Monthly Archives: November 2012

Annie Leibovitz at the Wexner Center

Blog entry by Jeff

A couple of weeks ago, Vijaya and I attended the awarding of the Wexner Prize to Annie Leibovitz. It was held at the Wexner Center, in the same gallery where they had a BONE exhibit in 2008. This was also the evening of the Wexner Center’s 22nd Anniversary party, and it was a blast! Crowded,  full of fun people, food and music, not to mention Annie’s exhibit of amazing photographs (here’s Vanity Fair’s review of the exhibit). After the ceremony, Vijaya and I were introduced to Annie by the Wexner Center’s director Sherri Geldin. We had a moment to chat and I signed some books for her kids. Annie Leibovitz is an American treasure. Demi Moore, John & Yoko, The Blues Brothers, Muhammad Ali, Hilary Clinton – - Nixon, Arnold, Niagara Falls – - not only did she take photos of these people and places, she took THE photos of them. What a thrill!

Thanks to Sherri and Katy Reis for forwarding these pics!

The Exhibit runs through the end of the month, so if you are near Columbus, check it out.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Blog entry by Jeff

For the holidays the folks over at The Comics Journal have posted my 1994 interview with Co-founding editor Gary Groth.  This is from today’s TCJ blog:


“If you’re American, as Dan and I are, as well as most of the Journals staff and readership, today is not a day for digging into comic-book news; it’s a day to travel vast distances and prepare your appetite for an over-large Thanksgiving dinner. Maybe there will be a bit of drinking for some folks to help them cope with unpleasant relatives; maybe there will be tears. Good times are in store for many, too. Strong, loving families seen too rarely. In any case, there is no place for comics gossip today or tomorrow or the next day. So we will save our links til Monday. (I apologize to our non-American readers for the interruption.)

But if you absolutely need some kind of comics-related material to make it through, perhaps to read on a plane or train, or simply to keep you occupied, we have decided to reprint Gary Groth’s 1994 interview with Jeff Smith, the incredibly successful self-publisher and creator of Bone and (later) RASL. Here’s an exchange from relatively early in the interview:

GROTH: So what year did you finally get to Ohio State?

SMITH:1982. I said to myself, am I really going to work in factories for the rest of my life? No, I think I’ll go back to college.So I enrolled at OSU, and one of the reasons I went was because sometime in there I got really hooked on Doonesbury. I had decided I wanted to take a shot at newspaper strips. I carried around these three giant treasury-size editions, almost like Bibles. I thought they were the next evolution after Walt Kelly, for me. That was the most popular strip on campus at the time too. So I picked OSU mostly because they had the Lantern,which was a daily newspaper. It had a circulation of 50,000. In my mind, that was exactly the tool I needed to practice my vocation. I had come to the realization that I wasn’t going to be able to go to school to get taught how to do this, so the only thing I could do was find somewhere I could practice. So I took one journalism class in order to be on the paper and I enrolled as a fine arts student, then submitted some Thorn strips to the Lantern and they accepted them, and off I went.

GROTH: So you actually enrolled with the explicit thought of having a strip in the paper.

SMITH: Yes, absolutely. In art school, they explained to me that cartooning was just a complete bastard child of the arts and wasn’t real. That was kind of shocking to an 18-year-old. Oh my God! You mean I’m not allowed to be a cartoonist? Is that what you’re trying to say to me? So immediately I began looking for ways to use this system that didn’t accept me in ways I could at least use it. I went to 3-D concept classes, then went home at night and would start my comic strip about 9 o’clock at night, finish by 2 at the latest, and I did that every day for four years.

GROTH: So you’re an incredibly disciplined individual.

SMITH: It sounds that way when you say it¦ [Laughs.]

GROTH: But in reality you’re lazy!


Okay, everybody, have a good Thanksgiving!”

I haven’t read this interview since it came out. If nothing else, it might help while away the hours as you travel this turkey weekend. Enjoy!

2012 Boneville Store Signature Holiday Sale!

Blog entry by Tom


Starting today, November 19th, any book(s) that you purchase from the Boneville store, will be autographed by Jeff Smith. The signature sale will last from Nov. 19th until Dec. 19th. So order early!

If you haven’t read RASL, now is your chance to get the entire story in the four black and white volumes for only $50!

Stay warm this winter, by purchasing a BONE Hooded Sweatshirt for only $20!

Just a reminder that this sale only pertains to all of the books sold in the store. No toys, t-shirts, plushes, statues etc. will be signed.