Smith Announces A Return To Boneville
you reach the end of Jeff Smith's Bone saga, it's
hard to say good-bye. Maybe it's that American thing of
not letting anything go, but even though it's a satisfying
ending, the characters are so charming that we just want
to spend some more time with them.
sure, next month Scholastic re-releases Smith's prequel
Rose, written by Smith with art by the great Charles
Vess, but that's part of the serious side of the story,
and it's the Bones themselves we love.
this weekend Smith announced that he will be working on
more, though in a couple of different forms. Next summer,
Scholastic will release BONE: Tall Tales, which
collects material from Stupid, Stupid Rat-Tails, a
mini-series written by Tom Sniegoski with art by Smith.
In addition to those stories which tell tales of the first
Bone in the Valley, Big Johnson Bone, Frontier Hero, Sniegoski
has written two new stories of Big Johnson Bone. Smith himself
will write and draw the framing story of Smiley Bone spinning
these tales out to a group of Bone Scouts, which of course
include Bartleby the lovable Rat Creature. The book will
also include a story Smith created for Disney Adventures,
which has never been collected before.
we'll see a continuation in illustrated novel form, not
to be confused with a graphic novel. Smith vows to produce
about 20 illustrations for Sniegoski's BONE: Quest for
the Spark. This first novel in a trilogy will be written
by Sniegoski, and follows the adventures of a new generation
of Bones as they stumble into the Valley.
hard to imagine, however, that this won't give us some sort
of clue as to what happened to Fone Bone, Foney Bone and
Smiley Bone. And there's no word from Smith how this might
affect his planned return to Shazam! for DC Comics.
At the moment, however, we should just be glad this is happening.