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Scholastic to Publish ‘Bone’ Tribute Edition with New Art From Creator Jeff Smith, Plus More Than 15 Top Artists

SAN DIEGO, CA — Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, will publish BONE #1: Out from Boneville, The Tribute Edition on February 24, 2015. This special edition of the first book in Jeff Smith’s award-winning and bestselling graphic novel series will kick off the 10th anniversary celebration of the Scholastic Graphix imprint in 2015. The Graphix imprint launched in 2005 with the color edition of BONE #1: Out from Boneville by Jeff Smith. Aimed at readers ages 8 to 12, and to be published simultaneously in the United States and Canada, the full-color special edition will contain a brand-new illustrated poem from creator Jeff Smith plus original BONE tribute art from sixteen additional top artists in the form of mini-comics and full-page artwork. The contributors include major artists working in comics and illustration today, such as Kate BeatonJeffrey BrownKazu KibuishiDav PilkeyRaina Telgemeier, and Craig Thompson.

“BONE continues to be the cornerstone of the Graphix list and has inspired us to publish creator-driven books with exceptional storytelling and artwork,” said David Saylor, Vice President Creative Director, Trade Publishing, and founder and Editorial Director of Graphix. “Jeff Smith has been an essential guiding spirit for Graphix and I’m thrilled to be celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Graphix list with this wonderful tribute edition of Out from Boneville.”

About Graphix

In 2005 Scholastic launched Graphix with the publication of the full-color edition of BONE #1: Out from Boneville. Graphix is dedicated to publishing engaging, age-appropriate graphic novels for children and teens. Supported by librarians, teachers, and most important, kids, Graphix titles have become bestsellers around the globe and continue to receive awards and critical acclaim including multiple Eisner Award wins and nominations, a Stonewall Book Award (Drama), a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor (Smile), an Edgar Allan Poe nomination (The Lost Boy), and seven New York Times bestsellers to date (Amulet, by Kazu Kibuishi; BONE #1: Out from Boneville, by Jeff Smith;  Dogs of War, by Sheila Keenan and Nathan Fox; Drama, by Raina Telgemeier; The Lost Boy, by Greg Ruth; Rose, by Jeff Smith and Charles Vess; and Smile, by Raina Telgemeier).

About Jeff Smith and BONE

Jeff Smith is an American cartoonist, best known as the creator of the comic book series BONE. After four years of drawing comic strips for The Ohio State University’s student newspaper and starting his own animation studio, Character Builders, in 1986, Smith launched the self-published comic book BONE in 1991. As BONE’s popularity grew he became known as a co-founder of the Self-Publishing Movement of the 1990s and an early adopter of the graphic novel format.

BONE is now a New York Times bestselling series and has won numerous awards and honors including 10 Eisner Awards and 11 Harvey Awards, as well as European awards from Italy, Germany, and the French Alph Art. There have been exhibitions of his work, and Smith was the subject of a 2009 documentary called The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, BONE, and the Changing Face of Comics. He is also a board member of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. In 2013, Smith guest edited The Best American Comics anthology, and he is the creator of TÜKI and RASL. His other books include Shazam: The Monster Society of Evil and Little Mouse Gets Ready, which received a 2009 Geisel Honor. Visit Jeff Smith online at www.boneville.com.

About Scholastic

Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and a leader in educational technology and related services and children’s media. Scholastic creates quality books and ebooks, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, magazines, multi-media and other products that help children learn both at school and at home.  The Company distributes its products and services worldwide through a variety of channels, including school-based book clubs and book fairs, retail stores, schools, libraries, on-air, and online at www.scholastic.com.

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