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.
A few days ago I had the amazing opportunity to meet and interview Bill Willingham, creator of the very popular Vertigo series Fables at the Boston Comic Con. For those of you not in the know, Fables is a book that stars our most beloved characters from fairy tales and folklore as they make their way through our world, often referred to as The Mundy. These characters were forced out of the homelands by the Adversary, and have created a new life for themselves in ways that you’d never imagine! Bill has given us Fables for more than 10 years with 131 issues of the regular series published, and multiple spin offs and graphic novels. Bill gave me about a half an hour of his time and was happy to chat it up with this Evil Geek…
1) You’ve been with Vertigo for over 15 years now, what was it about the brand that originally attracted you to bring your story to them?
Vertigo actually came looking for me. Shelly Bond (who worked as the Editor for “The Elementals,” and who is currently Executive Editor of Vertigo) reached out to me about working for the label. I didn’t know if I had Vertigo stories in me, but Shelly insisted that I submit something to her.
2) Where did the idea of Fables come from to begin with?
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*Hey there, gang! While the Brotherhood of Evil Geeks were, owing to the unfortunate events in Boston over the course of last week, unable to attend the Boston Comic Con, our vigilant friend Rex Mason wouldn’t take no for an answer and made the best of a bad situation*
After the tragic and wild events that shook the city of Boston earlier this week, the Boston Comic Con, that was originally dated for April 20th, was rightfully postponed until the city of Boston was deemed no longer in a state of emergency. What was a weekend originally intended for lighthearted fun celebrating our four-colored friends seemed to be put to an end.
Thankfully Boston has one of the best and brightest communities when it comes to artists and great comic stores. Local stores all over the wide city of Boston raised up to the occasion and gave back to the people of their fair city, participating in an unconventional convention weekend.