I used to read a lot of comics when I was a kid. Back when they were relatively cheap. Now, they’re pretty darn expensive. So I wind up reading some of them once they’ve been turned into graphic novels. Which I usually wind up getting from the library.
Trust me, I wish I had gobs of money to spend on books and stuff, but I don’t. Especially now. Not to say I don’t have lots of books here at home, but most books I tend to get from the library.
Anyway, I digress. I’m currently reading a series of graphic novels called Fables, published by Vertigo comics and created by Bill Willingham. The overall premise of the comic series is that characters from fairy tales and folk tales have been driven from their homelands by a creature known as the Adversary.
As a result, characters like Snow White, the Big Bad Wolf, Prince Charming, Jack of all Tales, Little Boy Blue and others now live in 21st century New York. They have their own community and they struggle to keep themselves hidden as much from the mundy world.
The Big Bad Wolf, for example, is the chain-smoking sheriff of what is knows as Fabletown. He’s in human form, looking a lot like a cross between Wolverine and Colombo. Snow White helps run Fabletown, along with Old King Cole. Prince Charming, having married and divorced, in succession, Snow White, Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) and Cinderella is a womanizing Lothario, whom Snow White divorced when she caught him sleeping with her sister, Rose Red.
Those Fables who are not able to pass as humans, such as the Three Bears, The Three Pigs, etc, live up on a farm in upstate New York, where they are hidden from the mundys through a series of enchantments.
I’m really loving this series. For one thing, it’s cleverly written. The dialogue is crisp and clean and all the storylines move at a quick and enjoyable pace.
I just heard, however, that ABC has requested a pilot based on the comics. My first reaction was, gee, I don’t know. I really don’t have a good feeling that they can make this comic series work as a live-action TV series.
It would be interesting to see these characters come to life, but I sometimes wonder if what works in a comic can actually be transferred to live action and actors. (One of the big problems, among others, that I had with the movie version of Watchmen).
Well, for now I’m going to keep reading the graphic novels. I’ve come to care a lot about Snow White, Prince Charming, Bigby Wolf and the others.