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.
Austin Books & Comics
5002 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78751
Boom Island Brewing Company is proud to announce a unique fundraising event aimed at comic book and craft beer aficionados on Friday, May 1, 2015. Renowned comic writer/artist Bill Willingham (Fables, Fairest, Jack of Fables) will autograph the personally designed label of Boom Island Brewing Company’s Belgian strong “Gravity No. 9.” A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Hero Initiative, a non-profit organization created to support comic artists and writers in need of emergency medical aid or financial support.
Willingham, a Rochester, MN resident known for his Fables and Elementals series, the book Down the Mysterly River, along with dozens of other notable titles dating back to the 1980’s, created the Gravity No. 9 label specifically to support the Hero Initiative. Limited supplies of bottles, posters and glassware will be made available at Boom Island on May 1, and at Wizard World Comic Con Minneapolis May 1-3.
Gravity No. 9 – 9.2 ABV – Tequila Barrel Aged Belgian Dark Strong Fermented with Plums.
Appearance – Deep, Dark Brown.
Aroma – Subtle Fruit
Flavor – Light and Dry with Subtle Sweet Notes and Lightly Sour Finish.
Bill Willingham will be in the taproom to autograph bottles and posters on Friday, May 1 from 6pm-8pm.
Boom Island Brewing Company is located on 2014 Washington Avenue North, Minneapolis MN 55422 in north Minneapolis. Find the alley entrance to the taproom in the back of the building. As far as beer labels go, the Willingham-designed Gravity No. 9 label is about as cool as it gets. Other comic creators will be in attendance to meet and greet the public as well. Supply is limited to less than 300 bottles and surely will become a collector’s item. Gravity No. 9 will also be available on tap for this event while supplies last.
About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book artists and craftsmen in need. Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.
Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $750,000 to the comics veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today.
Boston Comic Con has received clearance from S.H.I.E.L.D. to announce that Hayley Atwell, star of Agent Carter, is our latest guest addition for 2015! A fan favorite since her debut in Captain America: The First Avenger, Peggy Carter is slated to make appearances in both this year’s Marvel movies, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man! Haley will meet fans for autographs and photos on Saturday August 1st and Sunday August 2nd ONLY at Boston Comic Con! *UPDATE* Photo ops are available now at the link!
Previously announced guests include: Stan Lee, Eduardo Risso, Humberto Ramos, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Tony Moore, Jason Latour, Joelle Jones, Steve Lieber, Annie Wu, Franco Aureliani, J. Bone, Frank Brunner, Michael Cho, Jeff Dekal, Evan Dorkin, Sara Dyer, Gerry Duggan, Mike Henderson, Mike Kunkel, John Layman, Laura Martin, Jeff Parker, Kurtis J. Wiebe, Joshua Williamson, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Stephane Roux, Frank Cho, Brian Azzarello, Amy Reeder, Don Rosa, Frank Tieri, Andy Belanger, Stephanie Buscema, Joe Prado, Dave Johnson, and more!
Tickets are now available for purchase. Please note that this year tickets will be sold ONLINE ONLY, there will not be any on-site ticket sales.
About Boston Comic Con:
The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 120,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. This year’s convention will be held Friday July 31st, Saturday August 1st, and Sunday August 2nd at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!
Artists Chrissie Zullo, Matthew Fletcher, and Christopher Uminga appear at the Hall of Comics on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from noon till 6:00 PM! They’ll be sketching for fans, selling prints, and talking art all afternoon.
The Hall of Comics
3 Turnpike Rd, Southborough, MA 01772
Author Chris Roberson joins the Powell’s science fiction book club to discuss his book, Book of Secrets, on Tuesday December 10, 2013 at 7:00 pm!
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton, OR 97005
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Artist Chrissie Zullo appears at Richard’s Comics on Saturday March 30th from 2:00 till 5:00 pm signing her multitude of books! Some of the books she has worked on are: Cinderella: Fabletown w/Love (Covers), Cinderella: Fables are Forever, Fables #100, Madame Xanadu #26, Womanthology HC, Creepy #11, Womanthology #5, and Hack/Slash Ann. and more coming!
She will be happy to sign your copies, or on the off chance you might not have these, the store will have some on hand available for purchase.
If we are real lucky she may even be willing do draw brief head sketches. If you wish anything larger/more detailed please check with her for pricing. She is happy to accept commission requests and you can discuss it with her at the store. She may also bring some of her awesome prints for sale.
Be sure to mark the date on your calendar and come and meet her!
Richard’s Comics and Collectables
1214A Laurens Road, Greenville, SC 29607
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Bill Willingham appears at the Crossings Gallery for a cocktail reception on February 23, 2013 to celebrate the opening of the Fabletown & Beyond art show!
To kick off the New Year and help prepare you for the wonderous event that will be Fablescon, Crossings Art Center (in Zumbrota, MN) will be holding an exhibit featuring several artists who will be a part of Fabletown and Beyond.
The exhibit will be on at the art center throughout the month of February and will feature art from Bill Willingham, Gene Ha, Mark Buckingham, Adam Hughes, Chrissie Zullo, and Peter Gross.
Here’s a brief summary of some of the art that will be present and for sale:
Gene Ha has most of the art from Fables #122 and #123… 27 out of the 40 pages will be available.
Chrissie Zullo will have original Cinderella covers for sale.
Mark Buckingham will have a plethora of Fables pages.
Peter Gross will have lots of The Unwritten pages.
Adam Hughes will have Fairest covers on display and for sale.
And Bill Willingham will have pages from Shadowpact, art from an original and unpublished Richard Nixon JLQ story and other assorted comic pages.
320 East Avenue, Zumbrota, MN 55992
artwork by Gene Ha
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Captain Blue Hen Comics
280 E. Main Street Suite 101, Newark, DE
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Vertigo mainstays Matt Sturges, Chris Roberson and Kristian Donaldson, as well as Dogs of Mars creator Paul Maybury, appear for an event celebrating comics with swears, nudity and/or violence!
Celebrating the launch of Kristian’s new crime graphic novel 99 Days, as well as the culmination of Sturges’s run on Jack of Fables, the latest Cinderella miniseries by Roberson and the first storyline of Dogs of Mars by Maybury, we’ll also have plenty more work from these creators available! That includes free copies of the Free Comic Book Day issue of Roberson’s Elric: The Balance Lost while supplies last!
Plan to join us from 1 – 4 PM on Saturday, August 27th!
1601 S IH-35 #360, Round Rock, TX
Chrissie Zullo signs on November 27th from 2pm-5pm. Bring (or Purchase) copies of Cinderella #1-#6 or the recent Tradepaperback Collection, Madame Xanadu #25, Hack/Slash Ann. 2010
Raffles!!! Drawings!! Free Stuff!! Lots of SURPRISES!! You may even be able to talk her into a Free Sketch!!
Richard’s Comics and Collectables
1214A Laurens Road, Greenville, SC 29607