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This is the ultimate handbook for every BONE fan! Includes character profiles, a timeline of events, interviews with creator Jeff Smith and colorist Steve Hamaker, a showcase of cover art from the original BONE editions, a behind-the-scenes look at how t

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This is the ultimate handbook for every BONE fan! Includes character profiles, a timeline of events, interviews with creator Jeff Smith and colorist Steve Hamaker, a showcase of cover art from the original BONE editions, a behind-the-scenes look at how t

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  • The Bone Series
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Michael Jung
Fans of Smith's critically acclaimed "Bone" graphic novels know all about his three Disney cartoon-like creatures that wander into a medieval land and become mixed up in an epic battle between good and evil. But most fans do not know that Smith created early "Bone" comic strips when he was only ten or that many of the exotic settings are based on real-life caves, cliffs, waterfalls, and trees from Smith's native Ohio. Fans will now get a chance to learn about some of these behind-the-scenes adventures that helped create his "Bone" series. Readers will be interested to learn that Smith originally wanted to turn it into a newspaper comic strip, but decided to self-publish his epic story line after many newspapers turned him down. Comic art fans will also enjoy reading an interview with colorist Steve Hamaker as he reveals how he helped turn "Bone" from an independent black-and-white comic into a full-color series of graphic novels. Lighter tidbits are scattered throughout the book, including an original "Bone" comic, a papercraft model project, and a recipe for quiche (the favorite dish of a "Bone" comic relief villain). This handbook is a fun complement to the "Bone" series, yet readers should know it includes a detailed synopsis and character profiles that reveal key plot points and twists, which can spoil the story. Newcomers may want to save this book for later if they want to experience a fresh reading of the "Bone" graphic novels. Reviewer: Michael Jung
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606151825
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Series: Bone Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 123
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Posted June 13, 2010

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    Are you a fan of BONE or new to the comics? Either way, there will be something in BONE HANDBOOK that will be of interest to you.

    If you are just starting with Book 1 of the series, the BONE HANDBOOK gives readers a brief background of the story and how it evolves. It explains how Fone, Phoney, and Smiley Bone get run out of Boneville and wind up on their various adventures. If you have been into the series from the beginning, it gives more explanations on the extended characters and how the Bones interact with them all.

    With lots of colorful artwork, and an interview with the creator, Jeff Smith, there is so much to absorb in the BONE HANDBOOK. To properly digest everything, the reader needs to set aside some quiet time and curl up with this book.

    If you were like me, prior to reading the BONE HANDBOOK, I could pick out the characters in a line-up but was unfamiliar with the background or storyline of Fone Bone and gang. Now, after reading this enjoyable handbook, I am eager to pick up Book 1 in the series and see the adventures that they get into.

    As an added treat to this book, there is a brief comic included in three parts, THE KITE. If this is a taste of the rest of the series, I know I will enjoy the humor of Mr. Smith.

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  • Posted March 12, 2010

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    A Good Companion to the Bone Series

    The Bone Handbook is just what it sounds like, a source book of information concerning Jeff Smith's Bone. Printed as a companion to the Graphix/Scholastic reprints of the series, it is written in a slightly juvenile fashion, but that's because the Graphix/Scholastic versions have been marketed towards a younger audience. It still makes for a good refresher on what happens in the series and who the characters are. It's a really quick read, but fun all the same. If you are a fan of the Bone series, I'd say you'd probably enjoy this, just as a reminder of what went on in the series. It is a little spoiler-filled, so if you haven't read the series yet, be warned that this will give some of it away.

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