Should that have been a semicolon instead of a comma in the title? Oh boy, the things I worry about when writing up Mike Carey news. Today! Vertigo have announced a bathful of new books, with an encyclopedia and anthology for Bill Willingham’s Fables coming later this year, followed by a full original graphic novel from the creative team on The Unwritten.
The Fables news first. Building ever more material for Fablescon to revel in, the Fables Encyclopedia will be edited by Jess Nevins, and explore the original origins for all the main castmembers in the main series. It’ll then compare the traditional stories with Willingham’s more modern reinterpretations. Both Willingham and series mainstay Mark Buckingham have annotated the book, exploring the ideas and concepts which made it into Fables – and those which were left by the wayside. Adam Hughes is going to provide a wraparound cover for the book.
Hughes will also be responsible for the cover to Fairest of Them All, a one-off anthology spinning out of the spinoff series Fairest. Yeah, read that sentence three times fast and try to walk in a straight line after. Willingham will be writing all the short stories in this graphic novel, with a range of artists joining him for the stories – including that Adam Hughes feller once again, as well as Chrissie Zullo, Mark Chiarello, and Karl Kerschl.
Tommy Taylor and the Ship That Sank Twice is the new graphic novel written by Mike Carey and laid out by Peter Gross, with Kurt Huggins and Zelda Devon pencilling. Devon, the DC press release reminds me, was the artist behind one of the very best Unwritten issues, which was set in a magical Beatrix Potter nightmare world. Yuko Shimizu will provide the cover for this story, which is as yet unrevealed to the internet. There are no details on the story yet, but this is Mike Carey’s first graphic novel set in the Unwritten universe, and it’ll be interesting to see just how he tackles the project.
…With the correct grammar, I’d imagine. It should’ve been a semicolon, shouldn’t it?