A Comic That's Good to the Bone

Twelve years ago, when Jeff Smith started writing, drawing and self-publishing Bone, a black-and-white comic about three odd-looking creatures lost in a valley of dragons, talking bugs and rat creatures, his efforts seemed like folly. But the series grew into an award-winning favorite of cool kids and hip adults. Now finished and collected as a 1,300-page softcover (Cartoon Books), Bone combines the humor and look of early Disney movies with the scope of the Lord of the Rings cycle. A former animator, Smith draws characters that are both cute and scary, and he infuses every panel with dynamic energy. While children...

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