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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If you’re a regular reader of our website you may have come to know one of our authors, Martian Luthor Kang. A time traveling, conquerer of worlds who is an unapologetic lover of all things John McClane. I sat down with him recently and conducted a series of interviews which will be published in installments. So sit back, relax, pop open a packet of Soylent Green and enjoy.