Jeff Smith Video Interview
Jeff Smith is best known for his graphic novel series BONE about three cartoon characters who find themselves in a strange fantasy world with monsters, princesses, and dragons.
Get to know this popular author by watching our January 2008 video interview. Learn how he got his start as a cartoonist, what inspired the BONE series, and how he creates his graphic novels. Smith also offers advice for young cartoonists, and talks about the importance of graphic novels in motivating reluctant readers.
The term graphic novel is used to describe any book in a comic format that resembles a novel in length and narrative development. Works such as BONE, Persepolis, and Maus are prime examples of this new type of contemporary literature.
In "Out from Boneville," volume 1 of this 9-book epic, the three Bone cousins - Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone - are separated and lost in a vast, uncharted desert. One by one, they find their way into a deep, forested valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures.