Writer Bill Willingham has decided to bring his comic book series Fables to an end.
Willingham announced the news on his website yesterday, saying that the series would conclude with the 150th issue.
Willingham says he ”decided the time has come to begin the process of bringing our sweeping story to a close” and added ”Both [publishers DC Comics] and I will announce more details later on,” he continued. “But first and foremost, I wanted to let our wonderful readers know about this as soon as I could and note that our story plans leading up to issue 150 made it increasingly clear that this upcoming saga should naturally be the final story.”
Issue 150 is expected to hit stands in February 2015.
The series launched in 2002 and has been a staple of DC’s Vertigo line, launching several spin-off series since then, including Jack of Fables and Fairest. Fairest is still running but will reportedly conclude its run before Fables makes its final curtain call.
The end of Fables coincides with Willingham’s choice to “retire from a great deal of [his] comics work,” he writes. “Retirement in the storytelling trade means still working and writing every day but being a bit more selective in what projects I take on,” he explained. “Pushing 60, I thought it would be a good time to start making concrete plans for those remaining good writing years.”