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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.
49 backers pledged $1,403 to help bring this project to life.


As of yesterday morning, "A Map in the Dirt" is fully funded! Hooray!

Once the project officially ends, I'll be able to get your information and addresses and we'll send the book off to print. In the meantime, I have two little projects for you:

I'd like to put a THANK YOU page in the book as a small (um) thank you for your support. Let me know if you don't want me to include your name, or if you have any other concerns.

The back of the book will have a few pages dedicated to the process of brainstorming, writing and drawing the book. What do you want to know? I want to put in things you really want to know more about, so now's the time to share.

Thanks again for all your help and for successfully funding "A Map in the Dirt"!!!

>>> jess smart smiley <<<


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    1. jess smart smiley 11-time creator on May 4, 2010

      "Well done everyone who supported this". Amen, Mike! Thanks!

      DHWhalie, that's a great idea. Maybe I'll just touch on a few things and give a separate place to go for more info. Thank you.

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      MrRoboto on May 4, 2010

      Don't spoil the mystery of creation!! If readers want to know more about how the book was made, give them another resource other than the book itself.

      Ever watch a "Special Feature" on a DVD that spoiled your favorite scene or devalued the movie-magic? Yeah... don't do that. Make sure that whatever you put in there is really valuable and compliments the book. My 2 cents. :)

    3. Mike Marinos on May 4, 2010

      Well Done Jess. Well done everyone who supported this too :)

      In terms of additional stuff - I like getting a sense of where ideas and stories come from, the twisty trails that never made it

    4. LinPing Chow on May 2, 2010

      yay succeeded!!! cool! for the back of the book... apart from providing info on the process, maybe you can add some DIY projects that is related to the book? like colouring exercises or making foldables or smth along tt line?

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      jannie135 on April 29, 2010

      how long will it take? just curious-

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      jannie135 on April 29, 2010

      Name would be cool! I'm not sure if you can have access to my real name? but yeah...
      Extra stuff is also welcome :D I like behind the scene kind of stuffs ^_^

    7. Werner Fischli on April 29, 2010

      ONE: I like to see my name in the book - makes me feel important ;)
      TWO: I'm a sucker for the extra stuff. I also like to be surprised by it.

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      koohana on April 29, 2010

      I'M SO EXCITED!!!!

    9. Jon Hurwitz on April 29, 2010

      Awesome. Looking forward to getting the book.