Call Her, Maybe

And now the song is in your head! I swear, I didn’t think I’d ever do a Carly Rae Jepsen joke, but the title fit.

On a completed unrelated note, I just read Jeff Smith’s Bone over the weekend and am kicking myself for not doing so earlier. It’s absolutely fantastic! It completely captivated me from page one. Also, as a cartoonist, I feel like I’ve done myself a tremendous disservice by not picking it up earlier. Jeff Smith’s line work is perfect. His brush strokes are so masterful, it’s like the brush is an extension of his soul. I have a feeling the spine on my omnibus is going to crack from me going back and drinking in each brush stroke. This is required reading for anyone who wants to ink with a brush.

  • Zephyo

    You know what’s awesome? Having never heard this song that has possessed everyone’s souls. In your face! In all of your faces! MUAHAHAHAHAHA!

  • Jordan

    Ah, Bone. It really is a masterwork, and the one volume edition makes for one of the best deals you can possibly get in terms of bang for your buck.

  • TheHollowJester

    How come Allie gets ALL the interest?
    One lucky girl; or unlucky, depending on how one thinks.

  • TheHollowJester

    *Ally; oh god im bad.

  • Phil C.

    Yeah, I’m liking the “whatever” option, myself. :)

    “Bone” is outstanding storytelling and a perfect example of what can be done with simple linework. Smith doesn’t clutter up his layouts with ridiculous extraneous details. He concentrates on telling a story with minimalist design and it really works. If I’d known you weren’t familiar with it, I’d have recommended it long ago.



  • Jon M. Perry

    Bone is brilliant & Smith is a genius. Did you pick up and read Rose (the short prequel) and RASL (his current work)?

  • Jamie Noguchi

    I will need to get Rose right away. I’ve read the first few RASL issues and it’s pretty awesome. I need to catch up though.

  • toag

    “always listen to a girl in assless chaps”
    that’s the advice my dad gave me, that i am passing on to ally.

  • purplelibraryguy

    Bone is great. As a side note, why is it that half my favourite cartoon artists seem to be significantly influenced by Walt Kelly’s Pogo?
    With Bone it’s particularly obvious; the main character looks like Pogo and has some personality in common, Smiley inherits some characteristics from Albert Alligator (e.g. cigars), the artwork feels like it’s influenced by Kelly, and on and on.
    But there are a fair number of others as far as I can tell. Calvin and Hobbes seems like it was influenced by the art of Pogo and I believe Watterson has said as much somewhere.
    Well, I guess it’s because Pogo was great.

  • Jamie Noguchi

    Oh man, Bill Watterson is one of my absolute favorite cartoonists. Calvin and Hobbes is like my cartooning bible. I’ve got to track down that massive omnibus and just absorb it into my brain meats.

  • Shirt

    Bone is very good. I just got Mouse Guard Fall 1152 the other day.

  • maggPi

    So… I am reading through the archives (got here from GWS) and am really enjoying it. Gotta say, I LOVE reading an entire archive all in one glut when the comic is this good.
    I hafta say; I am shocked that you have only picked up Bone this year! I started collecting Bone when it was still all in B&W… Before Scholastic started publishing it and a colourist was hired.
    What a delicious discovery you have made! My favourite gag is the first one. (“Winter falls real sudden around these parts.” —WHUMP—)

    Sigh. I know it’s highly unlikely you will see this post. But I hadta do it.