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Emerald City Comic Con Wrap Up Blog

Blog entry by Jacob Robinson

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!























Comic-Con International Official Schedule

Blog entry by Jacob Robinson

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Comic-Con International kicks off in just a little over 2 weeks from now! Cartoon Books will be setting up at Booth 2109, where we will be debuting Jeff’s newest series – Tuki#1, a convention exclusive(!), as well as the colored hardcover collected RASL! We’ll have new merchandise in support of Tuki, including a new T-shirt and lithograph. Jeff will be hosting daily signings at our booth, stop by for times! Jeff will also be on a few panels this year, details below. See you soon!

Thursday July 24 12:00pm-1:00pm Room 7AB – Digital Comics
Friday July 25 3:30pm-4:30pm Room 8 – Pogo
Saturday July 26 1:00pm-2:00pm Room 30CDE – Banned Books
Saturday July 26 4:00pm-5:00pm Room 9 – Spotlight on Jeff Smith

For more information on Comic-Con, please click here

Cartoon Books headed to TCAF

Blog entry by Jacob Robinson

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Cartoon Books is headed to Toronto this week to attend TCAF: the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, which takes place this weekend at the Toronto Reference Library located at 789 Yonge Street. Jeff has been invited as a Guest of the show in years past, but this time around we decided to exhibit as well! TCAF is hosted by the great folks at the Toronto Public Library and The Beguiling Comic Shop and admission is free! Cartoon Books will be set up at table #150 near the Digital Innovation Hub located on the 1st floor. And here is where you can find Jeff during the show:

Saturday Show Hours 9:00am-5:00pm
Panel: Jeff Smith Bone and Beyond. Part of TCAF Kids Day. Location: St. Paul’s at 227 Bloor Street East. 9:45am-11:00am.
Post Panel Signing immediately after in the same location 11:15am-12:30pm
Cartoon Books Booth Signing: Table #150 first floor from approx 1:30pm-5:00pm

Sunday Show Hours 11:00am-5:00pmPanel: Jeff Smith Spotlight. Location: Marriott Bloor Yorkville, High Park Ballroom 400. 12:15pm-1:15pm
Post Panel Signing immediately after in the same location 1:30pm-2:30pm
Cartoon Books Booth Signing: Table #150 first floor from approx 3:30pm-5:00pm

For more information visit the official TCAF website:


CAPS Auction for The Sakai Family Begins Today!

Blog entry by Jacob Robinson

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


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 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, 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


Boneville 2.0 Let's try this again!

Blog entry by Jacob Robinson

NEW BONE website

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 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.

Tuki #1 in FULL COLOR coming in July!

Blog entry by Jacob Robinson

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Jeff’s first online comic will be making its print debut in a few short weeks! Tuki #1 is 32 pages, in FULL COLOR, and has the black and white price point of $3.99. Did I mention its in FULL COLOR? Issues of Bone #1 now sell for up to $5,000! That’s a 45% average annual return on your investment! Can you afford NOT to acquire a copy of Tuki #1?


UPDATE: Comic Arts Brooklyn is this weekend!

Blog entry by Jacob Robinson



Saturday November 9th is the annual Comic Arts Brooklyn show, where Jeff will be appearing as a Featured Guest. C.A.B will be held at two locations: Mt. Carmel Church 275 N. 8th St in Brooklyn (book signings, publishers and artists will be in this location) and The Knitting Factory 361 Metropolitan Ave in Brooklyn (talks and lectures to be held in this location). All events are free and open to the public! The show runs from 11:00am-7:00pm

Jeff will be appearing on one panel and two signings:

11:30am-12:30pm Signing at Desert Island (check programs for booth#)
2:00pm-3:30pm Panel: Jeff Smith-Pulled Apart
4:30pm-6:00pm Signing at CBLDF Booth#D11




Blog entry by Jacob Robinson

Just a heads up that the CCAD Rasl Exhibit will be coming to a close this Friday October 4th. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to visit, I strongly encourage you to see it before its gone! LAST CHANCE! To whet your appetite, here are a few shots we took during Jeff’s Keynote at the Mix Event this past Friday evening:


Jeff and moderator Tom Spurgeon relaxing before the Keynote



In discussion….


Jeff’s HUGE line during the post Keynote signing. This line seemed to regenerate at least 3 times!




Original RASL art


wait-could that be a life-size RASL statue?









Next stop: Chicago!

Blog entry by Jacob Robinson

This weekend, Jeff is heading back to Chicago for a couple of events at the Heartland Fall Forum as well as a store signing at the great Chicago Comics!

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On Friday October 4th, Jeff will be attending the Heartland Fall Forum. The Forum is a gathering of publishers, booksellers, teachers, librarians, authors and more to celebrate all things book-related! All events will be taking place at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel and Conference Center in Rosemont. Jeff will be attending the Authors Feast portion of the forum from 7:30pm-9:30pm. For more about this, please click here

On Saturday October 5th, Jeff will be signing at the Scholastic booth from 2:30-3:30pm. For more information about the schedule of events, please go here


And rounding out Saturday will be a store signing at the beloved Chicago Comics from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Chicago Comics is located at 3244 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60657. For additional information, please go here