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BONE: CODA 25th Anniversary Special Paperback – August 9, 2016
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"Bone is possibly one of the best fantasy series ever told. If you're a completest, you're going to need to pick this up."
"This love letter to supportive readers and retailers and fellow creators is far from dashed off, but an in-depth appraisal and a catalogue of gratitude. It's warm, intimate and exceptionally generous."
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Stephen Weiner is an award winning writer about comics and graphic novels. He has been writing about comic art since 1992, and is the most recognized public librarian responsible for promoting graphic novel collections in public libraries. His books include: 100 Graphic Novels for Public Libraries, The 101 Best Graphic Novels, Faster than a Speeding Bullet: the Rise of the Graphic Novel, The 101 Best Graphic Novels: 2nd edition, Faster than a Speeding Bullet: the Rise of the Graphic Novel: 2nd edition and 101 Outstanding Graphic Novels. He is co-writer of The Will Eisner Companion and Hellboy: the Companion. In addition, he is co-editor of the 7 volume series Critical Survey of Graphic Novels. He is the director of the Maynard Public Library in Maynard, MA.
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The rest of the book is a series of letters, essays, photographs and analyses about the creating, meaning and influence of Bone. The co-author makes the point that this was one of the very first creator-owned and self-published series, and that it helped shape the modern comic industry.
Bone fans will love this. Just be aware that it is only 15% new story and the rest a sort of boxed-set collection of add-ons and deep cuts.
Clearly, this book is not intended for everyone. The new Bone story is fun, but the rest is exactly as stated above - Smith waxing nostalgic about the Bone's development or Weiss stripping the series down to its barest pieces, whether Lord of the Rings or Greek Mythology. More disappointing, however, is the self-congratulatory tone everything comes packaged in; while Smith is unsurprisingly elated by his masterwork's hard won successes, Weiss is similarly infatuated with the series, even likening it to classics such as The Catcher and the Rye and calling it "the first American epic of this century." Hyperbole or truth? You be the judge.
Either way, there's nothing truly momentous or outstanding here. At its core, the book is just a printed pat on the back for Smith and his cohorts, and outside a few interesting tidbits and anecdotes, there's truly little to savor here. So, if you love Bone and are eager to know every minute detail about its storied past, snatch this up and enjoy it for what it is. But for everyone else, this might be the one volume of the series that can be safely skipped.
The interviews and guide at the end are interesting but nothing I would have bought or cared about on their own.