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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Making & Revising My Graphic Novel (3/3)

Read part 1 here, read part 2 here, or read on to find out how I used the feedback I collected from beta readers and used reader suggestions to improve my all-ages graphic novel. Getting Feedback From Readers I started getting reader feedback on the same day I sent out the link to the rough…

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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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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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Micro Investing (Part 2: Robinhood App Basics)

My wife has been asking what I want for Christmas this year, so I asked for permission to use a little money toward investing. She said it was a boring present, but gave me the go-ahead. You know what this means? It means the micro-investment party just started, baby! The app I’ve heard the most…

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Look at This. Look at It!

Check out these stunning photos of Cormorant fisherman Lao Huang by photographer Peter Yan. His last name is Huang, and he is 86 years old. The locals call him Lao Huang (meaning old Huang in Chinese). He told me he’s been a fisherman ever since he was a kid, and both he and his brother…

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Can You Draw the X House?

Can You Draw the X House? Draw a square base with an ‘x’ inside and a triangle roof on top, using a single continuous line (no retracing existing lines). Do not lift pencil until finished. How many different ways can you draw the x house? Now Do It Again. And Again! I wish I could…

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