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Bill Willingham
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5 Mar 2008 Fables
Don't miss a new softcover edition of the acclaimed hardcover graphic novel from FABLES creator Bill Willingham and a star-studded array of artists! This volume, set in the early days of Fabletown, long before the FABLES series began, featuring sequences illustrated by Charles Vess, Brian Bolland, John Bolton, Michael Wm. Kaluta, James Jean, Mark Buckingham, Jill Thompson and more, 1,001 NIGHTS OF SNOWFALL is both an entry point to the critically acclaimed series and an essential part of Willingham's enchanting and imaginative FABLES mythos. Traveling in Arabia as an Ambassador from the exiled FABLES community, Snow White is captured by the local sultan who wants to marry her (and then kill her). But the clever Snow attempts to charm the sultan instead by playing Scheherazade, telling him fantastic stories for a total of 1,001 nights. Running the gamut from horror to dark intrigue to mercurial coming-of-age, FABLES:1,001 NIGHTS OF SNOWFALL reveals the secret histories of familiar FABLES characters through a series of compelling and visually illustrative tales. Advance-solicited; on sale March 15

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (5 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401203698
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401203696
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 16.5 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Instantly compelling." - Cinescape.com "Looks as good as it reads." - Comics Buyer's Guide "Tosses traditional fairy tales down the rabbit hole." - Wizard" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Bill Willingham is a writer and artist whose work includes Fables, Day of Vengeance, The Elementals, Coventry and The Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad. Brian Bolland has drawn Judge Dredd, Batman: The Killing Joke, and many covers. Charles Vess is one of the artists of Sandman and also drew Neil Gaiman's Stardust. Mark Buckingham has worked on many titles, including Death: The Time of Your Life, Batman: Shadow of the Bat, Fables and Hellblazer. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stand-alone book about the Fables world 28 April 2011
Format:Paperback
Snow White is sent to Arabia as Fabletown's ambassador, tasked with forging an alliance between the two peoples against the conquering Adversary. Instead, the misogynist sultan takes her prisoner and intends to give her the same fate as he's given nearly every other young woman in his land: marry her in the evening, and kill her the following morning. Snow White attempts to escape that fate by doing exactly what you would expect (if you know your fairytales): entertain him with a new story about the Fables every night.

As a stand-alone book about the Fables world, this can be read even by someone with no previous knowledge of the series; however, I would recommended reading at least some of the main stories first, to start feeling interested and invested in all the characters before you read their life stories. As it stands, I was delighted to read about some of my favourite characters: Snow White, Reynard the Fox, Bigby Wolf, and Prince Ambrose, among others. Most of the stories revolve around the theme of revenge, and they're all pretty dark - darker than most of the issues on the main story, at least those I've read so far. Still, they are really interesting and well written, and the artwork is diverse and fitting to each story, so this is a wonderful addition to your library if you like Fables.

Highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fable-ous 28 Dec 2006
By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A prequel to the popular comic series fables, which tells of characters from famous fairy stories seeking refuge in our world when theirs are overrun by an evil empire. They set up a community in new york called fabletown, and the admin of the place is run by snow white.

The series is set in the present day, but fabletown was formed centuries before. This is a story from their early days, when snow went to visit some arabian lands to ask for military aid. Condemned to death by the sultan, she survives by telling him a new story every night. Yes, just like you know who.

The stories she tells are backstory for the regular characters in the fables series. A lot of interesting information is revealed on the way, particularly in the unbearably sad life story of flycatcher.

A mixture of text and picture stories, the latter done with some beautiful art, this is like a proper book of fairy tales. It's a work to treasure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great insight to the fable world. 19 Mar 2014
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I would recommend this to anybody who has read or is reading the fables. it gives you some good stories that arent in the series with lots of different artists contributing there style to it.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
A very well written and well drawn collection of stories from the world of fables.
Hear snow white tell tales of well known fable characters like frog prince,snow white,ginger bread house witch and the 3 blind mice that you never heard before.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fables masterwork 7 Dec 2006
By Tom Knapp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Once upon a time, long before the events of Bill Willingham's ongoing "Fables" series, Snow White was sent on an embassy on behalf of Fabletown to seek an alliance with the Arabian nations. Once there, she found herself trapped by the sultan and scheduled to be married, bedded and executed, all within the next 24 hours. Snow, cunning thinker that she is, distracts the sultan with a story, and her subsequent stay of execution draws out longer and longer as she spins tales of fables behind the fables.

Charles Vess, one of my favorite fantasy artists, provides the book's foundation, working with Michael Wm. Kaluta to give brilliant, highly detailed and colorful life to Snow, the sultan and his fantastic court. Each of Snow White's stories features the work of a different artist, and the differing artistic styles provides eye-pleasing transitions between tales.

This book is certainly intended for mature readers; youngsters are probably not ready for a naked Snow White, the ugly truth about her time with the dwarves or the fate of the Frog Prince's wife and children. But for adults, whether or not they read the Fables series, this is a masterwork of prose and artistic storytelling. Set apart from the regular series and yet deeply grounded within it, "1001 Nights of Snowfall" is a richer, fuller, more satisfying collection than anything the series has yet produced.

Scheherazade herself should envy this treasure trove of stories. I only regret the book held only a handful and not the full set of 1,001. This is easily one of the best graphic novels of the year.

by Tom Knapp, Rambles editor
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful background on Fables characters 20 Oct 2006
By Eric Oppen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This long-awaited addition to the _Fables_ lineup gives, along with a framing story based on the _Thousand and One Nights,_ background on many of the best-known Fables...as well as some that we haven't met yet. We find out why Snow White is so touchy about the dwarfs, what really happened to Flycatcher's family, why Bigby hates his father and the story of Frau Totenkinder...and that's just the most well-known of the Fables whose backstories are presented.

The art is by a stable of guest artists, including James Jean, the Fables cover artist, who does a spectacular job illustrating Flycatcher's story. All of the art is good, and some is better than that.

If you're a Fables fan, you'll definitely want this book. It may not be the best place to begin for a Fables newbie, but once you've gotten to know who is who, you'll definitely want it.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great art, but read it after the first couple of Fables volumes 23 Jan 2008
By Aron Biro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The only reason this doesn't get a full 5 stars is that it cannot be read as a standalone collection of stories, as i thought. You cannot use this volume as an entry point to Fables. Essentially, it's a series of flashbacks regarding the origins of some characters from the Fables series, masked as 1001 arabian nights "frame stories" told by Snow White during her imprisonment in arabian territory.

So, as any prequel, it should be read after 2-3 TPB volumes of Fables otherwise it's just like watching the flashback parts from Lost episodes without the events happening on the island.

On the bright side, it has some of the greatest art in comics i've seen and the variation makes it even greater. This is the kind of comics that i find perfectly crafted: a single writer for story consistency and a variation of illustrators to provide different perspectives on the same characters.

It also got some awards so it's a warm recommendation but as i said, only after getting acquainted with the characters whose origins and dark secrets are presented here.

Warning: don't buy this for your kids even if it looks shiny and contains pictures of Snow White, Prince Charming and goblins. Fables is a series for mature readers, with mature (even sexually oriented) themes dressed in a fairytale form and it achieves that without falling into parody or mockery (which makes it great). It walks the same path as the works of Neil Gaiman or Roger Zelazny with a stronger mainstream appeal (meaning that you don't have to read volumes of mythology and classic literature or to buy companion books in order to understand all the references).
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who knew Fables could get better? 28 Oct 2006
By Jeremy Hartwick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I love Fables. It's tied with Linsner's Dawn as my favorite Graphic Novel series. I am constantly pulled into the Fables' world and am never bored to reread their stories. I didn't think it could get any better than it already was. But this book did. I nearly wept at the tale of the Frog Prince. I found Bigby's origin to be completly inline with his character. And the return to life and subsequent telling of her history of Hansel and Gretel's witch was an amazing story. I think the best way to enjoy this book is to have first read at least a few books of the Fables ongoing (Homelands being my favorite volume) but it is certainly an accessable title to anyone new to the series.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great example of a wonderful, adult comic book 16 Dec 2006
By Jason Gruss - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Originally, fairy tales and fables were gore-filled, fantastical stories with dire warnings and messages. What if all those stories were real?

The world of fairy tales and "Fables" is the backdrop for this collection. Prince Charming really married Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella (didn't you know it was the *same* Prince?). Snow White escaped not only the evil Queen of her own story, but she had to flee from a greater menace, "The Advesary". This evil tyrant has chased all of the European fables out of their own worlds, and into ours.

This story is a bit of a prequel to the series. As such, this book reads very easily on its own. Personally, this was my first book in the series. Although there are several trade paperbacks of the Fables comics out now (seven as of this writing with #8 soon on its way - we hope!), none of those are needed at all to enjoy this book.

In this story Snow White is sent from the exiled world of the European Fables to the world of Arabian Fables. Her goal is to speak with their ruler and join forces against "The Adversary". Through her efforts to gain the support of the Arabian King this story unfolds. This book is a collection of stories from the European Fables. We learn much more about many of the faces familiar to those reading the comics.

Whether you are a fan of the series, a fan of fairy tales or fables, or looking for a graphic novel that tells a rich, layered story with great depth and beautiful art - this book is for you!
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