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Jeff Smith


Jeff Smith

Born and raised in the American midwest, Jeff Smith learned about cartooning from comic strips, comic books, and watching animation on TV. After four years of drawing comic strips for Ohio State's student newspaper, Smith co-founded the Character Builders animation studio in 1986. In 1991, he launched a company called Cartoon Books to publish his comic book BONE, a comedy/adventure about three lost cousins from Boneville.

Against all odds, the small company flourished, building a reputation for quality stories and artwork. Word of mouth, critical acclaim, and a string of major awards, which continues to this day, helped propel Cartoon Books and BONE to the forefront of the comic book industry --- an industry not known for its openness to non-action heroes. In the American comic book direct market (the largest system of comic book retail stores) BONE has risen to the #1 spot for humor. In 2005, the Scholastic Graphix imprint published BONE #1: OUT OF BONEVILLE as a full-color graphic novel.

Other titles in the series have followed, including THE GREAT COW RACE, EYES OF THE STORM, THE DRAGON SLAYER, ROCK JAW, OLD MAN'S CAVE, GHOST CIRCLES, and TREASURE HUNTERS. The series has almost two million copies in print and has been called "storytelling at its best," by Entertainment Weekly magazine. Jeff Smith won the "Best Cartoonist" award at the 2005 Harvey Awards honoring excellence in comics.

Jeff Smith's work is published in thirteen languages and has won the highest awards in Germany, France, Italy, and at home. Between BONE and other comics projects, Smith spends much of his time on the international guest circuit promoting comics and the art of graphic novels.

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Jeff Smith

Books by Jeff Smith

by Jeff Smith - Graphic Novel

A special edition of the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling graphic novel that launched Scholastic's Graphix imprint. Includes 32 pages of bonus artwork, including a brand-new illustrated poem by Jeff Smith!  In 2005, Scholastic launched Graphix with the publication of Jeff Smith's BONE in full color. To celebrate ten years of publishing, we offer this special tribute edition of OUT FROM BONEVILLE. Rediscover the world of BONE . . . or explore it for the first time. Join Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone at the beginning of their incredible journey filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures. And as an extra treat, inside you'll find minicomics and artwork inspired by BONE, created by 16 bestselling, award-winning artists.

by Jeff Smith, Jessica Abel, and Matt Madden - Anthology, Comic Books, Fiction, Graphic Novel

THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS showcases the work of both established and up-and-coming contributors. Editor Jeff Smith --- creater of the classic comic Bone, a comedy/adventure about three lost cousins from Boneville --- has culled the best stories from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, mini-comics, and web comics to create this cutting-edge collection.

by Jeff Smith - Comic Books, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction

When Rasl, a thief and ex-military engineer, discovers the lost journals of Nikola Tesla, he bridges the gap between modern physics and history's most notorious scientist. Soon Rasl finds himself in possession of humankind's greatest and most dangerous secret.

by Jeff Smith - Graphic Novel

Cartoon Books proudly presents Jeff Smith's new adventure series, RASL - a stark, sci-fi series about a dimension-jumping art thief, a man unplugged from the world who races through space and time searching for his next big score - and trying to escape his past.

written by Jeff Smith, illustrated by Charles Vess
written and illustrated by Jeff Smith - Graphic Novel

After being run out of Boneville, the three Bone cousins, Fone Bone, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone are separated and lost in a vast uncharted desert. One by one they find their way into a deep forested valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures.