Category Archives: Events

Society of Professional Journalists Regional Conference-Jeff invited to give Keynote!

Blog entry by Kathleen

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The Society of Professional Journalists recently held their regional conference at Ohio State on April 4th, and invited Jeff to give the Keynote address. The event took place at the Billy Ireland Museum, in the Jean and Charles Schulz Lecture Hall, where Jeff engaged the audience (Conference attendees, Educators and Journalism students) on the merits and similarities of cartooning and journalism. Introduced by his mentor, and respected former museum curator, Lucy Caswell, the conference ended with an enthusiastic start to the weekend! The Regional Chapter posted some additional photos on their Facebook page, which you can find here

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As a ‘thank you’ for the evenings festivities, the Conference gifted Lucy and Jeff with bricks from the over 100 year old original Journalism Building! There are only a few of these left, which makes them all the more treasured.

 

 

 

 

 

Bone Named Among 10 Most Banned Books of 2013!

Blog entry by Kathleen

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Today, the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom posted their annual list of the ten most-challenged books. The 2013 list has many of the “usual suspects” and one not-so-usual suspect: Jeff Smith’s Bone secured the rank of tenth most challenged book of the year for “political viewpoint, racism, violence.” Read Jeff’s and the CBLDF’s statement here

Emerald City Comic Con Wrap Up Blog

Blog entry by Jeff

Cartoon Books had a total blast while out in Seattle attending the Emerald City Comic Con the last weekend of March! This was Jeff’s first time attending the show, and Cartoon Books’ first time exhibiting -  and it couldn’t have been better! Our fans were so incredibly welcoming and enthusiastic, and as for the show itself–we. sold. out. of. everything!! Take a stroll with us down memory lane -  and enjoy!

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Boneville 2.0 Let’s try this again!

Blog entry by Jeff

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If this is your first visit, welcome to Boneville; if you are a long time friend, welcome back!  Last year before the holidays, we launched my new web comic (the National Cartoonist Society Award nominated) TUKI Save the Humans (or TUKI for short), and we tried to redesign the site for the occasion.  Unfortunately, our roll out made Healthcare.gov look good. Still, like Rasl, our motto is: It’s never too late to fix it!

Everyone here at Cartoon Books wants to thank our readers for not only alerting us to the problems, but offering very good advice, and helping to point us in the right direction. Hope you enjoy the results.

Emerald City Con March 28-30, Seattle WA

Blog entry by Tom

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It’s been a long time coming, but we are finally making it out to the Emerald City Con! Below is the schedule of when Jeff will be signing at Cartoon Books booth #301 as well as what panels he is taking part in. Come say hello!

Friday March 28 Show Hours 10am-7pm
Booth Signing 11am-1pm
Booth Signing 3pm-4pm
Booth Signing 6pm-7pm

Saturday March 29 Show Hours 10am-7pm
Booth Signing 11am-1pm
Panel “Jeff Smith Spotlight” Room 604 320pm-405pm
Panel “Why Eisner Matters” Hall D Room 602-603 440pm-540pm
Panel “Self Publish or Perish” Hall D Room 602-603 540pm-640pm

Sunday March 30 Show Hours 10am-5pm
Booth Signing 11am-12pm
Panel “Graphic Novels Empowering Readers” Room TCC302 1pm-2pm
Booth Signing 3pm-5pm

CAPS Auction for The Sakai Family Begins Today!

Blog entry by Tom

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The Sakai Family are a huge part of our comics community. Please help if you can!
Press Release by CAPS:

CAPS TO LAUNCH ART AUCTION FEATURING ORIGINAL WORKS BY MATT GROENING, JACK DAVIS, MIKE MIGNOLA J. SCOTT CAMPBELL, ADAM HUGHES AND HUNDREDS MORE TO BENEFIT FELLOW CARTOONIST STAN SAKAI AND FAMILY

On Thursday, March 6, 2014, Southern California’s CAPS, the Comic Art Professional Society, will launch an ongoing series of eBay auctions of original comic art. Its goal is to raise funds for medical care for Sharon Sakai, the wife of respected cartoonist and longtime CAPS member Stan Sakai, creator of the samurai rabbit USAGI YOJIMBO. Sharon has been battling a debilitating brain tumor for some time; after an extended hospital stay and convalescence, she is currently at home, but her condition requires 24-hour care and medicine that costs more than the Sakai’s insurance covers. 100% of the proceeds of these auctions will go directly to Stan and Sharon Sakai to help pay their ongoing medical expenses.

The CAPS auctions will be conducted through eBay.com beginning on Thursday, March 6, with a new set of auctions every following Thursday. Each auction, sold under the seller name of CAPS auction, will be ten days in length with twenty to forty items in each set of auctions. The donations of original artwork and collectibles (including newly created art unique to this event, vintage comic book pages, comic strips, illustrations, animation art, limited edition statues, and IDW Artist’s editions books) number over three hundred with new items arriving every day.

Contributors include: Adam Hughes, Alex Maleev, Arthur Adams, Batton Lash, Eric Powell, Jan Duursema, Jerry Ordway, Jordi Bernet, Matt Groening, Michael Allred, Mike Mignola, Paul Gulacy, Sanjuliàn, Scott Shaw!, Jim Steranko, Tim Sale, William Stout, Bill Sienkiewicz, Cameron Stewart,  Dan Brereton, Daniel Parsons, Dave Gibbons, Dean Yeagle, Doug Sneyd, Dustin Nguyen, Bill Morrison, Tone Rodriguez, Sergio Aragonés, Fabio Moon, Francisco Francavilla, Gene Ha, Geof Darrow, Gilbert Hernandez, Jack Davis, James O’Barr, Kevin Eastman, Jeff Lemire, Jeff Smith, Kazu Kibuishi, Liam Sharp, Tom Richmond, Michael Jantze, Olivia, Oscar Martin, Paul Chadwick, Richard Corben, Tom Mandrake, Walter Simonson, Charles Vess, Dan Spiegle, J. Scott Campbell and many more.

Many of the pieces featuring Usagi Yojimbo will appear in a new oversized hardcover book from Dark Horse, THE SAKAI PROJECT: ARTISTS CELEBRATE THIRTY YEARS OF USAGI YOJIMBO, which will be released on July 23, 2014. All proceeds from this book will go to Stan and Sharon Sakai. Much of the custom Usagi Yojimbo art created for this book will also be sold as a part of CAPS online auctions.

These fund-raising auctions will be promoted through ComicArtFans.com, and the CAPS COMIC ART PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY Facebook page where you will be able to see updated information such as when certain pieces will be auctioned.

If you would like more information on CAPS Sakai Benefit Auction or Dark Horse’s THE SAKAI PROJECT book, please contact Steven Wyatt at stevew@bigwowcomicfest.com.

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Jeff Smith Book Tour 2014

Blog entry by Tom

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Hello everyone! It’s been awhile since I last stopped by, but I’ve got some great news to share! Here is where our travels will be taking us this year. Hope to see you there!

March 28-31 Emerald City Con, Seattle, WA: Special Guest
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April 4 Society of Professional Journalists, Columbus, OH: Opening Reception Talk
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May 9-12 TCAF, Toronto, CAN: Special Guest
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June 20-23 Heroes Con, Charlotte, NC: Special Guest
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July 23-28 Comic-Con International, San Diego, CA: Special Guest
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August 8-11 Boston Comic Con: Special Guest
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October 17-19 Lakes Comics Festival, Kendal, UK: Special Guest
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Get ready World…Here comes Tuki!

Blog entry by Tom

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NY TIMES BESTSELLING CARTOONIST JEFF SMITH LAUNCHES ALL NEW FREE WEBCOMIC
TUKI SAVE THE HUMANS” TODAY!

Click here! TO READ IT NOW!

Columbus, Ohio November 25, 2013:  Jeff Smith explores the ice age in this all new mythological fiction of the first human to leave Africa. With the completion of his science fiction noir thriller RASL, Jeff Smith returns to his cartoony roots with Tuki, which will be accessible by all ages.

Tuki will be released in Seasons. A page from Season One will be uploaded Monday, Wednesday and Friday at noon for the next 8 weeks. Season Two will begin April 14, 2014.

About TUKI: Almost 2,000,000 years ago, a great ice age gripped the earth, trapping all moisture in the polar icecaps, causing drought and upheaval in the rest of the world. Vast tropical jungles gave way to dusty grasslands, and all living creatures struggled to survive, including the many species of hominids. To avoid extinction, something had to be done.

This is the story of the first human to leave Africa.

About Jeff Smith: Jeff Smith is the New York Times bestselling author/cartoonist of the BONE and RASL graphic novels. RASL has been selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the “Best Books of 2013″. BONE won numerous awards around the world, including multiple American Eisners and Harveys, and the French Alph Art. In 2005, Smith’s work was chosen to launch Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic Books. Smith is the guest editor for BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2013.

Bleeding Cool Spotlights Jeff’s Appearance at C.A.B

Blog entry by Kathleen

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Jeff was invited as a Special Guest of the Comic Arts Brooklyn show, which was held earlier this month in Brooklyn, New York. Jeff participated in a spotlight panel – Jeff Smith: Pulled Apart -  in which he not only discussed his lifelong love of comics, but also his process and experience in getting to where he is today. BONE and RASL were obvious topics of discussion, but one of the main highlights for fans was hearing and seeing a bit more about Jeff’s newest project: TUKI Save the Humans, which will be Jeff’s first web-comic, set to debut this month.

The panel concluded with an exciting, live-inking illustration of BONE! The piece was auctioned off on behalf of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, of which Jeff is now a board member. To read the article in full, go here.

Here is the piece from the live-inking demonstration:

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Reminder: Billy Ireland Museum Opening this weekend!

Blog entry by Kathleen

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The Billy Ireland Museum at The Ohio State University is slated to open to the public on Friday November 15th! Jeff and Paul Pope will be participating in a event at the Wexner Center: “ In Conversation: Paul Pope and Jeff Smith on Friday evening at 7:30pm in Mershon Auditorium. This event is listed on the Wexner Center website and tickets are now on sale

On Sunday, join us for an afternoon of Looney Tunes at The Wexner Center Film/Video Theater at 4:00pm. Jeff hand picked his favorites to help celebrate the 75th Birthday of Bugs Bunny! Tickets are $5, but seating is extremely limited, so be sure to check the Wexner Center for the Arts ticket office early that day! Immediately following the program, Jeff will be signing at the Wexner Center Bookstore at 5:30pm! Hope to see you there!

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