Category Archives: Self-Publishing

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

Blog entry by Jacob Robinson

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!



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

Blog entry by Jacob Robinson


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:



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 Jacob Robinson

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 Jacob Robinson

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.


Reminder: Billy Ireland Museum Opening this weekend!

Blog entry by Jacob Robinson


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!



Comics Central in Columbus Alive!

Blog entry by Jacob Robinson


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

Blog entry by Jacob Robinson

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: