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Bone: The Complete Cartoon Epic in One Volume Paperback – September, 2004
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Time Magazine: One of the Ten Greatest Grapic Novels of all Time
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The Comics Journal: Book of the Year
American Library Association: Top 25 Graphic Novels for Young Adults
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BONE combines the humor and look of early Disney movies with the scope of the Lord of the Rings cycle. While children will read BONE for its breathless adventure and sight gags, older kids and adults will appreciate the themes of blind fanaticism and corrupting power.”
BONE is storytelling at its best, full of endearing, flawed characters whose adventures run the gamut from hilarious whimsy to thrilling drama. Along the way, Smith’s musings take on a greater relevance than you’d ever expect. Grade: A.”
"Charming, character-driven fantasy with an elegant design and masterful story-telling in the tradition of Walt Kelly, Charles Schulz and Carl Barks." (starred review)
"Like Pogo, BONE has a whimsy best appreciated by adults, yet kids can enjoy it, too; and like Barks’ Donald Duck stories, BONE moves from brash humor to gripping adventure in a single panel."
Neil Gaiman (author of The Graveyard Book and Sandman)
"Jeff Smith can pace a joke better than almost anyone in comics; his dialogue is delightfulso are all his people, not to mention his animals, his villains, and even his bugs."
Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons)
"I love BONE! BONE is great!”
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Hidden beneath the adventures, jokes, and great artwork also lies some social commentary. When Phoney Bone convinces the townsfolk that dragons are an immediate threat to their safety and, since he's a dragonslayer, they should give him absolute control over the town, this hits almost a little too close to home. Phoney represents greed on steroids. Other innocents get pulled into his plans for money and power (he doesn't seem too concerned with glory or the well being of society in general). Nonetheless, the entire story turns on Phoney's schemes, and they play a vital role in the plot.
Other highlights include: the Great Cow Races; Fone Bone's infatuation with Thorn; Ted the Bug (what an amazing character); the two stupid rat creature's travails with Kingdok (one of them loves quiche); the slow uncovering of Gran'ma and Thorn's true identities; Smiley Bone's pet rat creature; Fone Bone's run ins with The Great Red Dragon; the Giant Bees ("Gimmee dat Cigar!"); Phoney Bone's first very creepy run in with The Hooded One. There's plenty more.Read more ›
my only problem is with the ONE VOLUME EDITION, and that is only if you are INTERESTED IN THE ART. the volume is smaller in size but even that isn't a real issue. the problem is with the THINNESS OF THE PAGES, the artwork from the other side shows through (kind of like the wording shows through on many bibles). this hurts smith's beautiful black and white inked drawings (to me at least), and since graphics are what makes it a graphic novel, it might be an issue for someone that doesn't get to flip through the pages before buying it.
but it is a GREAT DEAL FOR THE PRICE. and i would still prefer the cheap volume over not having it at all. (BTW, i had to have the last 2 volumes ordered through a bookstore and they came in hardback instead of softcover and they are beautiful with a map on the interior binding, a gold-inked illustration on the front cover, a wrap-around book cover with the softcover art over that, and is worth the $5 or so extra if you are going to buy volume by volume).
Please be aware: This volume contains Jeff Smith's wonderful original black and white artwork, not the newly colorized version by Scholastic (which is also very pretty, but not how the comic was originally released).
It's fantastic that BONE is finally available in one volume, and the cover is really cute, but in order to fit this vast story into a single volume, the paper used for printing was chosen to be thin. REALLY thin. So thin that you can not only see the artwork printed on the other side of the page... but also the artwork on the *next* page. That's right, you can see TWO pages worth of imagery coming through the white areas on the page.
Unfortunately it's quite noticeable, and for a comic book comprised of beautifully drawn images, this is a bit of a let down.
However, if you're new to BONE, or on a budget, then by all means grab a copy of the "one volume" version of this brilliant comic. You'll still laugh and enjoy the story, you just won't be getting the best presentation of the wonderful artwork... not by a long shot. (Longtime fans should especially be aware.)
If you want to see the story in higher quality (although not how it was originally presented) then Scholastic's newly colorized version is what you should go for (although you will have to pay more for it). That's your best bet (until a deluxe version of the original black and white artwork is released for us purists :), until then, those new to BONE will probably be happy with this one volume edition.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son LOVES this series so naturally I ordered every single book! If you're interested enough to be reading this review, then definitely purchase this book or all of them! Read morePublished 4 days ago by Nicole
Add me to the ranks of the late-in-life Bone fans. I had no idea what Bone was about, but the artwork lept off the page and grabbed my attention. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Kevin Holbrook
Great series of graphic novels. This is a nice compilation. It is completely black and white which is a little less impactful than the color version.Published 11 days ago by Jeremy C.
Recommendation from a teacher of 5th Grade kids, for my grand daughter, a reluctant reader. Loved it myselfPublished 1 month ago by lois ellen
The story is great, and so is the artwork. The issue, however, with this particular version, is that it is all in black and white. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Shiz
Epic volume - pages are VERY thin, however. Can see through to other side.....Published 3 months ago by zombie ghandi
I am not a graphic novel reader! But I decided to give it a try. I love this story. It is amazing, so well written and developed. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alynsia Carrillo-Elliott