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About the Author: Bill Willingham

In the late 1970s to early 1980s he drew fantasy ink pictures for the Dungeons Dragons Basic and Expert game rulebooks He first gained attention for his 1980s comic book series Elementals published by Comico, which he both wrote and drew However, for reasons unknown, the series had trouble maintaining an original schedule, and Willingham s position in the industry remained spotty for many



10 thoughts on “Bad Doings and Big Ideas: A Bill Willingham Deluxe Edition

  1. says:

    I ve been trying to classify Bill Willingham s writings for a little while now, and I think this book finally manages to help me make up my mind.It s all Neil Gaiman Lite material.That s not nececessarily a bad thing to be compared to, but it also implies that it is nowhere near the artistry or the originality of the, erm, original.Whereas Gaiman can come up with an infinite number of ideas or so it appears , Willinghtam is able to come up with a few good ideas, but lacks the true ability to actually produce something great with them The over all result can still be good , but it will never attain great status.Willingham did find a niche with his Fables series, but let s face it, taking characters from children s fairy books and putting them in a modern setting has been and is being done all the time So yeah, good idea, but not a great idea Taking another writer s character and telling a story about them is also done it s not like the taking of the concept of a character like say THE SANDMAN and changing everything that had ever been done in the past to come up with something completely original sort of thing.There is a certain pleasure in reading the furthure adventures of Thessally , but it pales next to what the original stories were.Ah well, at least it came in a nice over sized book that ll look good on the shelves while it gathers dust.


  2. says:

    As far as anthologies go, I m always sceptical I hate reading something that changes illustrators every now and then, even when these are stories that came out separately at first and were bound together afterwards, as it happens here This is a collection of the most important works of Bill Willingham before and between the Fables series It s interesting to read early stuff that were to be implemented in Fables, ideas and characters that didn t manage to sell well enough to hold their own series but found a spot in that vast ultra universe Surely, some stories are somewhat weak I didn t care much for the dream world and merv Pumpkinhead even tho he has his moments , some others i loved the 2 thessaly mini series and the proposition player were really good, too bad they didn t sell well to manage a continuation and some i found ok the horror ones although they had strong illustrators to back them, clearly aren t Bill s strong card I suppose that s what happens in any collection, but in this case we had the same writer and we can at least enjoy a similar writing style To be honest, I wasn t all that enthusiastic when i started Bad Doings and Big Ideas , it s seer volume had me suspicious on how it can keep me interested 500 pages of unfinished or hastily semi finished work of only one author is interesting when you re a hardcore fan of him, and I wasn t I still am not, but it won me over, I enjoyed it, learned a bit about the way of thinking of a comic book creator loved the small introductory notes and came to the conclusion that Willingham has one of the most interesting and vast imaginations in the industry Not exactly my style but fascinating still I hope he continues to provide original ideas or catch up to some old ones for many years to come Bill I ll see you again in Fables Deluxe Vol.9, our trip together is not yet over.


  3. says:

    Overall I enjoyed reading this collection Being a huge Fables fan it was fun picking up ideas and stories that Willingham may have reused for Fables Noticed he likes to write about mythology and folklore, he has thing for bars and drinking in stories, and the use of casino and dinners Kind of Americana in comic books.Besides wanting to read Willingham stuff, I also liked the Sandman mythos too Nice to read Merv and Thessaly besides Death, they were my other favorites in the Sandman series The endless don t really show up in these books, but you get of a sense of the Dreaming world.Nothing in this volume however stood out to me as being spectacular, but it was just a fun read and nice to see some early stuff This might have remind of Jack of Fables and Cinderella rather then the whole Fables series, but like I said before if you ve read all Fables you ll pick up on some stuff like I did.


  4. says:

    So this book isn t really a graphic novel or part of a series of comics Instead, it s a compilation of Bill Willingham s work from his early days Before Fables , that is In it, we have a wide variety of tales and a wide variety of artistic talent , all of which are prefaced with introductions by Willingham Particular favorites of mine are the stories set in the world of Neil Gaiman s Sandman Merv Pumpkinhead as a spy Yes, please Not one, but two arcs involving the inscrutable Thessaly a character I always wanted to hear about Absolutely Top it off with some entertaining vignettes spanning comic genres and you ve got one heck of a fun read.


  5. says:

    Bill Willingham is a veteran comic book scripter best known for FABLES, a long running series where characters and creatures from fairy tales and folklore do their best to live like normal people in an enclosed community hidden within New York City This big hardcover book collects all his non FABLES work done for DC s Vertigo imprint It s a mixed assortment of stories featuring witches, poker players, fantasy characters, gods and demons all told in Willinghams whimsical and satiric style There are some incredible artists working with Willingham on the various stories, including many that would make the list of greats Mark Buckingham, Bernie Wrightson, Richard Corben, Phil Jimenez, David Petersen, Paul Pope and Before he became super busy as a scripter, Willingham also illustrated many of his own stories his art style is like his writing whimsical and very appealing One of the high points is the inclusion of all six issues of the PROPOSITION PLAYER limited series, about a poker player who takes souls along with his winnings and then finds himself in a tussle with angels and demons for possession of them The horror stories he wrote for HOUSE OF MYSTERY are suitably creepy, with the stand outs including the disturbing The Hollows and the Poe like The Hounds of Titus Roan My favorite tales in the book are the two THESSALY WITH FOR HIRE mini series, expanding on the character from Neil Gaiman s SANDMAN universe A real treat for fans of his work.


  6. says:

    Four stars at least for this mammoth undertaking It s not the ephemera I thought, for we get several full length pieces, most of which work I didn t really dig either Thessaly four parter Mostly we re in Sandman s Dream worlds, mostly we re being arch and flippant with it, but the opening piece is perhaps the most interesting, if not quite the best What looks like a wordy, wannabe ribald look at life in a casino lurches into being something much serious and theology based It was still fun, mind, although I d rather the ravens would naff off home One other work showed nothing that was wrong about The Sandman, and everything that was right about Fables, so stands out for me We also get some fun short pieces, including a handful from the House of Mystery There was little all told I found disfavour with, much of it is wonderful to look at, and on the whole this really does tick many boxes, completist or not.


  7. says:

    As much as I like most of this guys stuff, there is a reason many of these stories didn t work out This book was a slog It is nice to see how his story telling evolved into something worth reading though Thank goodness.


  8. says:

    I enjoyed revisiting some old friends from the world of the Endless and meeting new ones The first story, Proposition Player, was very entertaining I look forward to reading Willingham s Fables in the not so distant future.


  9. says:

    bProposition Player An amusing light urban fantasy In some ways it feels like a take off of Sandman s Season of Mists , but there are still some interesting original characters here and some unusual dilemmas 6 10 It Takes a Village A shallow short story that s good only because it s funny 6 10.Danny Nod Dreaming 55 This one is pretty shallow too, but it s a fun look at the Booklands that clearly shows the future of the Fables, born from the setting of the Sandman which is kind of cool 6 10.Merv Pumpkinhead This James Bond Pumpkinhead satire is often funny but also runs a bit long 6 10.Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Dreaming And here Willingham finally pays out the humorous Dreaming writing he s been building up for years This has lots of great bits and also some really fun metastory 8 10.The Thessaliad Willingham shows off a very strong understanding of Thessaly and her life here You can see hints of Proposition Player in the plethora of gods playing with the mortal world, but everything else is pure Sandman Willingham does a good job of writing what feels like a real continuation of Thessaly s story, helped by the continuity of the attractive Shawn McManus art 7 10.Thessaly Witch for Hire Another fine Thessaly story Willingham could easily have written a regular Thessaly series Here, the interaction between Thes and the Fetch is great, and there is lots of fun urban mythology The end is once reminiscent of Proposition Player, suggesting Willingham was haunted by his early ideas 7 10.House of Mystery Some of these stories feel a bit truncated, but they re generally strong and fun to read 7 10.Overall, there s some strong non Fables material here, that s well worth reading to see how Willingham s urban fantasy horror work has evolved Some of it is thematically repetitive than I d like, but it s still good stuff.


  10. says:

    There should definitely be compilations of this sort published, not only because there s so much god material out there to be collected, but also because it s hard to find copies of some of the one shot story arcs that get published Most of them don t last long enough to have enough issues to make up a graphic novel due to their lack of selling power , but collecting a selection of short runs by a well known author can work from a marketting perspective For someone like me who likes to collect all of the stories by her favourite authors, collections like this are a lot handy than trying to find the single issues of the comics often years after the fact.It also helps that these storyarcs no matter how short lived are actually quite fantastic reads I particularly liked The Thessaliad and Thessaly Witch for Hire because Thessaly is kind of a bad ass, but the shorts about the Dreaming were wonderful, and the Danny Nod library adventurer story was so amusing that I m going to be laughing over that one for years to come.


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