The bones were white when I found them. Beetles, worms, bacteria and fungi ate as much as they could. Draw as a comic strip a part of the story of how the deer died and what happened to its body as it is recycled into other living things. Some events will take a long time e. Use tricks of graphic artists to show how fast events are happening. Between the panels, our mind fill in, to create the illusion of time and motion.
But the graphic artist can emphasize and lengthen or shorten the time between panels using some tricks: 1. Bone p. Bone: Out from Boneville by Jeff Smith 2. Use visual complexity in a panel or add dialog, so that it takes time for the reader to move through the panel, and there is a sequence of events. With less visual complexity and no dialog, the reader will move faster through the panel, and time will seem to go faster. Number of panels: draw two or more panels the same to show time passing. Border of panel: borderless panel gives a timeless quality. Leave border off top or run panel off side of page.
Skip to main content. You are here Home. Lesson Plan Comic strip of the life of a deer. After assembling the deer skeleton, discuss how it died, then draw a comic strip of it's life and death, using graphic techniques to make time go slower and faster. Bone 's story is as full-orbed and ranging as its characters. What begins as light adventure soon turns to dark mystery.
And then back to adventure. And then to epic journey and battle against cataclysmic evil. And all woven throughout with a sense of myth and spirit.
There are forces at work in Fone Bone's world that are beyond the seeing eye and tap into energies outside the realm of the sciences. And I don't mean wizards and dragons. Even though those are there too. These things work to make Bone 's world and mythos feel substantial, solid. And it helps that his story is exciting. Which you already knew because why else would I describe the wait for new chapters as tortuous? At the end of the day, if you haven't read Bone yet, you really ought to.
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If you like comics at all, you owe it to yourself. If you like adventure or fantasy, you owe it to yourself. If you want to read your kids something a little dangerous and a little exciting and a little funny and quite possibly the best thing your kids will have yet experienced, you owe it to yourself and to them. And if you've already read Bone but it's been a couple years, you owe it to yourself. Part of the marketing was to colour the book.
As originally published, Bone was a strictly black-and-white endeavor. I'm not sure whether having the book in colour was one of Smith's abiding desires or if Scholastic believed they could better sell it to kids if it were in colour—but whatever the case, when you go onto Amazon or wherever to order your copy, you'll have a variety of formats to choose from.
One of those is the colour edition. Because what I did read was awful. Or maybe not awful. Maybe it was just uninspired. But when you lay uninspired on top of majesty, you've done something terrible. This colouring job is that. You may not think it's possible to suck the life out of a black-and-white comic by adding colour but you can.
You really and truly can. So please, for your sake and for your children's sake: buy and read Bone in black and white. It's beautiful and stunning and you won't feel embarrassed for the book while reading it. Now is the time for those who haven't read the book to stop reading. You already know I adore the book and think you should absolutely read this thing.
It's canon and it deserves to be so. Okay, so I was completely and entirely sold on Smith's world until the last chapter. The climax and even most of the denouement were stellar and right along with what Smith was doing with his story and characters. It all fit. Then, in the last pages, we see his principal characters make a decision that kind of goes wholly against who Smith developed them to be.
I'm not sure why he chose that ending for his book. In the story in my head, fifteen years earlier when Smith first thought of the story, he came up with an ending. Over the intervening years, his narrative grew and new ideas insinuated themselves.
His characters grew in ways he hadn't originally charted out. They became something more than what he had proposed to himself in the beginning. And over the years he added plot points and dialogues and maybe even new arcs. So when he comes to his conclusion, it obviously needs to be different in at least nuance from what he had originally planned. And yet, for reasons foreign to my imagination, Smith decided to stick with his original ending, even though it clearly did not fit with the characters he'd created and the circumstance they find themselves in.
That's how it happened in my imaginary version of what went down to make this ending the ending that got published. I recall being disappointed when I first read that last chapter seven years ago. But whatever my reaction was, in my memory, I was merely annoyed. Reading it again now with my daughter, I was actually angry.
I wasn't angry that these characters made the choices they did. I was angry that they did so inexplicably—that there was no justification for their final decision. It didn't fit with Fone Bone's character arc. It didn't fit with Phoney Bone's character motivations. It felt entirely foreign to everything Smith had done prior to that moment. And that just makes me sad for the project, that perfection could be so easily evaporated in a book's final pages.
And now I'm sad. If a series is good, I always regret reading it in fits and starts while it waits to complete. Note within a note: The tough thing about my newly acquired methodology is that it's inhibiting to smaller publishers. For instance, Twin Spica 's publisher Vertical saw such poor sales on the series that even in the month the twelfth and final volume was released, older volumes were out of print with no plans to bring the series back.
Beyond merely being a shame because it's such a good series, this makes it bad news for those who would wait until a series concludes to begin collecting. Aug 19, Sesana rated it liked it Shelves: re-read , comics , fantasy. I first tried out Bone several years ago, and I just couldn't get into it. I decided to give it a second chance, because I've heard so much good about the series as a whole. The second time through, I liked it quite a bit more, but I still didn't love it.
The Bones are cute and cartoony and I did enjoy that. Not really invested in whatever the bigger story is, though. At least not yet. I think this time I'm going to try to read the whole series and see what I think of it as a whole. View all 6 comments. Nov 08, Shannon Giraffe Days rated it really liked it Shelves: , ya , childrens , comics , graphic-novel.
Fone Bone's wealthy and arrogant cousin, Phoney Bone, has been run out of Boneville by the angry residents and Fone Bone agrees to help him, along with their other cousin, Smiley Bone. But they get lost in the desert and have used up all their water and tempers are running high. When a swarm of locusts sweeps through the valley they run for their lives - and suddenly Fone Bone is falling. Separated from the others and lost, he has only an old map that Smiley found that leads him through the moun Fone Bone's wealthy and arrogant cousin, Phoney Bone, has been run out of Boneville by the angry residents and Fone Bone agrees to help him, along with their other cousin, Smiley Bone.
Separated from the others and lost, he has only an old map that Smiley found that leads him through the mountains and into a paradise land wherein lurk some monstrous creatures. Fone needs to find his cousins, but there are rat creatures after him and a little bug called Ted thinks someone called Thorn can help him - only Ted has disappeared and Bone doesn't know where this Thorn is. Then he encounters her unexpectedly - a beautiful human girl - and falls in love! Together they make plans for finding Phoney and Smiley - before the rat creatures get them first.
Beautifully drawn and presented, Out From Boneville is a delightful, imaginative, funny trip through a vivid landscape of chain-smoking dragons, talking possums, cow-racing grannies and scary monsters. Bone is an endearing hero, good-hearted and resourceful, vulnerable and sympathetic.
It has something of a "to be continued" ending, with an unsolved mystery behind the scenes that really gets you curious. Aside from that, Out From Boneville is self-contained and a wonderful introduction to the series - and witty too. The panels are cleverly drawn to show what cannot be included in dialogue, and it makes full use of the medium graphic novel in which it's presented. As an adult, this was fun to read - better than watching a cartoon on telly, that's for sure.
View 1 comment. Nov 15, Amanda rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy , middle-grade. When the three cousins are run out of Boneville because of Phoney Bone's latest scheme, they get lost and separated in the desert. Fone Bone our hero finds a secret valley where he encounters weird weather, strange friends a cow racing grandmother and a tiny green bug , frightening foes homicidal rat creatures , and a strangely protective dragon that no one else can see.
I really enjoyed my first Bone book. I've been meaning to read some of this series for about a year, and I was not disappointed. The characters are engaging, and the world is interesting. Many reviewers have compared Smith to Tolkien in his world-building, and although I wouldn't go that far at this point, I can see why they say that. The original strip was in black and white, but the use of color is really exceptional in this book, so I'm glad Scholastic decided to add it.
It's funny, it's original, and I can't wait to find out what happens next! I would recommend it to kids in 4th grade and up. It's got a few frames that would upset the most sensitive parents, but the content really is fine for older kids. Well, first of all we have the charming cousins, sense of humour, love, and a dragon. But there are mysterious events going on, and there are monsters, and something very sinister lurking in the dark. This is just the beginning of the story The way the story progressed rather quietly, with the panels just speaking for themselves Now I'm reading the colored versions, I can't wait to read it all Well, first of all we have the charming cousins, sense of humour, love, and a dragon.
Now I'm reading the colored versions, I can't wait to read it all. Dec 29, Kelly Furniss rated it it was amazing. After reading a run of dark graphic novels this was a fabulous refreshing change. The characters are so cute and loveable in this fairy tale like story set in an imaginary land. We follow Fone Bone, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone as they try to escape the uncharted desert but as they do this they get split up and each separately come in to a mysterious valley filled with scary creatures.
The tale is simple and the imagery almost childlike but I could not help being drawn in to their world. A great After reading a run of dark graphic novels this was a fabulous refreshing change. You can't help but adore these little characters!. Oct 30, Melissa rated it liked it Shelves: books-for-gray , picture-books , young-adults-these-days. I'm reading this to Gray, so like a responsible mother I read ahead to try to gauge whether there's anything in this that he'd find troubling.
So far so good! My kid has been a super graphic novel freak but no he may not read Ex Machina no matter how hard he pleads his case since he saw the cover of Saga Vol 1 and called it Monster and Love Had a Baby, so I'll call that so far so good as well. Feb 13, Steve rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , sequential-art , read-in This brought back memories! I used to read this as a weekly comic strip in the Ohio State University newspaper in the early 80s.
Of course, back then, it was a black and white strip. The coloring is an improvement. The story is outstanding, and I'll be diving right into the next volume: Bone, Vol. Dec 29, bsc rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction , read , graphic-novels. My 8 year old son received this entire series for Christmas and is flying through them. This one was very entertaining. Art work is great, too. Jan 17, Anish Mooonka rated it really liked it. A very good comic series for the child and adult in you. Just try it once. Aug 01, Danger rated it really liked it. The plot moves briskly, if not somewhat haphazardly, bounding from one scene to the next, while still progressing the narrative in a logical fashion.
This book manages to do that with aplomb. I already have the second volume in the series in my possession, and if the rest of books keep up the quality of this one, I intend to read it until the end. Aug 10, Kathy rated it it was amazing. OK, this graphic novel was really cute! Maybe others wouldn't define the Bone characters as cute but I found them endearing. Bone, Out from Boneville, is the first volumes in the series. The main character, Fone Bone, hangs out with his two misfit cousins, Phoncible P. Bone and Smiley Bone. Phoncible is the Mayor of Boneville, but he is a bit shady.
I OK, this graphic novel was really cute! I got the feeling that the only one with somewhat of a brain was Fone Bone. He was the most level headed of the bunch. In volume one the threesome becomes separated and the story centers on Fone Bone and his adventures trying to find his lost cousins.
Along the way he meets a young girl named Thorn who he becomes starry eyed about. She offers him shelter in grandma Ben's cabin and he settles in. Phoney Bone eventually shows up and the adventures begin. Phoney is very opinionated and believes he is better than others. This graphic novel was entertaining, funny and a great read if you want to just sit back, relax and not use your mind for anything other than enjoyment. I think I will be reading the other volumes to see what happens to the trio!
Quick thoughts: This was alright, though after reading the Amulet series I know there's better middle grade graphic novels out there. There was surprisingly a lot of smoking in this too, which was weird. And Bone, the main character pictured on the cover, falls in love with a pretty human girl, which was also a little strange.
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Some of the humor fell flat but some of it made me chuckle. Bone's cousin, Phoney Bone, is a huge jerk though and I was glad when he wasn't in the story and disappointed wh Quick thoughts: This was alright, though after reading the Amulet series I know there's better middle grade graphic novels out there. Bone's cousin, Phoney Bone, is a huge jerk though and I was glad when he wasn't in the story and disappointed when he showed up again.
I'll continue with this one but if it starts to decline I'll probably drop it since it is a little long and I wasn't hugely impressed. Jul 05, Get X Serious rated it really liked it. I went into this book thinking I was going to hate it or at least feel like I was wasting my time, then before I knew it, I was somehow compelled to continue reading. I don't really know. I guess the story is decent, the characters are somewhat interesting, but there's nothing about this that really has made an exclamation point blink above my head.
Regardless, I can't stop reading the series now, and honesty that's probably what's so entrancing about this book, it's so fucking readable. It' I went into this book thinking I was going to hate it or at least feel like I was wasting my time, then before I knew it, I was somehow compelled to continue reading.
It's crazy easy to follow, it's amazingly well paced, the illustrations are always on point and easy to comprehend, and the plot develops and concludes in very satisfying ways. Bone didn't make it onto my radar until a coworker recommended it for my TinTin-obsessed eight-year-old cousin. And, wow. Bone has the adventure of TinTin and the impeccable comic timing and sensibility of Walt Kelly's Pogo; in short, it's the funniest, most exciting, smartest comic book you've never heard of.
Let me put it another way. Regardless of whether or not you read comic books at all, if you have a pulse and you can r Bone didn't make it onto my radar until a coworker recommended it for my TinTin-obsessed eight-year-old cousin. Regardless of whether or not you read comic books at all, if you have a pulse and you can read, you'll like this one. Feb 21, Patrick rated it really liked it Shelves: reading-challenge , graphic-novels-comics.
This was a very fun read. I remember seeing it growing up at Barnes and Noble and used bookstores but strangely enough I never read it until now. I'm very glad I did. This was a great kid's comic! I will definitely finish the series! Dec 06, Josh rated it it was amazing. So very, very entertaining. I love the characters already and am looking forward to see how else Smith plays with fantasy.
Apr 20, Jaksen rated it really liked it. A kinda crazy whimsical typical not-so-typical graphic novel story thingamajig! Bone and his two cousins leave Boneville cuz stupid old Phoney Bone had swindled some folks. Phoney has some great ideas, btw, like a petting zoo combo slaughter house.
Anyhow we don't really know who or what the Bones are, just kinda like things or creatures of some sort. And kicked out of their home they go wandering through a woods and meet a sweet girl named Thorn and her cranky grandmother who owns ra A kinda crazy whimsical typical not-so-typical graphic novel story thingamajig! And kicked out of their home they go wandering through a woods and meet a sweet girl named Thorn and her cranky grandmother who owns racing cows and some rat-creatures who want to eat them and a dragon who doesn't want to eat them and it just goes on and really You need to read this book to even begin to get it.
This was lent to me by my ten-year old grandson who said, 'Read it,' and so I did. I looked at the pictures, too. Four stars. Jun 21, MissAnnThrope rated it it was ok Shelves: , graphic-novel , library-book. By now I surely should have learned my lesson about jumping on the bandwagon of what everyone else is loving, but I always have hope that I'll be surprised so I go against my gut.
Perhaps there is something wrong with me, but this didn't wow me as I had hoped it would. The dialogue is elementary and often quite dull. I read a lot of 21 June After so many years of hearing how great this series is, I finally picked up Bone, Vol. I read a lot of children's books, and I'm as immature as they come with probably the intellect of a grade-schooler at best.
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So for me to think the writing too juvenile says quite a lot. Perhaps if the characters were more likable, I would have enjoyed it more.
Tough Gran'ma Ben, with her guns of steel, is the only character I find interesting. I really, really wanted to like this. I'd like to think this series gets better the further you get into it, but I probably won't be picking up another volume unless I've run out of things to read.
With characters that aren't very engaging and with its uninteresting plot, this is yet another series that leaves me baffled by the mass population's love for it. Aug 10, Tamora Pierce rated it it was ok Shelves: graphic-novel , younger-readers. Bone and his two cousins are kicked out of Boneville, or rather, Fone Bone was kicked out for a picnic with bad prunes and a huge balloon that destroyed a local landmark, and the other two Bones are sharing his exile.
The three are split up, and Bone finds his way to a forest realm, where he is menaced by big furry hungry things with red eyes, and where he is befriended by the lovely Thorn and her take-no-prisoners Granny. He's also protected by the enigmatic Big Red Dragon for reasons that are Bone and his two cousins are kicked out of Boneville, or rather, Fone Bone was kicked out for a picnic with bad prunes and a huge balloon that destroyed a local landmark, and the other two Bones are sharing his exile.
He's also protected by the enigmatic Big Red Dragon for reasons that are unexplained. At last he is reunited in disaster with his cousins with promises of adventure to come. This wasn't my kind of thing, though I know the series is very popular. I could have done without the greedy, nasty Fone Bone entirely, since he's completely off-putting. I wish someone had the courtesy to give the Big Red Dragon a name, since he is so important. And nobody seems to think, particularly. I would rather you read it yourself than took my word for it!
Feb 16, 47Time rated it did not like it Shelves: ircb , comics-fantasy. The cartoony artwork is cute, but this is rarely enough for me to give a good rating. The humor is designed for pre-teens and the story couldn't be more boring if it tried. Nothing happens for ages in this comic. It's mostly made up of long, pointless conversations and the individual lines are boring. This would fail with me even if I was a toddler. Phoncible 'Phoney' Bone has done some shady business in Boneville that got him and his two cousins thrown out of town.
He and his cousins, Fone Bone The cartoony artwork is cute, but this is rarely enough for me to give a good rating. He and his cousins, Fone Bone and Smiley Bone, get separated from each other by a sudden locust swarm. They are unknowingly being followed stalked for a secret reason by a creature called the Great Red Dragon who saves them from some monsters. They get to a green valley where the monsters are still around, but they're not very brainy.
The snow forces them to stay in the valley, searching for each other for a long and boring time. There they meet friendly allies and deadly enemies that should give this comic more depth, but everything is too simplistic to keep me reading. Thorn turns out to be a beautiful young woman and Fone, the first one to meet her, develops a crush on her. This doesn't prevent him from being a sexist pig about it, though.
Phoney stumbles upon Tim later on and soon meets Gran'ma Ben, Thorn's grandmother. Ol' battering-ram, cow-outrunnin' granny doesn't want non-milkable bones in her house. She relents if they sleep in the barn probably to keep Thorn chaste, though they don't seem to have genitalia and help out on the farm.
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The town festival has her outrunning cows on a bet. This sounds cool enough to be added to the Olympics. Her spider-sense is tingling, so she is sure something bad is going to happen. And she is right. Meanwhile Phoney wants to make a quick buck by working a puerile angle on granny.