Jeff Smith, the bestselling graphic novelist in America, the creator of Bone and Rasl, will appear at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to talk about America's first graphic novelist in a lecture entitled "The Legacy of Will Eisner and The Contract with God."
Time Magazine named Bone one of the "ten greatest graphic novels of all times," and Rasl has been called "absolutely wonderful...high-speed adventure" (Boingboing) "packed with challenging visuals" (National Public Radio). Smith's talk marks thirty-fifth anniversary of the publication of A Contract with God, widely recognized as the first great American graphic novel. Smith will also appear at Hampshire College in an informal conversation for students on comics, visual narrative and creativity in the Bill Brand Screening Room, Jerome Liebling Center for Film, Photography, and Video at 10:00 AM, also on Friday, October 18th, 2013.
Jeff Smith's Bone is probably the best-known graphic novel series in America, due both to its extraordinary quality and to its publication and distribution by Scholastic Books, which launched its award-winning graphic novel imprint with Bone, selling millions of copies through bookstores and Scholastic book clubs. Bone incorporates the ideals with which Eisner imbued the American graphic novel: aesthetic integrity, complex storytelling, respect for the medium and its history combined with originality and innovation, and independence of artistic vision. Bone might best be described as the Harry Potter of graphic novels. Like Harry Potter, Jeff Smith's Bone is published by Scholastic, is an internationally bestselling fantasy series, and is read and admired by audiences of all ages.