Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall

Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall

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by Bill Willingham
     
 

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Don't miss a new softcover edition of the acclaimed hardcover graphic novel from FABLES creator Bill Willingham and a star-studded array of artists! This volume, set in the early days of Fabletown, long before the FABLES series began, featuring sequences illustrated by Charles Vess, Brian Bolland, John Bolton, Michael Wm. Kaluta, James Jean, Mark Buckingham, Jill

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Don't miss a new softcover edition of the acclaimed hardcover graphic novel from FABLES creator Bill Willingham and a star-studded array of artists! This volume, set in the early days of Fabletown, long before the FABLES series began, featuring sequences illustrated by Charles Vess, Brian Bolland, John Bolton, Michael Wm. Kaluta, James Jean, Mark Buckingham, Jill Thompson and more, 1,001 NIGHTS OF SNOWFALL is both an entry point to the critically acclaimed series and an essential part of Willingham's enchanting and imaginative FABLES mythos.Traveling in Arabia as an Ambassador from the exiled FABLES community, Snow White is captured by the local sultan who wants to marry her (and then kill her). But the clever Snow attempts to charm the sultan instead by playing Scheherazade, telling him fantastic stories for a total of 1,001 nights. Running the gamut from horror to dark intrigue to mercurial coming-of-age, FABLES:1,001 NIGHTS OF SNOWFALL reveals the secret histories of familiar FABLES characters through a series of compelling and visually illustrative tales.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Award-winning cartoonist and writer Bill Willingham answers the burning question, "So what happens after fairy-tale characters live happily ever after?" in this installment of his graphic novel saga. Fables, a darkly enchanting -- and decidedly mature -- series, chronicles the adventures of characters from popular fables and nursery rhymes that have been forced into exile by a mysterious enemy known only as the Adversary.

Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall is a prequel of sorts, taking place early on in the history of Fabletown, the clandestine community that the exiled characters (known as Fables) established in New York City in the early 17th century. In an attempt to warn the characters of the Arabian fable realms about the looming threat of the Adversary, emissary Snow White travels overseas to visit with the almighty Sultan -- only to become imprisoned by the King of the Age and sentenced to death. For the last three years, the Sultan, who is certain that all women are evil, has wed a maiden every night only to have her beheaded in the morning; and Snow White is next in line. But the clever ex-wife of Prince Charming beguiles the Sultan with 1,001 nights of fantastic folktales and stories about the Adversary's brutal conquest of the European fairy-tale realms…

Featuring artwork by some of the greatest illustrators in the field (Charles Vess, Brian Bolland, Tara McPherson, Esao Andrews, et al.), Willingham's Fables offering is utterly mesmerizing -- a visually stunning feast for the eyes as well as the imagination. Fans of fables, fairy tales, and folklore who have not yet discovered this brilliantly unique series should do so as soon as possible. Highly recommended. Paul Goat Allen
Publishers Weekly
Probably the smartest mainstream comic going, Fables usually concentrates on the contemporary activities of characters from children's stories who now are living as secret refugees in New York. This collection gives glimpses of their individual backstories before the armies of the brutal Adversary drove them out of Fairyland. Readers will learn, for example, what spoiled the Big Bad Wolf's disposition and what happened to the witch after Hansel and Gretel pushed her into the oven. It would be relatively easy to do clever, merely cynical readings of the fairy tales, but Willingham is after something much more interesting. Like Neil Gaiman and Tanith Lee, he's reimagining the old stories, trying to see why they have survived and also to point out the aspects they somehow neglect: it's only natural that Snow White would take revenge on the seven little rapists who abducted her, but the independent way she goes about it casts doubt on her subservient relationship to Prince Charming. Willingham reminds readers of how much they ignore in their anxiety to believe that all stories end happily ever after. Artists like Charles Vess, Mark Buckingham and Jill Thompson work up to the level of the perceptive scripts, making this a memorable, uncomfortably amusing treat. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401203696
Publisher:
DC Comics
Publication date:
03/05/2008
Series:
Fables Series
Pages:
140
Sales rank:
594,920
Product dimensions:
6.64(w) x 10.16(h) x 0.29(d)
Age Range:
17 - 18 Years

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Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
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Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
This here is the beauty of the series Fables. A fantastic collection of slightly connected tales looking into the past of the Fables world. My favorites, besides the main Snow tale, were the early tales of Bigby and Frau Totenkinder. The art is all over the place but matches each tale pretty well. Overall, a very good Fables anthology.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Told many great tale behind what really happen and also an hinge to get you into really the comic to see what really happen!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great way to get newbies to the verse in. And so stunningly well done for the nook it enhances the reading experiance, so well in fact you are left with the same hangover a great movie leaves you with. Love this installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The art looks great and the stories are clever interpretations of the classic tales. Most of all, I liked getting the background stories from some of my favorite Fables!
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