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Publisher Vertigo(USA)
Publication dates 2003-present
Main character(s) Bigby Wolf
Snow White
Prince Charming
Creative team
Writer(s) Bill Willingham
Penciller(s) Mark Buckingham, Lan Medina, Steve Leialoha, Craig Hamilton

Fables is a Vertigo comic book series created and written by Bill Willingham. It takes place in a continuity of its own, and is unrelated to the larger DC Comics continuity. The series deals with various characters from fairy tales and folklore who have been forced out of their native lands by a mysterious enemy known as the Adversary. They travel to our world and form a clandestine community in New York City known as Fabletown. Characters from fables with non-human appearance must live at the "Farm" in upstate New York. Vertigo logo Vertigo is an imprint of comic book and graphic novel publisher DC Comics. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bill Willingham (born December 1956 in Fort Belvoir, Virginia) is an American writer and artist of comic books. ... Vertigo logo Vertigo is an imprint of comic book and graphic novel publisher DC Comics. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Bill Willingham (born December 1956 in Fort Belvoir, Virginia) is an American writer and artist of comic books. ... In fiction, continuity is consistency of the characteristics of persons, plot, objects, places and events seen by the reader or viewer. ... DC Comics (originally called Detective Comics, Inc. ... A fairy tale is a story, either told to children or as if told to children, concerning the adventures of mythical characters such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, giants, and others. ... Folklore is the body of verbal expressive culture, including tales, legends, oral history, proverbs, jokes, popular beliefs current among a particular population, comprising the oral tradition of that culture, subculture, or group. ... Flag Seal Nickname: Big Apple Location Location in the state of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,214. ... Fabletown is the clandestine community of Fables resident in New York in the Fables comic book universe. ... Trinomial name Homo sapiens sapiens Linnaeus, 1758 Humans, or human beings, are bipedal primates belonging to the mammalian species Homo sapiens (Latin for wise man or knowing man) under the family Hominidae (the great apes). ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  Ranked 27th  - Total 54,520 sq mi (141,205 km²)  - Width 285 miles (455 km)  - Length 330 miles (530 km)  - % water 13. ...

Willingham reinterpreted many of the characters, evident in the divorce of Snow White and Prince Charming due to infidelity on the part of the latter. The former was deputy mayor of Fabletown as the series begins. Another principal character is the Big Bad Wolf, who has not only reformed, but gained the ability to take on human appearance and serves as Fabletown's sheriff at the series beginning. Snow White in her coffin, Theodor Hosemann, 1867. ... It has been suggested that White horse rider be merged into this article or section. ... The Big Bad Wolf (sometimes called the Big Ol Wolf) is a fictional character who first appeared in the Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood, folk tales that can be traced to the literary salons of the 17th and 18th centuries. ...

Earlier story arcs each take on the form of a different genre: the first is a murder mystery, the next a conspiracy thriller, and then a caper story. Sherlock Holmes, pipe-puffing hero of crime fiction, confers with his colleague Dr. Watson; together these characters popularized the genre. ... The conspiracy thriller (or paranoid thriller) is a subgenre of the thriller which flourished in the 1970s in the US (and was echoed in other parts of the world) in the wake of a number of high-profile scandals and controversies (most notably Vietnam, the assassination of President Kennedy, Chappaquiddick... The caper story is a subgenre of crime fiction. ...

Various artists have worked on the title. The covers are done by James Jean. The majority of the interior work has been done by Mark Buckingham. Other artists include: Bryan Talbot, Lan Medina, P. Craig Russell, and Linda Medley. James Jean is an award winning illustrator living in Los Angeles. ... Mark Buckingham is a comic book artist. ... Bryan Talbot (born February 24, 1952) is a British comic book artist and writer. ... Lan Medina is a Filipino comic book artist. ... Philip Craig Russell is an American comic book writer, artist, and illustrator, best known for his work dealing with mythic themes. ...

Willingham recently announced a spin-off series, Jack of Fables, that will focus on Jack of the Tales (see below). The series is co-written by former Clockwork Storybook author Matthew Sturges. Jack of Fables is a spin off of the comic Fables. ...



Main article: List of characters in Fables

Fables is a fictional fantasy comic series for mature readers published by DC Comics. ...


Legends In Exile (issues 1 to 5): In which we learn about Fabletown, and Sheriff Bigby Wolf investigates the apparent murder of Rose Red, realises that not all is what it seems, confesses to an interest in Snow White and finally gets to do the big parlour room scene where everything is revealed. Rose Red (or Rose-Red) is a character in the fairy tale Snow-White and Rose-Red by the Brothers Grimm. ...

Animal Farm (issues 6 to 10): In which many of the non-human looking Fables who are restricted to the Farm in upstate New York rebel and Snow White is caught in the middle of an attempted revolution. We learn how popularity among the mundanes can save a Fable's life and Snow is saved by one of the last people she would have expected.

Bag 'O Bones (issue 11): A tale set during the American Civil War, in which Jack finds that Death itself can represent just another opportunity. Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederate) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties Killed in action: 110,000 Total dead: 360,000 Wounded: 275,200 Killed in action: 93,000 Total dead: 258...

A Two-Part Caper (issues 12 and 13): In which a mundane journalist finds out entirely too much about the Fables and Bigby has to cook up a plan to silence him, only to find himself at odds with Bluebeard. Bluebeard is the title character in a famous fairy tale about a violent nobleman and his all too curious wife. ...

Storybook Love (issues 14 to 17): In which Bluebeard hatches a plot to rid himself of Bigby and Snow by enchanting them into running away together to somewhere where they can be disposed of quietly. Hunted by the homicidal Goldilocks, the pair must deal with their stalker, while Snow finds out more about Bigby's affection for her and about his unusual ancestry. In the meantime, Prince Charming finds himself with an uncharacteristically noble thought and decides to run with it. Someones been eating my porridge, and theyve eaten it all up! Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a popular childrens fairy tale. ...

Barleycorn Brides (issue 18): In which Bigby relates the details of a Smalltown tradition to Flycatcher after catching one of its inhabitants trying to steal a magic barleycorn. The Frog King (German: Der Froschkönig) is a fairy tale, popularized by the Brothers Grimms written version, of a spoiled princess who reluctantly befriends a frog, who magically transforms into a handsome prince. ...

The Last Castle: (Prestige format one-shot): In which Boy Blue relates the tale of the last stand against the Adversary's forces in the Homelands. Little Boy Blue is a nursery rhyme with probable origins in the Middle Ages. ...

March of the Wooden Soldiers (issues 19 to 21 and 23 to 27): In which Prince Charming decides to run for Mayor of Fabletown, while the community is rocked by the apparent escape from the Homelands of Red Riding Hood. Meanwhile, the Adversary sends his first troops into the mundane lands and the increasingly pregnant Snow White has to prepare the Fables for a battle and comes to realise her true feelings. WPA poster by Kenneth Whitley, 1939 Little Red Riding Hood is a folktale that has changed much in its history. ...

Cinderella Libertine (issue 22): In which we find out that Cinderella's apparently frivolous lifestyle is only a front. Gustave Dorés illustration for Cendrillon For other uses, see Cinderella (disambiguation). ...

War Stories (issues 28 and 29): In which Bigby reminisces on a mission behind enemy lines during World War II. Combatants Allies: Poland, United Kingdom, Soviet Union, France/Free France, United States, China, Canada, India, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Greece, Norway, Honduras, and others Axis Powers: Germany, Italy, Japan, Bulgaria, Finland, Romania, Hungary, Burma, Slovakia Casualties Military dead: 17 million Civilian dead: 33 million Total dead: 50 million Military...

The Mean Seasons (issues 30 to 33): In which an election occurs and Snow gives birth, only to realise that the non-human appearance of the children means that they'll be restricted to the Farm, where Bigby cannot go. The angry Bigby goes into self-imposed exile, while Snow and their children go to the Farm, where a series of strange deaths and an unexpected family visit keep them occupied.

Jack Be Nimble (issues 34 and 35): In which Jack goes to Hollywood with a lot of stolen valuables and sets up a film studio. His plan: to increase his popularity among the mundanes by releasing films about himself. ...

Homelands (issues 36 to 41): In which Boy Blue goes on a mission to the Homelands with the aim of assassinating the Adversary. He travels a long road before reaching his goal and uncovering the true identity of the Adversary.

Arabian Nights (and Days) (issues 42-45): In which a delegation of Arabian Fables led by Sinbad the Sailor visit Fabletown and things take a turn for the worse when it transpires that they've brought a D'jinn with them. The name Sinbad when used alone refers to more than one personage, place, or thing. ... Ancient Assyrian stone relief of a genie. ...

The Ballad of Rodney and June (issues 46-47): A side story of the seemingly ill-fated love of Rodney, a soldier in the Adversary's armies, and June, a medic in the Adversary's armies.

Wolves (issues 48-49): In which Mowgli searches for this disappeared Bigby and brings him a message from Fabletown. Mowgli by John Lockwood Kipling (father of Rudyard Kipling). ...

Happily Ever After (issue 50): In which Bigby returns and gets revenge against the Adversary, and a wedding occurs.

Big and small (issue 51): In which Cinderella continues her mission in the Cloud Kingdom. However, in order to solve a dilemma that could ruin her progress in forging an official alliance with the giants, she is turned into a mouse and enlists the aid of Smalltown's resident medic.


To date, Fables has won five Eisner Awards; Best New Series in 2003, Best Serialised Story twice, for 'Fables In Exile' in 2003 and 'March of the Wooden Soldiers' in 2005, and Best Cover Artist (for James Jean) in both 2004 and 2005. Willingham has so far received two nominations for Best Writer, in 2003 and 2005, but has yet to win. The Eisner Awards are given for achievement in comic books. ...

For the 2006 Awards, 'Homelands' has received a nomination for Best Serialised Story and James Jean is once again competing in the Best Cover Artist category.


  1. Willingham, Bill (April 25th, 2003). Fables: Legends in Exile, Lan Medina, Steve Leialoha, Craig Hamilton (Illustrators). ISBN 1840236140. Collects issues 1 to 5.
  2. Willingham, Bill (August 2003). Fables: Animal Farm. ISBN 140120077X. Collects issues 6 to 10.
  3. Willingham, Bill (May 2004). Fables: Storybook Love. ISBN 140120256X. Collects issues 11 to 18.
  4. Willingham, Bill (November 30th, 2004). Fables: March of the Wooden Soldiers, Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha (Illustrators). ISBN 1401202225. Collects issues 19 to 21, 23 to 27 and The Last Castle one-shot.
  5. Willingham, Bill (April 30th, 2005). Fables: The Mean Seasons, Mark Buckingham (Illustrator). ISBN 1401204864. Collects issues 22 and 28 to 33.
  6. Willingham, Bill; Mark Buckingham (January 27th, 2006). Fables: Homelands, David Hahn (Illustrator). ISBN 1845761243. Collects issues 34 to 41.
  7. Willingham, Bill; Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha (July 5th, 2006). Fables: Arabian Nights (and Days). ISBN 1845762789. Collects issues 42-47
  8. Willingham, Bill (forthcoming). Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall, OGN. ISBN 1401203671.

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