Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith at Comic-Con International 2016

Cartoonist, Bone, RASL, Tuki Save the Humans

Jeff Smith is known best as the creator of Bone. He solidified the ’90s self-publishing movement when he joined other self-publishers and spearheaded a new era of independent comics publishing. In 1993, Smith jump-started the modern graphic novel marketplace with the unprecedented success of The Complete Bone Adventures Volume One: Out from Boneville. Now published in 23 languages, Smith has won awards around the world, including 10 Eisner Awards and 11 Harveys. In 2005, Bone, in full color for the first time, was chosen to launch Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic Books, putting comics back into the hands of millions of children for the first time in a generation.

In 2008, Smith released a second creator-owned project, the Tesla-inspired science fiction epic RASL. Originally serialized, RASL was published as a single New York Times bestselling hardcover novel in 2013 by Smith’s own Cartoon Books, and it won the Eisner Award for Best Graphic Novel–Reprint in 2014.

Tuki Save the Humans, Smith’s webcomic about the first human to leave Africa 2 million years ago published at, won the 2014 National Cartoonist Society Reuben Award for Best Online Comic. Smith was guest editor of Best American Comics 2013 for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.