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July 27, 2005

Heaviest Comic Book Ever

I just started reading Jeff Smith's BONE - One Volume Edition. It's 1332 pages and weighs in at close to 5 pounds. This is the complete run of BONE in one book.

This is the first comic book I've bought in close to 10 years. When I was into comics, I was into them big time collectiong All Batman titles (5), X-Men (2), Spawn, Ghost Rider, The Maxx and various other Image comics. I was spending a ridiculous amount of money and one day I just walked away from it. I'm not going to fall back into the comic books again, I'm only going to pick up the odd trade paperback that interests me.

I saw BONE when I was collecting comics back then and it had always looked really interesting. The problem was the place I bought my comics from would only get it in sporatically so I never bothered to pick it up.

Here's a brief introduction found on the back cover:

After being run out of Boneville, the three Bone cousins, Fone Bone, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone are serarated and lost in a vast uncharted desert. One by one, they find their way into a deep forested valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures. It will the logest but funniest - year of their lives.

BONE has won 9 Harvey Awards, 9 Eisner Awards and was named Best Comic Book by the Nation Cartoonists Society as well as other awards from all over the world.

I'm a 150 pages in and finished 'book' one of nine. The three bone cousins have just met up and things are really starting to get interesting. The drawings are fantastic and plot seems to be developing nicely. I recommend picking it up if your wrists can handle it.

Posted by hypnobee at July 27, 2005 6:00 AM


That's one big book. Is it comfortable to read? I've read most of the Bone books in the more lap-friendly format. Also, is the artwork black and white, or has it been colored?

I loved the series. A nice mix of menace and comedy, realism and comic art.

Posted by: mark heath at July 27, 2005 11:15 AM

I lay down on the couch when I read it and I put a thin hardcover book on my chest and then rest the book on top of that. It helps distribute the load and makes turning the pages easier.

This book is in black and white but they're republishing them in the 9 book format in full colour. So far books 1 and 2 are available from Scholastic.


So far despite it's weight it's been hard to put down.

Posted by: hypnobee at July 27, 2005 6:59 PM