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  • WELCOME!

    If you're into drawing, making comics, reading, writing, and knowing more about creative processes, you're in the right place!

    I'm a picture-maker living in Utah and have a deep passion for storytelling in its myriad forms and in making pictures. My first graphic novel, Upside Down: A Vampire Tale is available from Top Shelf Productions and my children's book, The Adventures of William Worm, is available from Piggy Press.

    This blog is the new home for my works-in-progress, finished comics, calls for entries and whatever else you didn't ask for.

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NEW MONSTER SHIRTS!

I’ve had a bunch of requests for a new monster shirt, so here it is! Get yours via Kickstarter in the next 7 days for just $15.

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NEW ILLUSTRATIONS: SERENDIPITY

I recently completed a handful of illustrations for Narratively, a platform dedicated to compelling human interest stories. All four stories that I illustrated shared the theme of serendipity, though each was vastly different from the other three. It was refreshing to work on stand-alone images and I got a little carried away, turning 3 of the 4 illustrations … Continue reading

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GOAL: LIVE DRAWING

Yesterday I announced a fun weekend challenge that ends tonight!  Can We Do It? If we hit a total of $4ooo or 200 backers for my new spooky comic book on Kickstarter, then I will give you live video access to my computer screen for a full hour, where you can watch my draw my … Continue reading

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WATCH ME DRAW MY NEW BOOK–LIVE!

This is your chance to invade my studio and watch me draw comics for a full hour! If we hit $4000 or 200 backers in the next 2 days, then I will give you video access to my computer screen, where you can watch me work on Spooky Sleepover live. Use images on the Kickstarter … Continue reading

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TERROR OF THE TOILET

Look how cute and friendly this guy is….but he’s spooked! There’s a haunted toilet in his house and he hasn’t taken a bath in days, afraid that the toilet might strike. Mom and dad have no idea and he’s not sure how much longer he can hide…THE TERROR OF THE TOILET!!! MORE FUNNY HORROR COMICS … Continue reading

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MEET MY NEW CHARACTERS!

  SPOOKY SLEEPOVER For the last few months I’ve been working on Spooky Sleepover, a new book project with the writer Dave Scheidt. Dave and I first worked together on Aw Yeah Comics #8 and had such a good time that we decided to make an entire book together! SCARY STORIES Spooky Sleepover follows a group of … Continue reading

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VOTE FOR MY MURALS

Great news! We have the chance to show our appreciation for the Provo River Trail murals I painted last fall: http://beedfack.com/do/survey/623 Vote #20 Graffiti/Public Art: Provo River Trail Murals by Jess Smart Smiley

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IT’S HERE–GET IT BEFORE IT’S GONE!

THE WAIT IS OVER! Check out our newly added $50 Trick Or Treat reward and & get it before it’s gone! http://bit.ly/1AO7xnT 

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TRICK OR TREAT!

A few days ago I launched my newest book on Kickstarter and now things are about to get even spookier! Because Spooky Sleepover features three spooky-silly stories, Dave Scheidt (writer) and I thought it would be fun to offer a very special Trick-Or-Treat reward tier for backers that want a little more from us and our project. … Continue reading

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NEW SPOOKY/SILLY COMICS

NEW SPOOKY/SILLY COMICS A haunted toilet! Vengeful ghosts! A garbage-eating werewolf! Spooky Sleepover is my newest book, packed with hilarious horror comics for all ages, written by Dave Scheidt and illustrated by Jess Smart Smiley. Stories include: “The Terror of the Toilet”, “The Horribly Haunted Bike” and “Dinner and a Werewolf”. The book includes an illustration … Continue reading

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