Jeff Smith’s epic comic series Bone really needs no introduction given the immense world-wide popularity it has achieved since bursting onto the indy scene in the early 90’s…but if by chance you’ve never experienced Smith’s fantastic b&w strips then take a moment to visit Jeff Smith’s Boneville blog and then run (though driving may work) to your nearest book seller of choice and pick up the massive One Volume Edition clocking in at a whopping 1300 black and white pages! It is truly a masterpiece that you don’t want to miss.
But the real reason for this post is to tell you about the comic & prose graphic novel that Jeff Smith and writer Tom Sniegoski have put together that will once more transport readers to the fantastical world of Boneville. Readers will once again be treated to several stories set in Jeff Smith’s fantastical world with Tall Tales setting the stage for a series of novels that is being releasing this fall in the Quest for the Spark trilogy. More on these books in Scholastic’s official press release:
Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, is delighted to announce the acquisition of US, Canada, Philippines, and English Language rights to new titles by Jeff Smith featuring characters from his bestselling BONE series of graphic novels. First to be published will be ‘BONE: Tall Tales,’ coming in Summer 2010, written by Jeff Smith and Tom Sniegoski, and illustrated by Jeff Smith, featuring new art and stories with favorite BONE characters. In addition, Scholastic will publish a highly-anticipated expansion of the BONE world—the Quest for the Spark Trilogy. Overseen by Smith, the trilogy will be written by Tom Sniegoski and illustrated by Jeff Smith. ‘BONE Quest for the Spark: Book One’ (Fall 2010), ‘BONE Quest for the Spark: Book Two’ (Spring 2011), and ‘BONE Quest for the Spark: Book Three’ (Summer 2011) represent the first time Smith has continued the adventures set in the valley since the publication of Rose, the prequel to the BONE series—to be released by Scholastic/Graphix in August 2009. The deal for additional BONE publishing was negotiated by Vijaya Iyer for Cartoon Books/Jeff Smith and by David Saylor, Vice President, Creative Director of Trade Publishing and Editorial Director of Graphix, for Scholastic.
There are more than 4.5 million BONE books in print from Scholastic since the Graphix imprint first launched with the full-color version of “Bone #1: Out from Boneville” in 2005. Time Magazine named BONE one of the top ten graphic novels of all time, and Smith is the winner of multiple awards, including ten Eisner Awards and eleven Harvey Awards—two of the most respected awards in the comics industry.
‘Jeff Smith has hinted over the years that there’s more to discover in the world of BONE,’ said David Saylor, Vice President, Creative Director of Scholastic Trade Publishing and Editorial Director of Graphix, a Scholastic imprint. ‘So it’s an incredibly exciting moment for Scholastic and for fans of BONE that we’ll now be publishing books that extend and enrich Jeff’s brilliantly original series.’
‘I always said I would find a way to draw more Bone stories, and now I have,’ said Jeff Smith. ‘Tom is great to work with and we’re going to have a lot of fun!’
Be on the look out for Bone: Tall Tales as early as August 1st at some retailers (Amazon, for example).