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"A Map in the Dirt" is a 15 page short comic by Jess Smart Smiley about a group of animals running from a common threat and the tragedy that follows.

ABOUT
"A Map in the Dirt" is a 15 page short comic by Jess Smart Smiley about a group of animals running from a common threat and the tragedy that follows.

HOW / WHAT
With your support, "A Map in the Dirt" will become a collectible book! I'll be printing 500 copies of the 15-page story (plus extra images and information) at 6x9" with a perfect binding. Books will be available online and at various arts and comic book festivals, conventions and receptions.

In return for your help, I'll be offering:

-insight to the story and process via blog
-a PDF version of the story
-original drawings
-sketchbooks
-a giant coloring poster
-music

...and more!

Money will be used for printing/binding/shipping costs.

REVIEWS OF "A MAP IN THE DIRT":
"Pretty sharp! Interesting structure, clear effective art, unique take on life..."
Scott McCloud. THE Scott McCloud.

"...goooorgeous!"
Hope Larson, Eisner Award winning author/artist of Mercury and Chiggers

"Wow! Haunting and beautiful..."
-Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home (Best Book of 2006)

"...beautiful---great art, especially of the animals. Neat layouts and typography, too."
-Eleanor Davis, artist/author of Stinky (Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book)

"...super tight...entangled emotionally...illustrated in a really organic style a la Colleen Frakes or Susie Cagle, which is engaging visually and appropriate for the setting/story."
-Rachel Dukes, artist and owner of Poseur Ink

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    Invite/access to the "A Map in the Dirt" blog!

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    PDF version of "A Map in the Dirt"! All 15 pages in digital glory :)

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    Your very own copy of the book! This is what the project is all about :)

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    A copy of the book for international donors. ...You'll be helping this book swim over seas! That's mighty impressive!

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    A giant coloring poster with crayons AND a copy of my first digital music release "Things That Light Up"!

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    Your very own 32 page "Map in the Dirt" sketchbook!

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    A drawing by yours truly in your "A Map in the Dirt" sketchbook!

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    Ink drawing of you with an animal mask of choice (a la "A Map in the Dirt" style).

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    Original page of artwork from "A Map in the Dirt". ...first come, first serve (excluding cover)!

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    Custom 24x36" poster. I'll draw you, your friends, family, pets, monsters, foods, whatever. I'll fill up the whole space and make it a party!

Funding period

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