Cult Classic Comic Getting Animation From Netflix
Though many question the popularity of the cult classic, the comic is getting the famous Netflix treatment. Pinning down just what makes Jeff Smith’s fantasy comic so alluring is hard for anyone. In a statement obtained by THR the creator says, “I’ve waited a long time for this,” Smith said Wednesday in a statement. “Netflix is the perfect home for Bone. Fans of the books know that the story develops chapter by chapter and book by book. An animated series is exactly the way to do this! The team at Netflix understands Bone and is committed to doing something special — this is good news for kids and cartoon lovers all over the world.”
The comic has been published in over 30 countries since 1991, with over 8 million copies sold in North America alone. It is among TIME Magazine’s “Ten Best Graphic Novels of All Time” and winner of more than 40 national and international publishing awards, including the Eisner Awards, Harvey Awards, and The French Alph Art. Bone was a pioneer in comics publishing for kids as the launch title for Scholastic’s graphic novel imprint, Graphix Books when it debuted in 2005.
The comics followed Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone — a.k.a. the Bone cousins — and it’s Netflix’s goal to create “an animated kids series that follows the iconic cousins on an adventure through a vast, uncharted desert and into a mysterious valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures,” according to a press release. Jeff Smith is an American cartoonist whose other award-winning and acclaimed comics include SHAZAM! The Monster Society of Evil, RASL, Little Mouse Gets Ready!, and BONE: Tall Tales. Smith splits his time between Columbus and Key West with his wife and business partner Vijaya Iyer where he is working on his current project TUKI: 2 Million BCE.