Here is a quick peek at a few of my favorite panels from Bone Volume 8. Jeff and I have not finalized the colors for this book yet, and I'm looking forward to getting through that process soon.
If you aren't familiar with how we color these books, I start by completing each book, and then Jeff and I go through each page and make adjustments. Sometimes we change tiny details that many people won't even notice, and sometimes we change nearly everything on a given set of pages. It's a difficult stage for me, because sometimes my brain has been hard-wired to see the colors I've chosen for a scene, so when we change them I freak out! Ha, ha. It's also the best part of the process, because Jeff and I discover some great color ideas, and I feel like the story clicks into place. I have a little break from having finished the first pass to working with Jeff on the final pages, so that helps with giving me some distance from the art. Jeff is never disappointed with my colors or anything like that, but there's still a little "artist pride" that stings when thinking about having to change stuff. Ultimately I love it, because it's one of those things that really pushes me in my creative life. This book is set for release this summer, and I will be starting on the last volume of Bone soon!
A week from Sunday, I’ll be in New York City to talk about graphic novels and the Bone cousins at Symphony Space.
This will be an unusal gig for me. It was described as being like Inside the Actors Studio, with a host/moderator that will lead the discussion. It's ticketed, open to the public, and geared toward adults and kids. I'm taking a year off from all comic book shows, so this will be one of the few public appearances on the schedule. If you are in the area, I hope you can come by.
From their site: Symphony Space fosters artistically and culturally diverse performing arts, literary, and film programs that bring artists and audiences together in an atmosphere of exploration and intimacy.
I’ve heard their Selected Shorts features on NPR on Sunday mornings. I’m looking forward to it.The event takes place at 1pm, Sunday, February 10. More information is available at the Symphony Space website.
Steve here! We received our comp copies of the newest Bone book from Scholastic! I'm very happy with the printing quality, as always, and the story is really hitting hard! We only have one more book to color as I finish working on Volume 8: Treasure Hunters very soon!
As I've said in the past, working on the colorized Bone books has been an awesome experience, and I will be sad when it's over. Also, very relieved and proud!!
The books are hitting stores now, so post a comment if you see them in your area! We love to hear from the fans when they get their brand new books!
You can buy the book here if you can't find it in your area.
Rasl #2, shipping in May.
Also, a Best of list…Storm the Barricade's Best of 2007.
There is an interview with Kazu Kibuishi, editor of the new all-ages anthology Flight Explorer over on Newsarama. Kazu talks about the genisis of the book and the impressive line up of artists he has in the first volume – - one of whom is our own Steve Hamaker. Go Fish n' Chips!!