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Fractured Fables

8:42 pm Sat 7 May 2011


Fractured Fables (Free Comic Book Day Edition) 
Cover Illustrated by Michael Allred / Colored by Laura Allred
May 2010 (Released 1 May 2010) / Image / Front Cover  (of 32 page comic)

Fractured Fables (Hard Cover) 
Illustration by Michael Allred / Colors by Laura Allred
July 2010 / Image / Front cover & 1 page pinup (of 164 page) hard cover

Above is the cover to the Free Comic Book Day Edition comic, while below is the cover to the full hard cover collection. I really dig that kid friendly logo!

In honour of ‘Free Comic Book Day‘ today, I thought I would cast back to Mike’s contribution for 2010’s event. Mike illustrated the front cover image for Fractured Fables (Free Comic Book Day Edition). The comic was available for free on the first Saturday of May in 2010. Each year this day has become known as ‘Free Comic Book Day’.

The Fractured Fables (Free Comic Book Day Edition) was a preview comic featuring a selection of five short stories that were about to be released in the full hard cover version of Fractured Fables. The hard cover collection was released a couple of months later in July. The full collection also featured the works of  Terry Moore, Jim Valentino, Whilce Portacio, Bill Morrison, Scott Morse, Peter David and Ted McKeever.

Mike and Laura’s illustration also credits that it was from a sketch by Jim Valentino, as can be seen below the Allred M. D. signature, ‘after Valentino’.

Can you name all of the fables shown in the artwork?

I can see 12, but can name only 10! It looks like there’s Rapunzel, Mother Goose, Pinocchio, Jack And The Beanstalk, Old Mother Hubbard, Three Blind Mice, Little Miss Muffet, Little Red Riding Hood, The Little Mermaid and The Frog Prince. Who are the guys in the bathtub, and why is the landscape made of some massive spaghetti and meatballs?

Below is the full unadorned artwork featured as a pinup towards the back of the hard cover book.

Just a little footnote to add regarding Fractured Fables. As can be seen stamped on the cover of the Free Comic Book Day Edition, I grabbed my copy from my LCS Alternate Worlds. An awesome long standing store, chock full of a massive range of back issues and new releases that aren’t only mainstream, as well as being staffed by one of the greatest ‘comic book guys’, Larry. Anyway tomorrow, after this years Free comic Book Day, the store will be ‘relocating’ and unexpectedly be closing up shop as we know it. It’s a sad day for all the wonderful staff there. I visited the store a couple of days ago, for what will basically be the last time, which included a final purchase, the Fractured Fables hard cover featured here, plus a few other Allred items.

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