Greetings from Talos!
Fables is a multi-award winning series first published in 2002. The premise
is simple: what if fairy tale characters were real and living in our world?
Several spinoff series arose from its popularity, including Jack of Fables in
2006 and Fairest in 2012. Compiled here is a thorough read of the main
continuity but this is NOT a complete collection. If you enjoyed this, then
check out Fables The Wolf Among Us (both the video game and comic series),
The Unwritten, Peter and Max, and Batman vs. Bigby.
Jack of Fables 1-50,
From Fabletown With Love 1-6,
Fables are Forever 1-6,
The Last Castle,
1001 Nights of Snowfall,
Werewolves of the Heartland,
Fairest in All The Land
Note: several stories have been rearranged for a better reading experience.
Book numbers follow the Deluxe Edition, and should be read in alphabetical
PRINT VS DIGITAL
Most comics are made for print media and not digital. This has a number of
consequences when trying to display those comics in a digital form.
1) Gutters and Page Numbers
Because we hold print in our hands, there are large gutters around the
outside of each page where our fingers touch and thumbs rest. Page numbers
often go in this gutter, for fast "seeking". When transfered to a digital
display, this ends up reducing the viewing area. Gutters are not needed on a
screen, nor are page numbers in an electronic file.
2) Dual Page Imposition
Print media is folded opened and always displaying two pages at once. This
means pages are offset left and right to account for the spine width (called
imposition). Extra filler pages are used for presentation purposes, or to
ensure chapters start on the right / an odd page. Digital books have no need
for any filler nor offset.
3) Colors and Print Constraints
The actual printing process imposes certain limitations, most notably the
color range and inks used. Old comics used Ben-Day dots to reduce cost, and
most superheroes have primary colors because those print the best. Issues
are usually a multiple of 4 pages, since that's a single print page. Digital
has full color gamut at no cost and no constraints of display.
THE DIGITAL REMASTER PROCESS
Several upgrades were made to convert the print comics into a digital form.
1) Better Display
Most pages were losslessly cropped in vertically, resulting in a 5-15%
larger visual image. Gutters were still kept for visual balance, and because
of occasional footnotes / image box overspill. Covers were closed cropped to
given full display width, just like a regular comic cover. Image resolution
is a multiple of 30, 6, 3, or 2, to give better scaling interpolation.
2) Faster Rendering
Many pages have been removed, including fillers, ISBN, dedications, and
duplicates, which is ~5% size reduction. At the same time, no compression
improves load speed, which increases size ~5-10% over cbr. Large files are
split and an internal file structure is used to make icons and rendering
faster. The goal is to reduce human time, both in wasted pages and waiting.
The best looking digital source was selected for each work, as rendered by
CDisplayEx. This is most often the one with the highest resolution or best
color gamut. Each work is annotated so that provenance may be tracked:
Comic ### (Original Year) Title [Notes, Source Year]
Usually a high quality anthology is broken down into smaller units which are
rearranged as needed. Anything remaining is put in the Leftovers directory.
4) Comic Restoration
Where possible, images are reordered to restore the feel of reading discrete
comics in sequence. The optimal image order is:
Cover, Frontispiece, Title / TOC, Page(s), End Bonus(es), Back Cover
Fables was a particularly difficult remaster for two reasons. First,
oversplash was used liberally on many pages, often intercut with regular
pages. Thus, on several occasions it was better balance to leave filler in
instead of cutting them, so that pages flowed as originally intended.
Second, ornate decorations were used on many pages to visually border and
identify story and characters. Since these also need to be left in, even
more pages needed to be left as is. In total, only around half the pages
were cropped, and only in those cases where a reasonably uniform presentation
could be given.
Last but not least, a Fables cover book was released and where possible we've
replaced the comic versions with the high definition ones (without barcodes,
titles, etc.). In some cases, the title and number are part of the original