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‘Fables’ Spinoff ‘Fairest’ to Star the Ladies of Willingham’s Fairy Tale Saga [Comic-Con]

Many ComicsAlliance readers will be glad to know that Vertigo is launching an all-new ongoing series set in the enduringly popular and consistently excellent Fables saga created by Bill Willingham. Called Fairest, the book will star Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White and, in Willingham’s words, anyone who could be interpreted as “fairest in the land.” Announced at the Fables panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego, Fairest will feature covers by Adam Hughes and artwork by Phil Jimenez.

Fairest will employ a rotating cast of esteemed storytellers: the inaugural arc will be written by Fables creator Willingham with art by Phil Jimenez and the second by Lauren Beukes with art by Inaki Miranda. Chris Roberson and Shawn McManus, authors of the two Cinderella miniseries, the Eisner-nominated From Fabletown With Love and Fables Are Forever, will continue to tell that character’s stories within the pages of Fairest.

Willingham and Jimenez’s arc will depict the waking of Sleeping Beauty and her reactions to what has become of the world since she fell into not-so-eternal slumber. The second arc is written by Lauren Beukes, who won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for her novel Zoo City, and will follow Rapunzel’s adventures in Japan. Drawing that story will be Inaki Miranda, whom Fables readers will remember from issue #99.

It was also confirmed at the Fables panel that Werewolves of the Heartland, an original graphic novel starring Bigby Wolf, has been delayed. Additionally, Strangers in Paradise and Echo creator Terry Moore will draw an upcoming issue of Fables and Telltale Games is producing a Fables video game whose story will be canon. Vertigo’s Graphic Content blog published the many pieces of various Fables artwork presented to the San Diego crowd, which included several ste-by-step sequences where you can see how penciller Mark Buckingham’s work progresses to Steve Leialoha for inks and then to colorist Lee Loughridge. You can check them out below.

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