Tuesday

The end of "Fables"

Bill Willingham announced that he'll be ending his long running series "Fables" with issue #150 in early 2015. The companion series "Fairest" will also be wrapping up just before then.

According to Willingham:

"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."

I'm sad that the series will be coming to a close. I've loved many of the stories that have been told and liked just about all of them and it's no exaggeration to say that the book has been one of the best comics of the 21st Century. But I do understand Willingham's thinking. Hell, I'm half his age and I'm thinking in such terms recently.

When I interviewed him earlier this year, Willingham mentioned that he and Matt Sturges were hoping to collaborate again on a project - and possibly a Babe the Blue Ox comic. He's also working on a few other novels, which sound very cool. Plus we'll hopefully see a collection of Beowulf stories he wrote. I hope that we'll see Willingham write and draw a comic again.

I think a great deal of Willingham as a creator for many reasons and he's a great person to talk to. He consistently runs one of the most entertaining and fun panels you'll ever attend - if you're at a convention, make a point of going to a Bill Willingham panel. And I'm excited that there will plenty of new Willingham stories - maybe not Fables, maybe not comics - but plenty of stories in the years to come.

http://www.billwillingham.com/2013/11/fables-comes-to-an-end-with-issue-150/

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