See. Doesn't she look sort of minion-like? I caught a great picture of her on my cell phone yesterday in which she looks innocent and angelic. The unknown truth is that she jettisoned herself off of the chair and pounced on my face shortly after the picture was taken. Harummphf.
In book news, I finished one! I've had a really hard time settling into anything reading-related lately (even before the puppy, as you probably already know). However, on Friday, the 8th of February, 2007 PP (pre-puppy), I brought Bill Willingham's 1001 Nights of Snow Fall graphic novel to work with me. It was an exceptionally slow day, so I sat right here in the writing center and finished the whole thing! Gulp!
Y'all know I wrote my thesis on this comics series, so I probably don't have to tell you that once that M.A. was done I didn't want a thing to do with these graphic novels for a while. It seems the detox period has passed, and I'm more than thrilled to be jumping back into the fairy tale retelling fray.
This particular book is a stand-alone prequel to the series--a collection of background stories that help shed some light on the characters' idiosyncrasies. The framework is that Snow White is being held captive by a sultan and has to tell her stories, Shaherazad style, in order to protect her life. There's a really fun twist involving Shaherazad, but you'll have to read the book yourself to find out what it's all about.
One of the most unique parts about this collection is the artwork. Each story is illustrated by a different artist. James Jean is the series's cover illustrator, and I particularly enjoyed his work in this collection. Which story he illustrated slips my mind at the moment, but I'll update this section when I get home today.
Aside from the gorgeous illustrations, the stories are typical Willingham hilarity, inspiration, and always a touch of tragedy. The things he does with traditional folk and fairy tale characters are truly inspiring for any story teller. He somehow manages to hold onto the traditional elements of the fairy tales yet tap into something innovative and capitalize on the shady, nondescript elements of their character.
The Fables series as a whole is just a hell of a good time. For anyone interested in retellings this is definitely the series for you.