I’m a huge fan of Jeff Smith and his comic/graphic novel, Bone . I had the pleasure and honour of meeting him a few years ago at the Silver Snail here in Toronto and his autographed issue 3 of Bone is one of my treasured items (see left).
Jeff was friendly and genuinely interested and happy to meet and chat with his fans. I remember telling him how strange it was that it feels as though I was about to also meet the Bone characters as well. Jeff replied that he had the same feeling when he met with Walt Kelly’s daughter.
During the interview, Jeff explained he wrote Bone for himself, "and perhaps other ‘cartoon head adults;’ adults who grew up digging and still dug Chuck Jones and Carl Barks. ‘It was the book I wanted to see since I was a kid.’"
That pretty much sums up Bone . I’d also add Peanuts and Calvin & Hobbes. It’s a fantastic work.