SALT LAKE COMIC CON 2014 RECAP

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The Greatest Comic Con in the World! Stan Lee himself said it and I couldn’t agree more: Salt Lake Comic Con was “the greatest Comic Con in the world”! I’ve been participating in conventions, symposiums, festivals and fairs related to books and comics for the last four or five years and this year’s Comic Con … Continue reading

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BATMAN COMIC JAM

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To celebrate the very first Batman Day (and the character’s 75th anniversary) yesterday, I hosted a special comics jam at Dragons Keep in Provo, Utah. 40 comics-lovers showed up to make their own Dark Knight pass-along comics and the results were amazing. Rules of the jam: 1) Cut out a panel from an existing Batman comic … Continue reading

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FREE HALLOWEEN CRAFTS & GAMES for CHILDREN

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN! (Get spooky with these fun Halloween activities) This is the magical time of year when porches become covered with pumpkins and trees are filled with spiders and webs–it’s Halloween and that’s reason to celebrate! Get ready for the big day by coloring a monster, making sucker spiders or a monster stamp, by baking halloween cookies, or drawing the Rumpus (star … Continue reading

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MONSTER DRAWING GAME

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ROLL-A-RUMPUS Grab some paper, some crayons and a die–it’s time to draw! The rules are easy: each number on the die represents a monster part to draw. Roll a 2 and draw the arms. Roll a 4 and draw the eye! A fun game for children ages 4-7. Download the printable game here, and don’t … Continue reading

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HOW THE CHESS SET GOT ITS LOOK & FEEL

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Fascinating article from the Smithsonian here.

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CALL FOR MONSTER DRAWINGS!

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Aside from making my own Monster Look-N-Find book on Kickstarter, I’ll be making a special community look-n-find with YOUR monster drawings! Email your colored monster drawing to jess.smiley@gmail.com by April 15, so that I can include your monster in the picture. Files should be a 300ppi jpg in rgb. (If this frightens you, then get … Continue reading

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Halloween Maze (& More!)

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  Enjoy this printable Halloween maze for the kids, party, or school class! Scroll down to find more Halloween-themed activity pages, starring characters from my recently released graphic novel, Upside Down: A Vampire Tale. To print: simply click on the image to view it at full-size, and then print it out for your family, party, or class.

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Board Game Design

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Board and card designs for an upcoming board game. I was given complete creative control on this project (even the obstacles!) and I had such a blast making it. Makes me want to design my own deck of cards, or a board game of my own!

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FREE HALLOWEEN ACTIVITY PAGE

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Halloween is just a few weeks away! Celebrate by coloring and drawing your own faces on these friendly pumpkins. To print: simply click on the image to view it at full-size, and then print it out for your family, party, or class. Be sure to print out my Witch Coloring Page and Halloween word search, and don’t … Continue reading

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FREE HALLOWEEN COLORING PAGE

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Halloween is just over three weeks away! Celebrate by coloring this drawing of Vermillion, the nasty witch from my graphic novel, Upside Down: A Vampire Tale. To print: simply click on the image to view it at full-size, and then print it out for your family, party, or class. Be sure to print out last week’s Halloween … Continue reading

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