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.


New Illustration / Marrying a Monster

“He was a 32-year-old inmate who bludgeoned his own mother and sister to death. She was a 60-something mom with a successful life on the outside. What could have possibly made her fall for him?” Read Jessica Pishko’s full story at http://narrative.ly/stories/marrying-a-monster/.

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Free Children’s Book Giveaway!

Did you know that this is Children’s Book Week? It’s happening right now! I’ve enjoyed far too many children’s books to list them all here, but I want to hear about your favorites. Comment with your favorite children’s book at Jess Smart Smiley for a chance to win a signed copy of “Rumpus on the Run”!

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Get Free Comics – This Saturday!

The first Saturday in May is upon us, which means…FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! Swing by Dragons Keep this Saturday for free comics. I will be drawing pictures and selling books at the Provo location from 10am-Noon. See you there! Click for a complete list of Free Comic Book Titles.

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New Illustration!

New illustration for the Portland Mercury’s article “Pushing for a Pipeline“.

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I got the go-ahead yesterday, so I can now officially announce that I’M MAKING AN ADVENTURE TIME COMIC! Aaaaaah! Dave Scheidt (Spooky Sleepover, Aw Yeah Comics) has written a hilarious new comic that I’ll be illustrating for an upcoming issue of Adventure Time. What? You don’t believe me? It’s true! It even says so in this picture: Watch … Continue reading

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Writing & Illustrating for Young Readers

This year marks the 15th anniversary of WIFYR–Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers. Organized by author Carol Lynch Williams, the conference (June 15-19) offers workshops and presentations on writing, drawing, and publishing books for young readers. I’ve been invited to speak on the roles of writing and artwork in telling a story, and I invite you … Continue reading

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Portrait Exchange–TONIGHT!

I’m trying something new tonight. I call it a “Portrait Exchange”. I’ll be sitting at a table, inviting one person at a time to sit across from me. We’ll each have a couple of minutes to draw a portrait of each other, and then we’ll trade! Come find me outside the Black Sheep Cafe​ TONIGHT, … Continue reading

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Tomorrow (Happy Song for the Weekend)

My little girl is obsessed with the new Annie soundtrack, so I thought I’d revisit an old favorite. Here’s a cover of “Tomorrow” (video & audio below)

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THE SHORT VERSION I’m working healthier!   THE LONG VERSION My approach to working over the last week has been healthier than ever. It’s had such a deep effect on me that I’ve made a series of major decisions that are already affecting my life and work. For those of you that may not know: … Continue reading

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I Made a Song for Your Weekend

I love me some Mason Jennings. Good medicine. I recorded this cover of his song “Rainboots” to ensure you with a happy, happy weekend. Enjoy!

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