All good things must come to an end and after a 10+ year, 150 issue run, Bill Willigham has announced the end of Fables. The huge and loyal fanbase will be left devastated by this, but….every fairy tale has an ending. On his website, he wrote:
UPDATE: WIllingham’s interview at Newsaramais up now, and he explains more including that FAIREST will also be ending, tentatively the month before the final issue of Fables.
Issue #150 is about 15 months away, and several storylines will converge with the final issue.
Fables is also currently in development as a film, and a game from Telltale is out now.
Opinion: Rest assured, in five years we’ll have a Fables reunion issue and in 25, Fables the Overture. A story this good and popular won’t just vanish. Maybe now Willingham can revive the Elementals?
Willingham: Well, we have the end of the "Camelot" story. We have, following that, a two-issue story that's sort of a side story, but it sets up the final, big saga. And that story is called "The Boys in the Band." And it's all about Boy Blue's Band up at The Farm. They go off on an adventure together. The adventure sort of lays the groundwork. It asks a few specific questions that, the answer to those questions are the last big Fables saga. And then that lasts for nine issues, I believe, ending in issue #150, which is going to be an oversized issue.
Here’s the first announcement
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.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.