Monthly Archives: December 2007

Happy Winter Solstice!

Blog entry by Jeff

Tomorrow, December 22nd, is the Winter Solstice – - the shortest, darkest day of the year, and the turning point at which the days will start to grow longer and longer – - the perfect time to light some lights and raise a glass.

Below is a story that first appeared in 1993. It was commissioned by a popular comics magazine of the time called Hero Illustrated and marked the first major exposure of BONE to the comic book reading public.  It's an oldie, but a goodie. 

Here's wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas and a happy holiday season! 

Click on the pages below for a larger image. 


RASL art; Newsarama interview

Blog entry by Jeff

Above is a look at the page I'm working on today.  Also, a new interview went up on Newsarama yesterday and has kicked off some lively comments. The main topic is the newly announced  (standard) size of the RASL series. This brief interview was conducted by Veneta Rogers and is titled A RASL UPDATE.

Holiday Havoc; Bone links on the web

Blog entry by Jeff

There is a new interview up this week on Kevin Smiht's website Quick Stop called Holiday Havoc: Jeff Smith.   It was a fun interview to do, which doesn't happen all that often, and it covers everything from Bone movies, Bone sequels, selling out, and politics in Shazam!

Review of Dark Horse's Art of Bone on Scott King's site King Film.  it turns into a really nice overview of Bone the comic. 

And finally, this article is called: Between this and Scrabble, I’m outing my Geekdom. And I don’t care. about one woman's shock to discover she likes comics. To read it, go to her website called Complete and Total Bicsh!

RASL Preview

Blog entry by Jacob Robinson

Hello Everyone!

Vijaya here.  For the many of you who did not make it to San Diego, below is an online copy of the 6-page RASL Preview.  Click on the thumbnails below for a larger image.

  RASL Preview Page 1 thumbnail RASL Preview Page 2  RASL Preview page 3 RASL Preview page 4 RASL Preview Page 5 RASL Preview Page 6  

If you like what you see, you can order RASL #1 from your favorite comic shop or from this month's Diamond Previews.  RASL#1 will ship in February 2008.  it will be a 32 page standard size comic (6 5/8" x 10 7/8"), not the oversized format of the RASL preview.

Season's Greetings!


Friends & family; ALA/YALSA 2008 noms announced

Blog entry by Jeff

I just read on The Beat that the American Library Association has announced the YALSA nominations for the 2008 Great Graphic Novels, and it reads like a friends & family list!

Among the nominations: 

Flight, vol. 4. July 2007. Random House / Villard Books,

Kyle Baker, Nat Turner: Vol. 2, Revolution. Image Comics,

Mark Crilley, Miki Falls: Spring.  HarperCollins / HarperTeen,

Derek Kirk Kim, , Jesse Hamm. Good As Lily. DC Comics / Minx,

David Peterson, Mouse Guard: Fall 1152. Archaia Studios,

Paul Pope, Batman: Year 100. DC Comics,

Joann Sfar, The Professor's Daughter. Roaring Brook Press / First Second,

Jeff Smith, Shazam! The Monster Society of Evil. DC Comics,

Lewis Trondheim, Fabrice Parme.  Tiny Tyrant.  Roaring Brook Press / First Second.

and more… 

 YALSA stands for the Young Adult Library Services Association. To read the rest of the list vist YALSA's site.

2007, I hardly knew ye…

Blog entry by Jeff

A copy of the new color Bone 7 Ghost Circles came in the mail today. I put it on my drawing table with the other projects I worked on this year – - and I was surprised…  I worked on a crazy lot of stuff in 2007!

Clockwise from left: Shazam! The Monster Society of Evil (the mini-series & the Deluxe Hard Cover), Bone 5 Rock Jaw, Bone 6 Old Man's Cave, RASL Convention Preview, The Art of Bone, Bone: One Volume Edition tenth printing (!), Say Anything: In Defense of the Genre, Bone 7 Ghost Circles, and Our Gang vol.2. 

Thank you to everyone who supported me this year. I had a ball! 

RASL #1 in Previews: first look at variant cover

Blog entry by Jeff

The new Diamond Comics Previews catalog came in the mail today. This is the ad we ran in the Dec. issue for comic books shipping in February.  Inside the ad is a first glimpse of the variant cover for RASL #1, seen enlarged below. 

I haven’t made very many variant covers in my career (unless repackaging BONE  a hundred million times with new covers counts), but when I do, I try to have fun.  And this was fun. Noirish angles, with shadows cutting jaggedly through the panel- – intersecting the face. The regular #1 will still be the cover we previewed in San Diego last summer, and the rest of the series will follow this paired down rock poster look.

Someone at Diamond came up with this tag line that I like:

Discover what price a man must pay to be the world's greatest art thief! 

RASL appears on pg. 238 of the Previews catalog. The order code for the straight up version is: DEC073519 E  RASL #1

And the variant/incentive code is: DEC073520 E  RASL #1 ALT CVR INCV.

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