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Lauren Beukes

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Fairest of them all…

The first issue of “The Hidden Kingdom”, my six-part standalone story for Vertigo Comics’ Fairest series is out today!

Fairest is a spin-off title of Bill Willingham’s incredible long-running, super-award-winning grandscale epic of fairytale refugees in the real world, Fables, that celebrates its tenth birthday this year.


Fairest #8 with words by me and art by the brilliant Inaki Miranda, colors by Eva de la Cruz and cover art by Adam Hughes, is the first issue in “The Hidden Kingdom” that will unfold over the next six months (ie. issues 8-13).

(It’s a stand-alone prequel to Fables. You don’t need to have read any of Fables of previous Fairest issues, although I’d highly recommend them and long-time fans will enjoy some of the cameos. New readers need to know that fairytale characters from the Homelands have fled the evil invading forces of the Adversary and are hiding out in New York City.)

Here’s the official blurb:

Rapunzel’s fast-growing hair is the least of her problems. Her adopted witch mother thinks she’s a slut, origami birds carrying a sinister message are attacking her window – and now, she has to defy Bigby and Snow’s orders to travel from New York to Tokyo and resolve a mystery from her troubled past. Hungry ghosts, talking cats, vengeful lovers scorned and monstrous yakuza await under the hot neon lights as Rapunzel seeks answers…and vengeance.

Comic Book Resources has a sneak preview of the first six pages

CBR also interviewed me about why I was intent on taking Rapunzel to Japan, how I got a break into comics through the absurd generosity and talent-spotting ability of Bill Willingham, who FORCED me to meet with his editor, Shelly Bond, in New York, and comics vs novels.

And over at the Forbidden Planet’s Director’s Commentary blog, Inaki Miranda and I interviewed each other about working together, handling sex scenes delicately (includes the line: “Is that panda scissoring Jack?”) Japanese pop culture, bad-hair days, our favourite scenes and influences.

We also pitted our art against each other, with my original layout sketch versus his… Click here to read it  (and see why I shouldn’t be allowed near a pencil).

Fairest 8 will be out in the UK and the USA today and in South Africa by the weekend. (Comic shops I know about include Reader’s Den in Claremont, Cape Town, Outer Limits in Cape Town CBD and in Melville in Johannesburg, Cosmic Comics, Smallville, and Zed Bees in Joburg)

You can also get it for iPad on (South Africans will have to use iTunes vouchers)

I’ll be making an official “appearance” at Reader’s Den on 13th October to sign comics, books, poodles, people’s foreheads, whatever you like really – with some great giveaways, including a poster of the Adam Hughes cover and an original signed sketch by Inaki Miranda. Come along.


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Sally</a>
    October 3rd, 2012 @15:24 #

    Looks awesome! Beyond awesome. :)

  • oliverzip
    October 12th, 2012 @04:06 #

    Very enjoyable. I've now got Moxyland as a paperback, and thanks to the Humble Bundle, Zoo City as well.


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