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'Fables': Comic-book fantasy coming to a TV near you

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Fables01_lIt’s about friggin’ time. According to the Hollywood Reporter, ABC has given a pilot commitment to Fables, based on Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham’s long-running Vertigo comic. The series follows the ongoing adventures of a community of “fables” — characters from fairy tale and lore of each and every pantheon —living in a secretive enclave of NYC, exiled from their legendary Homelands by the mysterious despot known only as the Adversary. Snow White is the Deputy Mayor of Fabletown, serving under Old King Cole, while Bigby Wolf is the sheriff, and everyone from Little Boy Blue, Prince Charming, Aladdin, Mowgli, and Pinocchio shows up…always in character, but never as you expect them.

I read Fables from the very beginning — it’s still one of the few books I don’t “wait for trade” with — and always wondered why some enterprising TV network hadn’t snapped it up. Granted, I’d have preferred an outfit like HBO, who wouldn’t subject it to the varied whims of commercials and censors. But ABC has done right by Lost, so hopefully they’re onboard for all the fantastical twists and turns and storytelling depth that Fables has to offer — and don’t turn it into Fabletown, 10019.

And, hey, if this works, maybe someone will get the cajones to mount the Sandman

Anyone else psyched about Fables? What are you most looking forward to in an ABC adaptation? What has you most scared they’ll muck it up?

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