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Product Details

  • Series: Fables
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo (October 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401243959
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401243951
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bill Willingham has been writing, and sometimes drawing, comics for more than twenty years. During that time he's had work published by nearly every comics publisher in the business and he's created many critically acclaimed comic book series, including Elementals, Coventry, PROPOSITION PLAYER and FABLES. Along with FABLES and JACK OF FABLES, Willingham wrote the miniseries DAY OF VENGEANCE and currently writes SALVATION RUN. His work has been nominated for many awards, including the Eisner, Harvey and Ignatz comic industry awards and the International Horror Guild award. He lives somewhere near a good poker room.

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Bill Willingham never fought a desperate and losing battle in a good cause, never contributed to society in a meaningful way, and hasn't lived a life of adventure, but he's had a few moments of near adventure. At some point in his life Bill learned how to get paid for telling scurrilous lies to good people, and he's been doing it ever since. He lives in the wild and frosty woods of Minnesota.

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This is a must for the bookshelf or virtual bookshelf of any fables fan.
EE
Also, this book has some huge spoilers, so if your only reading the deluxe editions I strongly suggest you hold this off until you finish the Cubs in Toyland arch.
Morgan Floyd
Apart from Bill Willingham's notes and Mark Buckingham's art, we will read Jess Nevins' description on every Fables characters appeared in the series.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rockabore on November 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I'd highly recommend this book to die-hard Fables fans. However, I must stress here that this book is NOT intended to be an introduction to new readers as it contains many, MANY major spoilers on big events that occur in the series. If you haven't read up to about issue 124, you should consider waiting before reading this unless you don't mind being spoiled.

As for the book itself, This book is really fantastic. It's got really lovely graphics and design in it's pages and layout. My favorite part of the articles are when there are notes from Bill Willingham and/or Mark Buckingham's on certain select characters -And as a fan who's read about these characters from the beginning, I'm SO glad they included those because they are really a treat to read. Another big plus is that the bios are informative and educate you on many of the original stories and their origins, while also telling about the Fables version. It's a great read for fairytale aficionados as well as just fans of Fables. Another amazing bonus, annotations for the series itself! Wow! I never thought we'd get to see something like that here, fantastic addition. It'll make re-reading the books more exciting for those inclined to re-read them or just to go look for the info presented.

I do feel the need to point out the few faults the book has. It has some unusual inconsistencies regarding spin-off material we have some Fairest/Jack Of Fables/Peter & Max characters, yet they leave out a great deal of noteworthy characters from those titles. Almost no JoF were included which is rather odd seeing as they did play a part in the universe in the Great Fables Crossover.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. M. E. Macaspac on December 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
If you're a die hard Fable fan, then get it for your collection if you must, but this is virtually useless if you're looking for new information or in-depth looks. The "Encylopedia" in the title is misleading, Wikipedia has a lot more info. If you're a die hard Fable fan, you'll definitely feel frustrated while reading this book. I was thinking "Argh! I already know all this and MORE! Give me something new to make this purchase worthwhile!" This book is just the Fables characters condensed in a handful of sentences. Not rich AT ALL. VERY disappointed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Morgan Floyd on November 1, 2013
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This book is a must have for any fan of the comic book Fables and it's spin-offs. This contains nearly every major character in the comics with wonderfully detailed origins and very colorful pages. Two notes I should point out though. If your looking for anything stories behind the Fairest spin-off, this book covers very little...almost nothing. Also, this book has some huge spoilers, so if your only reading the deluxe editions I strongly suggest you hold this off until you finish the Cubs in Toyland arch. However, if you want spoilers then go head an get this book. Your mundy mind will thank you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Harrell on November 3, 2013
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This is even a better purchase than I thought it would be. I thought it would just be the history of the characters within the series, but it also tells where the character originated in the world of folklore and literature. Beautiful book, fantastic presentation, and a great addition to any Fables collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss Bonnie on January 28, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
With the abundant amount of characters introduced throughout the Fables series it can be difficult keeping track of each and every one. The Fables Encyclopedia is a fantastic companion guide to remembering each character and the roles they played in the story. In addition to their Fables role, we’re given a detailed and fascinating history on the characters that existed outside of the Fables universe. Snippets of comics were re-printed from past issues to detail certain characters as well.

I enjoyed reading about several lesser known characters that were only given brief appearances in the comics and finding out more of their backstory but was disappointed by how it wasn’t as up to date as I’d hope. Many of the stories of characters from the spin-off series weren’t elaborated on in particular a character from Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland. Considering that issue was published in November 2012 and this Encyclopedia was published October 2013 I would have expected those updates to be covered. The comic snippets were nice to read again but seemed repetitive and unessential since it wasn’t adding anything new to what the text already disclosed. Clearly not an all encompassing guide, Fables Encylopedia is fairly informative but mostly interesting in regards to the characters lives outside of the Fables universe.
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