Bone: The Complete Cartoon Epic in One Volume

Bone: The Complete Cartoon Epic in One Volume


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BONE – The Complete Cartoon Epic in One Volume

Winner of 41 National and International Awards including 10 Eisner Awards and 11 Harvey Awards!

Meet the Bone cousins, Fone Bone, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone, three misfits who are run out of Boneville and find themselves lost in a vast uncharted desert. They make their way into a deep, forested valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures. With the help of the mysterious Thorn, her tough-as-nails Gran’ma Ben and the Great Red Dragon, the boys do their best to survive in the middle of brewing trouble between the valley’s denizens. It will be the longest – but funniest – year of their lives!

Originally serialized in black & white comic books and graphic novels, the award-winning novel was presented complete and unabridged for the first time in this impressive 1300 page tome preserving the original black & white artwork.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781888963144
Publisher: Cartoon Books
Publication date: 11/01/2010
Series: Bone (Comics) Series
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 1344
Sales rank: 34,761
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 2.40(d)
Age Range: 9 Years

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4Bone: The Complete Cartoon Epic in One Volume 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the first book in a color version when that was first published. I became addicted to it-enough so that I then went out and bought the black & white full volume set because I HAD to know what happened. My son (who was 11 at the time) did the same thing read the whole series in a few days, and loved it! This month my daughter (who is now 8 years old) discovered the books- she read the first 5 books in the color versions and then got so involved she is finishing up with the big black & white set. She is almost through the entire 1300 pages because she can't stop reading it. I've recommended it to everyone. Really good for all ages. Witty humor for adults and silly humor for kids. Works on all different age levels. A little scary at times, I thought it would be too much for my daughter, but Mr. Smith handles it in a way that is not too much for kids to be frightened of, and yet tense enough that as an adult I didn't think it was stupid. Very hard to walk that fine line. Nicely done, though!! The color versions were kept in my car for backseat reading, and every kid that has ridden in my car started reading them, and got addicted to the story. Highly recommended.
dygunraider More than 1 year ago
The bone series ran for many years before it was finished, thankfully jeff smith decided to collect all of the comics in this giant collection. Now this book is over 1000 pages long, and is generally sold for around forty bucks, but is it worth that much? I am thrilled to say that it definitely is worth it. Bone was one of the greatest comics series of all time and now its one of the best graphic novels too! This really taught me that not all graphics novels have to be grim and depressing, which isnt bad but it can get old after a while. What is amazing about bone is that the story can be taken very seriously, especially toward the end but it is still lighthearted and funny. Its also nice to finally have a graphic novel appropriate for the younger audience, I read this whole book to my younger brothers and they loved every page of it! There is just about nothing bad about this book............ seriously.
Reader_Extrodinaire More than 1 year ago
We purchased this book for our daughter. She loved the characters so much that she was reading through the first two books rather quickly. She came home from school shortly before she finished the second book and told us that there is a book that has the first nine books in one. We decided that instead of going every week to the bookstore we would save money and gas by purchasing this for her. Wow! What a blessing this turned out to be. Not only did this accomplish what we needed, but she really enjoyed the book. When she finished this the other night, she came to me and could not stop telling me about the book. If you have a child who gives you trouble taking the time to sit and read, I would highly recommend this book. Our daughter has learning difficulties and this book kept her reading right to the very end. When the next set of books comes out like this we will be there to purchase it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
out of all the books i read bone is my favorite book favorite characters are phoney bone,fone bone and smiley i have read just about all of them and i am only in middle school.I have even gotten my friend in 6th period to read them.To make things short I LIKE BONE BOOKS.
Guest More than 1 year ago
By a wide margin one of the most satisfying reads i've ever experienced. Simple enough for a young reader, yet engrossing and complex enough for any age. Don't let the family friendly demographic fool you- this is a story i'll reread well into my golden years, and give to my children and grandchildren so they may experience it as well. I have a rather finicky taste when it comes to graphic novels, and this particular title is without a doubt near the top of my favorites. everyone should experience a read like this one. i've always felt that the graphic novel can immensly aid in teaching children to read, or enticing them to learn to read better, or just more, and this is the perfect title to do so.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 8-year-old started by reading the color Scholastic books in this series and got so addicted, he sat down and read the whole 1300-page book cover to cover. As a middle-school/high school teacher, I recommend this book as a book for reluctant readers at all levels. As a long-time lover of graphic novels and reading in general, I finally acquiesced, read this title, and fell in love with the story. Great action, eye-catching graphics that move the story along, and a cohesive, unified storyline make for a satisfying read for all ages.
SatansParakeet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a truly epic graphic novel. Since I purchased it I have seen it in smaller, individual, volumes that are printed in full color. Apparently, it was originally released in black and white so purists would be happy with this volume. Having seen the colorized versions, I do think the color adds something nice and I'd be tempted to purchase it in color if I didn't already own it.In any case, the story itself is a bizarre tale of three brothers who are chased out of their home land and wander into a strange and unfamiliar world. The mix of artistic styles was a bit jarring to me, at first. The Bone characters reminded me of Disney's Scrooge McDuck or Mickey Mouse, although they are apparently modeled more after Pogo which I have not read. The rest of the scenery and characters are drawn much more realistically. The same sort of mixture occurs with comedy and, well, maybe not tragedy, but drama. The story is engrossing and well told and draws you right into its depths.All in all, a fine fantasy comic drawn and written in an engrossing manner. I might have rated it higher, if I hadn't started to burn out on fantasy novels.
jasonli on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Don't be fooled by the colorful illustrations or silly design behind its main characters; "Bone" is a fantasy epic that could easily have been a three-volume novel series. Smith layers tension slowly but surely to create a riveting reading experience. The last third of the story is easily some of the best comic material I've come across.Despite the original characters and lively plot, I do have one gripe, which is that the story is filled with a few too many conveniences, particularly towards the end of the series. Granted, it's a convention often used by other great fantasy novels, which "Bone" definitely is.
cargocontainer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Probably the graphic novel that most deserves the label "epic" that I've ever read. It was a lot like a comic version of a Lord of the Rings style story, but maintained its lighthearted attitude throughout most chapters (some just don't work that way). Definitely worth reading.
clstaff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An absolutely amazing book. It doesn't matter if you are not into graphic novels, this story will absolutely fill you with delight. I initially thought that the story may be a bit cutsie pie / wishy washy, judging by the cover and the first chapter, but as they say, don't judge a book... The story turned out to be a full bodied adventure full of interesting characters. The comic nature of the cuter characters is well balanced with the more serious, realistic nature of other characters. I give it seven thumbs and two pinkies up.
davisfamily on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful book, the art fit the story so well. Its a story of 3 "Bones", they became lost in a different land and just want to go home. They meet many characters, dragons, humans and "monsters". The Bones become mixed up in the "politics" of the land, and try in their own fashion to help out.
jbrubacher on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Bones, small creatures with big noses, head out from Boneville and find themselves a major part of an epic that spans generations, with witches and dragons and ghost circles and cow races. This is a very fun, sweet story with a lot of humour and a happy ending.
LadyAttercop on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brilliant art and story telling; funny, touching, and epic in storyline and scope: Bone is a must read for students of visual narrative or fans of "modern fairy tales."
tapestry100 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jeff Smith's Bone series, I can honestly say, is one of those occasions where a comic book series grows out of itself into actual literature (and not to bring up the question of what does the "genre" literature actually consist of, I hope you understand my meaning). It is a grand, sweeping, epic story interspersed with humour, tragedy and love. I have heard it compared in some ways to J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, and I can see that comparison. It is a story of good versus evil, where the side of good can only hope to overcome the perils of evil, and yet they find a way. I'd love to be able to recount the entire adventure, but that would take too long.; the series consisted of 51 issues, and the One Volume Edition collects all 1,332 pages of the entire story in one huge tome.The artwork is beautiful, all rendered in black and white line drawings. It has a cartoony feel to it, but it fits the feel and pace of the story. The dialogue is well written, the characters are fleshed out and believable and the flow of the narrative is perfect. I really can't recommend this more.
drewandlori on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Awesome, awesome, awesome. One of the funniest and most exciting books I've ever read
MaowangVater on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Exiled from Boneville, the three Bone cousins wander into a valley where the population is threatened by monstrous rat creatures and protected by dragons.
xicanti on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Bone series is a must-read for anyone interested in graphic novels. It took Jeff Smith thirteen years to write, but the wait was definitely worth it. On the surface this seems like a simple story, but it's packed with tons of great socio-political stuff and a lot of genuinely good humour. Definitely check it out.
moonimal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have been a sucker for comic books my whole life, but mostly the superhero kind. This story has terrific characters (good and bad), magical elements, epic battles and cute little furry raccoon kids, all rolled into one. The mashup of realistic drawings (humans, settings) with more cartoonish characters (Bone, the dragons, etc.) is a real feast for the eyes. I personally have a soft spot in my heart for Kingdok, but you'll have your own favorite.Note: My son required me to read this.
Terpsichoreus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Smith's evocative and energetic drawings tell an enthusiastic and deeply-felt mini-epic. His simple chiaroscuro backgrounds create a fantastical but very real world. His strange cartoons mix with caricatures of realism to produce an easy-to-understand psychological reality.However his very strong characterization sometimes falls prey to simple archetype, which weakens the story and the suspension of disbelief. However, otherwise a thoroughly enjoyable, funny, endearing, and exciting read.
flourishing on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Truly a comic classic. Starts off small - reminiscent of the early days of animated cartoons - and grows to a fantasy epic with enormous scope, huge armies clashing and enormous, mythic battles.
Zapatos on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bone is, in a word, EPIC. The art is sweet and somewhat cartoon-y, and lacks the grit and grime that seem to mark most modern day adult comics, so you may be tempted to dismiss it as just another kiddie comic. Don't. The scan and scope of Bone, the use of archetypes of good and evil while still developing unique, sympathetic characters, the use of fantasy to comment on our world, and the consistent quality of both the writing and art, are enough to ensure that this comic endures. Plus, there's the simple fact that it's GOOD; that it's funny and thought-provoking and heart-wrenching, all at the same time. I think we comic readers are constantly calling out for works that can elevate comics from entertainment to art, that are strong enough to stand the test of time. Bone is one such comic. I can only hope that in the future, comic readers and literature lovers alike will have a copy of this on their shelves (perhaps next to Maus and Sandman?)
Yakatizma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jeff Smith's Bone illustrates the compelling power of contrast and contradiction. Bone is part all-ages fantasy epic, part character piece, and part social commentary. The Bones are a dysfunctional family unit comprised of three cousins with conflicting personality types that are exiled from their urban capitalist society. Through their sometimes comical, sometimes somber, and always epic adventures in a medieval feudal land, the Bones learn the value of family, community, and charity.There is a child-like innocence that permeates the material and is conveyed through Jeff Smith's heavy line-work and visual character design. The fantastical characters and monsters in Bone are visually reminiscent of the American Saturday Morning Cartoon series of the 1980's, while the environments are mundane and steeped in realism. Despite the seeming conflicting styles, Jeff Smith uses the backdrops to create a sense of place and time, while maintaining an emphasis on the aspects of the book that really shine, the characters themselves.
FFortuna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love it, love it, love it. There's not a single thing to complain about it, and if I listed all the things I liked my review would be as long as the book. Suffice it to say that you don't have to like comics to like this. If you like ANYTHING, this is a must-read.
conformer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
With an omnibus thick enough to choke, kill, and dismember a horse, Jeff Smith's collected Bone comics don't exactly challenge or redefine the genre, but this mash-up of cutesy Shmoo-like protagonists, pastoral hijinks, restless spirts, unrequited love, and the planet-cracking antics of gods gone wild is broad enough to transcend the boundaries of garden-variety funny books and merit the badge of "graphic novel."
drteeth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I LOVE LOVE LOVED LOVED this book! I'd give it ten stars if I could!