The Great Fables Wake

Fables_150Press Release:

After 150 issues, Fables, an iconic and beloved Vertigo comic series, has drawn to a close. To properly celebrate and mourn the end of such a beloved story, Austin Books & Comics has teamed up with Bill Willingham to throw a three-day party-vigil. On Friday, August 14th and drawing to a close on Sunday, August 16th, guests including Bill Willingham, Matt Sturges, Dave Justus, Adam Harrington, Jess Nevins, and Fables editor Shelly Bond, will take up residence at Austin Books & Comics to bring you panels, contests and signings.

Looking back on his time spent with Fables, Bill Willingham remarks, “Fables comprised the thirteen most rewarding years of my life – not in a financial sense, although it did that just fine, but in the more vital sense of a professional spinner of tall tales doing the work he knows he should be doing. My gratitude to my fellow creators, those who published, distributed and sold Fables, and finally to those who read Fables for all of those years is undiminished.”

About Austin Books & Comics: Austin Books & Comics is the premiere place in Austin, TX for all of your nerd wants and needs. Spanning four specialty stores, Austin Books & Comics has been covering all corners of the comic and pop culture worlds since 1977. Over the past 25 years, the Austin Chronicle has consistently rated Austin Books & Comics the best comic book store in Austin, naming it “the Library of Alexandria of comics.”

Planned activities include: signings, keg party, costume contest, and more:

THE WORLD’S TOUGHEST (open book) FABLES TRIVIA QUIZ

AN ORIGINAL FABLES “RADIO” PLAY, written by Bill and performed live for you by the Not Ready for Storytime Players. Adam Harrington will of course be voicing Bigby, but other parts will be played by: Bill Willingham, Matt Sturges, Dave Justus, Mark Finn, and so on. It’ll be a hoot, and is being written exclusively for the Great Fables Wake.

THE PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT. This was a hit at Fablescon, so we’re doing it again. And the prize packages will be bigger, better and simply more Fab this time around.

And there will be panels and presentations to boot:
A FABLES POST MORTEM, in which Mark Finn leads a discussion, now that it’s all over, about what storylines never made it into Fables, but should have, and what stuff ended up on the cutting room floor. After all, you can’t have a wake without the autopsy.

THE PAPER WOLF AMONG US, in which Bigby (Adam Harrington) interviews Matt and Dave about the glories and difficulties in adapting the video game back into funnybook form.

CULTURAL APPROPRIATION, in which our panelists get serious, and maybe even a bit contentious, about what is right and what isn’t when adapting and adopting folklore from around the globe.

For further details and any updated information, please visit greatfableswake.tumblr.com.

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Austin Books & Comics
5002 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
(512) 454-4197

TX – Armada Signing

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Ernest Cline, author of Ready Player One, appears at Austin Books & Comics on Saturday, August 1st from noon till 3:00 PM to sign copies of his new book, Armada. And we hear he’s bringing his famous DeLorean, Ecto-88!

About ARMADA:

High school student Zack Lightman is daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom—if he can make it that long without getting suspended again. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer. At first, Zack thinks he’s going crazy. A minute later, he’s sure of it. Because the UFO he’s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada—in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders. But what Zack’s seeing is all too real. And his skills—as well as those of millions of gamers across the world—are going to be needed to save the earth from what’s about to befall it. Yet even as he and his new comrades scramble to prepare for the alien onslaught, Zack can’t help thinking of all the science-fiction books, TV shows, and movies he grew up reading and watching, and wondering: Doesn’t something about this scenario seem a little too… familiar? Armada is at once a rollicking, surprising thriller, a classic coming of age adventure, and an alien-invasion tale like nothing you’ve ever read before—one whose every page is infused with author Ernest Cline’s trademark pop-culture savvy.

About the Author:

ERNEST CLINE is a novelist, screenwriter, father, and full-time geek. His first novel, Ready Player One, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller and appeared on numerous “best of the year” lists. Ernie lives in Austin, Texas, with his family, a time-traveling DeLorean, and a large collection of classic video games. You can find him on Twitter, or at ernestcline.com.

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Austin Books & Comics
5002 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
(512) 454-4197

TX – For the Title Signing

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Lance Schibi and Austin Green appear at Austin Books & Comics on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 11:00am – 4:00pm to sign the new hardcover collection of For the Title: Championship Wish Edition.

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Austin Books & Comics
5002 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
(512) 454-4197

TX – Valhalla Mad #1 Signing

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Paul Maybury appears at Austin Books & Comics on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 from 4:00 till 7:00 PM for the debut of his new Image Comics series – Valhalla Mad!!

About Valhalla Mad:
Their names are legend: the Glorious Knox! Greghorn the Battlebjörn! Jhago the Irritator! Three warrior gods vacationing on Earth, just looking to get their drink on and have a good time! Join the drunken festivities with toastmasters Joe Casey (Sex) and Paul Maybury (Sovereign). The new mythology begins now!

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Austin Books & Comics
5002 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
(512) 454-4197

TX – Black River Signing

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Cartoonist Josh Simmons appears at Austin Books & Comics on Friday, June 5th  at 5:00 PM to sign copies of his latest graphic novel, Black River. We’re thrilled that he made us his Austin stop as part of his promotional tour. Stop in to get your copy signed and talk about his work in comics!

About Black River:
Josh Simmons (The Furry Trap, House) returns with a full-length graphic novel about a bedraggled group making their way through a post-apocalyptic world in search of some sort of civilization. Along the way, they encounter fools, lunatics, murderous sadists and also visit a comedy club. All manner of terrors, in other words. Simmons is one of the most distinctive voices in the horror genre and Black River, with its perfect pacing, is his best work yet.

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Austin Books & Comics
5002 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
(512) 454-4197

TX – Elric of Melniboné Signing

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Fantasy/sci-fi luminary Michael Moorcock appears at Austin Books & Comics on Saturday, April 18th from noon till 4:00 pm for the release of the graphic novel adaptations of his Elric of Melniboné novels! In addition to signing, Moorcock will be the subject of a Q&A with editor/essayist Rick Klaw.

Austin Books & Comics
5002 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
(512) 454-4197

TX – Convergence: The Question #1 Signing

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Artist Cully Hamner appears at Austin Books & Comics on Saturday, April 11th from noon till 4:00 pm to sign Convergence: The Question #1!

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Austin Books & Comics
5002 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
(512) 454-4197

TX – Howard the Duck Signing

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Howard the Duck co-creator Val Mayerik appears at Austin Books this Saturday, March 21st from noon to 2:00pm!  He’s going to be signing the first issue of the new series starring the fowl he and Steve Gerber introduced to the Marvel Universe.  Mr. Mayerik will also be bringing sketch covers, so you’ll have the opportunity to own original art.

Austin Books & Comics
5002 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
(512) 454-4197

TX – Loteria Grande Cards Signing

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Hugo Award-winning artist John Picacio appears to signs his special-edition Loteria Grande Cards at Austin Books on Saturday, March 14th from 11am to 4pm!

The cards, featuring all-new art visions inspired by the classic Mexican game of chance, measure a giant 4.5″ x 7.5″ on thick card stock. The reverse side features a reproduction of the original pencil drawing for each artwork – exclusive to this deluxe card edition.

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Austin Books & Comics
5002 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
(512) 454-4197

TX – Ladies Night w/ Lumberjanes

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Lumberjanes co-creators Brooke Allen and Grace Ellis appears at Austin Books & Comics on Sunday, March 8th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm for a ladies-ONLY event.

Austin Books & Comics
5002 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
(512) 454-4197

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