Exciting news: a huge one-volume edition of the full color BONE (long teased) will be available later this year. The book will come in three editions, two of them extremely limited.
t last! For the past five years, the single most requested item at Cartoon Books has been a single volume of BONE in color. Now, to celebrate two decades since the publication of BONE #1, Cartoon Books is pleased to announce a full color One Volume Edition of BONE in a collector’s box and a deluxe slipcase version!
Jeff Smith, the cartoonist of BONE and co-owner of publisher Cartoon Books said, “This has been one of the most complicated, difficult and exciting projects I’ve ever worked on. And one of the things I most want for myself!”
The deluxe hardcover books will be available in two versions:
The BONE: 20th Anniversary Full Color One Volume Collector’s Box Set, limited to 2000 copies, which is scheduled to debut this July at Comic-Con International in San Diego.
The second version, shipping in November 2011, is the deluxe BONE: 20th Anniversary Color One Volume Slipcase.
Both versions contain extras, including a new essay called Twenty Years with BONE by cartoonist Jeff Smith, and the Box Set comes packaged with a 22k commemorative coin, pewter figures of the BONE cousins, a copy of the award winning documentary The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, BONE, and the Changing Face of Comics, and more.
There will also be a very limited edition of the Box Set that contains original art by Jeff Smith and hand water colored Steve Hamaker! These are big collector books, and through American Forests.org we’ll plant a tree for every one we sell!
The regular slip-cased edition will sell for $150.
The “deluxe” limited edition (above, click for larger version) of 2000 will go for $350. Here’s a list of the special features:
– all 1344 full color pages of BONE in a single hardcover volume that measures 9 1/2″ x 7″ x 3″ . The book is adorned with colorful foil stamps and art work and includes a satin ribbon bookmark.
-A new essay by cartoonist Jeff Smith called “Twenty Years with BONE”.
-A signed and numbered 6 ” x 9″ art print of a previously unpublished piece of BONE concept art.
-A 22k gold plated coin with Phoney Bone’s head on one side, and Fone Bone on the reverse giving the dates of BONE #1 July 1991, and the 20th Anniversary July 2011.
-Pewter figures of the three Bone cousins.
-A miniature facsimile of the BONE #1 comic book in black & white as originally published in July 1991.
-An expanded Cover Gallery of the BONE comic books and graphic novels.
-An Illustrated 20 Year Timeline
-Award winning feature length documentary DVD – The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, BONE, and the Changing Face of Comics.
-Comes in a beautiful, 12″ x 12″ x 4″ illustrated red box with a magnetic clasp.
-Limited to 2,000 copies.
-Ships in July 2011.
The EXTRA SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION with original art by creator Jeff Smith and Steve Hammaker is limited to only 50 copies and costs $1000.
The REGULAR slipcased edition (above) — available in November — will run you $150. A bargain, we say.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.