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Bone : coda / by Jeff Smith ; with a Bone compendium by Stephen Weiner.
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Publication Information:
Columbus, Ohio: Cartoon Books, 2016.

Physical Description:
135 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm
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Includes a new Bone chapter and a Bone compendium.
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SMI Graphic Novel Junior Graphic Novels
SMI Graphic Novel Junior Graphic Novels
SMI Graphic Novel Junior Graphic Novels

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co·da (ko-d?) noun
1. the concluding passage of a piece or movement, typically forming an addition to the basic structure. 2. a concluding event, remark, or section.

25 years after the first black & white issue of the self-published comic book BONE appeared on comic shop shelves, and over a decade since the concluding chapter comes a new (and completely superfluous!) adventure featuring the Bone cousins! Ride along with the boys and their friend Bartleby the Rat Creature as they brave the dangerous journey across the desert back toward Boneville in their rickety cow cart. Creator Jeff Smith is back for another laugh with Fone Bone, Phoney Bone and Smiley!

Also included is the complete text of The BONE Companion fully illustrated for the first time! Written by award winning comics historian Stephen Weiner, author of 101 Outstanding Graphic Novels , Faster than a Speeding Bullet: The Rise of the Graphic Novel , The Hellboy Companion , and The Will Eisner Companion .

All this plus rare behind the scenes photos & memories, and an afterword by the author thanking the comics community and the readers all add up to make this a truly special commemorative volume of BONE to add to your collection!

Author Notes

Jeff Smith is The New York Times bestselling author/cartoonist of the BONE and RASL graphic novels. BONE won numerous awards around the world, including multiple American Eisners and Harveys, and the French Alph Art. In 2005, Smith's work was chosen to launch Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic Books. Smith was guest editor of Best American Comics in 2013

Stephen Weiner is an award winning writer about comics and graphic novels. He has been writing about comic art since 1992, and is the most recognized public librarian responsible for promoting graphic novel collections in public libraries. His books include: 100 Graphic Novels for Public Libraries, The 101 Best Graphic Novels, Faster than a Speeding Bullet: the Rise of the Graphic Novel, The 101 Best Graphic Novels: 2nd edition, Faster than a Speeding Bullet: the Rise of the Graphic Novel: 2nd edition and 101 Outstanding Graphic Novels . He is co-writer of The Will Eisner Companion and Hellboy: the Companion . In addition, he is co-editor of the 7 volume series Critical Survey of Graphic Novels . He is the director of the Maynard Public Library in Maynard, MA.

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

Twenty-five years after Smith began his now-classic fantasy series, this epilogue picks up after the end of the saga as the Bone cousins make their way back home with the usual mishaps and trouble. Phoney Bone's carelessness and braggadocio lead them into one last adventure. The new tale only spans 36 pages and is in black and white like the original comics, which may disappoint the many fans of Scholastic's beautifully colored editions. The remainder of the book reprints Weiner's critical and historical essays and a Smith biography and interview. This version includes spot illustrations of panels from the series. The articles do an excellent job of giving Bone its due but will have the avid reader impatiently flipping through the book to see whether there are any more comics. The new Bone story is slight in scale and short in length, less a saga than an anecdote. But Smith still delights with witty, sharp dialogue and fluid, vivid art that bring three of comic literature's most beloved characters to life once more. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.