March 16, 2005
St. Paul, Minn. — When Jeff Smith was in kindergarten, he started drawing a character he called Fone Bone. Smith describes it as a bit like Snoopy without the ears and the black nose.
What started as a doodle, stayed with him. Smith kept on drawing Bone, and a host of his relatives. In high school he fell in love with Lord of the Rings and Star Wars, and decided to tell a similar epic tale, built around Fone Bone.
Almost 30 years later he's finished. Originally he self-published the story in black and white comic books which he sold at comic book shows. Now Scholastic is using the Bone story to launch its new line of color graphic novels. The first of 9 installments just hit the bookstores.