Telltale Games, a leading digital publisher, today announced an exclusive multi-platform worldwide publishing agreement with DC Entertainment to create games based on writer and creator Bill Willingham’s award-winning comic book series FABLES. All upcoming games are licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
Vertigo has released a sneak peek of Cinderella: Fables are Forever #1 that arrives in stores this week. If you liked Cindy’s last outing as a secret agent for the Fables, then take the jump for some stunning art by Shawn McManus.
Or – “Hello, Hello… I’m At A Place Called Vertigo!”
My introduction to Fables came pretty late in the game, as I recall going to the local library and finding the first three trades all at once. Once I started reading, I was hooked, but I can never bring myself to read it as a monthly, since Bill Willingham’s cliffhangers are cruel and unusual punishment for the casual reader. With many sub-imprints going under of late, it’s good to see that at least some of Vertigo’s mid-90s greatness is still in evidence somewhere other than Hellblazer. This issue is a major anniversary for the little comic that could, and it also serves as the climactic battle between mages of immense power. This oughta be fun…
If you’ve been listening to the Major Spoilers Podcast, or reading my editorials for the last couple of years, you know one of my big gripes is publishers not advertising their titles on television – a potential great way to get new readers.
Looks like Warner Bros. is finally listening, by running a commercial for Bill Willingham’s Fables series during the Doctor Who and Star Trek: The Next Generation Marathons running on BBC America this weekend. I’ve learned the commercial will air on Saturday, but Vertigo didn’t know the exact time.
With the MPAA considering releasing first run movies for home delivery, and now this news, it’s good to see people at least thinking seriously about my rants for a change (grin).
If you are a near immortal kept alive by how popular you are in the minds of those who grew up on fairy tales, at some point youâ€™d become daring enough to want to try anything.Â For Cinderella, becoming a spy seemed like a natural way to get out her aggressions over loves lost, and protect her interests at the same time.
Each year at the Vertigo Fables panel, the creators of the series hand out a one page original story.Â Vertigo’s Graphic Content blog posted the image, and a bit of important news from Bill Willingham about how this one pager affects the overall story line.
This is probably the best Monday morning news that I’ve seen in a while. Looks like ABC has given a pilot nod to Bill Willingham’s Fables.Â The show will be produced and written by Stu Zicherman and Raven Metzner.Â David Semel will direct the fairy tale series set in the mundy world.
“We set up a structure to allow any fairy tale character to show up in any one episode,” Metzner said.
The fairy tale characters will keep some of their trademark characteristics. For instance, Prince Charming will be handsome, while Big Bad Wolf will have to shave a four-day shadow from growing back every day.
But overall, “they are just like real people in the real world who live and breathe and look just like you and me,” Metzner said.
The writing team looks to be off to a good start as they are adapting the first story arc that follows Bigby and the rest of Fabletown investigate the apparent murder or Rose Red.
The story that has preoccupied the pages of Fables for at least the last two years, was the buildup and invasion of the homelands by the Fables, who were sick and tired of The Adversary threatening their way of existence in the Mundy world.Â After last monthâ€™s stunning conclusion to the war, weâ€™re left wondering, â€œWhatâ€™s next?â€
Long loved cover artist for Bill Willingham’s Fables series, James Jean, has decided to end his run on the series.
“This is a difficult email for me to write. Don’t worry . . . as far as I know, I don’t have any tumors or crippling neuroses, and my taxes are in order. But I feel like I’m breaking up with the prom queen on prom night, after having dated through grades 6 – 12. Feeble analogies aside, it has been an amazing opportunity to work on Fables these past 7 years (8 this October). But I feel that it’s time to devote myself full-time to painting and personal work. Shelly and I talked yesterday, and my last cover will be 81, at the end of the story arc. It has been a true privilege to work on a team that has produced such great chemistry on paper, and to have been a part of such an important book that has entertained and drawn together so many people”
Jean says he will now move on to personal projects as his full-time job.Â Even though his art was never on the interior of the series, those wonderful, wonderful covers caught my eye month after month, making it easy to separate Fables from the rest of the issues on the stands.
Vertigo has known for some time that it has something special with Bill Willinghamâ€™s Fables. And Iâ€™m sure Bill Willingham knows he has something special with Fables too. And even though some of the story arcs these past couple of years have been hit and miss at times, Willingham continues to deliver interesting tales of the struggles between the fables and the villains of the home world, and this issue is no exception.
For almost a year now weâ€™ve been riveted on the adventures of Flycatcher as he reclaimed portions of the homelands in the Good Prince story line. With that war at an end, itâ€™s time for the Fables to kick it up a notch, but first we have to find out what Cinderella is up to.