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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“Making Comics: My Graphic Novel Process,” a craft essay by Jess Smart Smiley

Originally posted on Heavy Feather Review:
New Comic My name is Jess Smart Smiley and I make comics. My newest project is a square, interactive comic called Fantasy Quest, and it’s live on Kickstarter right now. (Oh, don’t worry—there are more plugs for Fantasy Quest to come—but let’s talk process first.) Hamburger Style The earliest…

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New! Enamel Pins

                These 3 limited-edition collectible enamel pins are part of a new comic I made called “Fantasy Quest“. “Fantasy Quest” is an interactive adventure comic about a little redheaded girl named Sofi, who is awakened by a magical frog. The comic features mazes for the reader to complete, … Continue reading

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New Interview on The Comic Vault

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Jamie Ryder at The Comic Vault, where I was asked about my new comic Fantasy Quest, puzzles, and the magic of mystery books. Read the full interview here.

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2018: Year of the Comic

2018: YEAR OF THE COMIC Thank you for being a part of my storytelling journey! For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to write and illustrate my own stories. Thanks to the encouragement and support of family and friends, I’ve been able to create 15 books for young readers over the last … Continue reading

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Teaching Comics Workshops at the Charles M. Schulz Museum

When I was given the opportunity to teach a set of week-long comics workshops at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA, I had no idea it would be such an important week in my life. This summer has been packed with teaching comics workshops for children and teenagers in my home state … Continue reading

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Register for my Comics Workshop!

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be teaching a week-long comics workshop in June! Hooray! I’m excited to share my love for telling stories, drawing characters, writing dialogue, and learning new comics-making techniques. My goal is to make comics fun for all ages and skill levels by providing fun and unique challenges that will help students … Continue reading

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*ONE DAY LEFT! *GET IT NOW!* Last chance to pick up my Look & Find Coloring Book, available on kickstarter.Funding ends tomorrow night, so get it now!

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COLORING CHALLENGE Think You Can Color All 10 Scenes? Last week I launched my Look & Find Coloring Book, which features 10 colorable look & find scenes. With over 100 drawings on each page, the Look & Find Coloring Book makes a fun challenge for both children and adults. Check out the Look & Find … Continue reading

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One time I launched a LOOK & FIND COLORING BOOK and that time is right now.

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Happy Song for Your Weekend / You Are My Sunshine

I recorded this danced-up folk-rock version of “You Are My Sunshine” for my wife’s kindergarten class, and completely forgot to send it to her on time (classic Jess), so it was never used. For anyone that needs a fun little pick-me-up, here is “You Are My Sunshine“.

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