Hello everyone. It was an odd week. The weather was, well it is January in New Hampshire. Enough said. One of the things, although I did get out a bit, no matter the weather, and I did a lot of blogging and spent a lot of time on music, I also did some reading, perhaps a little more (non-news/current events reading) than average. And it was different…
When I was a freshman at Ohio State there was a comic strip, Thorn, by a man named Jeff Smith in the student paper. To say I picked up The Lantern each week only to read “Thorn” would be an understatement. I had little use for the paper once the comic was gone.
So, here we are xx years later and I finally decided to read Jeff Smith’s magnum opus, Bone. “Bone” was originally released as a series of “comic books”, but makes up one story. That story was complied into a large graphic novel (1300 pages), “Bone”.
It was so fun because it started off reintroducing all of those characters that peopled the strip “Thorn”. At the beginning of the book, these characters were just like the ones I knew and loved from my college days. Of course,this being a real “book”, the characters grew as the story progressed.
I had been reading “Bone” a few pages at a time until the last several days. I reached the tipping point I often get to where i have to just read. And, since there wasn’t a lot else going on, I did. I was about 500 pages in on Thursday and I finished yesterday. I did a lot else besides read! A huge amount! But I also read those 800 + pages.
It was fun and I’m glad I picked the book up. My next book will not be as much fun and has just as many pages, but all text, no pictures. So this was a nice little break.
Oh, thinking of those pictures, I have read a few short “serious” graphic novels in the past, but not a fun one and nothing even a quarter as long as this.
So that was my smile, reading the graphic novel “Bone”.
What made you smile?
(A reminder – There will not be a Smile Recap post next week).
Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week. Why don’t you share it? I hope you can join in!
Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas. If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity. Don’t smile about the misfortune of others. Don’t smile in a way to excludes others. Make sure a 12 year old can read it.
To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile. Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one) (Note – pingbacks have been very inconsistent – please leave a comment :) ). You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me). Note – I am no longer compiling the Smiles into a Recap post. I’ll try to get the new smile out between 7 and 8:30 Eastern Time.