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."
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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.
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