June 11, 2006
*It has come to my attention that someone is contacting the bidders for this auction and offering to sell the drawing, claiming the winning bid fell through. Rest assured, the drawing has been sold and delivered. This is not the first time this fraud has been attempted. If anyone else has received an email making a fake Second Chance Offer, please let me know: mail -at- jamesjean.com Since the special, double-sized anniversary issue of FABLES 50 is coming out this week, I can finally post the cover online. There was much discussion about how to make this cover special: a wraparound cover was proposed, but was ultimately rejected due to budget constraints and ad space concerns. Thus, I had designed this cover to continue off to the left, revealing more wedding guests, but never had the opportunity to finish the composition. This issue would have been a good opportunity to revive the use of holograms and foil embossed stamping from the 90s -- some lace would have been an nice touch, along with a scratch n sniff patch on Snow White's bouquet.

> graphite on bond, 5.5 x 8.5" SOLD. I was channeling a bit of Alma Tadema in the sketch. The composition is like a big ring, the characters circling around the logo in the middle.

> blue pencil, white chalk, gouache on grey Rives BFK, 15 x 22" I've long promised to post this piece up for bid on ebay, and the time has finally arrived. Click here to place a bid on the original drawing!

> Photoshop CS, 4200 x 6340 pixels Despite my attempts to mitigate the type requirements of the cover and the integrity of the image, Vertigo added some extra stuff on the cover which you'll see in the comic stands. Of course, there's also the ever-present UPC box which I've tried to integrate into the covers in the past. In any case, here is the 'director's cut' of the cover.