Category Archives: Self-Publishing

Reminder: Billy Ireland Museum Opening this weekend!

Blog entry by Kathleen


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!



Jeff Smith Hosts World Premiere of TUKI at CBLDF Benefit Brunch on November 10 At Society of Illustrators in NYC

Blog entry by Kathleen

TUKI with logosThis Sunday, November 10th, Jeff will be unveiling his newest project: Tuki Save the Humans! at the Society of Illustrators during the benefit brunch for the Comic Book Legal Defense Funds ‘Right to Read’ program! Jeff recently joined the Fund’s Board of Directors and will host this lively afternoon event, where attendees will also enjoy brunch with the most outstanding authors in contemporary graphic novels and an auction of original art by today’s finest cartoonists. Doors will open at 11:00 a.m., Brunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., and the performance will begin at 12:30 p.m., to be followed by Q&A, auction, and viewing time in the Society’s galleries.

There are two levels of admission to this special event:

General Admission Tickets are available for a $100 donation to CBLDF and includes admission to the exhibits, brunch and a souvenir print signed by Jeff Smith.  $40 of this contribution is tax-deductible.

Dine With Jeff Smith VIP Admission tickets are available for a $250 donation to the CBLDF.  This includes dining with Jeff Smith, and also includes admission to the exhibits, brunch, and a souvenir print signed by Jeff Smith. $190 of this contribution is tax-deductible.

More information can be found here:


UPDATE: Comic Arts Brooklyn is this weekend!

Blog entry by Kathleen



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



Billy Ireland Museum Opening November 15!

Blog entry by Kathleen

FestivalPostcardWebThe 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 an event at Mershon Auditorium – ‘In Conversation: Paul Pope and Jeff Smith’ on Friday evening at 7:30pm. Tickets are now on sale at Wexner Center for the Arts

More from the Wexner Center: Join us for a conversation between internationally acclaimed cartoonists and Ohio State University alumni Jeff Smith (Bone, RASL) and Paul Pope (THB, Heavy Liquid, Batman Year 100) as they discuss their extraordinary careers and reflect on the importance of comics history. Jeff Smith’s collected, full-color RASL debuted this fall, and he is currently working on a new webcomic series Tuki: Save the Humans. Paul Pope’s latest sci-fi graphic novel Battling Boy also recently hit shelves. In 2008 Smith was the subject of a Wexner Center exhibition, Jeff Smith: Bone and Beyond, and a companion exhibition at the Cartoon Library, Jeff Smith: Before Bone. Moderated by the Wexner Center’s Director of Film/Video David Filipi.



Jeff’s got 2 titles on the New York Times Graphics Bestsellers List!

Blog entry by Kathleen

RASL DUSTJKT AA Jeff Smith first! Last week saw the debut of Best American Comics on the New York Times Graphics Bestsellers list at the #6 position, with Rasl re-appearing at #10. This week, Best American Comics moves up to the #5 position, with Rasl holding steady at #10! Jeff is the Guest Editor for this years edition of the Best American Comics series. This is the first time Jeff’s had two titles on the list! Congratulations!



So the July Previews catalog is out, and it turns out I have three books in there; I hope you’ll give them a look

Blog entry by Jeff

Trio of books

I didn’t plan it this way, but three of my projects, RASL, BONE: Artist’s Edition, and The Best American Comics 2013 (which I edited), are all shipping in September. The full color RASL was set for October, but we moved it up a month when I was invited to the Brooklyn Book Festival where it will officially debut on September 22. Diamond decided to spotlight the books in their Indie Edge department. I discuss the three projects as well as the indy books I’m currently enjoying,  which you can see here.

RASL Complete HC (See Page 280 in the July PREVIEWS!)

RASL was originally serialized (like MAUS, and WATCHMEN), however, this new hardcover not only gave me a chance to polish the story, but with the assistance of colorist Steve Hamaker, I was able to redraw every single panel with light and color. I almost feel like this is a brand new book.

Bone Artist’s Edition (See Page 157 in this month’s IDW section of the July PREVIEWS!)

The BONE Artist’s Edition; what can I say? It’s an Artist’s Edition from IDW.  These books are some of my favorite things going in comics right now. Did you see the MAD edition? Or the Kubert TARZAN?

The Best American Comics 2013 (See Page 315 in the July PREVIEWS!)

Finally, The Best American Comics 2013 is here, and it has a cover by the amazing Kate Beaton. I have it on good authority that this book is full of great comics from the best graphic novelists, mini-comics, self-publishers, and the web.


CBR interview with Jeff at WonderCon!

Blog entry by Tom

Very busy here at Cartoon Books. Final adjustments are being made to the full color RASL hardcover.  We received our proofs and review copies from the printer and if all goes well, we’ll ship the final document off this weekend!

The only thing I’ll say now, is that after much handwringing and trepidation , the rich, dark colors by Steve Hamaker takes to the paper beautifully! We will share some pages in June, so stay tuned.

For now, the above is a video shot during WonderCon with Kiel Phegley for CBR. We talk about RASL, reworking and repackaging BONE, and a bit about my next project: Tuki Save the Humans.


Comics Central in Columbus Alive!

Blog entry by Tom


Jackie Mantey, a reporter from Columbus Alive, came to the office last week to interview me about the Columbus comics scene. There have been some nice events lately, like CCAD’s MIX event that featured Chris Ware as the keynote speaker; the current comics show being put on by the Ohio Art League; as well as The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum’s up coming move to grander quarters on campus. And apparently there’s an old fart self-publisher lurking about on the city’s south side.

You can read the full online article here.

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RASL and The Cartoonist on year end lists.

Blog entry by Jeff

RASL and the documentary The Cartoonist appeared on a few year end lists around the internet. Here is a fun link I liked… RASL: The Drift made the Top 5 Continuing Books of the Year over at Stumptown Trade Review. I did a podcast interview with these guys earlier in the year when I was at the Stumptown Comics Fest, and enjoyed it very much. Thanks, Brian & Thor! Good time to mention that the new issue, RASL #6 will be in stores on Jan. 20! There is a preview of RASL #6 here.

Also, The Cartoonist documentary made the Booklist Editor’s Choice Best of 2009. Three and a half out of four stars. Not bad, Ken! (Ken Mills is the director) Congratulations!