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November 1, 2008

35 Down, 17 To Go "Bone and Beyond" (52 Books, 52 Weeks)

Bone and Beyond is an intriguing collection of Jeff Smith's Bone comics, featuring not only the comics but also early drawings of the character. Carefully curated and published by Columbus Ohio's Wexner Center for the Arts, the book also shares comics of Jeff Smith's influences. The book manages to both share beautifully reproduced artwork of this independent comics legend as well as examine the artist and his work. Essays by Neil Maiman (who compares the Bone comics to Melville's Moby Dick) and others, as well as a lengthy interview with the artist himself, put the work in a critical perspective, not surprising since the book was published in association with a show at the Wexner Center.

As a relative newcomer to comics, I found this book an invaluable resource not only to the works of Jeff Smith, but to independent comic publishing in general.

For one month, enter the coupon code "LHB001" at Atomic Books and receive 15% off this title.

My next book is Dororo Volume 2, by Osamu Tezuka .

also at Largehearted Boy:

52 Books, 52 Weeks (2008 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2007 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2006 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2005 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2004 Edition)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)

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