Butterfinger Caramel Apples & Fables Giveaway

I had visions of creating a post filled with wicked witches and poison apples, riddles wrapped in fables and tales of childhood characters spun in a whole new way to coordinate with ABC’s new show, Once Upon a Time. The thing is, I got a little poisoned appled out a bit early in the month and secondly, read Fables instead.

Fables is a comic – bare with me – like you have never read. It’s my ‘gateway drug’, my ‘comic crack baby’, and easily my number one selling graphic novel. And there’s a reason for it.

Fables takes every fairy tale character you have ever thought you heard of and has them exiled and living on a street in New York city (well, except for the talking animals, can’t have those walking down the streets of NYC). Bill Willingham spins these childhood memories in a way you never thought possible long before TV executives had the idea, along with stunning covers from James Jean, and a majority of beautiful internal art by Mark Buckingham. Snow white is a hardened woman who wont talk about the dwarves. Old King Cole is the aloof mayor. The Big Bad Wolf keeps things in line by having the role of sheriff. And everyone’s favorite prince works his charm a little to well (on Snow, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and and anyone else he can every chance he gets). Willingham takes characters you only vaguely remembered and builds depth and personality that you can’t help but fall in love with.

The first book is a murder mystery used to introduce the human characters, the second arch introduces you to the animal farm and the third one starts to flush out a key point to the books- the war to go home. You will be drawn in by comedy, drama, love and war and when you find out who it is who is keeping everything at stake, won’t be able to put these books down.

Currently there are 15 volumes of Fables collected into graphic novels, 2 short Cinderella side stories,  1001 Nights of Snowfall, Peter and Max a novelization of Fables stories and a line of books about Jack (you know Jack be nimble, Jack and Jill, Jack and the bean stalk? Yeah, that Jack that’s always up to too much no good).

I wasn’t sure I was going to do this, but after talking about Fables so much, I figured I should at least offer a copy for anyone who bothered to read to the bottom of the page.

Fables Vol 1, 2 & 3 Giveaway!

Leave a comment saying you would like to be  entered to win a copy of Fables vol 1, 2 and 3 (seriously, you’ll be hooked) and tell me if you follow on Facebook, twitter, RSS, Foodbuzz, or any other form to be entered multiple times. Entries accepted through October 30th at Midnight EST. Winner will be announced on 11/02/11.

I have purchased vol 1 over 6 times myself due to it being lent out that many times, to multiple people and never finding its way home, or coming home with the pages falling out because some many people loved it. Our store has $1 sample issues of #1 – if anyone would seriously like to try it – I will mail you one.

Please note, that I am not saying that Once Upon a Time is a rip off of Fables, I am saying that Fables is awesome. End of story. If you are tuning into Walking Dead on Sunday nights on AMC, I highly suggest reading the original comics too (who knows, maybe I’ll do a giveaway for those someday too!).

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  1. says

    These are beautiful and your photography is stunning. I love a caramel apple — especially a good one like yours.

    James Jean is fantastic. A few of my friends actually have tattoos of his work. Awesome stuff.

  2. says

    This is the best giveaway ever. I already have EVERYTHING Fable-related but I’m sure I’ve got friends I can Christmas this to who would go nutty over this.

    And like Katrina…I stalk you as well: Facebook, Twitter (Sushi and Capt Hen), Foodbuzz and I hide out in the bushes outside your house to snap candids. That should be worth an extra entry, right?


  3. Tanya C. says

    First off your apple pictures are stunning! Love the twigs you have used, awesome! Secondly I am definitely going to check out Fables, it sounds very interesting.

  4. says

    Beautiful photos. Just had a sneak peak at Fables on the web – looks great. Very like the Jasper Fforde books. i’ve just tweeted your enticing poisoned apples.

  5. says

    I would very much like to try out this “Fables” series because as a folklorist I know that fairytales, fables, myths and legends are constantly being re-imagined. I really like your recipe for caramel apples, too, it’s a nice thing to see a little chocolate after being told on Top Chefs: Just Desserts two weeks back that chocolate and caramel apples don’t mix.

  6. says

    I’m following you with Google Reader and I’m entering this for my husband. As we discussed, he’s a huge graphic novel nerd (no offense to you!) and I’d love to surprise him with this. To top it off, he’s a big Butterfinger lover, so maybe I’ll whip up these apples to go with the books, if I win (:

  7. says

    First – I love your apples and the rustic sticks make them that much more special. I went walking around in our yard looking for sticks to do that with a few weeks back and then decided I just couldn’t do it. So yay I’m glad you did!
    We watched once upon a time this week and loved it – can’t wait for more!
    I follow you in every way already :) twitter, facebook, su, rss, foodbuzz

  8. says

    Way to kick these up a notch with the butterfingers! I just want to much to bottoms off all of these. Ooh. That sounded really bad. I guess I just realized I’m an apple bottom muncher. Take it for what you will 😉

  9. Tracy says

    Fables! That would be perfect to have for Halloween! I’ve never read it, but always thought the art work was great when I’d go to the comic book store. I used to read Nightmares & Fairy Tales which was cutesy, dark and at times pretty bloody. Fables sounds like an interesting read though, I would love to enter. :)

    And as for the apples, my roommate and I were just talking about making caramel apples within the next week. We were thinking traditional peanuts for a topping, but these look too delicious not to add butterfinger in the mix. Thanks!

  10. says

    Great picks and a great idea for those “poisonous apples.” You have me intrigued with the whole “Fables” scenario. I follow you on Foodbuzz.

  11. says

    Holy Moly I love your photos. I think the last one is my fave, I just LOVE the contrast of the dark wood against the apples. It goes without saying that I think Butterfinger Caramel Apples would be divine.

    These Fables sound like fairy tales on steroids in a good way! You have me so excited I would buy them right now if you posted a link.

    I didn’t get to see Once Upon a Time but I need to hunt down the episode(s). That would be two shows for me, the one who hates to follow “shows”! Lol!

    • Kita says

      Lol, that was that other comic titles I was going to try to sell you if you liked Walking Dead (though not at all similar). :)

  12. says

    I’ve heard of the books, but never read them. I’d love to be entered in the giveaway! The caramel apples are stunning and using twigs instead of popsicle sticks is stunning!

  13. Kim says

    Sorry, last comment got cut off!
    Just liked you on Facebook and am now following you on Twitter!! I’d love to get hooked on Fables :)


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