More Jeff Smith Bone Coming With New Writer

Scholastic, the current publisher of Jeff Smith’s Bone fantasy graphic novels for all ages, has just announced new titles featuring the characters. While Smith will be drawing them, they have a new writer, Tom Sniegoski.

Bone: Tall Tales, co-written with Smith, is due out next year, summer 2010. The Quest for the Spark Trilogy, written by Sniegoski and “overseen” by Smith, will follow in fall 2010, spring 2011, and summer 2011.

Once you see the numbers, you understand why Scholastic would want to do more, even if they aren’t “pure” Smith stories. From the press release,

There are more than 4.5 million BONE books in print from Scholastic since the Graphix imprint first launched [in 2005] with the full-color version of Bone #1: Out from Boneville in 2005. “I always said I would find a way to draw more Bone stories, and now I have,” said Jeff Smith. “Tom is great to work with and we’re going to have a lot of fun!”

Here’s Tom’s PR biography:

Tom Sniegoski is the author of more than two dozen novels for adults, teens, and children. His teen fantasy YA series Fallen was adapted into a trilogy of successful TV movies by ABC Family Channel. His other books for teens include Sleeper Code, Sleeper Agenda, and Force Majeure, as well as the upcoming series The Brimstone Network. Sniegoski’s work for younger readers includes Billy Hooten: Owlboy and the fantasy quartet OutCast, which he coauthored with Christopher Golden.

Bone is also in development for movies with Warner Bros.

Update: Jeff Smith clarifies the projects at his site. Quest for the Spark isn’t a comic but a novel series, with limited illustrations by Smith. Tall Tales repackages Stupid, Stupid Rat-Tails in color along with a Disney Adventures story and two new Johnson Bone stories.

9 Responses to “More Jeff Smith Bone Coming With New Writer”

  1. Scott Cederlund Says:

    I could be mistaken but didn’t Sniegorski co-write STUPID, STUPID RAT TALES, one of the spinoff Bone miniseries– the one featuring tall tales of one of the Bone’s ancestors? I don’t think his being the writer comes out of no where.

    I wonder what this means for production on Rasl?

  2. vid Says:

    Sounds good to me. wish I could afford the colored Bone volumes, they look pretty nice.

  3. Drew Thomas Says:

    Scott Cederlund is correct.

  4. Johanna Says:

    Thanks for pointing that out, Scott. That’s reassuring, that he’s already worked with the characters. I’m surprised the press release didn’t mention that.

  5. Dani Atkinson Says:


    I mean, I’m not, grargh-how-dare-they or anything, but… well, why? There were nine volumes. Two spin-off minis. The story’s over, and more than that, it’s complete. I can’t think of anything more that needs to be told, so… why?

  6. Johanna Says:

    I suspect plenty of fans would enjoy reading more stories with the characters — maybe flashbacks, to fill in more of their lives before. (That con artist Bone, you could tell tons of stand-alone stories about his attempted schemes and how he got his comeuppance.) And certainly, the books will sell well.

  7. Tommy Says:

    I have an 8 year old who could answer the “why” question. Her hear popped off and flew around the room when I told her there would be new Bone stories. My 11 year old was also quite pleased. Personally, I’m excited to have more intelligent and entertaining books I can read with my kids.

  8. Ryan Says:

    i think it is a really good idea that more bone books are being made. i love the bone books and i can’t wait for more books to be made.

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