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  • 1. Cynthia M. Morgan LIS670 Mini Session Graphic Novels, Comics, Manga, & Anime Dr. Stacy Creel
  • 2. Bone: Out from Boneville By Jeff Smith
  • 3. Jeff Smith Image © Jeff Smith 2013 • Author and illustrator of the Bone Series. Born February 27, 1960. • Smith self-published Bone in July 1991 when he started Cartoon Books in Columbus, Ohio. • The Bone series became well-known over the Internet before being considered for publication. • Was self-published for over twelve years (McDonald, 2004).
  • 4. Illustration drawn by Jeff Smith © 2004 • Smith’s inspiration was drawn from comic books, comic strips, and animation movies (Cartoon Books, 2013). • The Bone series were first published in black and white in comic book form (Kan, 2005, p. 12). • In 2005, Bone: Out from Boneville was re-issued in color (McDonald, 2004).
  • 5. •Received numerous awards. •Not originally written for children (Kan, 2005, p. 12). •Word of mouth mostly used to get the Bone series off the ground. Image © Jeff Smith obtained from http://www.karrey.com/365-bone/.
  • 6. Summary The first book in-a-series story is about three Bone cousins (Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone). The Bone cousins are run out of Boneville because of Phoney’s latest scheme. Lost in the desert, they become separated and encounter both humans and creatures that are good and bad. Strange creatures, unique weather, protective dragon, and strange friends along with lots of humor make this story unique and exciting to read.
  • 7. References Blasingame, J. (2006). Bone: out from Boneville; the great cow race. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 49(5), 442-446. Kan, K. (2005). Bone and Scholastic Graphix, an interview with Jeff Smith and Jean Feiwel (with John Mason). Young Adult Library Services, 3(4), 12-13. McDonald, H. (2004). Jeff Smith on ‘Bone’. Publishers Weekly, 251(42), 34. Murphy, D. (2007). Bone: out from Boneville. Reading Time, 51(2), 31-33. Rindevall, K. (2010). Karey’s blog. Image of cartoon characters retrieved from http://www.karrey.com/365-bone/.
  • 8. Questions 1. What did you as students think of the Bone: Out from Boneville? 2. What drew you to or against Bone: Out from Boneville? 3. How might you as librarians embrace Bone: Out from Boneville in your collections? 4. Do you think Bone: Out from Boneville might be considered controversial? 5. Did you think Bone: Out from Boneville was a little wordy and too busy?