SDCC 2012: Vertigo - Fables Panel
Vertigo spills the beans on a new Fables-centric con and updates on the Fables titles. Here's the panel description followed by the highlights:
7:00-8:00 Vertigo: Fables - The annual Fables Comic-Con panel is back and better than ever! With the launch of Vertigo's critically acclaimed Fairest, there's no better time to hear what Bill Willingham, creator of the multi-Eisner Award-winning series Fables and Fairest, has to say. Join Bill, artists Mark Buckingham, Lauren Beukes, Adam Hughes, Steve Leialoha, group editor Shelly Bond, and others for a panel that is truly legendary. Room 6DE
The panel started off with the announcement of Fabletown and Beyond, or FablesCon for short, which will take place on March 22-24, 2013 in Rochester, MN. Mark Buckingham will attend. You can learn more at www.FablesCon.com! Giving a cursory glance over the site, names like Adam Hughes, Skottie Young, Kurt Busiek, Mike Oeming and others will also be there.
The other big news coming out of this panel was that this would be Bill Willingham's last Comic-Con. Well, some are saying his last, others are saying he won't be coming back next year. Apparently he was very upset at a security guard shoving him off to protect celebrity Paul Scheer (The League), and the whole prospect of that annoyed him enough to dislike what the con has become. So anyway, we know for certain he won't be there in 2013... unless he is.
They then showed the cover for the first Fables collection. Mark tells the crowd in attendance that he wanted to convey the fantasy aspects as well as shoing a lot of characters.
Each talent involved was charged with the task of picking their favorite Fables pieces from the past ten years. This is Mark's favorite:
Steve Leialoha talks about his favorite page, which is this one illustrating just how big the Bigby really is:
Then Todd Klein, who has worked on every Fables project, had a hard time picking just one. His lettering skills drove the descision to pick this one, though:
Lauren Beukes, who is writing the second story arc picks this image as her favorite:
Sean Williams wanted to pick a certain page, but it apparently revealed too much. His second choice was this page from an emotional arc:
John Cunningham also had a hard time narrowing it down to one pick, but he chose this one because it made him realize how much great talent and dedication to tell a story went into Fables:
The best moment in Fables according to Shelly Bond was the pitch over the phone scene:
The next image shown was the cover for Fables #118:
That was followed up by this shot of the Snow Queen, which illicited a loud applause from the crowd in attendance.
And here's the cover of the next story arc, but don't be fooled. It's a dark story:
The book will be available November 14th and comes in at 139 pages. and here's some more preview art:
They also revealed was the secret origin of Fairest. Willingham said that Adam Hughes had been getting tons of requests for Fables sketches, so Hughes' wife encouraged him to read the books so that he'd have a better understanding of the characters. He wound up liking the books so much that he approached Willingham about becoming the Fables cover artist. Willingham said no, citing that they had a cover artist they were happy with, but if he was serious, they'd start a new book specifically for Adam to do the covers on. And so Fairest was born.
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