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We ran a full post review on the Bone Series on Comicology, when it debuted in India. Well, we now have a Media article about the series and the creator Jeff Smith, who was on a comic book promotion tour in India, last month.
Bangalore Mirror newspaper carried a personal account of Jeff Smith on his work on Bone, which has made him a top-shot in the Graphic Novel Biz. The article also talks about the new venture of Jeff Smith, about which you can find in our earlier post. Read the Article, where Jeff talks about his child hood passion and how he formed the idea of Bone.
For those who wonder, why Jeff Smith loves India so much, it's got to do with his wife Vijaya Smith (formerly Vijaya Iyer), whose ancestors are from Kerala, another Southern State of India. Through which he has close knitted family connections in India, including Mumbai. Jeff claims the Indian connection was instrumental in the concluding plot works on the final two chapters of Bone series. I would love to see those final chapters reprinted by Scholastic in India.
Jeff never forgets to thank Vijaya, who is also his business partner, and takes care much of the production and administration work; like attending comic-con events, invoicing, publishing contacts; right from their self-publishing company Cartoon Books (which originally serialized Bone as 55 issues, consisting one chapter each). This has let Smith concentrate solely on his comic work, which has what made him world-famous now.
Doesn't it feel good to have a life partner who share your hobbies, and interests? Heah, I can hear some "Grins" from the wed-locked Comicologists here :).
Here is an excerpt from Jeff's another Interview while in India on his promotion tour:
Pity that Jeff Smith's arrival wasn't covered in any Chennai based papers (even though on a personal visit, and not part of his book tour), as he has spent quite a lot of time visiting the ancient Shore temples at Mahabalipuram, a tourist attraction in South India, located at Chennai. Doesn't talk well about the Comics passion actually existing in the city. You can read more about Jeff's India trip at his Official Website, here and here. He looks a free-to-move persona with his Pani-Puri act.
I am impressed with Jeff's creative work, since I read the Bone series for the first time. Hopefully, we will be seeing his next venture, RASL, also getting published in India sooner.