So I missed yesterday’s post, breaking my streak however I must admit that I missed it because I was hanging out with friends I haven’t seen in a while. That should count as a legitimate reason for missing a post. Anyway, I’m going to make up for it today by uploading 2 posts. I already had an idea for a subject of yesterday’s post; I just never had the opportunity to write it. That idea was Fables. While you may immediately think of Aesop and his fables, this is not what I’m talking about at all. Nope, I’m talking about one of my favorite graphic novel series in existence. Fables is up there with Sandman by Neil Gaiman.
Bill Willingham is the mastermind behind the great collection of comics known as Fables. The main idea of the series is that all the fairy tale people have been exiled from their homelands because of The Adversary. To escape his tyrannous reign, they fled to America where they set up a colony, Fabletown, in what is present day New York City. The main story takes place in the present time and discusses how the fairy tales live during modern times surrounded by us “mundies” (short for Mundane). The major plot from the beginning deals how the people of Fabletown fight off The Adversary who has finally decided to pursue the fairy tale people to the mundy world.
Many popular fairy tale people make an appearance as well as many lesser known fairy tales. Some major characters include:
|Snow White, Bigby Wolf, and Boy Blue|
Bigby is the reformed Big Bad Wolf who is now sheriff of Fabletown. Other familiar characters include Ole King Cole, Beauty and the Beast, and Pinnochio. Oh, and let's not forget my favorite character!
Flycatcher! I love him so much! He's so adorable and probably the sweetest character in the whole series! :) Can you guess who he is? Yup, the Frog Prince!
Honestly, there are so many great characters I couldn’t help but name as many of them as I could. Many more make an appearance as the series goes on. Bill Willingham does a fantastic job of bringing the fairy tales of Hans Christian Anderson, the Brothers Grimm, Aesop, Peroult, etc. to life in a modern setting. Some characters he takes down routes that never really occur to prior to the series while many familiar occurrences from the original fairy tales pervade his graphic novels as well.
I am a huge fan of fairy tales. From the original works to revised fairy tales of modern authors, you can’t go wrong with a fairy tale. I love them in whatever form they decide to come in whether musical, tv show, mini-series or comic book. The imagination of today’s fairy tales really only seem to add to the magic of past stories.
So if you looking for new graphic novels to sink your teeth into or enjoy a good fairy tale, definitely try Bill Willingham's Fables series. You won't regret it! :)
PS I got the images from Google Images. They don't belong to me.