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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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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New! Enamel Pins

                These 3 limited-edition collectible enamel pins are part of a new comic I made called “Fantasy Quest“. “Fantasy Quest” is an interactive adventure comic about a little redheaded girl named Sofi, who is awakened by a magical frog. The comic features mazes for the reader to complete,…

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New Interview on The Comic Vault

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Jamie Ryder at The Comic Vault, where I was asked about my new comic Fantasy Quest, puzzles, and the magic of mystery books. Read the full interview here.

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Teaching Comics Workshops at the Charles M. Schulz Museum

When I was given the opportunity to teach a set of week-long comics workshops at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA, I had no idea it would be such an important week in my life. This summer has been packed with teaching comics workshops for children and teenagers in my home state…

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Alt Press Fest Today!

“The City Library’s seventh annual Alt Press Fest celebrates zines, all forms of alternative press, and the awesome people who create it in Salt Lake City. Visit with dozens of local artists and writers as they exhibit their wares, take part in our Sumi Ink workshop, and see steamroller printmaking in action. An exhibition featuring…

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This Week: Comic Con!

I’m all packed and ready to go to SAN DIEGO COMIC CON! This is happening! To celebrate the upcoming release of Upside Down: A Hat Full of Spells, I’ll be scribbling in books all day Friday & Saturday at the Top Shelf booth #1721. Come say “hi” and pick up a book or two. Seriously–if you’re going, I…

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Get Free Comics – This Saturday!

The first Saturday in May is upon us, which means…FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! Swing by Dragons Keep this Saturday for free comics. I will be drawing pictures and selling books at the Provo location from 10am-Noon. See you there! Click for a complete list of Free Comic Book Titles.

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