December 26, 2008

No Indians in FABLES

The FABLES comic-book series from DC's Vertigo features such characters as Snow White, Prince Charming, and the Big Bad Wolf. I've been wondering how it would depict Indians: as real people today or as mythical people of the past.

Here's the premise of FABLES:The series deals with various characters from fairy tales and folklore--referring to themselves as "Fables"--who have been forced out of their Homelands by a mysterious enemy known as the Adversary. They have traveled to our world and formed a clandestine community in New York City known as Fabletown. Fables who are unable to blend in with human society (such as monsters and anthropomorphic animals) live at "the Farm" in upstate New York.I'm glad to say FABLES hasn't included any Indians among its myths. I believe one issue showed an Indian in the background of one panel, but that's it. That's about as it should be.

In any case, FABLES is a great series that has won many Eisner awards. I'd say every comics fan should give it a try.

For more on the subject, see Comic Books Featuring Indians.

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