12:21pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Bill Willingham Announces the End of 'Fables'
After more than a decade -- and multiple spinoff series -- writer Bill Willingham is closing the book on his fairy-tale fantasy series Fables, he announced today.
In a post on his website, Willingham writes that he has "decided the time has come to begin the process of bringing our sweeping story to a close," with the final issue being announced as #150, which at current rate of production is due February 2015. "Both [publishers DC Comics] and I will announce more details later on," he continued. "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."
Fables launched in 2002, with its success revitalizing DC's Vertigo imprint and leading to multiple spinoffs, including monthly series Jack of Fables and Fairest -- the latter of which is still running but will end prior to the final issue of the parent series, according to Willingham -- as well as additional graphic novels, a prose novel and the recently released Fables Encyclopedia. At this point, it is the longest-running series at DC Comics that has not been relaunched or renumbered during its run.
The end of Fables coincides with Willingham's choice to "retire from a great deal of [his] comics work," he writes. "Retirement in the storytelling trade means still working and writing every day but being a bit more selective in what projects I take on," he explained. "Pushing 60, I thought it would be a good time to start making concrete plans for those remaining good writing years."
Until the final issue, Fables will continue to be published on a monthly basis through DC/Vertigo. "I promise to do my best to make the coming year in Fables a great one," Willingham writes.