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The Secret Origin of Jeff Smith’s BONE Comes to Light! NYT Bestselling Author Smith Returns to His Roots With a New Collection of His THORN College Strips!

Cartoon Books announces THORN: The Complete Proto-BONE College Strips from 1982 to 1986 and Other Early Drawings, printing the earliest renderings of the world-famous BONE characters for the first time in its entirety!

The comic strips reveal an early version of BONE called THORN that was written for a college audience in the 1980s. THORN appeared in the pages of The Ohio State University’s student newspaper The Lantern. A few were reprinted in a self-published 1983 book called THORN: Tales from The Lantern. Another small selection was published in 2008’s limited edition fundraiser for OSU’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum called Before Bone. Both books are long out of print and sell at collector’s prices. There has never been an official, complete run published until now.

This beautiful edition includes plenty of bonus material such as recently discovered early drawings of the BONE characters, essays and interviews. Because these strips were created for a college audience, this book may not be appropriate for all ages.

THORN: The Complete College Strips, will be published in both hardcover and trade paperback. The digital pdf will be available December 2023 for the holidays, and the physical rewards will ship in Spring of 2024.

Presenting our Reward Tiers!

  • DRM Free Digital Edition (304pp, color cover, b&w and color interiors. Available December 2023)
  • Beautiful 11 1/2" x 9" Trade Paperback Edition (304pp b&w and color interiors. Shipping Spring 2024)
  • Digital PDF (Available December 2023)
  • Buy a 5 pack of Trade Paperback Editions get a discount! Beautiful 11 1/2" x 9" Trade Paperback Edition (304pp b&w and color interiors. Shipping Spring 2024) SRP $30
  • Digital PDF (Available December 2023)
  • EXCLUSIVE TO KICKSTARTER!
  • Beautiful 11.625" x 9.125" Hardcover Edition (Green skivertex hardcover, 304pp b&w and color interiors. Shipping Spring 2024)
  • Digital PDF (Available December 2023)
  • Beautiful 11.625" x 9.125" Hardcover Edition (Green skivertex hardcover, 304pp b&w and color interiors. Shipping Spring 2024)
  • Enamel Pin Set featuring Thorn, Fone Bone, Phoney Bone & Red Dragon! (Pins not to scale)
  • Digital PDF (Available December 2023)
  • Beautiful 11.625" x 9.125" Hardcover Edition, exclusive to Kickstarter! (Green skivertex hardcover, 304pp b&w and color interiors. Shipping Spring 2024) 
  • Beautiful 11 1/2" x  9" Trade Paperback Edition (304pp b&w and color interiors. Shipping Spring 2024)
  • Digital PDF (Available December 2023)
  • Hey fans! If you want to get a copy of this exclusive cover ask your Local Comic Shop to order for you!
  • Buy a 5 pack of Exclusive Retailer Cover Trade Paperback Editions get a discount! Beautiful 11 1/2" x 9" Trade Paperback Edition (304pp b&w and color interiors. Shipping Spring 2024) SRP $40
  • Digital PDF (Available December 2023)
  • Note: Not final artwork. Cover will be inked and colored.
  • Limited to 100
  • Beautiful 11.625" x 9.125" Hardcover Edition, exclusive to Kickstarter! (Green skivertex hardcover, 304pp b&w and color interiors. Shipping Spring 2024) 
  • Fone Bone Evolution Print measuring 12" x 9". This print will be signed by Jeff Smith
  • 3 Piece Thorn Print Set originally seen on BONE #38 Covers featuring artwork by Frank Miller, Charles Vess and Alex Ross measuring 9" x 12". Note: this set will not be signed
  • Laser Etched Wooden Bookmark (Bookmark not to scale)
  • Digital PDF (Available December 2023)
  • Buy a 5-pack of Hardcover Editions get a discount! Beautiful 11.625" x 9.125" Hardcover Edition, exclusive to Kickstarter! (Green skivertex hardcover, 304pp b&w and color interiors. Shipping Spring 2024) SRP $75
  • Digital PDF (Available December 2023)
  • Limited to 100
  • Beautiful 11.625" x 9.125" Hardcover Edition, exclusive to Kickstarter! (Green skivertex hardcover, 304pp b&w and color interiors. Shipping Spring 2024) 
  • Signed and Numbered Deluxe Bookplate 
  • 3 Piece Thorn Print Set originally seen on BONE #38 Covers featuring artwork by Frank Miller, Charles Vess and Alex Ross measuring 9" x 12". Note: this set will not be signed
  • Enamel Pin Set featuring Thorn, Fone Bone, Phoney Bone & Red Dragon! (Pins not to scale)
  • Thorn 4 Piece Coaster Set featuring the evolution of our heroine! (Coasters not to scale)
  • Laser Etched Wooden Bookmark (Bookmark not to scale)
  • Digital PDF (Available December 2023)
  • Limited to 10
  • Original inked art featuring Thorn! Measuring 5”x 7” all pieces will feature the same pose. Slight variations expected due to nature of the item. No special requests please
  • Beautiful 11.625" x 9.125" Hardcover Edition, exclusive to Kickstarter! (Green skivertex hardcover, 304pp b&w and color interiors. Shipping Spring 2024) 
  • 3 Piece Thorn Print Set originally seen on BONE #38 Covers featuring artwork by Frank Miller, Charles Vess and Alex Ross measuring 9" x 12". Note: this set will not be signed
  • Enamel Pin Set featuring Thorn, Fone Bone, Phoney Bone & Red Dragon! (Pins not to scale)
  • Thorn 4 Piece Coaster Set featuring the evolution of our heroine! (Coasters not to scale)
  • Laser Etched Wooden Bookmark (Bookmarks not to scale)
  • Digital PDF (Available December 2023)
  • Limited to 5 - $10,000
  • Original 1983 edition of THORN: Tales from The Lantern Trade Paperback
  • Beautiful 11.625" x 9.125" Hardcover Edition, exclusive to Kickstarter! (Green skivertex hardcover, 304pp b&w and color interiors. Shipping Spring 2024) 
  • Signed & Numbered Deluxe Bookplate 
  • Fone Bone Evolution Print measuring 12" x 9". This print will be signed by Jeff Smith
  • 3 Piece Thorn Print Set originally seen on BONE #38 Covers featuring artwork by Frank Miller, Charles Vess and Alex Ross measuring 9" x 12". Note: this set will not be signed
  • Enamel Pin Set featuring Thorn, Fone Bone, Phoney Bone & Red Dragon! (Pins not to scale)
  • Thorn 4 Piece Coaster Set featuring the evolution of our heroine! (Coasters not to scale)
  • Laser Etched Wooden Bookmark (Bookmark not to scale)
  • Digital PDF (Available December 2023)
  • (Holy Grail not included)

Available Rewards:

$15USD + Shipping

THORN - Digital Reward

-DRM Free Digital Edition (304pp, color cover, b&w and color interiors)

$30USD + Shipping

THORN - Trade Paperback

-Beautiful 11 1/2" x 9" Trade Paperback Edition (304pp b&w and color interiors)

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