HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

2014 has been my busiest year yet, and there’s still plenty to be done over the next week! Thanks for sticking with me and for supporting me and my work. It means so much to me to know that all the hours I’ve spent in my sketchbook and on the computer mean something to someone … Continue reading

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The Last 4 Years

4 years ago I doodled a cute little vampire boy in my sketchbook. Since that first little drawing, Harold the vampire: -has starred in his own all-ages graphic novel (Upside Down: A Vampire Tale) -is in another upcoming Upside Down book (that’s right!) -has sparked the creation of 3 other Halloween-themed children’s books: Rumpus on … Continue reading

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HALLOWEEN BOOKS/EVENTS

HAPPY OCTOBER! Halloween is in the air and I’m happy to celebrate with my 4 Halloween-themed books: “Rumpus on the Run“, “10 Little Monsters Visit Oregon“, “Spooky Sleepover” and “Upside Down: A Vampire Tale“. I’m involved in a few October events, where I’ll have books and drawings available for purchase. Come say hi and pick … Continue reading

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MASSIVE COMICS SALE

Get my all-ages graphic novel in print and e-book for just $5! Top Shelf Productions are hosting a MASSIVE COMICS SALE on over 180 titles for the next two weeks (through Friday, September 26), including my own Upside Down (Book 1): A Vampire Tale. PRINT + DIGITAL for $5 My graphic novel, Upside Down: A Vampire Tale, is … Continue reading

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SALT LAKE COMIC CON 2014 RECAP

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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AUTHOR EXTRAVAGANZA / BOOK SIGNING

The Orem Public Library is hosting its annual Author Extravaganza this Saturday morning! Join me (Jess Smart Smiley), Ally Condie (Matched), Camron Wright (The Rent Collector), and Brodi Ashton (Everneath) for a book and author festival, featuring a panel discussion and book signing. Copies of my books Upside Down: A Vampire Tale and Rumpus on the Run will … Continue reading

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MY COMIC FOR $1.99!

The digital version of my graphic novel, Upside Down: A Vampire Tale, is on sale for just $1.99 through Sunday, July 21. Get it here!   I printed some bookmarks with GotPrint.com to promote the book, and the printer liked ’em enough to blog about them! 

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HOW TO MAKE A GRAPHIC NOVEL (3/7)

(Continued from Part 2) REVIEW Ask the students if they did anything in their new sketchbooks between classes. Ask if any of the students would be willing to share what they’ve been writing or drawing and what they like about the sketchbooks. Take a few minutes to give each student the follow handouts (right-click on each … Continue reading

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GRAPHIC NOVEL REVIEW

“This book is a solid debut for Smiley, whose ability to walk the line between winking at genre material and constructing a compelling narrative bodes well for his future.” Read more here.  

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HI. MY NAME IS JESS & I MAKE RAD PICTURES

Every now and then I like to stop and give an overview for all of our new followers–and there are a lot of you! For those of you who are new to this blog, or are trying to figure out who I am and what I do: this post is for you. HELLO. MY NAME … Continue reading

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