Jess Smart Smiley is a joke! Seriously.

He makes rad pictures with his bare hands, has created 18 books for young readers, and has helped more than 2,000 children, teens, and adults all around the world (including London, India, and Brazil) in creating their first comics!

Jess has taught drawing, design, cartooning, and comics classes at schools, libraries, museums, book festivals, and conventions, and he’s always looking for the next great book to read.

Jess has also created work for DisneyPixar, Penguin RandomHouse, Cartoon Network, BOOM!, and more.


You can also find Jess Smart Smiley at jess-smiley.com and

Feel free to get in touch: jess.smiley (at)gmail.com


School Visits

School visits for the 2022-2023 school year are coming soon. Email jess.smiley (at) gmail.com to be notified when visits become available.

Virtual Visits with Jess

Virtual visits for the 2022-2023 school year are coming soon. Email jess.smiley (at) gmail.com to be notified when visits become available.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Ellen Natalie says:

    Not sure if you remember me, I was the girl at FCBD with the textbook sketchbook.
    Thanks again for the chat-I appreciate your time and feedback ^^


    1. Jess Smart Smiley says:

      It was great meeting you and checking out your rad sketchbook! I’m really terrible at giving advice, but I hope there was something you could use. I really like your style and can’t wait to read your full first issue at Conduit!


  2. What’s your twitter handle? MoandJinks will follow you!


    1. Jess Smart Smiley says:

      Thanks! I haven’t used twitter in a while, but my handle is jess_smiley.


  3. I saw your Ghost Comics in the Warp & Weave Journal at UVU. I worked as an editor on the issue. Your work was some of my favorite in there! Also, have you been submitting anything else to other journals? I’m starting a new journal, but I wasn’t sure if you take solicitations or not. Either way, your stuff is awesome.


  4. Josie says:

    I love your work! I would love one day to have a comic made of me for my business! I’m an interior designer in Toronto. I have subscribed to your blog and I look forward to visiting often and getting inspired!!
    Take care,
    Downtown Design (www.dtdesigninteriors.com)


    1. Jess Smart Smiley says:

      Awww. Thanks, Josie! Thanks for the kind words and for subscribing to my blog. I’m constantly intrigued and inspired by what others are doing and I feel it’s important to share their messages and processes. Let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see. In the meantime, I’m excited to check out your designs and message you about a comic. Thanks!


  5. Josie says:

    If you’re not too busy I’d love to chat further about the comic idea. Do you make things for people and how much do you charge? I kind of have something in mind that I think you would be great at making based on what I’ve seen so far. You’re welcome to email me at Josie.hunter@hotmail.com


  6. rita says:

    hello, my son is having a bigfoot party in june. i love your finding bigfoot for one of the activities. do you have any downloads or can i purchase a copy?


    1. Jess Smart Smiley says:

      Hi, Rita! Thanks for the message–I’ll email you with details.


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