  39-25-34
Astrological Sign: Taurus

Occupation: Model

Favorite Sport:  Baseball
Ideal Vacation Spot:  Florida
Favorite Food:  Clementine Oranges
Preferred Vegetable:  Carrots
Hobbies:  Aerobics, swimming, knitting, watching soap operas
Favorite Music:  Culture Club
Favorite Movies:  The Breakfast Club, Clueless, Back to the Future, The Princess Bride


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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Copyright and Legal

This entry, my readers, is intended to remind you of the laws & treaties governing this as my protected intellectual property.  It's basically legalese boilerplate but it's still going up as a reminder.  So...let get this show on the road...


CREATED BY
MAX WEST

WRITTEN & ILLUSTRATED BY 
MAX WEST

PUBLISHED & PRODUCED BY 
DIFFERENT MOUSETRAP PRESS LLC
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Copyright 2017
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

These cartoons were created with pen & ink aided by digital design.

EXCEPT AS PERMITTED UNDER THE COPYRIGHT ACT OF 1976, NO PART OF THIS WORK MAY BE REPRODUCED IN ANY FORM OR BY ANY ELECTRONIC OR MECHANICAL MEANS, INCLUDING THE USE OF INFORMATION STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL SYSTEMS, WITHOUT PERMISSION IN WRITING FROM THE COPYRIGHT OWNER.

This work is entirely fiction.  Any resemblance to actual persons and names, living or dead, is purely a coincidence.

The publisher and the author does not have any control over and does not assume any responsibility for author or third-party websites and their content.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

About Me

My legal name is my own business.  My professional name is Max West and I'm the creator of this webcomic Tiffany & Corey.

I was born in New York City on January 4, 1980.  I hold a degree in creative writing from Baruch College.  As for my art skills, I took night classes at the School of Visual Arts.

I am the creator of the print comics series Sunnyville Stories and that has its own blog.

I draw these Tiffany & Corey gag cartoons with pen & ink on paper.  Lettering is done by hand when I have speech balloons but the captions are added digitally after.  Color work is done with mixed media - usually, it's a combination of markers, inks, acrylic and gouache.

I can be reached at maxwestart(at)gmail(dot)com or by snail mail at:

DIFFERENT MOUSETRAP PRESS LLC
1100 19TH AVENUE N, #108
UNIT J
FARGO, ND 58102-2269 USA

I hope you enjoy my superb comics creation!

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Introduction to Tiffany & Corey

People try to look for deep meanings in my work.  I want to say "They're just cartoons, folks.  You laugh or you don't."  - Gary Larson


Ladies and gentlemen, my professional name is Max West and I'd like to welcome you to this Google powered blog.  This site will be the host for my new webcomic, Tiffany & Corey.  I am also the creator of the print comic Sunnyville Stories and that has its own blog.

Tiffany & Corey is a gag-per-day webcomic not unlike Gary Larson's creation the Far Side but with recurring characters like Heathcliff and the Lockhorns.  This webcomic is updated semiweekly - that means twice a week, on Tuesdays and on Fridays.

These are done as single panel cartoons in black & white but occasional multi-panel comics and color work will be shown.

As a warning, there'll be occasional gallows humor and use of alcohol.

Any questions or comments can be sent to maxwestart(at)gmail(dot)com or you can write to the following address:

DIFFERENT MOUSETRAP PRESS LLC
1100 19th Avenue N, #108
Unit J
Fargo, ND 58102-2269 USA

Hope you enjoy Tiffany & Corey, my latest creation!

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Friday, June 2, 2017

How to Use RSS Feeds

I'm currently setting up an RSS feed for this blog and webcomic of mine - Tiffany & Corey (which officially launches on June 13, 2017) - that may be a term you've heard before.

But what on Earth does it mean?

RSS stands for "REALLY SIMPLE SYNDICATION".  It's basically a way of distilling the bare essentials of a website, weblog, etc. to make it easier for readers, fans, and other colorful characters to digest their favorite web content.

To make use of RSS, you need an Internet connection and a feed reader, also called an aggregator.

There's many out there like Feedly or Google Feedburner.

And how do you know if the site you're looking at has an RSS feed?  Just look for this symbol.

If you see that symbol, the page has an RSS feed for you.

Cool, uh?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Bubble Fox

This is another cool webcomic worth checking out - it's called Bubble Fox and is done by Jon Esparza.

Well...what are you waiting for?  Go read it now!!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Tiffany & Corey Launches 6/13/2017!

Hello, my readers.  My name is Max West and I'm the creator of Sunnyville Stories, a print comic that has its own blog.  But that's not what I want to talk to you about - what I want to tell you about is a new creation of mine.

On June 13, 2017, I will be launching a WEBCOMIC titled "Tiffany and Corey".


Stay tuned to this blog for more details and news.  Closer to the planned launch date, I'll have more information to share with you.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Alterna Comics

Have you seen any of the amazing comics put out by Alterna Comics?  They have some superior titles and, what's even more, they have released a line of newsprint comics for under US$2!  

Well, what are you waiting for?  Go check out Alterna Comics and their catalog today!  

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Thunderchickens Kickstarter

I want to stump briefly for another Kickstarter - this one is called the Thunderchickens.

It's an independent comic dealing with superheroes but it is for general audiences.  It's worth checking out so be sure to pledge to it and spread the word.  The Kickstarter has about a week to finish so let's make sure it gets funded!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sunny Side Up

Here's another neat webcomic to check out - this one is titled Sunny Side Up and is done by James Boyd.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Root Beer Party

Today, I thought I'd share a cool link with all of you - it's Root Beer Party.

Root Beer Party is a blog and alliance of comics & webcomics.  It has various reviews on individual comics collection and graphic novels as well as interviews with a variety of creators.

Be sure to check it out today!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Sketch of the day: Tiffany Vs. Corey Size Comparison

When it comes to drawing over and over again, it's useful to have references and model sheets.  I wanted to keep a consistent size for both Tiffany and Corey so I came up with this.


Friday, May 5, 2017

Sketch of the day: Corey Studies

Likewise, designing the character of Corey was no easy task.  The head design had to be right - the first few attempts I tried looked weird.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Auroraman and Axiom-Man Kickstarter

There's a Kickstarter in its final hours that needs your help!

http://kck.st/2nKBnM4

This Kickstarter features two Canadian superheroes - the Auroraman created by Elaine Will & Jeff Burton and Axiom-Man created by A.P. Fuchs.  

This Kickstarter is in its last hours.  It's about halfway to its goal but only has a little over 24 hours to meet its funding goal.  It will not succeed if it doesn't make its goal by tomorrow on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 8:59PM Central Time.

If you have money to spare, please pledge to this Kickstarter.  If nothing else, spread the word!


UPDATE:  As of May 4, the Kickstarter has been funded!!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Sketch of the day: Tiffany Studies

I had a clear idea in my mind for Tiffany.  After about maybe five attempts, this rough concept sketch is what I came up with.


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Big Announcement on 5/29/2017

Ladies and gentlemen, please stay tuned to this blog - especially on the day of May 29, 2017.

Subscribe via email or the RSS feed if you didn't already.

Why?  You are all wondering what happens on May 29, 2017?  On that day of May 29, 2017 (Memorial Day here in the United States of America)...

THERE WILL BE A HUUUUUGE ANNOUNCEMENT MADE AND IT WILL BE REGARDING THIS BLOG.  SO STAY TUNED!!!

Friday, April 28, 2017

How to Write

A big part of blogging and making any kind of comics has been...writing!  It helps to know how to do that.

For the basics of spelling, grammar and general usage of the English language, one should really pick up The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr and E.B. White.

Here's a few more resources you can use:

Eight Rules for Writing Fiction

The 5 Biggest Fiction Writing Mistakes

How to Write A Story

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

How to Blog

This site of mine is still under construction but should be launching soon enough.  In the meantime, if you're want to know how to blog (like me or many other good people out there) - be it for fun, for money, to share things with the world and so on - here's some handy resources to help you get started!

Amy Lynn Andrews on How to Start a Blog

Blogging Basics - How to Start a Blog Beginner's Guide

19 Things to Know Before You Start a Blog

ProBlogger

For those of you who prefer books (aren't those printed out websites?), then I have two very good recommendations for you!  And here they are, friends -

ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income by Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett, John Wiley & Sons, 2012

Teach Yourself Visually Wordpress by Janet Majure, Wiley Publishing, 2010  (This one is a must if you want to use the Wordpress blogging platform!)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Newspaper Comic Strips To Check Out

Newspaper comic strips are pretty much the grandfather of webcomics and, for many years, the most ubiquitous form of comics for the masses before the rise of the Internet.  Here's some worth reading!

Peanuts

Pogo

Calvin and Hobbes

Garfield

Krazy Kat

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

More Webcomics To Check Out

Many webcomics exist out there.  I disagree with Sturgeon's law, but do agree with the principle of varying quality in webcomics.  Some are awful, some are okay, some are good...and some are just amazing!

Anyway, moving on, here's a few more webcomics worth checking out!

Grrl Power

Tangled River

Sabrina Online - A good one!

Penny Arcade - A long-runner that even has its own fan convention!  This is an example of what a superior webcomic should be!

xckd


Friday, April 14, 2017

Webcomics to check out

Here's some cool webcomics that are worth checking out!

Sandra and Woo

Heroes of the World And Beyond

Precocious

Girl Genius - This one is a particularly cool creation and is worth reading!!





Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Friday, April 7, 2017

Test Post 2

Ladies and gentlemen, this is a text of my experimental blog and (possible) webcomic to launch soon.

This is only a test.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

More quotes about humor

Humor is always based on a modicum of truth.  Have you ever heard a joke about a father-in-law? - Dick Clark

Kindness is really important to me in finding my own prince - so are patience and humor.  Without those qualities, he's no Prince Charming. - Anne Hathaway

A joke's a very serious thing. - Charles Churchill

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. - e.e. cummings

Humor is reason gone mad. - Groucho Marx

Friday, March 31, 2017

Quotes about humor

Everything is funny as long as it's happening to someone else. - Will Rogers

A day without laughter is a day wasted. - Charlie Chaplin

From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere. - Dr. Seuss

Humor is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue. - Virginia Woolf

Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious. - Peter Ustinov

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Test post 1

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