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The Issue: The Not So Just So Story Of Rudyard Kipling And ‘The Unwritten’ #5

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Mike Carey and Peter Gross' The Unwritten is a Vertigo fantasy thriller starring Tom Taylor, the namesake --- and potentially word-made-flesh incarnation --- of fictional boy wizard Tommy Taylor, as he tries to take down the shadowy cabal threatening his life. At the end of issue #4, we're left with a major cliffhanger, with Tom arrested for a murder he didn't commit, a killer on the loose, and the unexplained appearance of his magical alter ego's pet winged cat.

Instead of picking up those threads, The Unwritten #5, "How The Whale Became," recounts the life story of Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book, a full two centuries before Tom's tale begins. There's no explicit magic in the issue, and most of the events it depicts are a matter of historical record. But only most of the events in this issue are true, and that's where it starts to get really interesting.

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All Stories Have Endings: Mike Carey and Peter Gross Close Out ‘The Unwritten’ [Interview]

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In the closing days of January, Vertigo released The Unwritten: Apocalypse #12, the final installment in Mike Carey and Peter Gross' fan-favorite meta-fictional fantasy saga. The series told the story of Tom Taylor, a man trying to live down the fact that his father used his name and likeness for the Harry Potter-esque hero of his best-selling fantasy novels. As the series begins, Tom is quickly pulled into a world where the lines between fiction and reality are not so clearly drawn.

To mark the conclusion of Carey and Gross's long-running narrative, we talked to both creators to learn about the entire history of the series from initial conception to final curtain.

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Tom Taylor Takes His Final Bows In ‘The Unwritten: Apocalypse’ #12 [Preview]

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When Mike Carey and Peter Gross launched The Unwritten in 2009, it seemed like a concept tailor-made for a Vertigo series. It's the story of Tom Taylor, whose name and likeness were used by his father as the foundation for a wildly popular series of Harry Potter-esque fantasy novels, who grows up to find himself embroiled in increasingly bizarre situations, fighting for his life against supposedly-fictional adversaries.

Now, seventy-odd issues, an original graphic novel, and a widely acclaimed crossover with Bill Willingham's Fables later, Carey and Gross are bringing their tale to a close with tomorrow's release of The Unwritten: Apocalypse #12, a special oversized finale that sees Tom come face-to-face with his father, and battling for the fate of the world. Vertigo have provided us with an exclusive seven-page preview, so read on for your first look at the final act...

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‘The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor And The Ship That Sank Twice’ Graphic Novel Coming In September

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Fans with shelves fit to bursting with Vertigo collections and original graphic novels may want to make some room. The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor And The Ship That Sank Twice, a standalone Unwritten project by series creators Mike Carey and Peter Gross is coming in September and will feature additional art by Kurt Huggins and Zelda Devon...

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WTF-ish: Vertigo’s ‘Fables’ and ‘The Unwritten’ to Crossover in May [Art]

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So this is pretty neat, actually. Created by Mike Carey and Peter Gross, The Unwritten is an urban fantasy series starring Tom Taylor, a young man who was his famous father's inspiration for a character in a mega popular novel...

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A Pack Of Zombies And A Strange Child Take Center Stage in ‘The Unwritten’ #45 [Preview]

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Mike Carey and Peter Gross' epic tale about the power of stories continues this Wednesday with The Unwritten #45. Following the events of the last storyline, in which Tom Taylor ventured to the Land of the Dead in search of his lost love Lizzie, the series takes a brief interlude, as we find detective Didge Patterson swept up in a messy homicide involving a strange boy with a wild imagination, a pack of zombies, and a very hungry vampire journalist in Richie Savoy...

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‘The Unwritten’ Cover Artist Yuko Shimizu Wins Society of Illustrators Medals

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Congratulations to Yuko Shimizu on winning the prestigious gold and silver medals from the Society Of Illustrators for her recent work, including a cover for the Vertigo comic book series The Unwritten...

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‘The Unwritten': The Grown-up Boy Wizard Comic Begins a Twice-Monthly ‘War of Words’

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In the pages of The Unwritten, Mike Carey and Peter Gross have crafted a remarkable epic about the power of stories. (If you've yet to try it, Vertigo offers the first issue as a free download.) On one level the Vertigo Comics series is about the power of fiction to subtly shape the world around us through shifts in opinion and belief...

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – April 13, 2011: Hulk. The Incredible Hulk.

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
* Changing times
@ Changing clothes
^ Changing bodies

* ^ CASANOVA: GULA #4
The lead feature is a reprint of Casanova #14, the final issue of the original series, in which an exceptionally clever bit of plotting comes to fruition; that's followed by a new story by Matt Fraction and Gabriel Bá, leading into the new Casanova series that's expected sometime this summer.


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The Holiday Gift Guide for the Comic Book Characters in Your Life

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December's almost a third over and we're guessing that some of you haven't quite gotten around to finishing up your holiday gift shopping yet. We here at ComicsAlliance are here to help. And we really would love to be able to advise each and every person on all of your shopping lists, but at the same time we're also busy and lazy and mostly just want to talk about comics...

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