Monthly Archives: July 2008

Stupid, Stupid Rat Tails and ROSE now in boneville store!

Blog entry by Tom

Hi everyone, Tom here. I just wanted to let you know that we received our reprints of Stupid, Stupid Rat-tails and ROSE. They are now available for purchase in the store.

Stupid, Stupid Rat-tails: The Adventures of Big Johnson BONE, Frontier Hero was written by Tom Sniegoski with art by Jeff Smith. There is also a second hilarious story of Riblet, a baby boar that runs into some rat creatures lookin for a pork lunch. Riblet is also written by Tom and illustrated by Stan Sakai, artist of Usagi Yojimbo.

ROSE was written by Jeff, with beautiful full color illustrations by award winning fantasy artist, Charles Vess.

Both editions are available in softcover only. You can get them by clicking here.

Onion/AV Club interview is live

Blog entry by Jeff

A new Onion/AV Club interview I did recently is live over at the Onion. It covers a lot of ground, from movies to RASL. Be sure you check out the comments that follow – - Tasha, who did the interview assures me that these are really nice compared to the usual bunch. They make fun of my ugly mug, and want to blow up my home state! I’d hate to be on the receiving end of their mean comments!

Still, it’s a nice, chunky interview, even if their readers are a bunch of dicks. The first Onion/AV Club Interview I did in May of 2000 is here.


Jeff on PBS NEWS HOUR with Jim Lehrer tonight

Blog entry by Tom

Not too long ago, a team from PBS NEWSHOUR came out to Columbus to visit with me and check out the exhibit at The Wexner Center. The segment is going to air tonight, July 21, 2008 on The NEWSHOUR with Jim Lehrer.

There will also be a live on-line forum next week on Wednesday, July 30 @ 11:30 EST. Check local listings for times.

You can listen to an audio podcast of the segment here and you can watch a video stream here.

From the PBS Newshour site:


Jeffrey Brown profiles the work of cartoonist and graphic novelist Jeff Smith, best known for his "Bone" comics series.

You say you want a Resolution

Blog entry by Jeff

Here’s a picture of Vijaya and I with our excellent staff – - Kathleen Glosan, Tom Gaadt, and Steve Hamaker, in front of the mural at The Wexner Center.

Vijaya and I were contacted a few days ago by the Columbus City Council to let us know about a resolution that was being introduced. We’re pretty excited. Here is the announcement that Maryellen O’Shaughnessy’s office posted in our comments section:


Columbus City Council member Maryellen O’Shaughnessy will introduce a resolution of expression recognizing Jeff’s remarkable career on Monday July 28 2008 at 5:00 PM in city council chambers at City Hall. We are looking forward to hosting Jeff, his friends and family, and Wexner Center for the Arts officials for this special event.

Please contact me with any questions,

Lelia Cady, Legislative Analyst to
Maryellen O’Shaughnessy, Member
Columbus City Council
614 327-3321

BONE and Beyond Hardcover Exhibition Catalog still on sale!

Blog entry by Tom

With the overwhelming success of the Before Bone book and its complete sell-out, I wanted to let everybody know that the Jeff Smith: Bone and Beyond exhibition catalog is still available. If you can’t make it to the exhibit (you still have a month left), you can see everything here, plus a lot more.

Jeff Smith: Bone and Beyond is a 96 page, hardcover catalog and is illustrated throughout. It has a foreword by Sherri Geldin, an introduction by Lucy Shelton Caswell, with text by Dave Filipi, Scott McCloud and Neil Gaiman.

Published in conjunction with the Wexner Center and the Cartoon Research Library’s 2008 exhibition, this catalogue presents work featured in the show, including examples of Smith’s original drawings for Bone, plus the more recent Shazam and RASL.

Also featured are selected works by cartoonists who have influenced Smith, such as George Herriman, Charles Schulz and Walt Kelly, and essays by comic book and fantasy author Neil Gaiman, comic book artist and scholar Scott McCloud and Wexner Center film/video curator David Filipi, the exhibition’s co-curator. Cartoon Research Library curator Lucy Shelton Caswell, the exhibition’s other co-curator, provides an introduction. The size is 10.5 x 9.5 in. 

You can see some images of the book that were taken by a reader here.

You can purchase a copy from us in the store or at the Wexner shop site.