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Preview: Kelly: The Cartoon America Turns to

Kelly: The Cartoon America Turns to

Edited by Ward Sutton (w) • Stan Kelly (a & c)

The Los Angeles Times proclaims The Onion’s editorial cartoonist, Stan Kelly, “A maniac whose ideas frequently make no sense at all!” But what do you expect from the Lame-stream Media? What truly makes no sense at all is that there has never been a published collection of Kelly’s work—until now! Easily our era’s top opinion-maker, Kelly influences everyone from world leaders to water cooler layabouts. Sticking it to the sickos and giving props to the patriotic, Kelly’s super-award-winning cartoons “tell it like it is” and frame today’s crucial issues in context so you don’t have to. This lavish, soft-cover 50th Anniversary Collection, compiled by acolyte Ward Sutton and loaded with bonus extras, presents the best of Kelly in his signature, eye-popping black and white. It’s a trip every Kellyhead has been dying to take!

TPB • B&W • $19.99 • 200 pages • 8.5″ x 6.88″ • ISBN: 978-1-63140-684-3


SDCC 2016: Fone Bone 4” Vinyl Figure Pre-Release

Cryptozoic Entertainment has announced the pre-release of the Fone Bone 4″ Vinyl Figure at San Diego Comic Con at both the Cryptozoic Booth #115 and Cartoon Books Booth #2106. The Fone Bone Vinyl Figure will have a full release in September.

The original protagonist of Jeff Smith’s classic Bone graphic novels is now a collectible vinyl figure! One of the three Bone cousins, Fone Bone may be the shortest but he is also the smartest and most courageous of the bunch, often putting others before himself. This vinyl figure brings Fone Bone straight off the cover of the original Out from Boneville graphic novel, complete with his trusty knapsack and map, and right into your collection.

The release of the 4” Vinyl Fone Bone figure will be the first in a lineup of collectibles being released by Cryptozoic later this year and you can pre-order it now.

Fone Bone 4” Vinyl Figure 1 Fone Bone 4” Vinyl Figure 2



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Cartoon Books Renews with ComiXology, Expands to Amazon’s Kindle Store

Bone Out From BonevilleCartoon Books, comiXology and Amazon have announced an expanded and renewed distribution agreement to sell Cartoon Books’ digital comics and collections, including the award-winning Bone, on the comiXology platform and expand the distribution of Cartoon Books’ library to Amazon’s Kindle Store. Cartoon Books publishes Jeff Smith‘s New York Times bestselling and fan-favorite titles Bone, Rasl and more. Cartoon Books catalog is available today on comiXology and will be available on Amazon’s Kindle Store in the near future.

This is the latest in a string of announcements by comiXology that renews distribution through the digital comics platform and also expands it to Kindle.

Cryptozoic Announces Partnership with Cartoon Books and Bone License

boneCryptozoic Entertainment, leading developer, designer and manufacturer of games and collectible trading cards, is pleased to partner with Cartoon Books to produce vinyl figures based on the popular award winning Bone graphic novel series.

The artwork and story of Bone continues to resonate with fans of all ages around the world. The diversity of characters and adventure provide a substantial foundation and epic content to build upon. The Bone cousins, Fone, Phoney and Smiley and their fantastic hero’s journey offer the opportunity to complement their universe with branded vinyl figures.

Bone vinyl figure collectibles will be available for purchase online and in specialty stores worldwide starting Q4 of 2015.

Small Press Expo 2014: Jeff Smith’s Cartoon Books Imprint Added to the Graphic Novel Gift Program

spx-logo-240The Small Press Expo (SPX), the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels, and alternative political cartoons, has announced that Jeff Smith’s Cartoon Books publishing company will be joining the publishers participating in the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program.

SPX also has announced that the gift amount has been raised from $5000 to $6000, allowing the selected library system a larger budget to purchase graphic novels for their patrons.

The addition of Cartoon Books to the Graphic Novel Gift Program will allow the selected library system to choose from the entire catalog of Bone books popular with  young readers all over the world.

Cartoon Books join Fantagraphics, Top Shelf, Drawn & Quarterly, Adhouse Books and Koyama Press as publishers from which collections managers can order books for this program.

The Graphic Novel Gift Program is an outright gift of graphic novels to a local library. The books are chosen by the receiving library’s Collections Specialist. The targets of this program are public and academic library systems in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area as selected by the Small Press Expo Executive Committee.

The goals of the program are:

  • Facilitate the availability of graphic novels to readers of all ages utilizing public and school libraries.
  • Promote learning and literacy through the availability of graphic novels at local libraries.
  • Provide library systems with additional resources by which they can purchase graphic novels and comics.

The Graphic Novel Gift Program is the first of its kind to help put graphic novels onto the shelves of public libraries. It is an expansion of the philanthropic and charitable endeavors that are part of its corporate charter, and is in addition to SPX’s annual support to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and SPX’s support of the Library of Congress National Book Festival.

SPX will be held Saturday, September 13th from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday, September 14th 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm at The North Bethesda Marriott Convention Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Admission is $15 for Saturday only, $10 for Sunday only, and $20 for both days.

BOOM! Studios Releases Third Collection of Shannon Wheeler Cartoon Collection

BOOM! Town, an imprint of award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios, has announced the release of Shannon Wheeler‘s next collection of cartoons I Don’t Get It on January 22nd. This is a follow-up hardcover collection to Wheeler’s I Told You So and Eisner Award-winning I Thought You Would Be Funnier.

As with the previous two volumes, I Don’t Get It is a “best of” collection of cartoons Wheeler created for The New Yorker that were not accepted for publication. The New Yorker is a weekly magazine containing articles, short stories, and essays that focus on the cultural life of New York City.

Where do cartoons go when they’ve been bounced by The New Yorker? When they’re as funny as what’s floating in Too Much Coffee Man creator Shannon Wheeler’s brain, they’re boiled down to the best of the bounced and presented in one laugh-out-loud volume. Featuring an introduction by Keith Knight, I Don’t Get It is the latest collection of Wheeler cartoons that will leave you wondering why they never made it to publication.

I Don’t Get It arrives in comic shops on January 22nd with a cover price of $17.99 under Diamond order code NOV130881.


SPX 2013: Works by Ed Piskor, Seth and Jeff Smith Lead Debuting Books

Small Press Expo has announced that a record 183 titles (as of this posting) will make their first public appearance at SPX 2013, which will be held September 14 and 15. Showing the range and depth of the over 600 creators that will be at the show, this years debuts include:

  • Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1 by Ed Piskor from Fantagraphics
  • Palookaville 21 by Seth from Drawn & Quarterly
  • Delusional by Farel Dalrymple from Adhouse Books
  • RASL (Complete Hardback Color Edition) by Jeff Smith from Cartoon Books
  • World Map Room by Yuichi Yokoyama from Picturebox
  • Softcore #1,#2,#3  self published by Box Brown
  • The Fez #2 self published by Roger Langridge
  • Little Tommy Lost: Book No. 1 by Cole Closser from Koyama Press
  • The Big Wet Balloon by Liniers from Toon Books

Here’s a full list of the debuts along with descriptions and links to the books’ web sites.

The Small Press Expo is a fantastic convention just outside of Washington, DC that spotlights independent creators and publishers, they hold the Ignatz Award festival which recognizes outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning, with the winners chosen by attendees at the show.

Profits from the SPX go to support the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program, which funds graphic novel purchases for public and academic libraries, as well as the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which protects the First Amendment rights of comic book readers and professionals.

SPX also supports the Small Press Expo Collection at the Library of Congress, which preserves the history of both the artistic output of the creators who come to SPX, as well as the art that SPX itself generates as part of its yearly festival. It the first program of its type by a major institution in the United States to preserve the works of the indie comics community.

Small Press Expo

Jeff Smith’s Bone Artist’s Edition is Coming!

IDW Publishing and Cartoon Books have announced Jeff Smith’s Bone Artist’s Edition, to be released this fall and featuring one of Smith’s most beloved stories: The Great Cow Race! Featuring Fone, Smiley and Phoney bone, Gran’ma Ben, the radiant Thorn, and, of course, those stupid, stupid Rat Creatures!

Jeff Smith and Vijaya Iyer launched Cartoon Books in 1991 with the release of the first issue of Bone. A certified smash-hit, Bone remains an evergreen standard for Cartoon Books, continuing to sell to children of all ages. Jeff Smith and Bone have won 10 Eisner Awards (while being nominated for another 11) and 11 Harvey Awards.

Jeff Smith’s Bone Artist’s Edition will be 144 pages and measure 12” x17”

What is an Artist’s Edition? Artist’s Editions are printed the same size as the original art. While appearing to be in black & white, each page has been scanned in COLOR to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual original art—for example, you are able to clearly see paste-overs, blue pencils in the art, editorial notes, art corrections. Each page is printed the same size as drawn, and the paper selected is as close as possible to the original art board.