The Boneville blogs reports that The Cartoonist will be airing on some PBS TV stations over the next few weeks. The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, BONE and the Changing Face of Comics is a documentary by Mills James about the Bone creator and his journey to bring the story of the Bones to life. The film airs:

Thursday, December 10th at 8:30 pm on channel 15 WDSC in Daytona, Florida.

Sunday, December 13th at 5:00 pm on channel 36 MPTV in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Sunday, December 20th at midnight on channel 29 MPB in Jackson, Mississippi


  1. Why not support Jeff Smith and the filmmakers by actually BUYING or RENTING the DVD? If this is successful, then others will produce even more films about comicbook greats!

    Amazon has it available for download or online viewing at:
    $1.99 for a seven day rental, $14.99 to buy as digital file or DVD

    (And if you really want to earn your wings as a Seducer of the Innocent, buy a copy of the DVD and donate to your local library! They probably already have Bone in the collection…)

    And if you can’t afford or download the video? Go to your local comics shop and start a petition to get your local PBS station/network to air the documentary! “Viewers like you” and all that… Perhaps even suggest they run it during the next pledge drive. Maybe Scholastic could donate some books…

  2. I was lamenting that I’d miss this on PBS since I no longer have cable or TV signal access. I saw the link to buy the DVD on the website and I was considering it when I decided to look on my local public library website and lo and behold, they have 6 copies of it! I reserved my copy to view and show my kids and if I like it enough, I’ll return to the website and buy my own copy.

    I am heartened to see that a local talent like Jeff Smith (I live in Columbus, OH) has done so well and that the Columbus Public Library system has this offered to its patrons. The Library system here does an incredible job (especially given all the recent state budget cuts) with its Graphic Novels/Comics selections.


  3. This is great news, congratulations to Ken, his team, and to Jeff. It’s a very nice doc, certainly deserving of PBS airplay– they also show some of the animated commerical spots Jeff did with Character Builders in the 1980s before he went over to comics, which I was happy to see…

  4. My brother watched the DVD when he visited us for Thanksgiving – he’s not a major Bone fan, but he loves comics. He said the doc was really great to watch and he enjoyed it tremendously. Ironically, I own it but haven’t yet had the time to sit down and just watch the darn thing! I will, I promise …