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Created by Bill Willingham (DC Comics/Vertigo, 2002)
One of the longest running series on shelves today, Fables has been a Vertigo staple for over a decade. Before "Once Upon a Time," "Grimm" and Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland," there was "Fables" -- a mash-up of classic fairy tale and fantasy characters in a contemporary setting. Yes, this book can be classified as fantasy, but it also can be viewed as horror, urban fantasy, dark fantasy, science fiction, espionage, romance and pretty much anything else "Fables'" legions of readers can imagine. "Fables" is the fantasy that dared marry the Big Bad Wolf and Snow White; it is the fantasy that made Prince Charming a philandering dirtbag; and it is the fantasy that dared to make Cinderella a Bond-like super spy. There is not a fairy tale that "Fables" does not put its twist on, but the book is not a one note gimmick. The war that tore the Fable world apart is as sweeping and grand as any story in fantasy literature. Over ten years later "Fables" and its second ongoing spinoff series, "Fairest," continue to surprise as familiar archetypes get the "Fables" spin to create a reading experience like no other. Many books, TV shows and movies are doing the modern fairy tale in popular culture, but never forget that Willingham and artists Mark Buckingham, Lan Medina, Steve Leialoha, Craig Hamilton and others did it first.