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  • 1. BackgroundFables was created by Bill Willingham and first published by Vertigo in 2002. It tells the story of a group of folkand fairy tale characters who now live in modern-day New York. They call themselves ‘fables’ and live in Fabletown– a secret community – since they were forced out of their homelands.Vertigo is part of DC comics and it targets a mature and sophisticated audience. Sometimes its comics containgraphic violence, sex and controversial subjects. Each Vertigo comic has ‘Suggested for Mature Readers’ on itscover.As well as being a comic, Fables has inspired computer games creators. ‘The Wolf Among Us’ is an episodicadventure game and Blue Tea games has a whole series called Dark Parables based on the comics.StorylineThis page comes from the first issue of the comic which tells the story of Rose Red’s disappearance.The main characters are Snow White and Mr Wolf. Both have some things in common with thetraditional fairy tale characters. Snow White looks the same – dark hair, pale skin and good looks –but here she seems to be in charge of Fabletown. We get some clues to Mr Wolf’s animal nature,which matches the fairy tales, later in this issue but here he seems more of a detective.Here, Snow White has just learned of Rose Red’s disappearance and Mr Wolf is trying to persuadeher to stay out of the investigation.This frame remindsthe reader of thefamous ‘Mirror,Mirror’ part of theSnow White story.Rose Red is the onlycharacter in normalcolour – everyoneelse is shaded inpurple. This makesher stand out so werealise who she is.These captionscontinue the dialoguebetween Snow Whiteand Mr Wolf fromthe previous page.This links the picturewith the currentstory.The action linessuggest Snow Whitehas moved quicklytowards Mr Wolf.This matches herangry expression andhis slightly alarmedone.These silhouettesemphasise the angrybody languages.