|Artist(s):||Bill Willingham, All|
|Media Type:||Pen and Ink|
|Art Type:||Splash Page|
|Added to Site:||7/3/2017|
Pencil and ink on Malibu art board. COVENTRY - For those not aware, back in 1996, Bill Willingham conceived an idea for a comic book wherein fictitious characters exist in an alternative version of the real world. Som have likened it to a prototype for what would become Fables. All I know is that I really liked the book, and Bill stopped producing it at issue three. I've never seen Bill explain exactly why. Nevertheless, I was a fan, and in 1996-97 Bill came out to Small Press Expo to promote the latest release. I was already a big fan of the series, and looking forward to many more issues. I was also an avid comic art collector already, so I immediately asked Bill if he had any art from the series. He'd only brought 2 piece, and had no intention of selling them. But after chatting for a while he said he supposed he would sell me whichever of the two I wanted, but that it would be the only piece of art he would sell (at least at the time) from the series. My choices were for the cover to issue #1 or the opening splash page, which you see here. I chose the interior splash because the book was published in b&w, so I felt like it better represented the series. Plus the cover had one frog and was mostly white. The splash was covered in frogs. What a dummy, as that cover is iconic for the series, and as a bit of marketing. Made at a time when everyone was holofoil tripple-foldout covers, Bill released a cover that was mostly white, with just the series logo and a frog painted on it. Anyway, this piece has been with me ever since.
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