Tuesday, July 29, 2008


Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love

I got back last night from San Diego, where I enjoyed four days at the deathmarch-and-drinkfest that is Comic-Con. Had a terrific time, met lots of nice people, and abused any number of professionals with my sudden outbursts of "[Comic Creator I've Admired For Years]?! Your stuff is AWESOME!"

As I mentioned last week, one of the "secret projects" I've had in development for a while was going to be announced at the Fables panel, and so it was. For those who missed it, or the coverage that followed, I'm happy to announce that I'll be writing a six-issue miniseries spinning out of the ever popular Fables comic, to be illustrated by the inestimable Shawn McManus, and entitled Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love. For those who haven't read Fables (and if you haven't, you should, so go buy it already!), in the world of the series (and its spin-0ff, Jack of Fables), fairy tale characters are real, and are living in exile in modern-day New York, having fled their homelands in advance of an invading imperial army.

Cinderella, or Cindy for short, has appeared in a number of Fables stories to date, which have revealed that while she appears to be a shallow globe-trotter who fritters away every dime that her shoe store in Fabletown takes in, she is in fact the world's greatest spy and martial arts expert.

From Fabletown With Love is best described, I suppose, as "On Her Majesty's Secret Service meets Sex in the City," a tale of spies, sex, and shoes. I'm hard at work on the first script at this very moment, and as soon as more details are made available I'll post them here.

DC Comics, on their Downloads page, has made available the full audio of the Fables panel (mp3 link), if anyone's interested in giving it a listen. Honestly the most fun panel I've ever attended, let alone sat in on. One thing I forgot to mention on the panel, though, is that Cinderella isn't actually the first Fables-related work I've done. I've scripted a fill-in issue for Jack of Fables, entitled "Jack 'n' Apes," that's due to come out sometime next summer.

Having been a comics fanatic since I was in single digits, this work for Vertigo is my first time scripting comics, and I can happily confirm that comics work is, without a doubt, the Most Fun Ever.

Congrats on the gig, I look forward to reading it.
Big, big congratulations.
You're writing a spin off from my favourite comic! Congratulations on the most juicy of gigs.
This sounds pretty neat. I guess this means I'll have to go out and get back into Fables, not that it's bad or anything but from what I've seen of the book it just gets better, and by better I mean frakkin' awesome! Congratulations, and welcome back.
Thanks, everybody!
That's very cool news. Looking forward to reading it!
Congrats! I am so looking forward to this(here via Paul Cornell).
Awesome news!

- Jay Tomio
This is teh awesome! I'm a big FABLES fan, too.
Awesome! Congratulations man. Can't wait to read it.
This should be fun -- Why do I think that "Jack 'n' Apes" involved either Tarzan or a curious chimpanzee?

Thanks for including the panel mp3 link.
Congrats. The past few months I've been slowly losing interest in all things comics, but Fables and Jack are consistently good. Looking forward to your work.
Can't wait to read it! I've been a fan of Fables and Cindy since the beginning.
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