The WITCHES story arc of FABLES was enormous fun. Firstly, it gave us a chance to focus on the Witches, previously residents of the thirteenth floor of the Woodland building in Fabletown, and chart important changes in the life of Frau Totenkinder. It also saw a plot line I had suggested begin to take shape in the lives of Beauty and Beast.
With the spectacular 100th issue of FABLES coming soon, we are excited to unveil the full contents of this special, 100-page issue. The issue kicks off with a 62-page lead story written by series creator Bill Willingham, with art by Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha and Andrew Pepoy Following that is a 10-page prose story written by Mark Buckingham with illustrations by Bill Willingham. Also in this issue are: • A set of do-it-yourself FABLES puppet theater illustrated by Mark Buckingham
The first Vertigo Resurrected is a 100 page book that features "Shoot," Warren Ellis's much-talked about, but never published story, involving schoolyard killings and John Constantine. [Page 2 from “Shoot”]
No, this isn’t a FABLES 101 primer about all that is wonderful and fantastic about the world(s) of FABLES. But it is set to be a terrific issue as we check in with Bufkin (one of my favorite characters), Frankie and Magic Mirror in the lost Business Office to see what they’ve been up to since battling Baba Yaga. FABLES 101 is written by the fabulous Bill Willingham with art by Eric Shanower and Richard Friend.
When editor Shelly Bond called me and asked me if I was up for doing the art on FABLES 99, I think I answered so fast that I betrayed the laws of time, the sound that exited my mouth came out in quantum mode and bit its own tail. It sounded more like a “wow” followed by an “oh-wow”… like in way-beyond-Mach10-speed, and everything around me blurred and I started hearing Bob Dylan’s “The Man in Me” from The Big Lebowski. … “lalalala… ooooh, what a wonderful feeeeeeling…”
If you think that Rose Red is truly ready to suit up, grab a deadly weapon and save the day, you may be in for a rude awakening. Or you may be absolutely right. Regardless, heads will roll, blood will spill and Snow White and Rose Red, the loveliest sisters in all the lands, will be forever changed in the conclusion of the Rose Red arc. So, if you have one, put on your blue scarf, take a look inside issue #98 and pick up a copy tomorrow! [gallery link="file"]