For at least a few years now DC’s Vertigo line has been Fables. Sure this year has seen a rise in Vertigo titles, but without the staple that is Fables holding it together I wonder if we’d be where we are with those titles. Today creator and writer Bill Willingham announced the beginning of the end of the series and the companion series as well. He’s also going into comic retirement as he calls it. It’s a sad day indeed.
After more than ten years of publication, and hundreds of issues of Fables, and various Fables-related works, I have decided the time has come to begin the process of bringing our sweeping story to a close. And, along the way, I’ve decided to retire from a great deal of my comics work.
Retirement in the storytelling trade means, still working and writing every day, but being a bit more selective in what projects I take on. Pushing 60, I thought it would be a good time to start making concrete plans for those remaining good writing years.
Fables will end with Issue 150, which will be a larger than usual size, as were many of the other milestone issues. Fairest, our companion series, will also come to an end just before the big final Fables issue.
Both DC and I will announce more details later on, but first and foremost I wanted to let our wonderful readers know about this as soon as I could, and note that our story plans leading up to Issue 150 made it increasingly clear that this upcoming saga should naturally be the final story.