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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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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Writing & Illustrating for Young Readers

This year marks the 15th anniversary of WIFYR–Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers. Organized by author Carol Lynch Williams, the conference (June 15-19) offers workshops and presentations on writing, drawing, and publishing books for young readers. I’ve been invited to speak on the roles of writing and artwork in telling a story, and I invite you…

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LET GEEK WEEKEND BEGIN!

Today kicks off “Life, the Universe & Everything“–Utah’s 3-day premiere Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror convention! I’m thrilled to participate again as an invited guest to talk about writing, drawing, and making comics. Here’s my schedule for the weekend:

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FANTASY WEEKEND (STARTS TODAY!)

THE GEEKEND IS HERE! Get Your Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fix at WesterCon This Weekend Westercon 67 is a general interest science fiction/fantasy convention covering literature, art, science, gaming, movies, comics and more…and it starts today! Guests include Brandon Sanderson, Cory Doctorow and Dan Wells (among others), and I’ve been invited to participate in a couple of panels…

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HUGE GEEK EVENT THIS WEEKEND!

WRITING SYMPOSIUM Taking its name from the Douglas Adam’s books, Life, the Universe and Everything is an annual symposium on sci-fi and fantasy, geared toward writers, artists, filmmakers and fans. I’ve been attending the symposium for several years now and this will be my fourth year participating as a panelist. LTUE is a great opportunity for writers…

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JOHN STEINBECK’S “GRAPES OF WRATH” DIARY

Excerpts from John Steinbeck’s diary while writing The Grapes of Wrath (via Austin Kleon) In 1938, John Steinbeck began writing what he hoped would be a great novel, and to keep track of his writing progress, he started a daily diary. “Here is the diary of a book…it will be interesting to see how it…

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LOOKING BACK AT 2013

YEAR IN REVIEW 2013 has been quite a year! I’m so grateful for the opportunity I have to work in a field that I love and to put more of my favorite pictures and ideas into the world. Here are a few project highlights from the year: Life, the Universe and Everything This was my…

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