Category Archives: Shazam!

Getting Ready for Heroes Con!

Blog entry by Kathleen


Heroes Con is taking place June 20th through June 22 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. This show has become a perennial favorite of ours, and we are very excited to come back and see our fans! Cartoon Books will once again be exhibiting and Jeff will be making a few panel appearances as well as doing a few signings at our booth. Further information on panel times and locations as well as the signing schedule will be updated next week. See you soon!

Happy New Year! Now get back to work!

Blog entry by Jeff

But first, waste some time with these links!

Check out the Reading Pile with the fabulous Brigid Alverson

Check out this Flicker pic. I love it!

The Shazam/Captain Marvel Oral History continues over at Newsarama. I’ve been enjoying this a lot:

The Fawcett Years: 1940-1954, Part One


The Fawcett Years: 1940-1954, Part Two

The Fawcett Years: 1940-1954, Part Three

The Lost Years: 1954-1973, Part One

The Lost Years: 1954-1973, Part Two

The Lost Years: 1954-1973, Part Three

And now, moving into the modern era, The Shazam Years, Part one

All the articles have illustrations like these by Wheeler and Wilson. Wheeler is one of the funniest, best cartoonists around, and a pal. And look at that drawing by Wilson! Shazam! The whole project is fun and interesting all around!

Super Librarian gives a nice review of The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, BONE, and The Changing Face of Comics.

And just in case you’re still not ready to start working, here are some RASL links:

Greg McElhatton’s  Ten Great Comic Books in 2010,

The Malaysia Star,

Mania’s Top Ten of 2010.

Get Graphic, New Year’s Books to Read

Have fun!

Shazam! Monster Society of Evil TP debuts on the New York Times best sellers list!

Blog entry by Tom

SHAZAM! The Monster Society of Evil TP debuts this week at #7 on The New York Times Graphic Books Best Sellers List!

You can check out the complete New York Times list here!

Shazam joins Bone 9: Crown of Horns which is currently on the Publisher’s Weekly Best Sellers List at #6!

If you’d like to learn more about Shazam! and Captain Marvel, visit the Marvel Family web page.

posted by Tom


Shazam! Monster Society of Evil Paperback on sale Wednesday

Blog entry by Jeff

The softcover edition of Shazam! Monster Society of Evil will be In comic book stores this Wednesday. Hooray! I love this book!

I’m happy to say that the paperback version of my Shazam book Monster Society  of Evil will be in comic shops on March 4th. It’s beautifully printed, although a bit smaller than the deluxe hardcover that came out for x-mas 2007 (That book was oversized, and this one is standard DC trade collection size).

On the plus side, it is cheaper, $19.99; only $13.59 on Amazon where it is available for pre-order!

Flying Colors Comics wins CBLDF store appearance

Blog entry by Tom

Posted by Tom

Jeff will be signing at Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff on Saturday, December 6th in Concord, California.

Joe Field, the owner, was the highest bidder for a CBLDF auction.

Jeff is excited because Joe was one of the first retailers he met back in the early 90s, and is one of his trusted go-to guys whenever he needs retail advice.

After taking a year off from all comic book conventions and store signings, this will be the first and only comic book store appearance Jeff will do in 2008 – 2009, so if you are in the area, please stop by!

For more details, visit Joe’s blog at Fyling Colors Comics.


BONE and Beyond Hardcover Exhibition Catalog still on sale!

Blog entry by Tom

With the overwhelming success of the Before Bone book and its complete sell-out, I wanted to let everybody know that the Jeff Smith: Bone and Beyond exhibition catalog is still available. If you can’t make it to the exhibit (you still have a month left), you can see everything here, plus a lot more.

Jeff Smith: Bone and Beyond is a 96 page, hardcover catalog and is illustrated throughout. It has a foreword by Sherri Geldin, an introduction by Lucy Shelton Caswell, with text by Dave Filipi, Scott McCloud and Neil Gaiman.

Published in conjunction with the Wexner Center and the Cartoon Research Library’s 2008 exhibition, this catalogue presents work featured in the show, including examples of Smith’s original drawings for Bone, plus the more recent Shazam and RASL.

Also featured are selected works by cartoonists who have influenced Smith, such as George Herriman, Charles Schulz and Walt Kelly, and essays by comic book and fantasy author Neil Gaiman, comic book artist and scholar Scott McCloud and Wexner Center film/video curator David Filipi, the exhibition’s co-curator. Cartoon Research Library curator Lucy Shelton Caswell, the exhibition’s other co-curator, provides an introduction. The size is 10.5 x 9.5 in. 

You can see some images of the book that were taken by a reader here.

You can purchase a copy from us in the store or at the Wexner shop site.

OPENING Night pics of the BONE Exhibit at the Wexner

Blog entry by Tom

THE EVENT everyone here at Cartoon Books has been waiting for finally arrived, and we couldn't have been more excited. When we first arrived and took the stairs down to the exhibit, we were greeted by the huge mural Jeff did exclusively for this show. The place was packed!

Jeff meets some young fans.  On either side of him are his parents, Barbara & William Smith.

Left to right: Ron Price, Raphael Rosado, Leslie Hough and Jeff.

Jeff with Harvey Pekar. 

Harvey Pekar, Jeff, and Jenny Robb from the Cartoon Research Library

Jeff and Scott McCloud. 

The Moores, Robin & Terry. 

Terry Moore givin his thumbs up to Jeff's work. 

Robin and Karen Shaffer.

Steve in front of the mural that he colored… 

…Jeff and Steve discussing who did the most work on the mural. 

Incredible food and drinks.

Kathleen with her folks.

Vijaya and Tom Leckrone. 

Steve with our friend and clay artist extrodinaire Lisa Bare Culp.

Jeff with Jenny Robb and Karen Bell, Dean of the College of the Arts. 

Animation pals: Jeff, Jim Kammerud, and Dan Root. 

Charles Vess, Karen Shaffer, Jeff and Jenny Robb.

At the end of a long evening, we all head out to a favorite watering hole to unwind.

On the way, as the gallery is closing down, we all get our pictures taken in front of the mural… 

Terry Moore, Jeff, Vijaya, and Charles Vess. 

Cartoon Book Staffers: Kathleen, Jeff, Tom, Steve and Vijaya.

And finally, J & V by themselves.

Related links:

The Daily Cartoonist interviews BONE AND BEYOND curators David Filipi and Lucy Caswell  

The Columbus Dispatch


The Beat 

BONE Exhibition Setup at Wexner Center continues

Blog entry by Tom

Hi everybody, Tom here with another update on the exhibition that is only days away. Things are really starting to come together as you can see from the following pics.

Steve, Vijaya and Jeff waiting for the gallery space to open. 

Vijaya admiring a Geo. Herriman original. 

Jeff can't take his eyes off the E.C. Segar strip. 

V & J with Fone Bone. 

Jeff just noticed that the Carl Barks Uncle Scrooge page is signed! 

The original art for the final cover of BONE, issue #55. 

A  double page spread from  SHAZAM! The Monster Society of Evil.

The six page preview story from RASL. 

Just outside the gallery, a huge mural that Jeff created is being hung one panel at a time using hydraulic lifts. 

Jeff checks out the seam between panels. 

The first two panels are up! Kathleen and I (Tom) stand next to the wall for scale. 

Steve and Jeff chatting with Ohio State University President Gordon Gee.