Last week I wrote an item about comic book writer Bill Willingham's announcement that he has put Fables, the comic book series about fairy tale characters that he created and is published by DC Comics, in the public domain. He claimed to be the undisputed owner of the copyright, but said that DC Comics was grabbing rights he didn't think they were entitled to. — Read the rest
Bill Willingham, the writer/creator of the comic book series Fables, published by DC Comics, has announced on Thursday that he is putting the entire property in the public domain. Fables is a massively popular comic book series, and it has won fourteen Eisner awards. — Read the rest
Firstsecond's new Fable Comics is the third knockout anthology in which amazing, hugely varied comics creators recreate some of the world's best loved stories. As with Nursery Rhyme Comics and Fairy Tale Comics, Fable Comics draws from diverse source material and presents it in varied, fresh ways that have something for everyone.
Bill Willingham's amazing graphic novel series Fables is one of those unbelievably, game-changingly epic series, one where I'm just as excited to get a peek at the edges of the world and the backstory of the characters as I am to see how the grand sweep of the plot turns out. — Read the rest
Fairest centers around the lives of many of the great women of fabledom: Briar Rose, Sleeping Beauty's fairy godmothers and the frost queen, merging their stories with the tale of Ali Baba (albeit a different Ali Baba than the one you may have encountered in legends).
Fables creator Bill Willingham continues his impossible run of prolific, high-quality, highly varied stories based on the idea that all the fables, myths and stories of the world are secretly true, and that they all live together, hidden among the real, "mundy" world. — Read the rest
The latest installment in Bill Willingham's astonishingly, consistently great, long-running graphic novel series Fables is volume 17: Inherit the Wind.
The premise of Fables lets its creators use any mythos, any tradition, any narrative, and mix and match as necessary, and Willingham and his illustrators continue to show that these possibilities are indeed endless. — Read the rest
The sixteenth collected volume in Bill Willingham's long-running Fables series is Fables Super Team, and Willingham uses the volume to demonstrate his absolutely catholic approach to mythmaking and storytelling. The Fables, faced with an impossible fight, decide to plumb new mythologies to find ways of overcoming the odds, and hit on the idea of creating an archetypal, X-Men style Super Team. — Read the rest
Up the Mysterly River was Bill Willingham's first kids' novel, published by a small press in the 1990s, long before his multi-award-winning (and most excellent) Fables graphic novel got underway. After languishing out of print for many years, Tor Books has finally brought it back to shelves. — Read the rest
I gobbled up the fifteenth Fables collection this weekend: Rose Red raises the stakes yet again on the Fables — the mythical creatures long exiled to the human realm. Having fought their battle against the Empire, the Fables now face the dark powers that were suppressed by the Emperor and his sorcerers, and the darkest power is Mr Dark, the embodiment of fear. — Read the rest
Last year, I reviewed Peter and Max, the excellent novel based on Bill Willingham's Fables graphic novels. I've just got through listening to the Brilliance Audio unabridged audiobook, read by nerd icon and kick-ass voice-actor Wil Wheaton. Highly, highly recommended: Wil's interpretation makes this feel more like a radio drama than an audiobook.
I just finished Fables Vol. 13: The Great Fables Crossover, the latest collection in Bill Willingham's superb Fables series. This is an incredibly complicated, long-running story in which all the fables of every time and land have been chased from their dimensions by a dark power, and have gone into hiding in NYC, where a final battle is brewing. — Read the rest
The Fables comics are an infinitely entertaining and moving series of comics about a world in which every fable, legend and belief of humanity has been chased from the worlds of fantasy to exile on Earth, hiding in a secret side-street in Manhattan. — Read the rest
Update:: OK, I'm an idiot. This sure seemed like the ending of the story, but apparently, they're only halfway through. Eek!
One of the most rewarding moments of my winter holiday was the morning I found to read the final installment in Fables, Bill Willingham (and company)'s long-running, brilliant graphic novel series. — Read the rest
The tenth collection of Fables comics, "The Good Prince" (and its companion volume, The Bad Prince) continues to delight with its thoroughgoing exploration of one of the better conceits in comics today. Fables is the long-running, multiple-award-winning comic series in which every legendary being of every land — and all of the elements of storytelling, like the pathetic fallacy — are exiled to earth by a cruel and conquering emperor. — Read the rest
My friend Dale Dougherty (editor and publisher of Maker Media) sent this to me for Boing Boing. He writes:
I just completed two plus hours of training in the prevention of sexual harassment. Thanks to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's flirtatious ways in his he-man days, California has a law (AB 1825) that "requires employers with more than 50 people to provide 2 hours of training and education to all supervisory employees." — Read the rest
I've just finished "Jack of Hearts," the second collection in the "Jack of Fables" comic series, spun out of the larger (and most excellent) Fables books. These are the life stories of "Jack" who was Jack Horner, Jack and the Beanstalk, Jack be Nimble, and all the other Jacks from storybooks. — Read the rest
Jack of Fables: The (Nearly) Great Escape is the latest collection from my beloved Fables comic-book serial. The Fables books tell the story of the magical creatures of storybooks who were banished to Earth when "The Adversary" — a brutal conqueror — enslaved their homelands. — Read the rest