Tell Me Something I Don't Know 007: Jeff Smith

This is episode 7 of Boing Boing's, Tell Me Something I Don't Know. It's an interview podcast featuring artists, writers, filmmakers, and other creative people discussing their work, ideas, and the reality/business side of how they do what they do.

Jeff Smith began writing, drawing, and publishing Bone in 1991, through his company, Cartoon Books. He championed self-publishing in the 1990s with other independent cartoonists known as the Spirits of Independents and continues to self-publish through Cartoon Book. Since 1991, Bone has become a world-wide phenomenon, published in nearly 30 languages. In 2005, Scholastic reissued Bone in color through their Graphix imprint, inspiring an entire generation of young cartoonists who found his work through traditional book stores, comic book shops, schools, and libraries. He followed the Tolkien-esque, Bone, with Shazam! The Monster Society of Evil (DC Comics) and RASL (Cartoon Books) - a sci-fi noir about a dimension-hopping art thief. Smith recently announced his next project, Tüki Save the Humans, about the first human to leave Africa during the Ice Age.

Tell Me Something I Don't Know is produced and hosted by three talented cartoonists and illustrators:

Jim Rugg, a Pittsburgh-based comic book artist, graphic designer, zinemaker, and writer best known for Afrodisiac, The Plain Janes, and Street Angel. His latest project is SUPERMAG.

Jasen Lex is a designer and illustrator from Pittsburgh. He is currently working on a graphic novel called Washington Unbound. All of his art and comics can be found at

Ed Piskor is the cartoonist who drew the comic, Wizzywig, and draws the Brain Rot/ Hip Hop Family Tree comic strip at this very site, soon to be collected by Fantagraphics Books and available for pre-order now.

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  1. Love it.  I’m introducing my 4 year old to comics with Bone right now.  Just finished the Great Cow Race.

  2. I just can’t wait to have a look at Tüki Save the Humans. If it ends up being as lavish and engrossing an adventure as Bone, we’re in for a major treat. B one is one of several books I love to  revisit every few months. Its universe is so vibrant, you feel a bit wistful upon reading the last page and departing.

  3. Any chance you can add this podcast series to the Zune Marketplace? I know it isn’t cool, but I don’t use iTunes. I get Gweek through Zune.

  4. I remember when Fone Bone first met Thorn, both he and I fell in love with her ! The compilation of the entire episodes in one volume has been a great move from the publisher Cartoon books as it permitted people like me to discover the whole series in one book.

  5. I’m tempted by this Bone comic.
    Would you recommend the b/w version (I saw the one volume edition for approx 25€) or the colour one?

  6. I would give my first born (just kidding but only kinda) to see that Rose script and see what level of detail he goes into when writing.

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