August 16, 2017

Immediate Release: August 16, 2017
Contact: Andrew Farago, 415-227-8666 ext. 309
Images available upon request

Jeff Smith wins Cartoon Art Museum’s Sparky Award

San Francisco, CA:  The Cartoon Art Museum is proud to announce that Jeff Smith, best known as the creator of the beloved award-winning graphic novel Bone, is the recipient of the 2017 Sparky Award, which was presented to him by Cartoon Art Museum board member Michael B. Johnson and CAM curator Andrew Farago during a spotlight panel at the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Library’s 15th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, August 12.

The Sparky Award is named in honor of Charles “Sparky” Schulz, the creator of Peanuts. Schulz was nicknamed “Sparky” after the horse Sparkplug featured in the comic strip Barney Google. The Cartoon Art Museum would not exist without benefactors like Sparky Schulz and his wife, Jeannie.  The Sparky Award is presented on behalf of the Cartoon Art Museum and the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Library.

“I’ve followed Jeff’s ground breaking self-published work since the first issue of Bone and I’ve been delighted to see his growth as an artist and an advocate for the arts over years,” notes past Sparky Award winner Dr. Michael B. Johnson, R&D Pre-Production Architect, Pixar Animation Studios. “In addition to looking forward to his newest work Tuki, I’m delighted to follow his new adventure helping steer the Cartoon Crossroads Columbus arts festival in his hometown. For all these reasons and more I was honored to help present the Sparky to Jeff.“ 

The award celebrates the significant contributions of cartoon artists who embody the talent, innovation and humanity of Charles M. Schulz.   Past recipients include Schulz himself, Sergio Aragones, Gus Arriola, Carl Barks, Gene Colan, Will Eisner, Creig Flessel, Phil Frank, Lou Grant, Michael B. Johnson, Chuck Jones, Ward Kimball, Gary Larson, John Lasseter, Stan Lee, Bill Melendez, Dale Messick, Jerry Robinson, John Severin, Morrie Turner, Ron Turner, and Mort Walker.

About Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith is The New York Times bestselling author/cartoonist of the BONE and RASL graphic novels. BONE won numerous awards around the world, including multiple American Eisners and Harveys, and the French Alph Art. In 2005, Smith’s work was chosen to launch Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic Books. Smith was guest editor of Best American Comics in 2013. Smith’s web-comic about the first human to leave Africa 2,000,000 years ago called Tuki Save the Humans at, won the 2014 Reuben Award for Best Online Comic and is currently being prepared for release as a graphic novel.

August 16, 2017

The Guardian did a pre-election Comic-Con special in 2016, and invited Jeff (along with many other cartoonists) to be a part of the issue. Here’s his contribution, which unfortunately still resonates today….

August 15, 2017

Our new and improved CXC website is live! Check it out:

August 14, 2017

For Immediate Release
Columbus, OH

Reed Joins CXC as Operations Manager

Melody Reed has been selected as the operations manager of Cartoon Crossroads Columbus as of August 1, 2017. In this position she is responsible for all of CXC’s business operations and she will be the show runner for the annual fall CXC expo.

Reed brings extensive administrative experience, most recently as office manager and volunteer coordinator with Actors’ Theatre of Columbus in addition to additional administrative work at Crossroads United Methodist Church.  A Columbus native and graduate of Otterbein University, she is also a certified tourism ambassador.

“We’ve only known Melody a short time, but already she is a perfect fit,” said cartoonist Jeff Smith, President and Artistic Director of CXC, "I am pleased to welcome Ms. Reed to the festival, and look forward to working with her.”

For inquires about the CXC Festival, contact Melody Reed:

August 11, 2017

If you’re in nearby Santa Rosa tomorrow, come on out and help Jeff celebrate the Schulz Museum’s 15th Anniversary! The whole day will be filled with celebratory festivities. Jeff’s talk will be taking place around 2pm, featuring Paige Braddock (Jane’s World) and Lex Fajardo (Kid Beowulf). A book signing will follow.

More information can be found here:

August 10, 2017

Fone Bonetato

August 09, 2017

Swell Bartleby (and Tardis) tattoo!

August 08, 2017

One of the many random but fun photos from Comic-Con 2017: Paul Pope, Jeff and John Cassaday!

August 07, 2017

It’s the Schulz Museum’s 15th Anniversary! Come help Jeff celebrate this Saturday August 12th! Led by Paige Braddock (Jane’s World) and Lex Fajardo (Kid Beowulf), the conversation will focus on Jeff’s work and the influence of Charles Schulz on his art. A book signing will follow.

More information can be found here:

August 06, 2017

Jeff’s schedule for Sunday (Show Hours 10am-4pm)
1230pm: Indy Artists Panel Room B242

Use the code JEFF at checkout to get 20% off your tickets at


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