The popular comic book series Fables, published by DC Comics's Vertigo imprint has featured Oz characters since the very first issue. But the Oz characters have long remained in Fables's background, letting other characters from fairy tales, folklore, and nursery rhyme take prominence. Recently two Oz characters moved much closer to center stage since the Fables business office in Manhattan was destroyed by the Dark Man: Ozma and Bufkin the winged (now wingless since the showdown with Baba Yaga) monkey.
If you're an Oz fan and you haven't been reading the award-winning Fables, a perfect time to start is approaching fast. The very next issue of Fables, #101, features some characters you might possibly recognize. And if the style they're drawn in looks familiar, that's because the guest penciler for issue #101 is longtime Oz illustrator Eric Shanower. To the right is a sneak peek at some of his pencil art for Fables.
Fair warning - the multi-issue story arc that begins in Fables #101 will be one that Oz fans will want to read. So don't get left behind!
Pencils are by Eric Shanower.
Inks are by Rich Friend and Andrew Pepoy.
Color is by Lee Loughridge.
Editing is by Shelly Bond.
And here's the cover by Joao Ruas, featuring Bufkin the (formerly) winged monkey.