Writer Bill Willingham announced Friday on his personal website that his long-running, acclaimed Vertigo series “Fables” will end with issue #150. Accompanying that news is his decision to partially retire from comic book 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,” Willingham wrote. “Pushing 60, I thought it would be a good time to start making concrete plans for those remaining good writing years.”
The most recently solicited issue of “Fables” is #137, scheduled out in January 2014, meaning that “Fables” will likely end in early 2015. The issue, Willingham states, will be “a larger than usual size.” Companion series “Fairest” will also draw to a close, Willingham disclosed, “just before the big final ‘Fables’ issue.”
Willingham quotes “Fables” series artist Mark Buckingham as saying, “I respect Bill’s decision and am looking forward to working with him on the book’s epic final year, leading to the series’ grand finale.”
“Fables” debuted in 2002, and has in many ways helped define the past 11 years of DC Comics‘ mature readers imprint. The series has won more than a dozen Eisner Awards, has been in development as both a movie and TV series at multiple points (including a currently active film project at Warner Bros.), and is the inspiration for current Telltale video game “The Wolf Among Us.”