Posts Tagged ‘Bill Willingham’

Fables Gives You the ‘Fairest’ Of Them All

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Comics Alliance gave the scoop on a spin-off, on-going Fables series called ‘Fairest’. No timetable as to when this will come out, but it will feature the ladies of Fabletown in Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, and anybody else that could fit the ‘fairest’ title. Great talent involved with this spin-off – Fables mainstay Bill Willingham, Phil Jimenez, and Chris Roberson to name a few.

Some incredible art was featured as well during the Fables panel at SDCC of this series:



CBF Quick Picks #48 : Fables Edition

Monday, December 13th, 2010


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Finally, Fables #100 hits the market and delivers in spades. The hype for the battle between Mister Dark and Frau Totenkinder had been building since Mister Dark’s arrival into Fabletown. What we got was an epic battle between two powerful magical forces that by no means resolved anything, which is exactly how I liked it. Beyond that, the extra content (and no ads!) gave us a lot to chew on to justify the $9.99 price tag. Kudos to Bill Willingham and team for a job well done and here’s to another 100.

I also cover volume 14 of Fables to get us hyped for issue 100. After losing focus in the crossover from volume 13, it rebounded and gave us great content in building up the battle to come. Bufkin also gets a surprising, yet welcome spotlight in his own battles with the Djinn and Baba Yaga. Honestly, Fables is roaring back to life after many thought it didn’t have the edge lately it had during the Adversary storyline. You definitely need to check these out if you want different takes on your favorite fairy tale characters (or are just ticked at Disney for making them all cute and cuddly).

CBF Quick Picks #8 : Peter & Max

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

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Welcome to 2010! Tastes like chicken…

Today, we go into the first novel of Bill Willingham’s Fables line that talks about the sibling rivalry between Peter and Max Piper of the pied piper lore. I’m constantly amazed at Willingham’s talent, especially in how he writes this out in novel format as opposed to the monthly comic format he’s used to writing in. And the origin tales of the pipers fit so well into Fables continuity that I’m hoping we’ll see them show in the monthly series. A good page-turner (though a bit tedious in the beginning if you already know your Fables concepts) and definitely recommended for both long-time Fables fans and fantasy fans overall.

Comic Book Fury 5: Fables, First 5 Graphic Novels

Thursday, May 28th, 2009
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This week’s podcast is all about Fables. Well at least the first five graphic novels. Fables is on ongoing Vertigo series with characters from fairy tales and folklore, such as The Big Bad Wolf, Snow White, Boy Blue and others,  who have left their  Homelands  to escape an enemy known as the Adversary, whose identity is revealed in a later issue, but not in the first five graphic novels.

Fables is written by Bill Willingham, who also wrote another new  favorite of mine, House of Mystery.

We talk a little about Sandman, John Constantine, and I yes I know, it’s Jack Ketch, not John.

Enjoy!

Comic Book Fury 3: Ghost Rider and House of Mystery

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

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This week’s CBF podcast runs 49 minutes.

Tim is back from Ireland with stories of Leprechauns,  Blarney Stones, and an Irish Forbidden Planet. We get into a little more Green Lantern while we await the Blackest Night story line hitting the DC universe this summer. I review  Ghost Rider 32 and 33. Really interesting take on the Ghost Rider and Spirit of Vengeance mythology. Jason Aaron, who is also writing Wolverine: Weapon X, changes the Ghost Rider origins and creates a new environment and characters. It has a Hellblazer and Buffy feel to it, and peaked my interest enough to follow through. We’ll see where Jason can take Johnny Blaze and Danny Ketch.

Tim has been reading Captain America and I may have to pick up a few issues after hearing his review. Ed Brubaker, who also writes DareDevil, has been pumping out a great story for the Captain. With Steve Rogers assassinated at the conclusion of the Civil War story line, Bucky (aka Winter Soldier) takes up the shield. I make a few mistakes on who Bucky is, confusing him with Nomad.

My local comic shop suggested House of Mystery to me. I was blown away by the first graphic novel. I haven’t read anything this well done since Gaiman’s Sandman, or maybe Fables. Written by Bill Willingham and Matthew Sturges, the House of Mystery is Cain’s house which used to be located in The Dreaming. Cain finds his house has gone  missing one afternoon which is the start of the new series.  Anyone can find the house, which is also a Tavern, from any alley, from any time, and from any place, which includes Fairy and other realms where magic is common place. The taps are always flowing, the kitchen always full, and the currency is story telling. Amazingly well written and drawn, House of Mystery just went to the top of my must read comic book list.

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