Jeff Smith Returns with a New Collection of His THORN College Strips!

July 19, 2023 By: Karla Southern Category: Feast Your Eyes, Looking Ahead, Now Read This!

NYT Bestselling Author Jeff Smith Returns to his Roots With a New Collection of His THORN College Strips to Launch in October Kickstarter 

Columbus, OH – July 18, 2023: 

Cartoon Books announces THORN: The Complete Proto-BONE College Strips from 1982 to 1986, And Other Early Drawings, reprinting the entire run of his earliest rendering of the world-famous BONE characters for the first time.

And if Smith had his way, it might not have happened. 

“Talking Jeff into this book wasn’t easy, but fans have been asking us for years.” explains Cartoon Books Publisher Vijaya Iyer, Smith’s partner.

“I confess I was a hard sell at first,” says cartoonist Smith, “Talk of reprinting the THORN comics has always been a non-starter for me. I didn’t think they were very good. In fact, I had an unshakable idea that they were terrible. But when I read them for the first time in over 40 years, I was surprised to find I enjoyed them! It’s fun to see these stories and know they eventually evolved into BONE.” 

The comic strips reveal an early version of BONE called THORN that was written for a college audience in the 1980s. THORN appeared five days a week in the pages of The Ohio State University’s student newspaper The Lantern. A few were reprinted in a self-published 1983 book called THORN: Tales from The Lantern. Another small selection was published in 2008’s limited edition fundraiser for OSU’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum called Before BONE. Both books are long out of print and sell at collector’s prices. There has never been an official, complete run published until now.

This beautiful edition includes plenty of bonus material such as recently discovered early drawings of the BONE characters, essays and interviews.

THORN: The Complete College Strips, will be published in both hardcover and mass market paperback. It will launch on Kickstarter this October for release in Spring of 2024.

About Jeff Smith: Jeff Smith is the award-winning author best known for his self-published BONE comic book series that was later picked to launch Scholastic’s YA graphic novel imprint, Graphix. Other works by Smith included RASL, SHAZAM: Monster Society of Evil, TUKI, and the forthcoming BONE: More Tall Tales.


HEROESCON 2023 :: Jeff Smith’s “Dawn of Man” National Tour 2023

February 09, 2023 By: Karla Southern Category: DISCUSS, EVENTS, Exclusives, Feast Your Eyes, HeroesCon, HeroesCon News, HeroesCon Panels, Indie Island, Looking Ahead, NEWS, Now Read This!, This Just In

Jeff Smith will be at the 2023 Heroes Convention!!

Jeff Smith’s “Dawn of Man” National Tour 2023

Key West, FL – February 9, 2023:  New York Times Bestselling Author Jeff Smith and his publishing house, Cartoon Books, embark on their first national tour in years in support of Smith’s new critically acclaimed series: TUKI.
The tour consists of several convention appearances as well as a unique component – Old Route 66 – where we’ll be giving presentations and signings at each stop. Beginning in March and lasting through October, we have 15 confirmed stops with more to be added throughout the year!

What folks are saying about Jeff Smith’s TUKI:
“2022 Best Graphic Novel for Adults”

“Best Original Graphic Novel of the Year”

“Fight for Family is just what you would expect from the creator of Bone and RASL–an immersive, emotional, and delightful visual masterpiece.”

“If Smith’s iconic BONE weren’t proof enough, TUKI resoundingly restates his status as a master cartoonist of our era…New readers will love it, and fans of BONE will delight in Smith’s return to fantasy adventure with an ensemble of idiosyncratic characters.”

“Fans of classic adventure will not be disappointed… Smith (BONE) goes prehistoric in this fabulously drawn anthropological fantasy.… the characters and scenery remain consistently stunning to gaze at, page after page.” 

National Tour Dates:

March 2-5, 2023: Emerald City Comic-Con, Seattle, WA *Special Guest 

March 31-April 2, 2023: C2E2, Chicago, IL *Special Guest

April 21, 2023: Chicago Comics, Chicago, IL

April 22, 2023: Left Bank Books, St. Louis, MO

April 23, 2023: Tulsa, OK – Location TBD

April 24, 2023: Barnes & Noble, Amarillo, TX

April 25, 2023: Albuquerque, NM – Location TBD

April 26, 2023: Sedona Public Library c/o Cab Comics, Sedona, AZ

April 27, 2023: Vroman’s, Pasadena, CA

April 28, 2023: Atlantis Fantasyworld, Santa Cruz, CA

April 29, 2023: Flying Colors, Concord, CA

June 16-18, 2023: Heroes Con, Charlotte, NC *Special Guest

July 19-23, 2023: Comic Con International, San Diego, CA *Special Guest

September 29-October 1, 2023: Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC), Columbus, OH

October 7-8, 2023: Bedrock City Con, Houston, TX

About TUKI: Set two million years ago, when multiple species of hominids existed at the same time, this hand-drawn story follows the misadventures of a small band of early humans who controlled fire in an epoch when gods and giants were real, and Fire was taboo.

About Jeff Smith: Jeff Smith is the writer & artist of comics and graphic novels like BONE, RASL, SHAZAM: The Monster Society of Evil, ROSE and Tall Tales. Both BONE and RASL were self-published and are New York Times Bestsellers. BONE launched the current YA Graphic Novel explosion via Scholastic Books’ Graphix imprint and has won 41 national and international awards including 10 Eisner Awards and 11 Harvey Awards and has been translated into over 30 foreign languages. RASL won an Eisner for Best Graphic Novel. The webcomic version of TUKI won the National Cartoonists Award for Best Online Comic in 2014.

To request physical review copies or to schedule interviews, contact Kathleen Glosan
 e-mail:  [email protected]



February 06, 2014 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Guest List, HeroesCon, Indie Island



We just posted a MASSIVE Indie Island guest list update on our site! This update includes new creators who are knocking our socks off like Aaron Conley (Sabertooth Swordsman), James Callahan (The Auteur) to longtime heroes of  the indie scene like Jeff Smith (Bone), Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), and Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise). So go check it out and then get your HeroesCon 3 day passes so you don’t miss the fun!


CREATORS! Artists Alley tables are on sale now! These spaces are available first-come-first-served and they usually go fast! Reserve your space today!


Heroes Convention is in Charlotte, North Carolina, June 20-22 2014. Get your 3 day passes today! The full guest list (so far) is here.


HEROES DISCUSSION GROUP :: MAUS by Art Spiegelman :: September 1st, 2012

August 01, 2012 By: Andy Mansell Category: DISCUSS, Discussion Group

First of all, I personally want to thank all of you who attended our three discussions from HeroesCon weekend.  Oz with Skottie Young (thank you Heather!), Batman: Black Mirror with Snyder and Francavilla (thank you Jason!) and Love and Rockets: New Stories with Jaime Hernandez (thank you Mr. Hernandez!).
Now that we are all rested up, it is time to get back to our regular Discussion Group schedule!
First up–
August: Discussion #48: Plan to join us on Saturday, September 1st as we tackle the graphic novel that is certainly one of the most critically acclaimed, vastly read and most often discussed:  The Pulitzer Prize winning story of the Holocaust–Maus by Art Spiegelman.
This is a major work and should be read by all serious comic readers.  The discussion topics are many, but the three primary points I’d like to cover are as follows:  (more…)

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