The long-standing, popular Vertigo series Fables will conclude with issue #150, according to scribe Bill Willingham. Willingham made the announcement today on his blog, adding that the related series Fairest will also conclude just before Fables’ final issue.
“Fables will end with Issue 150, which will be a larger than usual size, as were many of the other milestone issues,” Willingham wrote. “Fairest, our companion series, will also come to an end just before the big final Fables issue.”
Willingham cited both his own age and the series’ natural progression as reasons for ending the book.
“After more than ten years of publication, and hundreds of issues of Fables, and various Fables-related works, I have decided the time has come to begin the process of bringing our sweeping story to a close,” he wrote. “And, along the way, I’ve decided to retire from a great deal of my comics work.” He continued with, “[O]ur story plans leading up to Issue 150 made it increasingly clear that this upcoming saga should naturally be the final story.”
Willingham ended his announcement by thanking his fans for their loyalty over the years and assuring them to do his best in his final fifteen issues of the series.
Assuming that one issue is published each month, Fables will reach its conclusion in February of 2015.