Yesterday, I got an unexpected royalty check in the mail from Jim Valentino of Image Comics. It was for my 4-page contribution to the children’s anthology, Fractured Fables. I say unexpected because the book was published back in July, 2010, and I had already received a couple of royalty checks. As with most books, especially anthologies, I had assumed the sales had waned over time. But apparently FF is the little book that could. A new paperback version of it just came out last month.
The book came out through Valentino’s Shadowline imprint under Image Comics, and was aimed at young readers. My involvement was rather circuitous, as Jim had asked artist Grant Bond to contribute a story. Grant, in turn, invited me to write the story for him. We had previously worked together, rather successfully, on the Igor movie prequel (IDW) and Grant’s own book through Image, The Absurd Adventures of Archibald Aardvark.
He wanted to do an Alice in Wonderland story, and I had a blast coming up with a little vignette that relied heavily on Grant’s superb illustration skills to get across the humor of the piece.
The book came out great, and I’m proud to be a small part of it. If you have younger readers in your household, or just want to own a collection of some gorgeous looking stories, you should definitely check out FF. The list of creators is like a who’s who of top talent: Jill Thompson, Bryan Talbot, Peter David, Ben Templesmith, Scott Morse, Doug TenNapel, Ted McKeever, Terry Moore, Larry Marder, and a ton more. And yes, there are kid’s stories by folks like Ben Templesmith and Ted McKeever, who you would never associate with the genre.