Bone is an independently published comic book series, written and illustrated by Jeff Smith, In the opening pages of “Out from Boneville” the three Bone cousins , an avaricious and greedy Phoncible P. “Phoney” . The special 1,page, one-volume edition (ISBN X) was released originally for $40 (USD) . Out From Boneville is the first story-arc in the Bone series. It collects the first six issues of Jeff The first volume follows the three Bone cousins as they meet the inhabitants of a mysterious valley and seek their help in finding the 1 Synopsis. 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.

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Bone is an independently published comic book series, written and illustrated by Jeff Smithoriginally serialized in 55 irregularly released issues from to Smith’s black-and-white drawings were inspired by animated cartoons and comic stripsa notable influence being Walt Kelly ‘s Pogo: Time has called the series “as sweeping as the Lord of the Rings cycles, but much funnier.

The series was self-published by Smith’s Cartoon Books for issues 1 to 19, by Image Comics from issues 20 to 28, and back to Cartoon Books for issues 29 to Bone has received numerous awardsamong them ten Eisner Awards [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] and eleven Harvey Awards. The series centers on the Bone cousins, bald cartoon characters. After crossing a desert, the cousins are separated by a sea of locusts and individually ending up in the mysterious Valley and must make their way across the fantasy landscape pursued by rat creatures Fone Bone uses a mysterious hand-drawn map that Smiley had found.

They joyously reunite at a local tavern called Barrelhaven, where they are taken in by a mysterious girl named Thorn and her even more enigmatic grandmother.

Fone Bone instantly develops a crush on Thorn when he meets her, and repeatedly attempts to express his love through poetry. As they stay longer in the Valley, they encounter humans and other creatures who are threatened by a dark entity, the Lord of the Locusts.

The Bones, trying to escape to Boneville, are quickly drawn into the events around them, compelling them on a hero’s journey to help free the Valley. Although Boneville is never actually shown in the story, it is implied as technologically contemporary: In contrast, the Valley is depicted as somewhat medieval, kut as much as its citizens employ a barter system, weapons, and okt of transportation similar to those of the Middle Agesand Phoney persistently refers to the valley people as ” yokels “.

According to Jeff Smiththe earliest forerunner drawings of what later became the Bone cousins occurred when he was about five, and sitting in his living vop.1 drawing, and he drew what looked like an old C-shaped telephone handset receiverwhich emerged as a frowning character with its mouth wide open.

Elements of that character and its demeanor found their way into the character Phoney Bone, the grouchy cousin to Fone Bonee. His name is derived from “Fonebone”, the generic surname that Don Martin gave to many of the characters that appeared in his Mad magazine strips. I thought, ‘Man, if you could just get a comic book of that fgom, the length of say, War and Peaceor The Odyssey or something, that would be something I would love to read, and even as a kid I looked everywhere for that book, that Uncle Scrooge story that was 1, ffom long.

Specific literary works that influenced Bone include Smith’s favorite book, Moby Dick. Smith, who cites its multi-layered narrative and symbolism, placed numerous references to it in Bone.

Tolkien ‘s The Lord of the Rings and the classic fairy tales and mythologies that inspired those works.

While Smith attended the Ohio State Universityhe created a comic strip called “Thorn” for the student newspaper, The Lanternwhich included some of the characters who later featured in Bone. After college, Smith and his friends produced animation work on commission in their studio, Character Builders Inc.

Drawn bonw the idea that he could produce his own animated-type story but in the comics medium, and convinced by Frank Miller ‘s The Dark Knight Returns and Art Spiegelman ‘s Maus that a serious comic book with a beginning, middle and end structure was both artistically and commercially viable, Smith decided to produce Bone. InSmith launched his company, Cartoon Booksto publish the series. This made it difficult to focus on writing and drawing the book, and as a result, he fell behind in his production.



To remedy this, he asked his wife, Vijaya, to quit her lucrative job at a Silicon Valley startup company in order to run the business side of Bone as the President of Cartoon Books. As a result, Smith was able to refocus on drawing, and sales improved. Smith believed this would be a temporary arrangement, and to maintain the book’s place in catalogs, the collected volumes remained under the Cartoon Books label. The Cartoon Books printings have black back covers, inset with a single panel reprinted from inside.

First printings can be distinguished from later printings by changes in the color of the logo on the front cover.

The comic and its story ended with its 55th issue, dated June The back cover has, in place of the usual comic panel, a black-and-white photo of Smith in his studio drawing the last page on May In an interview on Attack of the ShowSmith revealed that he drew the last page before working on the first issue. Other books published in the color series but not part of the main bome is the prequel Roseillustrated by Charles Vess ; the Bone Handbook ; and Tall Taleswhich has a new story surrounding reprints of the Big Johnson Bone story, the Disney Adventures story, and a few new tales.

Issues from the Out from Boneville collection were also reprinted in the digest-sized children’s magazine Disney Adventuresfirst in and later in through The pages were also censored to remove smoking and frpm references and boje innuendo involving Thorn and Fone Bone. The series was split into three story arcs, each having two names, one being the original arc name, the other being the name used in the one volume edition, respectively as follows.

The first arc lasted from issues 1—20 volumes 1—3, June — August being named Vernal Equinoxor The Valley. The main story in issue The second arc was named Solsticeor Phoney Strikes Back. The arc lasted from issues 21—39 volumes 4—6, October — August It is tied as the longest running arc in issues with the third arc lasting 19 issues. From February to JanuaryScholastic Inc. InHarperCollins obneville publishing the full color editions for the UK market.

The series was also reprinted in color under HarperCollins Children’s Booksthe fourth individual reprinting for the first 3 volumes and the third individual reprinting for the last 6 volumes.

The first three volumes have been published in, andrespectively, though it is unclear whether the last six volumes will be reprinted. This special print of the entire adventure was to celebrate the end of the series and the commencement of bome collection in the series being reprinted in color through Scholastic Press. First released in and promoted as boenville a limited bobe run being available, this edition has had frrom reprintings to keep it available.

In addition to the one-volume paperback, a signed limited edition hardcover edition of the one-volume book was issued. The deluxe hardcover featured gold embossed lettering on the cover, gilded edges, and a cloth ribbon bookmark. The end pages are printed with a map of The Valley and it comes with a full-color signed and numbered bomeville. The series has been reprinted 13 times, also featuring a signed limited edition of the 13th pressing version sold during November Reviewer Andrew Arnold said of the collection, which was published at the conclusion of the monthly series, “As sweeping as the Lord of the Rings cycle, but much funnier Smith imbues even simple dialogue panels with animation.

Now that it’s finished Bone should join the ranks of Lord uot the Rings and Harry Potter bonevill the young adult pantheon. In Novemberfor its 20th anniversary, a full-color, one-volume edition was released. It has a special section in the back with a cover gallery of the original comics, an illustrated timeline of Bone’s year history, and an essay by author Jeff Smith.

A special edition was also released that included the book, a signed print by Jeff Smith, a Phoney Bone gold coin, three pewter bone figures of Fone Bone, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone, a copy of The Cartoonist documentary DVD, a miniature facsimile of the original Bone comic 1 and a big red box with a picture of Fone on it to hold it all.

It includes a short story where the Bone cousins celebrate Winter Solstice, and also a Jeff Smith interview and sketches. It is featured in the Crown bon Horns collection and the final frok of the series.

Bone #1: Out from Boneville

JanWizard, 28 pages Vrom was a free comic book mail-in offer through Wizard magazine. As was also common with Wizard magazine comic offers, there was a special gold foil cover variant where the Bone title on the cover is embossed in gold foil.

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It came in a rigid mylar sleeve and a certificate of authenticity. There is a short story that fits in between 13 and 14 of the regular series, and is included in Bone Vol. The Great Cow Race. This special also includes a Jeff Smith interview and sketches. This sourcebook bons published to celebrate the move vkl.1 the Bone series from self-publishing to Image Comics, where it stayed for only 7 issues before Jeff Smith took it back to self-publishing.

To celebrate its year anniversary, a special color edition of Bone 1 was released with a free collectible Fone Bone PVC figure and a full color Phoney Bone Gazillion dollar bill. This special edition included a new cover, a new afterword by Jeff Smith, and an illustrated eight-page commentary by comics historian R.

Bohevilleand the original artwork was digitally remastered in full color. CODA, a page graphic novel that includes a page short story featuring the Bone cousins returning to their home town of Boneville after the events of the last issue of BONE series.

Seemingly a simple farm girl, it is soon revealed that she is heir to the throne of Atheia. She is also a “Veni-Yan-Cari” the awakened oneone who can see into the “dreaming”, a kind of parallel existence, or “spirit world”. Thorn has been shown to have excellent courage, as well as fantastic powers, such as escaping through a landslide blindfolded, flying, bonevi,le jumping a castle wall without injuring herself.

In a sense she can do anything if she can “concentrate her dreaming. She starts off sweet and innocent, yet later in The Bonee when the seriousness and reality of everything dawns on her she takes on a more mature and tougher personality.

Thorn’s grandmother, a tough-as-nails farmer who races against cows on foot as a hobby, and always wins. An immensely strong person, it is frok that she is the former Queen of Atheia who escaped to Barrelhaven with Lucius Down in order to protect and safeguard Thorn. Boje large, gruff, older man who was described as over seven feet tall and over pounds. Lucius was so powerful he could scare even Euclid into submission. He runs the Barrelhaven Tavern, and put the foil for crom all of Phoney Bone’s schemes.

In the later books we find that Jonathan Oaks was like a son to him. He was previously Captain of the Queen’s guard and it was hinted he had a history with Gran’ma Ben, only to reveal later that he had ‘picked the wrong girl’, instead falling in love with her sister, Briar, whose motive in the affair was to hurt Rose.

He was later in love with Rose Harvestar. Before the Rat Creatures destroy his tavern, he relocates to Old Man’s cave, where he becomes Captain of an ill-equipped infantry of Barrelhaven farmers. After the volcano erupts, he leads the farmers and Veni Yan south, arriving in time for the battle on Sinner’s Rock. When the Hooded One prepared to kill Rose, Lucius grabs onto fgom just as she is destroyed; the ouh surge in power kills Lucius.

His body boneviille later taken north and buried behind the rebuilt Barrelhaven Tavern. The Red Dragon appears when he is most needed. Gran’ma Ben does not trust him, regardless of how many times he has saved her or her friends from harm. The Great Red Dragon seems bonegille be incredibly ancient. In a sequence that shows the land during the Dragons’ reign, supposedly the beginning of time, the Great Red Dragon can be seen fighting Mim along with other dragons.

As said in the prequel Stupid, Stupid Rat Tailshe is Mim’s son and he was part of the group that trapped her in stone when the Valley was made.

Bone Vol. 1: Out From Boneville

He took care of Thorn during the Great War while Rose searched for a place for them to hide. Fone Bone indicates that he has a baritone voice.

The dragon itself does not appear to have a name, beyond “The Great Red Dragon”. If he has one, it is unknown to anyone but himself. A small, often outspoken villager who works for Lucius at the Barrelhaven, and views Lucius as a hero. Though he was saved from an ambush from the rat creatures in Old Man’s Caveit is revealed that he died subsequently, in the Veni Yan infirmary.