In "Super Team" part 4, Ozma’s super team is ready to fight, but there’s a complication: Mister Dark isn’t the only one of the Great Powers on the warpath. The North Wind just blew into town with bad news for Bigby: His ghostly son must die. Talk about bad timing! Remember when Bigby promised his father that “The next time I come after you, I’ve made arrangements to make sure I’m able to Kill you”? That time is here! It’s father vs. son. Will Bigby survive one battle so he can help with the other?
I approached the writing of my story for Fables #100 with considerable trepidation.
I had, more by accident than design, written a strip for House of Mystery a year earlier, to which Bill Willingham had added the finishing touches, but this would be my first time writing solo for DC. Add to that the fact that I hadn't written prose professionally before and, as you can imagine, the whole thing felt pretty daunting.
SOME USEFUL CONSTRUCTION TIPS
Hello faithfully Fables readers!
Mark Buckingham, regular series artist, here with a few helpful hints on how to assemble my Paper Puppet Theatre which comes as an extra in FABLES #100.
As regular readers of FABLES will know, I’m always keen to try out new things to keep the book looking fresh. In past story arcs I’ve used elaborate line techniques, bold styles with strong block blacks, zip tone textures, black crayon, cartoony styles, realism, design motifs, and the introduction of border art panels to frame every page.
With FABLES #100 I knew I had a great excuse to experiment once again.
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:
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!