Jeff Smith (cartoonist)

Jeff Smith (cartoonist)

Infobox Comics creator
name = Jeff Smith

caption = Smith at a book signing in Hamburg, Germany, on October 10, 2006, during his 2006–2007 Bone World Tour.
birthname =
birthdate = birth date and age|1960|02|27
location = McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania
deathdate =
deathplace =
nationality = American
area = Writer, penciller, inker, publisher
alias =
notable works = "Bone", "Shazam! The Monster Society of Evil"
awards = National Cartoonists Society Comic Book Awards (four), Harvey Awards (nine)

Jeff Smith (born 1960) is an American cartoonist, best known as the creator of the self-published comic book series "Bone". He has also worked for Character Builders Animation as an art director. He currently resides in Columbus, Ohio.


Jeff Smith was born on February 27, 1960 in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania. His family moved to Columbus, Ohio, where he displayed an interest in cartoons dating back to as early as kindergarten. Smith made his mind up to become a cartoonist at nine years of age after a classmate brought a copy of some of Walt Kelly's "Pogo" comics to school.

While attending the Ohio State University, Smith created a daily four-panel strip for the student newspaper, "The Lantern". That strip, called "Thorn", introduced the characters that would later populate his comic book series "Bone".

Smith ultimately published 55 issues of "Bone" between 1991 and 2004, blending influences from artists and writers such as Walt Kelly, Carl Barks, and J.R.R. Tolkien. The black and white comic book proved very successful, and has been collected in a number of trade paperback and hardback collections.

In 2003, Smith began work for DC Comics on a miniseries starring Captain Marvel, a superhero character Smith is a fan of. [cite web|url=;f=36;t=005004;p=1 |title=Jeff Smith: Bone comics, games & Shazam |author=Jennifer M. Contino] The series, entitled "Shazam! The Monster Society of Evil", was published in four prestige format issues in 2007, and later collected into a hardcover edition.

In 2007, Fantagraphics Books named Smith as the designer for an upcoming series of books collecting the complete run of Walt Kelly's "Pogo". He also designed the cover art for Say Anything's album "In Defense of the Genre".

Smith released the first issue of "RASL", "a stark, sci-fi series about a dimension-jumping art thief with personal problems", in February, 2008. A six page preview was shown on the 2007 San Diego Comic-Con. Smith self-publishes "RASL" in oversized black and white comic books.

Smith's art was featured in a pair of museum shows in Columbus during summer 2008: "Jeff Smith: Bone and Beyond" at the Wexner Center for the Arts, and "Jeff Smith: Before Bone" at the Cartoon Research Library of The Ohio State University. [ [ Exhibitions: Jeff Smith: Bone and Beyond] at Wexner Center website.] The exhibits were featured in a segment on the PBS news program "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" on July 21, 2008.


Smith has won several awards, including the 1995, 1996, 1998, and 2000 National Cartoonists Society Comic Book Awards (for "Bone"), and nine Harvey Awards: Best Cartoonist in 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, and 2003, Special Award for Humor in 1994, and Best Graphic Album of Previously Published Works (for The Complete Bone Adventures) in 1994.


External links

* [ Jeff Smith podcast interview] on "It Came Out on Wednesday" from [ ComiXology]
* [ short bio from]
* [ Jeff Smith's Official Boneville Message Board] - from World Famous Comics Community
* [ The Onion AV Club Interview]
* [ Interview]

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