James Jean leaves FABLES

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James Jean announces he’s leaving FABLES to concentrate on his own art:

“This is a difficult email for me to write. Don’t worry . . . as far as I know, I don’t have any tumors or crippling neuroses, and my taxes are in order. But I feel like I’m breaking up with the prom queen on prom night, after having dated through grades 6 – 12. Feeble analogies aside, it has been an amazing opportunity to work on Fables these past 7 years (8 this October). But I feel that it’s time to devote myself full-time to painting and personal work. Shelly and I talked yesterday, and my last cover will be 81, at the end of the story arc. It has been a true privilege to work on a team that has produced such great chemistry on paper, and to have been a part of such an important book that has entertained and drawn together so many people.

As usual, he’s going out on the same heart-stoppingly beautiful level he came in on.


  1. says

    And my heart certainly stopped! My jaw dropped to the floor. Jean is as synonymous with the series as Willingham himself.

  2. says

    That’s really sad news — I’m quite disappointed to see him leave.

    But selfishly I am now wondering if it’s too late to cancel/resolicit the FABLES cover book so that they can include #76-81 as well.

  3. says

    It sucks that he’s leaving, but I look forward to see what other projects James Jean will be doing.

    I also thought of the Fables cover book, wondering if it’s too late to include the extra issues. As 6 covers is too small for a companion book.

    With my luck, DC is going to stay on track with the Fables cover book and then re-issue it a year or two later with the extra covers.

  4. says

    Oh wow, this is really sad. But all in all he’s been with the series for a very long time and he deserves to dedicate more time to his personal work. I’m really going to miss him though.

  5. Michael Aronson says

    This is awful news. Does that mean he also won’t contribute interiors to another Fables OGN?

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