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Proposition Player

Proposition Player
By Bill Willingham (writer/artist) and Paul Guinan with Ron Randall (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released July 2003

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $14.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 156389808X

Synopsis from publisher:

Written by acclaimed FABLES creator Bill Willingham. When a professional Vegas poker player collects vouchers for the souls of a roomful of people as a bar prank, he’s just anted up for a game he never imagined. He thinks they’re just worthless napkins, but envoys from Heaven and Hell think differently. Suddenly, Joey’s caught in the middle of a tug-of-war between celestial powers…can he bluff his way out of it?

Notes:

This publication reprints the comic book mini-series Proposition Player. All material in this publication was written by Bill Willingham and illustrated by Paul Guinan and Ron Randall, except for a portion of issue #1, which was illustrated by Willingham. The cover is illustrated by Bill Willingham.

Reprints:

  1. Proposition Player #1 (1999)
  2. Proposition Player #2 (2000)
  3. Proposition Player #3 (2000)
  4. Proposition Player #4 (2000)
  5. Proposition Player #5 (2000)
  6. Proposition Player #6 (2000)

Holiday Bonus: holiday blogging by Francoise Mouly & Bill Willingham

There are plenty of comic book blogs out there (check out the Blogroll on the right for some of my favorites), so I probably won’t do this too often, but with the holiday season in full effect, I wanted to point readers to two blog posts by comic creators about giving or receiving a book for the holidays, from BookReporter.com.

The first is by writer Bill Willingham of Fables fame. I’ll be posting graphic novel entries for his series relatively soon, but there’s also two Sandman spin-off graphic novels that he wrote.

The second is by artist Francoise Mouly. I don’t have any of her work here yet. Yet. That will change.

Whatever you celebrate this time of year, have a great holiday!

The Sandman Presents: Thessaly – Witch for Hire

The Sandman Presents: Thessaly – Witch for Hire
By Bill Willingham (writer), Shawn McManus with Tara McPherson (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released September 2005

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $12.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 140120497X

Synopsis from publisher:
The world’s oldest, most powerful witch returns in this collection written by Bill Willingham (FABLES). This tale follows Thessaly as she becomes the unwitting partner in a monster-killing business with her ghostly one-time nemesis, Fetch.

Notes:

This publication collects the comic book mini-series The Sandman Presents: Thessaly, Witch for Hire. All reprinted material was written by Bill Willingham and illustrated by Shawn McManus. The cover by Tara McPherson was originally used as the cover for issue #1.

Reprints:

  1. The Sandman Presents: Thessaly – Witch for Hire #1 (2004)
  2. The Sandman Presents: Thessaly – Witch for Hire #2 (2004)
  3. The Sandman Presents: Thessaly – Witch for Hire #3 (2004)
  4. The Sandman Presents: Thessaly – Witch for Hire #4 (2004)

The Sandman Presents: Taller Tales

The Sandman Presents: Taller Tales
By Bill Willingham (writer/artist), Shawn McManus, Mark Buckingham, Albert Monteys, Duncan Fegredo, Kevin Nowlan, Jason Little, Niko Henrichon, Peter Gross, Daniel Torres, Paul Pope, Michael Wm. Kaluta, Phil Jimenez, Adam Hughes, Linda Medley, Marc Laming, Zander Cannon with Andrew Pepoy, John Stokes and Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released November 2003

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $19.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1401201008

Synopsis from publisher:
Collecting FABLES writer Bill Willingham’s assorted tales of the Dreaming, originally presented in THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: MERV PUMPKINHEAD, AGENT OF D.R.E.A.M., THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT DREAMS…BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK #1, THE DREAMING #55 and the 4-issue miniseries THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: THE THESSALIAD.

Notes:
This publication is a collection of various issues from comic book one-shots, mini-series and series featuring characters from the comic book series The Sandman. All reprinted material was written by Bill Willingham.

The comic book one-shot The Sandman Presents: Merv Pumpkinhead, Agent of D.R.E.A.M. #1 was illustrated by Mark Buckingham and John Stokes.

The comic book one-shot The Sandman Presents: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Dreams… But Were Afraid To Ask #1 consisted of eight short stories by various artists. The first story was illustrated by Albert Monteys. The second was by Duncan Fegredo. The third was by Kevin Nowlan. The fourth, sixth and eighth was by Jason Little. The fifth was by Mark Buckingham. The seventh was by Niko Henrichon.

The Dreaming #55 consisted of several sequences by various artists. The framing sequence (first two pages and final page) was illustrated by Peter Gross. The remaining sequences were illustrated by Daniel Torres, Paul Pope, Michael Wm. Kaluta, Phil Jimenez, Bill Willingham with Adam Hughes and Linda Medley, Marc Laming with John Stokes, Zander Cannon and Albert Monteys.

The Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad issue #1 was illustrated by Shawn McManus. Issues #2 to #4 were drawn by Shawn McManus and Andrew Pepoy.

The cover painted by Dave McKean was originally used as the cover for The Dreaming #55

Reprints:

  1. The Sandman Presents: Merv Pumpkinhead, Agent of D.R.E.A.M. #1 (2000)
  2. The Sandman Presents: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Dreams… But Were Afraid To Ask #1 (2001)
  3. The Dreaming #55 (2000)
  4. The Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad #1 (2002)
  5. The Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad #2 (2002)
  6. The Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad #3 (2002)
  7. The Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad #4 (2002)