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I love Bone.

BalefuegoBalefuego Registered User regular
edited June 2011 in Singularity Engine++
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It's been 20 fucking years since the first issue of Bone came out, and it was another 13 years until the 55th and final issue was released. But all together they make up one of the most important comics ever made. People talk about Watchmen, about Sandman, whatever, those are cool I guess. But if you ask me what the best example of the medium is? My vote is with fuckin Bone.

But it's not just because Jeff Smith wrote, drew, and published every single issue of this book himself. (Ok, there was a brief window where the book was published by Image, but that was entirely due to the speculator crash in the late 90s). It's because this is one epic motherfucking story that has everything you could possibly ask for.


What the fuck is a Bone?

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Those funny looking lil white cartoony dudes? Those are Bones, and specifically these 3 Bones are the heroes of the story. Fone, Phoney, and Smiley. Three cousins who have been run out of Boneville.


What? Fuck you, this is just some cartoon shit?

But it's not! Well not entirely, the Bones are cartoon yes but in a cool little bit of genre reversal they serve as the everyman (everybone?) for the story. Boneville is never seen, but is often described as being roughly analogous to the real world. The place the Bones find themselves however, is very much a fantastical place.

The Valley
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Also, here is a link to a huge badass map

Who lives in The Valley?

People! IT'S PEOPLE!

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People like Thorn, who Fone Bone is hopelessly smitten with.

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Her super tough Grandma Ben

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Gruff old Tavern Owner Lucius

I still dont understand what the fuck this is about

Well any good story has to have some great villains and don't worry we got those too.

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Like rat creatures!

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and the mysterious Hooded One


But honestly, I love this thing to pieces and I bet if you give it a shot you will too.

It's funny!

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It's scary!

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It's exciting!

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And it can even be touching.


Did I mention the Moby Dick?

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Oh and one last thing, but it's a secret
Spoiler:

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  • Sweeney TomSweeney Tom We never go out of style Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Oh, I love this comic so much.

    One of the few comics I make sure to collect everytime I visit Borders.

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  • PiptheFairPiptheFair Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    goddamn bone rules

    also get it inked

    STEAM
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  • Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I got the shotgun, you got the briefcase It's all in the game though, right?Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited June 2011
    I love Bone. One of the best stories you could ask to read.

    I don't really have anything else to add to this thread.

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  • Cilla BlackCilla Black Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Bone was amazing. The rat things are the best running gag. I never really cared for the last 4th of the series though,
    Spoiler:

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  • BalefuegoBalefuego Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    I love Bone. One of the best stories you could ask to read.

    I don't really have anything else to add to this thread.

    this thread is not for adding!

    It is for loving

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  • Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I got the shotgun, you got the briefcase It's all in the game though, right?Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited June 2011
    Balefuego wrote: »
    I love Bone. One of the best stories you could ask to read.

    I don't really have anything else to add to this thread.

    this thread is not for adding!

    It is for loving

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  • BalefuegoBalefuego Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Also I am a gruff old fashioned dude and I prefer the original black and white art but the colored versions are pretty boss too and Jeff Smith supervised all the coloring himself so that it would keep with his vision.

    I need to pick up a colored version as well, because I want to own both.

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  • UsagiUsagi it’s like someone threw a bowl of loose fruit into a front-loading clothes dryer Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    For the record I would just like to state that the very first time I knew this place was awesome and thus continued to post here was because when asked by timid newcomer me, Bale recommended Bone

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    I've learned what is best in life:

    To crush the patriarchy, see it driven before you, and hear the lamentations of its fuckboys.
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  • Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I got the shotgun, you got the briefcase It's all in the game though, right?Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited June 2011
    I also prefer the original black and white, but the color is excellently done.

    I need to buy a copy of Bone. I've read it about 20 times but I've never owned my own copy.

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  • EvanderEvander Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Bone sure is some good stuff.

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  • lostwordslostwords Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    I love bone, that's all

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  • BalefuegoBalefuego Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    There is a super boss hardcover colorized one volume edition coming out later this year for the 20th anniversary.

    It's like 100 bucks.


    I am totally buying it.

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  • FlatEricFlatEric Leaves from the vine, Falling so slow Like fragile, tiny shells, Drifting in the foamRegistered User regular
    edited June 2011
    This is the best comic

    I have the full series in one volume book and I love it to pieces

    In fact I think it's about time I reread it

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  • EvanderEvander Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    how long until it is on amazon for ten bucks?

    because that's what it took for me to buy my current bone edition

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  • BalefuegoBalefuego Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    I lent my copies to Langly and he started talking to me about it today and it made me want to take them back and reread them myself.

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  • BalefuegoBalefuego Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Evander wrote: »
    how long until it is on amazon for ten bucks?

    because that's what it took for me to buy my current bone edition

    the regular one volume phonebooks are still on amazon, those are always in the 20-30 dollar range.


    The only previous big hardcover release was an initial limited edition that came out back when the series first ended. I assume the new 20th anniversary one will be similarly limited.

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  • EvanderEvander Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    yeah, I have that regular one volume one. Got it when it was ten bucks
    I think I paid more for Rose than I did for Bone.

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  • Samir Duran DuranSamir Duran Duran Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Way better than lord of the rings.

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  • Cilla BlackCilla Black Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Phonebook is a really excellent description for it. But I love that format so much more than individual volumes.

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  • BalefuegoBalefuego Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Way better than lord of the rings.

    way better

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  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited June 2011
    Bone is so goddamned wonderful. I love the stupid rat creatures.

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  • LanglyLangly Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Bone is pretty awesome you guys. It has dragons and also rat creatures.

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  • EvanderEvander Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    more like fonebook

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  • BalefuegoBalefuego Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Druhim wrote: »
    Bone is so goddamned wonderful. I love the stupid rat creatures.

    Stupid stupid rat creatures

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  • TonkkaTonkka Some one in the club tonight Has stolen my ideas.Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    I am suddenly getting a craving for a nice quiche.

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  • chiasaur11chiasaur11 Never doubt a raccoon. Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Bone is great, although it took me far too long to actually read it.

    I used to go to the comic store that sold it first.

    As in, Jeff Smith brought little hand printed copies of the issues, and the owner put them up for sale.

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  • RobchamRobcham Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    yes yes yes yes yes

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  • Sars_BoySars_Boy Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    i been sitting on this book for like, 2 years now

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  • BucketmanBucketman Dyslexic Puppy Skraggle RockRegistered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Stupid stupid rat creatures

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  • BucketmanBucketman Dyslexic Puppy Skraggle RockRegistered User regular
    edited June 2011
    also I tried reading some of the authors other stuff and it really isn't as good

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  • Cilla BlackCilla Black Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    looking at the phonebook on my shelf right now

    it is particularly obvious today

    sort of calling out right now. hmm.

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  • BalefuegoBalefuego Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Rob how pretty is Jeff Smith's art

    the answer is so pretty.


    Like, I don't even want to post some of the stuff that still sticks with me even without context. But pages and spreads like the dream sequences or the entire thing about Mihm and the Lord of Locusts. That shit looks amazing

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  • RobchamRobcham Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    I love the art so much I wanna take it behind the middle school and get it pregnant

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  • Sars_BoySars_Boy Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Robcham wrote: »
    I love the art so much I wanna take it behind the middle school and get it pregnant

    I love this post so much I wanna take it behind the middle school and get it pregnant.

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  • BalefuegoBalefuego Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    I own the big ass "Art of Bone" coffee table book.

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    It was pricey but fuck it was worth it.

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  • RobchamRobcham Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Hell yes

    I really prefer the black and white art somehow

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  • KalTorakKalTorak Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Bone fucking rocks. I can't decide who may favorite character is.

    this guy's up there tho
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  • chiasaur11chiasaur11 Never doubt a raccoon. Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Bartleby is aces, yes.

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  • BalefuegoBalefuego Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Phoney is my favorite obviously


    but Fone, Smiley, Thorn, and Bartleby are all also just so good.

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  • BalefuegoBalefuego Registered User regular
    edited June 2011
    Here is everything you need to know about Phoney and the reasons why he is so dear to me comprised in one perfect panel.

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