Editor: Chris Duffy
Synopsis: From classics like “The Tortoise and the Hare” and “The Grasshopper and the Ants” to obscure gems like “The Frogs Who Desired a King,” Fable Comics has something to offer every reader. Twenty-eight fables from different cultures and traditions are wonderfully adapted and illustrated in comics format by twenty-six different cartoonists. Edited by New York Times bestselling Fairy Tale Comics’ Chris Duffy, this jacketed hardcover is a beautiful gift and an instant classic.
Huge thank you to First Second for this ARC!
Fables! Fables are pretty rad, and for younger readers, this collection is a great way to learn about fables through much looser and fun interpretations. It also allows readers to get exposed to a variety of different artists and styles, and I generally love collections like this, though some versions of the story worked better for me than others.
My favourite stories in the collection were “The Fox and the Grape,” “Leopard Drums Up Dinner,” “The Hare and the Tortoise”, “The Sun and the Wind,” and “The Hare and the Pig.” These particular stories stood out much more to me than a lot of the others, though if I am being honest, I wasn’t as familiar with the group of artists in this collection with the exception of Vera Brosgol (whose work I adore) and those who have worked on the Adventure Time comics. Some of the art in this collection jived with me, and some with it didn’t, which I think is the ultimate issue with this collection.
Regardless, I think this collection has so much to offer younger readers, especially those who may not be as familiar with the fables in question. I really enjoyed how accessible each author attempted to make the fable they worked on, as well as the twists of humour to keep them interesting and fresh. If you have a younger reader in your life, this is a great and approachable way to expose them to fables.