Bone Sharps, Cowboys, and Thunder Lizards

Bone Sharps, Cowboys, and Thunder Lizards
  • ISBN: 0-9660106-6-3
  • Retail Price: US$22.95
  • Page count: 168 pages in sepia tones
  • Publication date: October, 2005

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Guest Starring The World-Renowned Artist Charles R. Knight, Chief Red Cloud & Hundreds of His Indian Braves, the Gun-Totin' & Gamblin' Professor John Bell Hatcher, Colossal & Stupefying Dinosauria of the New World, and Featuring Special Appearances by The Cardiff Giant, P.T. Barnum, Buffalo Bill Cody, Ulysses S. Grant, Alexander Graham Bell, and A Plentiful Supporting Cast of Rogues & Gallants from The Eastern Scientific Establishment and The Old West.

250,000,003 years in the making...

From the early Triassic and the first dinosaurs to today, the new golden age of comics and original graphic novels, the world has never seen a book like this.

Bone Sharps, Cowboys, and Thunder Lizards tells the story of Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh, two scientists who found and fought for the fossil treasures discovered in the American West in the late 1800s. It also introduces the young artist Charles R. Knight who almost single-handedly brought dinosaurs back to life for an awestruck public.

Put them together and you get a rich blend of history, adventure, science, and art. Bone Sharps, Cowboys, and Thunder Lizards is a tale of greed and imagination, discovery and loss. And, not that it matters all that much, but just about everything you'll read in it is true!

Bone Sharps, Cowboys, and Thunder Lizards has a companion book, Charles R. Knight: Autobiography of an Artist, in which you can learn more about Knight's life and work. [Warning: Though it's beautifully illustrated by Mark Schultz, it's not comics!]

About the storytellers: Fresh from award winning work on Top Ten and Smax from America's Best Comics, Big Time Attic's Zander Cannon and his colleagues Shad Petosky and Kevin Cannon bring their considerable talents to bear on this unique story. The presentation -- rich sepia tones on antiqued paper and a cover illustration by renowned dinosaur artist Mark Schultz -- complements the story and makes the book a handsome blend of the old and the new. In addition to being the author of the New York Times #1 Bestseller Feynman, all of Jim Ottaviani's books have been nominated for multiple awards, including Eisners & ALA Popular Paperback of the Year. They also receive critical praise in publications ranging (widely!) from The New York Review of Books to The Comics Journal to Physics World to Entertainment Weekly to Discover Magazine.


"Ottaviani does it again with Bone Sharps, which tells the true story of the Bone War fought in the Old West as scientists Edward Cope and O.C. Marsh find and struggle for control of the continent's rich vein of dinosaur fossils. Their rivalry and competition for scientific influence and fame makes for great drama" - Variety


...and elsewhere: School Library Journal | KPBS interview on "These Days" | NPR | VOYA | Todd Klein | Fast Forward | | Newsarama | Bookslut | Entertainment Weekly | an interview with Publishers Weekly | Comics Worth Reading | Comic World News 2005 Top 10 | Newsarama's Best of 2005 | | Stephen Bissette's Myrant | an interview with Big Time Attic | PopCultureShock | Comic World News | RevolutionSF | Prehistoric Times | An interview at CBR | An interview at Broken Frontier | Silver Bullet Comics


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