Jeff Smith just returned from the Retailer Summit in Baltimore, where he unveiled the cover to RASL #7, arriving in February.
Got a lot of great feedback on RASL, which was nice. Above is the art for the cover of #7, which will be in the Diamond catalog for items shipping in Feb. Starting with #7 next year RASL will begin shipping bimonthly. The second collection, RASL 2: The Fire of St. George should drop in April. Amazing color from Steve, huh? Wild!
My biggest concern with the RASL has been its shipping schedule. Going bimonthly is certainly a step in the right direction, but a monthly schedule would really rock.
Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, is delighted to announce the acquisition of US, Canada, Philippines, and English Language rights to new titles by Jeff Smith featuring characters from his bestselling BONE series of graphic novels.
First to be published will be “BONE: Tall Tales,” coming in Summer 2010, written by Jeff Smith and Tom Sniegoski, and illustrated by Jeff Smith, featuring new art and stories with favorite BONE characters. In addition, Scholastic will publish a highly-anticipated expansion of the BONE world-the Quest for the Spark Trilogy. Overseen by Smith, the trilogy will be written by Tom Sniegoski and illustrated by Jeff Smith. “BONE Quest for the Spark: Book One” (Fall 2010), “BONE Quest for the Spark: Book Two” (Spring 2011), and “BONE Quest for the Spark: Book Three” (Summer 2011) represent the first time Smith has continued the adventures set in the valley since the publication of Rose, the prequel to the BONE series-to be released by Scholastic/Graphix in August 2009. The deal for additional BONE publishing was negotiated by Vijaya Iyer for Cartoon Books/Jeff Smith and by David Saylor, Vice President, Creative Director of Trade Publishing and Editorial Director of Graphix, for Scholastic.
Man, this series can not come out often enough. I love it from top to bottom.Â Jeff Smith has posted a sneak peek of Rasl #5 up on his Boneville website, and they are worth checking out.Â The issue is scheduled to arrive July 15, 2009.
If you forgot Rasl #4 hit stores this week, you probably arenâ€™t alone.Â Itâ€™s been six months since issue #3 graced the shelves, so it is understandable if your brain blocked the issue from your memory.Â However, if you didnâ€™t pick up the issue, you are missing out on some juicy new tid-bits of information that will make the conspiracists chatter for months.
Bending space just got a whole lot more interesting
If you havenâ€™t read the first two issues of Jeff Smithâ€™s RASL, stop reading right now, call or visit your local comic shop, and beg your shop keeper to get you those precious issues.Â Without them, your life is not complete.Â Okay, so maybe Iâ€™m exaggerating just a bit, but the fact remains, RASL proves that indie titles can be good, and sometimes even awesome.
Arriving in stores this week is the third installment of Jeff Smith’s RASL series – one of the best indie titles being distributed right now.Â Take the jump for a sneak peek of the issue that hints we may find out who is the Maya on that tattoo.
If you were wetting yourself in anticipation of Jeff Smith’s RASL #2 arriving next week, your bladder is in luck as the book arrives a week early – hitting stores today.
Donâ€™t forget that RASL is for mature readers. Iâ€™m actually printing that on the book this time because at the last few events Iâ€™ve attended (BONE & BEYOND at the Wexner Center, and Book Expo America) a lot of parents and librarians were picking up copies of RASL for their kids. I thought Iâ€™d done enough interviews over the last year to spread the word about the more grown-up noir aspects of this title, but maybe not.
Ohio State University has a new Jeff Smith exhibit going on that features Jeff’s work for the college newspaper.Â The strips, called Thorn, is being collected into a tome that has been signed by Jeff.
If you want all things Smith, you better hurry; the collection is limited to 500 signed copies, and with a $25 cover price, will go fast.Â If you want your Jeff Smith: Before Bone collection, head over to the Cartoon Research Library before they are all gone.
Jeff Smith announced that all 24,000 copies of RASL #1 have sold out, prompting him to send the issue back to press. The second printing will feature a new color logo and back cover design. You can expect to see solicitations for the new issue in Diamond soon.