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Monday, June 2, 2003


Paul Chadwick is stepping in to give Pia Guerra a spell on Y: The Last Man, drawing two issues.

Chadwick will team up with writer Brian K. Vaughan on Y: The Last Man #16-17.

"It's a slice of life away from the main characters," editor Will Dennis said of the story. "It features a traveling troops of thespians."

In other news from the Vertigo panel at Wizard World East in Philadelphia on Sunday:


Fables: The Last Castle, written by Bill Willingham with art by P. Craig Russell and Craig Hamilton, will ship in September.

"For those of you who read Fables and wondering what it was like in the Homelands and how they got out, this is that story as told by Boy Blue, which is why he's prominent in the center of the cover."

Willingham said that Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella will get their own stories later in the monthly fables.

"The potential cast of characters is every folk tale ever told and I've only begun to scratch the surface of European folk tales," Willingham said. "Pretty soon, the premise being that the Adversary has been invading all these fairy-tale characters' homelands, and he hasn't even started on the Indian and the Asian homelands. But when they all start showing up in Fabletown, there's going to be some wonderful social clashes.

"There's not a chance of running out of source material; it's not going to happen. I envision it going on for a long time to come.


Doug Alexander will be guest-artist for two issues, joining regular artist Marcelo Frusin in a series of interlinked, stand-alone stories.

Dennis said writer Mike Carey is making big plans for Hellblazer #200. "Mike is around for as long as he wants to be around," Dennis said.


Dennis said the hardcover, by Brian Azzarello and Joe Kubert, has grown 20 pages more than originally planned.

"It's like the Sgt. Rock movie," Dennis said. "There's even a crane shot at the end."


Grant Morrison's maxi-series end this summer, but he will be working on another Vertigo project, expected to be announced by the end of the summer.


The book will go on a bi-monthly schedule while creators Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso work on an arc for Batman, where they will be joined with their other 100 Bullets collaborators.

Dennis said that a new trade paperback, Six Feet Under the Gun, should be released in October.


Vertigo's 10th anniversary celebration reaches DC Direct with a series of mini-busts designed by Kevin Nowlan and sculpted by Barsom, beginning in September with Merv Pumpkinhead.

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