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Bill Willingham and Down the Mysterly River


I’ve been a fan of Bill Willingham’s writing since the first issue of Fables, so I’ve been looking forward to his prose novel Down the Mysterly River for quite awhile.

Here are some of the things he said today:

  • biggest difference between comics and prose, [time] commitment needed to write a novel much greater than for a comic script
  • “Villains should be villainous.”
  • Motivation for writing prose is to have complete control over the story.
  • “The need to shut up [in expository writing] is much greater in prose [than comic scripts].”

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