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    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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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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NEW BOOK OUT NOW!

“Amy wants a pet so she can enter the pet parade competition and win a holiday vacation for her family. Her dad is out of work and her mom insists the family can’t afford a dog or cat or even a crab. When Amy receives a magic rock from a crazy old lady, she discovers … Continue reading

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Alt Press Fest Today!

“The City Library’s seventh annual Alt Press Fest celebrates zines, all forms of alternative press, and the awesome people who create it in Salt Lake City. Visit with dozens of local artists and writers as they exhibit their wares, take part in our Sumi Ink workshop, and see steamroller printmaking in action. An exhibition featuring … Continue reading

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Event Tonight: Go Set A Watchman

55 years ago saw the publication of Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird”, a novel I was required to read in seventh grade, and hated. I was used to reading epic fantasy and sci-fi novels, so this slice-of-life piece of historical fiction revolving around social issues in a time I knew little about was not … Continue reading

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Sketchbook Exhibition Tonight

I post a lot of photos from my sketchbooks, but I rarely get the chance to sit down with someone and go through what’s happening on the pages. I’m happy to announce that I am part of the “Sketchbook Exhibition & Under-$200 Show” at the Writ & Vision​ gallery and bookstore (Provo, UT), opening Friday, … Continue reading

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This Week: Comic Con!

I’m all packed and ready to go to SAN DIEGO COMIC CON! This is happening! To celebrate the upcoming release of Upside Down: A Hat Full of Spells, I’ll be scribbling in books all day Friday & Saturday at the Top Shelf booth #1721. Come say “hi” and pick up a book or two. Seriously–if you’re going, I … Continue reading

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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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