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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.
"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.
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Let's Make Comics!

I want to visit your school, library, bookstore, or comic group! Find out how: 

Comic Jam at Salt Lake Comic Con
Comic Jam at Salt Lake Comic Con

Over the last 4 years I've visited hundreds of schools, libraries, bookstores, and comic groups to talk about how to make comics and how comics work. I've had a blast sharing my love for comics in my home state (Utah), and now I'm ready to get out and visit you!

Check out my "Let's Make Comics" project on Kickstarter to schedule your own visit and to help get more comics into our schools! 

New Comic / Last Chance!


My newest book is “Spooky Sleepover”: a 72-page, full-color book packed with spooky-silly comics written by Dave Scheidt and illustrated by me.

The all-ages book features a haunted toilet, friendly ghosts and a garbage-munching werewolf. The book is a lot of fun to read and it’s something I’ve really enjoyed making.

Did I mention that the book features an illustration gallery AND an introduction by Eisner Award-winner Art Baltazar? Spooky!

 Books can be ordered for the next 13 hours on Kickstarter at All books come with a DRM-free PDF and a pack of spooky trading cards—plus, you can add a monster t-shirt for just $15.

Grab the book today and STAY SPOOKY!



A haunted toilet! Vengeful ghosts! A garbage-eating werewolf!

Spooky Sleepover is my newest book, packed with hilarious horror comics for all ages, written by Dave Scheidt and illustrated by me (Jess Smart Smiley).

Stories include: “The Terror of the Toilet”, “The Horribly Haunted Bike” and “Dinner and a Werewolf”. The book includes an illustration gallery and an introduction written by three-time Eisner Award-winner Art Baltazar–this is HUGE, you guys!

The 72-page book is available NOW on the "Spooky/Silly Comics" Kickstarter page. Check it out and pick up a cheap EARLY BIRD copy!

(Bonus points for spotting your photo in the project video!)


THANK YOU to all of you that have sent me your photos! It's really amazing to see so many people enjoying the things I've had so much fun making. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Send in Your Photos Today!

If you don't know what I'm talking about...I'm working on a new project and I want to show off all my great friends, fans and family--this means YOU! Participating is easy. All you have to do is:

1) Snap a selfie with your favorite Jess Smart Smiley books/artwork/whatever.

2) Send your pic to by Wednesday, July 23 (that's today!).

That's it! I'll be using the photos in an upcoming video, showing how my books are great for kids of all ages.



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