Category Archives: World Tour

Fan Expo Canada schedule and booth location!!!

Blog entry by Tom

The BONE 20th Anniversary Tour continues this week as we visit our neighbors to the north.

We want everybody to be able to find us easily at our booth #129, so here is the floorplan of the convention center. You can click on it to make it bigger.

This is a more magnified version of where you can find us. You can also go to FanExpo Canada’s website and download a pdf for yourself here!

Jeff will be doing two (2) signings a day.

The first will occur in the morning at the Cartoon Books booth #129. This signing will not require a ticket, but may get capped quickly if the line is huge. The autograph area signings in the evenings will be ticketed. Tickets for the evening signings are only available at The Cartoon Books Booth. You must receive a ticket from a Cartoon Books staff member (no purchase necessary) and there will only be a limited number of tickets available per day.

The schedule will be:

Thursday August 25th.
Show Hours 2pm-9pm

2pm – 4pm Cartoon Books Booth Signing at booth 129
7:30pm – 900pm in the Autograph Area “CC”

Friday August 26th.
Show Hours 10am-8pm

11am – 1pm Cartoon Books Booth Signing at booth 129
2:30 – 3:30pm Creating the Worlds of BONE & RASL Panel Rm 716
5:30 – 700pm in the Autograph Area “CC”

Saturday Show Hours 10am-8pm
11am – 1pm Cartoon Books Booth Signing at booth 129
2:30 – 3:30pm Conversational panel with Mark Askwith Rm 718
5:30 – 700pm in the Autograph Area “CC”

Sunday Show Hours 10am-6pm
11am – 1pm Cartoon Books Booth Signing at booth 129
4:30 – 600pm in the Autograph Area “CC”

And don’t forget, we’re rolling into town with our limited edition BONE 20th Anniversary Box Sets!

The Full Color One Volume Editions with lots of whistles and bells! For details, click here.

Toronto. Here we come!!!


Baltimore Comic Con this weekend!

Blog entry by Tom

The next stop on the 20th Anniversary BONE tour is this weekend in Baltimore, Maryland!

The schedule on Saturday August 20th:

11:00 am -1:00pm: Jeff and Steve will be signing at the Cartoon Books booth 1304

2:00pm – 3:00: ROOM 301-303; A Conversation with Jeff Smith & Stan Sakai. Jeff Smith’s Bone celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year. Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo will soon reach its 200th issue. Now, these two talented creators sit down to discuss their work; from their beginnings to future plans. Join Jeff & Stan for what is sure to be a lively and fun look at the world of comics.!

4:30pm – 6:30pm Jeff and Steve will be signing at the Cartoon Books booth 1304

The schedule on Sunday August 21st:

10:00 am -11:00am Jeff and Steve will be signing at the Cartoon Books booth 1304

11:00-12:00PM Comics Jukebox: All-Ages Comics in the Digital Age. Digital, web, & downloadable comics are a growing trend in the medium, but where do kids comics stand in this arena? Creators John Gallagher and Steve Conley moderate over a panel of experts, including Dan Parent (Archie), Steve Hamaker (Bone, Fish & Chips), Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space!), Rich Faber (Roboy Red!) and Todd DeZago (Perhapanauts, Superhero Squad). Those in attendance will get a special card allowing them to download a FREE Exclusive BUZZBOY story from John Gallagher, and one person will win the opportunity to make a cameo appearance in Leon, Protector of the Playground,the new all-ages graphic novel by Jamar Nicholas.

1:00-2:00PM Going Digital: Day and Date, and what you need to know. With Marvel announcing their same-day-strategy and DC distributing their entire line starting August 31st to provide you with their acclaimed line of comics the same day digitally as they come out in print, you need to make sure you are prepared. With almost everything you want on demand or deliverable to your door, why should your comics be any different? Marvel and DC, with the help of comiXology have created a digital comics experience that puts the power back in your hands to enjoy your favorite comics on demand. Your comics, when you want them, where you want them. Come join John D. Roberts, Co-founder of comiXology, who will lead our panel as we explore the new digital horizons together.

3:00-5:00pm Jeff and Steve will be signing at the Cartoon Books booth 1304

So come out and say Hi to us! You can still get your tickets by clicking here!

Cartoon Books San Diego Comic-Con Schedule and product premieres!

Blog entry by Tom

The kick-off to the 20th ANNIVERSARY BONE TOUR will be in San Diego at the Comic-Con International. I’m a guest this year and I think it’s going to be a fun year. Here are the goodies we are debuting at the Cartoon Books booth:

The BONE boys! The Fone Bone plush was a big hit a couple of years ago, and this summer his two cousins are with him. Premiering at this year’s Comic-Con is plush Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone.

The 20th Anniversary Box Set that contains a hardcover One Volume Edition of BONE in full color…

…plus a lot sweet goodies, like a miniature reproduction of BONE #1, a DVD, and a Phoney Bone gold coin. I like this set a lot. Can you tell?

I’m flipping through the 20th Anniversary Timeline/Cover Gallery Book. That’s the DVD documentary peeking out of the back there. On the couch is the mini reproduction of BONE #1

The other big premiere will be RASL Book 3: Romance at the Speed of Light. Wait’ll you see the RASL side of our booth this year. It’s Tesla-riffic!

I will be signing at the Cartoon Books booth (#2109) every day and participating in various panels. Here is my Comic-Con schedule:

Preview Night July 20th:

7 pm-9 pm: Jeff Smith signing at the Cartoon Books Booth #2109

Thursday, July 21st:

1:30pm-3:30pm Jeff Smith signing at the Cartoon Books Booth #2109

 5:00pm-6:00pm Panel: Epic Literary Adventure, Room 9 with Jeff Smith, Anders Nilsen, and Brian Ralph

Friday, July 22nd:

10:00am-12:00pm Jeff Smith signing at the Cartoon Books Booth #2109

12:30pm-1:30pm Jeff and Vijaya Panel: Spotlight on Jeff Smith, Room 5AB,

4:00pm-6:00pm Cartoon Books Booth Signing SPECIAL “Quest for the Spark” signing with Jeff Smith, Tom Sniegoski and Steve Hamaker

Saturday, July 23rd:

11:00am-12:00pm Panel: Will Eisner–Visionary, Room 9, Moderated by Charles Brownstein, Panel Participants: Jeff Smith, Paul Levitz, Denis Kitchen, Diana Shutz, and ScottMcCloud

12:30pm-2:30pm Jeff Smith signing at the Cartoon Books Booth #2109

1:30pm-2:30pm Vijaya Panel: Is the Comic Book Doomed? Room 24ABC with Doug Wolk

4:00pm-6:00pm Jeff Smith signing at the Cartoon Books Booth #2109

Sunday, July 24th:

10:00am-11:00am Panel: Cover Story-The Art of the Cover, Room 25ABC 2:00pm-3:00pm Moderated by Mark Evanier, Panel Participants Jeff Smith, Ernie Chan, Jo Chen, Alan Davis, Dave Gibbons and Ashley Wood

4:00pm-5:00pm Jeff Smith signing at the Cartoon Books Booth #2109

Consult your program guide for panel room numbers.

If you can’t make it to a show on the 2011 BONE 20th Anniversary Tour, don’t worry, because just like last year, we will have a store sale that includes Jeff’s signature on every book that you purchase. More on that later this week!


BONE 20th Anniversary Tour Dates

Blog entry by Jeff

The tour dates are set!

We kick off the party in San Diego at the Comics event of the year COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL! July 21st thru July 24th. Where the 20th Anniversary Box Set will make its official debut!

Next is Baltimore Comic Con on August 20th-21st. Steve did the incredible art below for the Comic-Con program guide:

The next week, it’s off to Canada. On August 25th thru August 28th, the beautiful city of Toronto will host the four day FAN EXPO CANADA.

October 13th thru the 16th we will be taking another bite out of the Big Apple at the NEW YORK COMIC CON.

The next weekend, October 22nd and 23rd, I will be at Mid Ohio Con where we’ll debut the BONE One Volume Slipcase Edition. More details will be revealed on that later.

Then it’s off to Italy! The Lucca Comics and Games show is a huge event. Vijaya and I have been there numerous times and its always a blast. The Italian version of the website is here.

Hope to see you at one or more of the stops!





I’m a bad interview…

Blog entry by Jeff

I just stumbled across this on YouTube last night. It’s an interview I did with  Alyssa Huang last Spring while at the ALA BookExpo. I mentioned it in my blog at the time, but I lost my notes that had the little girl’s name and that she was with Ideas in Writing Kid’s Club. I never saw the finished piece after that. Anyway, here it is, and I am a bad subject. I inadvertently throw my interviewer off just as the showroom starts to shut down. It’s pretty adorable…

India: Mumbai

Blog entry by Tom

Posted by Tom

Jeff and V sure have been busy. These pics were in my inbox this morning. ENJOY!

Jeff writes:

We arrived in Mumbai the day before yesterday (the giant city that used to be called Bombay, home of Bollywood, the world’s largest film capital), and have been visiting family & friends. Also spent a lot of time in the hotel cafe – - gave a dozen interviews including some of India’s biggest papers like Times of India, The Hindu, Time Out Mumbai, DNA Daily News, and Rolling Stone India. 

Last night I had a book signing downtown @ Crossword Bookstore, at Kemps Corner, Mumbai 7:00pm. Good turn out.


Today I am giving a lecture at the Whistling Woods Film Institute.

First I was given a tour of the animation dept. Very nice. State of the art.

Part of my talk covers comics influences like this Krazy Kat Sunday page by Geo. Herriman.

Afterward, the students came up and asked questions and passed around the books.

It was great fun!


iINDIA booktour via iPhone from Jeff and V part 2

Blog entry by Tom

Hi everybody, I received some new pics from Jeff and Vijaya. Wish we were there with them, we woke up to our first snow fall this morning. I think they might want to stay longer when they find that out…

On siesta. Getting ready for a booktour full of unknowns. That’s Jeff on the beach of Ihuru, North Male Atoll, on Maldive Island.

Watched a beautiful sunrise here in The Maldive Islands. Vijaya & I spent a  few days rest here to burn off our jet lag before the booktour.

I haven’t completely escaped work though; this is a picture (taken with my iPhone) of my reading material for the trip. A couple hard-boiled noir novels (1 Hammett, 1 Chandler) and a couple x-file type science books. Doing my homework.

And yes! On the right of the table is a copy of the new oversized RASL collection. It’s a sample copy sent straight to our room here (in the middle of The Indian Ocean!) It’s beautifully printed. I will be premiering RASL volume 1: The Drift at Flying Colors Comics in person on Dec. 6.

iReports from India…Day 1

Blog entry by Tom


Hi everybody, Jeff and Vijaya are in India on a booktour and they sent me a couple of pics (via the iPhone) to share with you all.

Here’s Jeff doing a little R&R at local cafe with fresh lime sodas near shore temple…

Vijaya on the Indian Ocean reading Neil Gaiman’s latest, The Graveyard Book.


Here is pic of stone built shore temple (circa 900 AD). There were 7 of them originally-the other 6 were washed away by the sea.

Keep checking back for new pics and info as they send them to me.