Bill Willingham

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Bill Willingham
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Willingham at the 2012 New York Comic Con
Born William Willingham
December 1956
Fort Belvoir, Virginia, USA
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, penciller, inker
Notable works
Elementals
Fables

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Bill Willingham (born December 1956[citation needed]) is an American writer and artist of comics, known for his work on the series Elementals and Fables.

Career[edit]

William Willingham was born in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. During his father's military career the family also lived in Alaska, California, and finally three years in Germany.[1] Willingham got his start in the late 1970s to early 1980s as a staff artist for TSR, Inc., where he illustrated a number of their role-playing game products. He was the cover artist for the AD&D Player Character Record Sheets, Against the Giants, Secret of Bone Hill, the Gamma World book Legion of Gold, and provided the back cover for In the Dungeons of the Slave Lords. He was an interior artist on White Plume Mountain, Slave Pits of the Undercity, Ghost Tower of Inverness, Secret of the Slavers Stockade, Secret of Bone Hill, Palace of the Silver Princess, Isle of Dread, In the Dungeons of the Slave Lords, the original Fiend Folio, Descent into the Depths of the Earth, Assault on the Aerie of the Slave Lords, Against the Giants, Queen of the Spiders, Realms of Horror, and the second and third editions of Top Secret. He also wrote and illustrated a couple of 1982 adventures for the game Villains & Vigilantes for Fantasy Games Unlimited, Death Duel with the Destroyers and The Island of Doctor Apocalypse.[2]

He first gained attention for his 1980s comic book series Elementals published by Comico, which he both wrote and illustrated; this series guest-starred the Destroyers from his V&V adventures.[2] He contributed stories to Green Lantern and started his own independent, black-and-white comic book series Coventry which lasted only 3 issues. He also produced the pornographic series Ironwood for Eros Comix.

In the late 1990s, Willingham produced the 13-issue Pantheon for Lone Star Press and wrote a pair of short novels about the modern adventures of the hero Beowulf, and a fantasy novel Down the Mysterly River published by the Austin, Texas writer's collective, Clockwork Storybook, of which Willingham was a founding member. In the early 2000s, he began writing for DC Comics, including the limited series Proposition Player, a pair of limited series about the Greek witch Thessaly from The Sandman, and the series Fables.[3] In 2003, Fables won the Will Eisner Comic Industry awards for best serialized story and best new series.[4]

He describes himself as "rabidly pro-Israel" and says that Fables "was intended from the beginning" as a metaphor for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, although he argues that Fables is not "a political tract. It never will be, but at the same time, it's not going to shy away from the fact that there are characters who have real moral and ethical centers, and we're not going to apologize for it."[5]

Willingham worked on the Robin series from 2004 to 2006, and established Shadowpact, a title spun off his Day of Vengeance limited series. He also wrote Jack of Fables, an ongoing spin-off of his Fables series, co-written by Matthew Sturges.[6] At the 2007 Comic Con International, he announced that he would be writing Salvation Run, a mini-series about supervillains who are banished to an inhospitable prison planet.[7][8] He handed over the writing to Sturges after two issues because of illness.[9] He worked on DCU: Decisions, a four-issue mini-series that deals with Green Arrow's endorsement of a political candidate.[10] Again with Sturges, he began writing the Vertigo series House of Mystery,[11] and DC's Justice Society of America with issue #29.[12][13]

In 2009, Willingham agreed to write for Angel by IDW Publishing, initiated a new storyline titled "Immortality for Dummies".[14]

At 2013 NY Comic Con it was announced that Willingham will be writing a seven part mini series for Dynamite Entertainment (with art by Sergio Fernandez Davila). The series will be titled Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure and include some of Dynamite's licensed characters in a steam punk setting. The series is set to be released in January 2014.[15]

Works[edit]

As writer[edit]

The issues listed include those where writing credits are for at least one story included in the issue.

Title Issue(s) Cover Dates Publisher
Justice Machine Annual #1 1983 Texas Comics
Elementals #1–23 1984 – March 1988 Comico
Justice Machine Featuring The Elementals #1–4 May 1986 – August 1986 Comico
Elementals Special #2 January 1989 Comico
Elementals vol. 2 #1–16
#18–22
March 1989 May 1991
June 1991 – March 1992
Comico
Morningstar Special #1 1990 Comico
Time Wankers #4–5 April 1991 – August 1991 Fantagraphics
Ironwood #1–11 1991 Fantagraphics, Eros Comix imprint
Elementals: Sex Special #1 1991 Comico
Elementals: Ghost of a Chance #1 December 1995 Comico
Elementals: The Vampire's Revenge #2 August 1996 Comico
Coventry #1–3 November 1996 – July 1997 Fantagraphics
Mythography #2
#4
February 1997
June 1997
Bardic Press
Pantheon #1–13 May 1998 – August/September 1999 Lone Star Press
Pantheon: Ancient History #1 August/September 1999 Lone Star Press
Flinch #7 December 1999 DC Comics, Vertigo imprint
Proposition Player #1–6 December 1999 May 2000 DC Comics, Vertigo imprint
The Dreaming #55 December 2000 DC Comics, Vertigo imprint
The Sandman Presents: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Dreams... But Were Afraid To Ask #1 July 2001 DC Comics, Vertigo imprint
The Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad #1–4 March 2002 – June 2002 DC Comics, Vertigo imprint
Fables
#1–present July 2002–Present DC Comics, Vertigo imprint
X-Men Unlimited #49 August 2003 Marvel Comics
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #168 August 2003 DC Comics
Robin vol. 2 #121–147 February 2004 – April 2006 DC Comics
The Sandman Presents: Thessaly: Witch for Hire #1–4 April 2004 – July 2004 DC Comics, Vertigo imprint
Batman #631–633
#643–644
October 2004 – December 2004
Early–Late October 2005
DC Comics
Day of Vengeance #1–6 June 2005 – November 2005 DC Comics
Day of Vengeance: Infinite Crisis Special #1 March 2006 DC Comics
Shadowpact #1–16 July 2006 – 2007 DC Comics
Jack of Fables #1–50 September 2006 – March 2011 DC Comics, Vertigo imprint
Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall 2006 DC Comics, Vertigo imprint
DCU Infinite Holiday Special #1 February 2007 DC Comics
Peter and Max: A Fables Novel 2009 DC Comics, Vertigo imprint
Justice Society of America (vol. 3) #29–40 2009–10 DC Comics
Angel: Immortality for Dummies #28 – #32 2010 IDW Publishing
Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure #1 – #7 2014 Dynamite Entertainment

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About". Bill Willingham (billwillingham.com). Retrieved February 15, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. p. 75. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7. 
  3. ^ Irvine, Alex (2008), "Fables", in Dougall, Alastair, The Vertigo Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, pp. 72–81, ISBN 0-7566-4122-5, OCLC 213309015 
  4. ^ "Willingham, Bill 1956–". Contemporary Authors. January 1, 2005. Retrieved June 29, 2013.  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required)
  5. ^ Deppey, Dirk (September 18, 2006). "Bill Willingham (excerpts)". Retrieved July 31, 2007. 
  6. ^ Irvine, Alex (2008), "Jack of Fables", in Dougall, Alastair, The Vertigo Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, pp. 100–101, ISBN 0-7566-4122-5, OCLC 213309015 
  7. ^ SDCC '07: Bill Willingham on Salvation Run. Newsarama. July 27, 2007
  8. ^ Baltimore Comic Con '07 – DC Universe Panel. Newsarama. September 9, 2007
  9. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Willingham Explains 'Salvation Run' Departure". Comic Book Resources. January 28, 2008
  10. ^ Dan Didio on DCU: Decisions. Newsarama. May 9, 2008
  11. ^ Sturges & Willingham on the New House of Mystery. Newsarama. February 20, 2008
  12. ^ "Talking JSA With Willingham & Sturges". Comic Book Resources. January 19, 2009
  13. ^ Willingham and Sturges Talk Justice Society of America. Newsarama. December 26, 2008
  14. ^ Bill Willingham Talks About Angel & Fables, TFAW.com, October 7, 2009
  15. ^ http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=48357
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Preceded by
Jon Lewis
Robin writer
2004–2006
Succeeded by
Adam Beechen
Preceded by
Judd Winick
Batman writer
2004–2005
Succeeded by
Judd Winick
Preceded by
none
Shadowpact writer
2006–2007
Succeeded by
Matthew Sturges
Preceded by
Geoff Johns
Justice Society of America writer
2009–2010
Succeeded by
James Dale Robinson