Fables to End with Issue 150!
In an announcement on his website yesterday, Bill Willingham told the world that the long-running and very popular series Fables would be coming to an end with issue #150.
Bill wrote the following on his site:
After more than ten years of publication, and hundreds of issues of Fables, and various Fables-related works, I have decided the time has come to begin the process of bringing our sweeping story to a close. And, along the way, I’ve decided to retire from a great deal of my comics work.
Retirement in the storytelling trade means, still working and writing every day, but being a bit more selective in what projects I take on. Pushing 60, I thought it would be a good time to start making concrete plans for those remaining good writing years.
Fables will end with Issue 150, which will be a larger than usual size, as were many of the other milestone issues. Fairest, our companion series, will also come to an end just before the big final Fables issue.
Both DC and I will announce more details later on, but first and foremost I wanted to let our wonderful readers know about this as soon as I could, and note that our story plans leading up to Issue 150 made it increasingly clear that this upcoming saga should naturally be the final story.
Of course Mark is already well aware of this and said, “I respect Bill’s decision and am looking forward to working with him on the book’s epic final year, leading to the series’ grand finale.”
Newsarama is going to have more details, and I’ll link to their story as soon as it’s ready to go.
Let me restate my thanks to the best, sustained readership in all of comics. I promise to do my best to make the coming year in Fables a great one.
As Noted, Bill did an interview with Newsarama that you can find here, where he also mentioned that Fairest would likely be ending as well about one month prior to Fables #150. I’ve been a fan and avid reader of the series since its inception and I am kind of blown away with this news. I had the opportunity to meet and interview Bill in August and when asked about a definitive ending of the series this is what he told me:
Q: When you started the series, did you envision it to have an ending? Or was it always very open ended?
A: The answer is both in that I’m going to try to have my cake and eat it too. Yes there is an endgame because stories will come to an end (matter of fact a lot of Fables stories have come to a definite end with certain characters,) but the setting of Fables can continue on. There are wonderful stories that happen in this world of ours, but just because one person’s story comes to an end we don’t just stop the world, because there are millions and millions of stories out there. So ultimately, I consider Fables the series as a setting, a place where various stories can happen. And yes, some stories in that setting come to an end all the time. In fact, there are some characters that I wont say we’ll never see again, but whose stories are told.
I can say that Bill is easily one of the most professional and kind creators that I have ever met and having the experience to sit down and jaw with him over his Opus was fantastic. I should note that Fables recently broke through in another form of entertainment with a great video game from TellTale and word on the street is that a movie may be in the works with the producers of the Harry Potter films being very interested.
As a fan I am saddened by this news, but wish Bill all the luck in the world as he moves forward with whatever he does! Thanks to Mr. Willingham, I will always remember The Big Bad Wolf as a Good Guy, Cinderella as a Badass, Prince Charming as a Scoundrel, and Goldilocks as a Nutcase just to name a few. He changed my perception of so many classic storybook characters and made it cool to be into Fairy Tales again, for that I am grateful. I am very excited to see how the next 16 issues pan out and know that he will keep fans on the edge of their seat. So, what do you think Bill has in store for us for the end? Sound off in the comments!
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