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.