Monthly Archives: March 2011

RASL no.11 Sneak peek. On sale next Wed, July 6th!

Blog entry by Jacob Robinson

Wow! What a crazy month we’ve had! I know you couldn’t tell it from the blog, but Cartoon Books has been running on all cylinders getting ready for our 20th anniversary. We’ve put together a lot of fun projects for this summer, including a BONE TOUR that covers six cities in three countries, and, of course, the BONE Full Color One Volume Box Set – - which we have samples of now! But more on all of that next week.

Next Wednesday, July 6th, RASL 11 will be in stores! I have been told that even though the 4th of July is on Monday, that comics will still be in stores on Wednesday.

This was a fun issue to work on because things are starting to happen!  Whenever the story shifts into the final act, it’s always the best part of the book to work on!

Pages from RASL #11 (Click on the images to enlarge)

Come back next week and we’ll have photos of the 20th Anniversary Box Set, some videos of Steve and I working on the original art pieces that are included,  a first look at the Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone plush dolls(!), and – - this is unusual – - photos and video clips of the Cartoon Books crew painting a 17 foot cartoon mural for a new restaurant in downtown Columbus!

Hope you enjoyed the RASL #11 preview. Enjoy your 4th of July!

CHARITY AUCTION includes BONE original Art

Blog entry by Jacob Robinson

Hi everybody! Tom again.

Many people ask us if Jeff sells any of his original BONE art? After saying “NO” so many times, its nice to be able to say “YES”! We can’t reveal the art until May 5th, but you can see a teaser below.

Jeff, along with eleven other outstanding children’s illustrators, have created their artistic interpretation for Scholastic’s global literacy campaign Read Every Day. Lead A Better Life.

An online auction of the original artwork opens May 5, 2011 at 6:00pm at

The other artists participating in the auction are: Norman Bridwell, Bruce Degen, Edwin Fotheringham, Mary GrandPre, Barbara McClintock, Jon J Muth, Sean Qualls, Stephen Savage, David Shannon, Mark Teague and Raina Telgemeier.

After the auction closes June 5, 2011, poster-sized reproductions will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the auction and sales of posters and other items will benefit the nonprofits Reading Is Fundamental and Reach Out and Read.

Comic Book Resources Article on the BONE 20th Anniversary!

Blog entry by Jacob Robinson

Comic Book Resources posted an article on Jeff’s spotlight panel at last weeks Comic Con International.

You can read it here!

As soon as we can gather all of our pics and stories, Jeff will do a SDCC wrap up blog later. Stay tuned!

Here’s a pic of Steve, Kathleen and I hamming it up in the photo booth that was at the BONE 20th Anniversary party that Scholastic threw for us. THANKS AGAIN SCHOLASTIC!!!

Fan Expo Canada schedule and booth location!!!

Blog entry by Jacob Robinson

The BONE 20th Anniversary Tour continues this week as we visit our neighbors to the north.

We want everybody to be able to find us easily at our booth #129, so here is the floorplan of the convention center. You can click on it to make it bigger.

This is a more magnified version of where you can find us. You can also go to FanExpo Canada’s website and download a pdf for yourself here!

Jeff will be doing two (2) signings a day.

The first will occur in the morning at the Cartoon Books booth #129. This signing will not require a ticket, but may get capped quickly if the line is huge. The autograph area signings in the evenings will be ticketed. Tickets for the evening signings are only available at The Cartoon Books Booth. You must receive a ticket from a Cartoon Books staff member (no purchase necessary) and there will only be a limited number of tickets available per day.

The schedule will be:

Thursday August 25th.
Show Hours 2pm-9pm

2pm – 4pm Cartoon Books Booth Signing at booth 129
7:30pm – 900pm in the Autograph Area “CC”

Friday August 26th.
Show Hours 10am-8pm

11am – 1pm Cartoon Books Booth Signing at booth 129
2:30 – 3:30pm Creating the Worlds of BONE & RASL Panel Rm 716
5:30 – 700pm in the Autograph Area “CC”

Saturday Show Hours 10am-8pm
11am – 1pm Cartoon Books Booth Signing at booth 129
2:30 – 3:30pm Conversational panel with Mark Askwith Rm 718
5:30 – 700pm in the Autograph Area “CC”

Sunday Show Hours 10am-6pm
11am – 1pm Cartoon Books Booth Signing at booth 129
4:30 – 600pm in the Autograph Area “CC”

And don’t forget, we’re rolling into town with our limited edition BONE 20th Anniversary Box Sets!

The Full Color One Volume Editions with lots of whistles and bells! For details, click here.

Toronto. Here we come!!!


Better Late than NEVER…part 1

Blog entry by Jacob Robinson

Jeff is working hard on the next issue of RASL. So, I figured I would pass along some fun videos and pictures from the first half of the conventions we’ve been attending.

Here is an interview Jeff did with the Stumptown Trader Review in San Diego.

And here is their Comic Con 2011 Highlight Reel. Jeff makes a cameo about the 1:55 mark.

Publishers Weekly had some fun pics and information on the kid’s books at the show. You can read that by clicking here!

Baltimore Comic Con was fun as Jeff, Steve and I continued the party with Robyn and Terry Moore. This photo courtesy of the Baltimore Comic Con Facebook page!

Fan Expo Canada was the highlight of the BONE tour for me thus far. The screen capture below is from the video of where I was “punked” by a girl from MTV Live, who was cutting in line to get an autograph. After she told me, and I saw the camera, this moment will go down as the most embarrassing of my life, so far! You can see the whole video here!

We will have more pics and stories soon, and Jeff should be back to blogging next week!

Next up on the 20th Anniversary BONE Tour…New York Comic Con! Hope to see you there!



Baltimore Comic Con this weekend!

Blog entry by Jacob Robinson

The next stop on the 20th Anniversary BONE tour is this weekend in Baltimore, Maryland!

The schedule on Saturday August 20th:

11:00 am -1:00pm: Jeff and Steve will be signing at the Cartoon Books booth 1304

2:00pm – 3:00: ROOM 301-303; A Conversation with Jeff Smith & Stan Sakai. Jeff Smith’s Bone celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year. Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo will soon reach its 200th issue. Now, these two talented creators sit down to discuss their work; from their beginnings to future plans. Join Jeff & Stan for what is sure to be a lively and fun look at the world of comics.!

4:30pm – 6:30pm Jeff and Steve will be signing at the Cartoon Books booth 1304

The schedule on Sunday August 21st:

10:00 am -11:00am Jeff and Steve will be signing at the Cartoon Books booth 1304

11:00-12:00PM Comics Jukebox: All-Ages Comics in the Digital Age. Digital, web, & downloadable comics are a growing trend in the medium, but where do kids comics stand in this arena? Creators John Gallagher and Steve Conley moderate over a panel of experts, including Dan Parent (Archie), Steve Hamaker (Bone, Fish & Chips), Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space!), Rich Faber (Roboy Red!) and Todd DeZago (Perhapanauts, Superhero Squad). Those in attendance will get a special card allowing them to download a FREE Exclusive BUZZBOY story from John Gallagher, and one person will win the opportunity to make a cameo appearance in Leon, Protector of the Playground,the new all-ages graphic novel by Jamar Nicholas.

1:00-2:00PM Going Digital: Day and Date, and what you need to know. With Marvel announcing their same-day-strategy and DC distributing their entire line starting August 31st to provide you with their acclaimed line of comics the same day digitally as they come out in print, you need to make sure you are prepared. With almost everything you want on demand or deliverable to your door, why should your comics be any different? Marvel and DC, with the help of comiXology have created a digital comics experience that puts the power back in your hands to enjoy your favorite comics on demand. Your comics, when you want them, where you want them. Come join John D. Roberts, Co-founder of comiXology, who will lead our panel as we explore the new digital horizons together.

3:00-5:00pm Jeff and Steve will be signing at the Cartoon Books booth 1304

So come out and say Hi to us! You can still get your tickets by clicking here!