Back to Boneville: Jeff Smith Announces New ‘Bone’ Graphic Novel
It’s been 25 years since Jeff Smith‘s Bone began, and more than a decade since the last book was published, but today we’re met with the exciting news that more Bone is coming! Specifically Bone: Coda, a new graphic novel by Jeff Smith, arrives this July according to an announcement on the official Bone Tumblr.
For those who weren’t around or don’t remember, Bone is the tale of three cousins, Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone. Fone is the everyman hero, Phoney is a cynical con artist, and Smiley is a goofball who goes along with things. Having been exiled from their Boneville home, they make their way through a kingdom full of magic and danger. Part of the fun of Bone is in the mix of styles: the Bone cousins are Walt Kelly-esque cartoon characters, while the world they’ve entered is a high-fantasy setting full of realistic humans and creepy monsters.
The new book promises a story of the Bone Cousins and their friend Bartleby journeying back to Boneville, a setting that never appeared in the original work. Whether they make it there or not, the journey is sure to be worthwhile.
More from the official website:
Ride along with the boys and their friend Bartleby the Baby Rat Creature as they brave the dangerous journey across the desert back to Boneville in their rickety cow cart. Written and drawn by creator Jeff Smith.
Also included in this new graphic novel 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 (find out what band Jeff listened to most while working; hint: there’s a hidden clue on the image above!), 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!