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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Personal Messages (Tiny Art)

How great are these packs of “Personal Messages” from Neil Farber and Michael Dumontier?! There are now 4 volumes of “Personal Messages”, each signed and numbered. According to their bio, “Neil Farber and Michael Dumontier began working together in 1996 as founding members of The Royal Art Lodge collective (of which Marcel Dzama was also…

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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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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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2018: Year of the Comic

2018: YEAR OF THE COMIC Thank you for being a part of my storytelling journey! For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to write and illustrate my own stories. Thanks to the encouragement and support of family and friends, I’ve been able to create 15 books for young readers over the last…

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