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The noted children’s book publisher Scholastic has had great success with their comics-oriented Graphix imprint, mainly thanks to their colorized volumes of Jeff Smith’s Bone. And it looks like they’re going to continue their publishing onslaught this year. Already we’ve seen the release of Copper by Kazu Kibuishi and Missile Mouse by Jake Parker. Want to find out what’s coming up next. Read on, read on …
The Bone Handbook by Jeff Smith. Everything you wanted to know about Fone Bone but were afraid to ask. Includes profiles of the cast, a timeline, interviews with Smith and colorist Steve Hamaker and more. 96 pages, $9.99.
Smile by Raina Telgemeier. Telgemeier relates her rough battle with braces and jr. high school angst in this all-ages memoir. This actually should be out any day now. $21.99 hardcover, $10.99 paperback.
Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel. From the author of Creature Tech comes this story about a guy who gets zapped to a spirit world, where he finds he obtains special powers that draw unwanted attention from nefarious forces. 288 pages, $24.99 hardcover, $14.99 paperback.
Bone: Tall Tales by Tom Sniegoski and Jeff Smith. As revealed at San Diego last year, here’s a sorta-new collection of Bone material, featuring the Stupid, Stupid Rat Creatures story (in color) as well as some other tales. $21.99 hardcover, $10.99 paperback.
Bone: Quest for the Spark Book One by Tom Sniegoski and Jeff Smith. The other big Bone book of the year. Details on this one are sparse at the moment. All we know is that it’s a prose book, illustrated by Smith and the first of a trilogy.