LAST CHANCE to Read My Next Graphic Novel—FREE!

This is your LAST CHANCE to be the FIRST to read my next graphic novel—for free! There’s no catch. This is not a gimmick. I just want to hear your thoughts on my book before I send it to print. Sign up for my First Readers Club here or read on to learn more.  NOTE: NEW READERS MUST APPLY…

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Read My Next Graphic Novel—FREE!

This is your invitation to be the FIRST to read my next graphic novel—for free! There’s no catch. This is not a gimmick. I just want to hear your thoughts on my book before I send it to print. Sign up for my First Readers Club here or read on to learn more. NOTE: NEW READERS…

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Making & Revising My Graphic Novel (1/3)

Read on to learn more about: Creating my 224-page rough draft in 3 weeks while stuck in bed Finding beta readers to proofread my graphic novel Setting up surveys and forms to gather feedback from beta readers Using reader feedback to revise my graphic novel Hi! My name is Jess Smart Smiley. I’m an author/illustrator…

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New Comics Magazine from PEOW

Over the last 4 or 5 years, PEOW has quickly become one of my favorite indie comics publishers. Founded by Elliot Alfredius, Olle Forsslöf and Patrick Crotty, in Stockholm, Sweden, PEOW publishes a unique brand of beautifully-produced risograph comics from around the world. While the heavy shipping costs to the US have been cost-prohibitive for…

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Some Thoughts on Stick Figures and Teaching Comics Workshops

I teach comics workshops to children, teens, and adults. Most of my students are new to writing and/or drawing, and come with equal parts excitement and anxiety. I feel like my role is to make the creation process fun and accessible, while allowing the students to pursue whichever styles/genres/approaches interest them most. Week-long comics workshops…

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Book Report: 2019

The Good News: being stuck in bed with constant, debilitating pain for the past 14+ months afforded me more reading time than I usually get. The Bad News: much of my reading time and enjoyment was cut short by the effects of medicine (headaches, brain fog, memory and concentration issues). That being said… 2019 was…

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In Bed with Jess Smart Smiley

“In Bed with Jess Smart Smiley” is a series of video interviews with authors, artists, musicians, and more.

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Ghost Comics

Ghost Comics by Jess Smart Smiley I’ve started making a weekly comic strip called Ghost Comics, about the adorable yet problematic lives of ghosts. I’ve been posting the comics on my Instagram page, and thought I’d share a few here to get you excited so that you’ll follow me on Instagram, follow the comic, buy…

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