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Update #10 - For backers only



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Update #9



Books were sent out two weeks ago (on Monday, June 14) and I'm sending out the PDF versions today. Thanks!

Update #8



The books are here and they look great! I'll be sending everything out this weekend, so watch your mailbox. If you have moved within the last month or two and have a new address, now is the time to send over your current address before I send your book.

Thanks again for all your support. Happy Summer!
((( jess smart smiley )))

Update #7


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Good friends,

I hope all is well and that your days are filled with life's great joys!

It's been a busy month, as far as A Map in the Dirt goes and the printed books should be arriving at my doorstep in the next few days. The sketchbooks are ready to be sent out, as well as the giant coloring posters and music. Let me know if you have any special requests or last-minute details before I mail out the books (some of you have requested little drawings or personalizations in the books and I want to be sure and get them all). Thanks again for your continued patience---who knew it would take so long to print 500 copies? :P

In other news: I now have a website (, where you can find all sorts of projects I've worked on and I have a full-length graphic novel called Upside Down being published by Top Shelf Productions (

Some of you have asked about future Kickstarter projects and I've been working on something that I'm considering putting on the site. I'd love to know what you think about it, so I'll let you know more in the next week or so, once I have things figured out.

Thank you so much for your contribution and generous support.

Your friend,
jess smart smiley

Update #6



So, check this out:

the sketchbooks are being printed RIGHT NOW with the sweetest of sweet covers and should be ready in the next week or two!

As for the book, A Map in the Dirt is being sent out to print today and will be finished in the next couple of weeks. It's being printed on/with archival papers and inks and will have a perfect binding, like a nice book should :)

If all goes according to plan, I should be mailing out all your books, drawings, music and posters by the end of this month!

Thanks again for making this happen,
((( jess smart smiley )))

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