It was suggested by one of our frequent posters Brandon, that I blog about the various covers that the One Volume Edition of BONE has had over the last 5 years. Okay, Brandon!
BONE: ONE VOLUME EDITION COVER #1
The first cover of the BONE: One Volume Edition debuted at the 2004 Comic-Con International in San Diego. It remained the cover through seven printings, from July 2004 to September 2005, when, because of our contractual obligations, we took the One Volume Edition out of print to make way for the new Scholastic color editions that were just then starting to be released.
(Note: The artwork above was originally designed for the 2001 cover of the San Diego Comic-Con International program book)
BONE: ONE VOLUME EDITION COVER #2
After being off the market for a year, I began to regret that the One Volume Edition was out of print. The Scholastic editions were doing quite well, and still are, but the big, fat 1300 page black & white epic comic was really what I always wanted, and since Scholastic’s BONE books were mostly sold in schools and children’s sections, BONE had essentially vanished from comic book shops and the graphic novel section of book stores. I asked Scholastic if we could bring it back. They agreed.
The cover above was created specifically for the revival of the BONE: One Volume Edition. Unlike the Scholastic covers which featured large drawings of the characters in specific situations, I wanted the One Volume cover to convey a mood; to show Fone Bone small, and almost lost in the bigger world around him. This cover was used for 5 more printings from Sept. 2006 to June 2009.
(Note: I painted the above cover in black & white ink washes. The color was then digitally added by Steve Hamaker.)
BONE: ONE VOLUME EDITION COVER #3
As we approached the 13th printing in June 2009, I thought a mostly black cover would be fun and fitting for the number 13. If the time for a 14th printing comes around, I’ll have to decide if I want to do a new cover or go back to the one with Fone sitting on the rock. Right now I’m leaning toward going back to the rock. What do you think?