From classics like “The Tortoise and the Hare” and “The Grasshopper and the Ants” to obscure gems like “The Frogs Who Desired a King,” Fable Comics has something to offer every reader. Twenty-eight fables from different cultures and traditions are wonderfully adapted and illustrated in comics format by twenty-six different cartoonists. Edited by New York Times bestselling Fairy Tale Comics’ Chris Duffy, this jacketed hardcover is a beautiful gift and an instant classic.
As part of the blog tour for First Second’s new release, Fable Comics, I was tasked with tackling Vera Brosgol’s contribution, The Hare and the Pig, based on the Indian fable. The fable is about a hare and a pig who both agree to leap over a ditch. Both fall in and ask a fox to determine who went the farthest. The fox replies, “Both in the ditch: cant say which!” Moral of the story is that it doesn’t matter who went the farthest given that both failed to make the leap. Although only two pages long, I enjoyed the story a lot mostly due to Brosgol’s art which is fun, lively, and frankly, adorable. It brings the short fable to life and was a pleasant reading experience overall.
Vera Brosgol herself is a storyboard and comic artist who’s worked for clients such as Nickelodeon, Sony Computer Entertainment, and Simon & Schuster. She published her first graphic novel with First Second, Anya’s Ghost, which has been mentioned on the site. I recommend checking out her art online as well as Fable Comics. Below are the creators who’ve contributed to the collection which was edited by Chris Duffy. Fable Comics is in stores now.
James Kochalka (The Fox and the Grapes), Tom Gauld (The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse), George O’Connor (the Hermes fables), Sophie Goldstein (Leopard Drums Up Dinner), Charise Harper (The Belly and the Body Members), R. Sikoryak (Lion + Mouse), Jennifer L. Meyer (Fox and Crow), Eleanor Davis (The Old Man and Death), Jaime Hernandez (The Boy Who Cried Wolf), Simone Lia (The Crow and the Pitcher), Graham Chaffee (The Dog and His Reflection), Maris Wicks (The Dolphins, The Whales, and The Sprat), Vera Brosgol (The Hare and the Pig), Kenny Widjaja (The Demon, The Thief, and the Hermit), Corinne Mucha (The Elephant in Favor), Liniers (The Mouse Council), Mark Newgarten (Man and Wart), Israel Sanchez (The Milkmaid and Her Pail), Ulises Farinas (The Great Weasel War), R.O. Blechman (The Sun and the Wind), Graham Annable (The Hare and the Tortoise), John Kerschbaum (The Grasshopper and the Ants), Braden Lamb and Shelli, Paroline (The Thief and the Watchdog), Gregory Benton (The Hen and the Mountain Turtle), and Roger Langridge (Demades and His Fable).