Official Press Release
Columbus, OH – This September will see the return of
one of the most popular graphic novels of recent years, the BONE: One
The massive five-pound, 1300 page paperback, by Jeff Smith, is being
brought back by popular demand. The paperback tome, which originally
retailed at $39.95 and has been out of print for more than a year,
regularly sells for $100+ on e-bay.
The return was made possible by an arrangement between Cartoon Books
and Scholastic/Graphix, the current publisher of BONE.
The original black & white BONE: One Volume Edition debuted at
Comic-Con International in San Diego 2004 and sold 50,000 copies
before being taken out of print the following year to make way for
Scholastic’s full color versions.
With the tremendous success of the full-color books (Graphix,
Scholastic’s Graphic Novel imprint has sold more than a million
copies to date of the newly-colored BONE books), both Scholastic and
Cartoon Books felt there was enough room on bookstore shelves for two
David Saylor, Creative Director said, “In view of the historical
significance of the black & white collections, we wanted to work with
Jeff and Vijaya to bring the One Volume back.”
The One Volume Edition has been named one of the ten greatest graphic
novels of all time by TIME Magazine, Book of the Year by The Comics
Journal, and earned a starred review in Publishers Weekly.
Vijaya Iyer, Co-founder and Publisher of Cartoon Books explained the
indy company’s motives, “We noticed that while BONE now has a
significant presence in the children’s section of bookstores, it was
mostly absent in the adult graphic novel section. With the re-release
of the One Volume Edition, we hope to fill that void.”
Cartoonist Jeff Smith summed up his feelings this way: “I’m thrilled.
The BONE: One Volume Edition is my baby, and I’m glad to have it
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