FABLES: In Praise of the Comic

FABLES: In Praise of the Comic

Long before ABC began airing Once Upon a Time or NBC Grimm, DC’s Vertigo Comics has been publishing Bill Willingham’s Fables ongoing comic series. While ABC has made a couple of attempts to adapt the comic into a TV show, ultimately the network passed for their own Once Upon a Time (which some have accused of being a wee bit too close to Willingham’s world). Ology.com has offered up a piece that praises the comic.
   “It followed the adventures of fairy tale characters who had been forced out of their homeland by an evil overlord known as ‘The Adversary’. These Fables as they were known set up their home in a tiny portion of New York called Fabletown where they tried to live out their immortal lives hidden from ‘mundy’ (mundane human) eyes,” details the piece. “Sounds awesome? It is. And it’s still going on today. It’s had multiple awards, spin-offs and is still to this day a huge seller for Vertigo. The comic has broken the one hundred issue mark and told amazing stories. Their art is some of the best in the business, with one of my favorite artists James Jean doing a good number of the original covers until issue seventy-five. It was such a good property, in fact, that rumors began circulating that it was going to be optioned as a television series way back in 2009. Lo and behold, an IMDB page appeared and rumors abounded on the mighty interwebs that ABC was going to pick them up. And then, well wouldn’t you know — Once Upon A Time shows up instead! Now, we’re not going to go into comparisons between the two. Executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz have already stated that they have “read a couple issues” of Fables and feel that “we feel we’re telling a different story” even though the two are in the same genre. And don’t get me wrong, I adore Once Upon A Time. I’m glad that something fairy tales that is awesome made it onto ABC. I am an avid Snow/Charming ‘shipper already. And we’re certainly not going to compare it to Grimm and it’s police drama-meets-Buffy take on hunting fairy tale monsters with funny new names. But in this swirl of fairy tale madness, I think it’s important to point back to the awesomeness that helped get this ball rolling and point out that Fables was there when everyone was still jamming on vampires and werewolves, putting out their best reinterpretations off Grimm’s Fairy Tale best for the viewing audience.”
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