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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.

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!



CCAD Mix 2013 is this weekend!

Blog entry by Jacob Robinson



The Columbus College of Art and Design’s 2nd annual Comics Mix kicks off on Friday September 27th and runs through Saturday September 28th featuring a weekend of panels, workshops, film screenings and all things comics! Jeff has been invited to present the Keynote address Friday evening at 7pm at the Canzani Auditorium which will be moderated by Tom Spurgeon.

You can find Jeff on Friday at these other events:

3:30pm-5:00pm: Panel-Alternatives to the Mainstream-Independent, Digital and Artisan Comics.
Location: Canzani Multipurpose Room

7:00pm-8:00pm: Keynote Event- In Conversation with Jeff Smith, moderated by Tom Spurgeon.
Location: Canzani Auditorium

*A signing will follow the Keynote in the Canzani Lobby near the MixStore.
Copies of RASL and BONE will be available for purchase.

For a complete listing of the Mix events, click here.

See you Friday!


RASL Friday night MIX Event!

Blog entry by Jacob Robinson


Friday night at 7pm, I’ll be on stage with The Comics Reporter’s Tom Spurgeon for a keynote talk about RASL, BONE, and the art form of comics and graphic novels. Accompanying the talk is an exhibit of original pages from RASL, a multi-media display of inspirations and some terrific 3-D representations of things from the world of RASL. Some teasers below!



The event is at the Columbus College of Art & Design, and is the keynote itself is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required. The rest of the weekends events and panels do require registration, so for more information, go here.


There are lots of amazing guests and panels all weekend, and in the gallery next to mine, is an exhibit of Gary Panter’s new paintings! If you are in Columbus, I hope you can stop by!

Heading to Detroit this weekend!

Blog entry by Jacob Robinson

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This week, our Book Tour takes us to the Detroit Fanfare show! We haven’t been to Detroit in over a decade, so we are thrilled to come back and see our fans! The show is being held at the Adoba Hotel Dearborn and runs Saturday and Sunday with a Preview Night on Friday! Hope to see you!

Cartoon Books’ Booth#’s are 34,35, and 36. Here’s where Jeff will be during the show:

Friday October 25:
In Booth Signing 6:00pm

Saturday October 26:
Panel Q&A with Jeff Smith Marquis Ballroom 12:00pm-1:00pm
In Booth Signing 2:00pm
In Booth Signing 6:00pm

Sunday October 27:
In Booth Signing 12:00pm
In Booth Signing 4:00pm

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SPX Interview

Blog entry by Jacob Robinson

Here’s an interview Jeff did at SPX in Bethesda

Ooops! Did anyone else catch it? The visual they used for the cover is wrong, that is the cover for the hardcover version of the black and white Volume One: The Drift.

Below is the cover image for the RASL Hardcover regular version.


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:



Next up: Headed back to New England!

Blog entry by Jacob Robinson

Jeff will be making quite a few appearances in Massachusetts next weekend–hope you can make it out to one or all of them!


Thursday October 17 – 7:00pm-9:00pm : Signing at Modern Myths
34 Bridge St #4
Northampton, MA 01060

Friday October 18 – 10:00am-12:00pm: “A Conversation with Jeff Smith” at Hampshire College
“A conversation with Jeff Smith,” a relaxed discussion about comics, storytelling, art, etc. for students interested in careers related to comics, animation, and visual narrative.  Hosted by Chris Perry, animator & professor. At Bill Brand Screening Room, Jerome Liebling Center for Film, Photography, and Video, Hampshire College.

Friday October 18 – 2:00pm-4:00pm: UMass Amherst Lecture on Will Eisner’s ‘A Contract with God’, followed by signing, Bartlett Hall Auditorium, Room 65. Open to the public.

Saturday October 19 – 1:00pm-3:00pm: Maynard Public Library Appearance and Signing. Open to the public but tickets required. Tickets can be picked up at the Library. Seating is limited.
Maynard Public Library
77 Nason St.,
Maynard, MA 01754


Saturday October 19 – 5:00pm-7:00pm: Signing at Million Year Picnic
99 Mt. Auburn St. Downstairs
Cambridge MA 02138