Bill Willingham Releases Fables to Public Domain Amidst Dispute with DC Comics

Bill Willingham Releases Fables to Public Domain Amidst Dispute with DC Comics

Fables Creator Surrenders Rights as DC Comics Dispute Escalates: What It Means for the Future of Iconic Series

Particularly poignant is Willingham’s reference to Telltale Games, where he suggests that DC executives conceded their belief that they wield unchecked authority over the property. This assertion extends to the protection of the stories and characters within “Fables” from third parties, which implies a willingness to permit radical alterations, as seen in Telltale Games’ adaptation. Notably, Willingham claims to receive no financial compensation from DC for licensing his work to third parties.

Your Rights as a Creator

In a remarkable twist, Willingham contends that while he remains bound by his contract with DC and cannot independently release any “Fables” related content without the company’s consent, you, the public, are not similarly restrained. He boldly states, “[Y]ou have the rights to make your Fables movies, and cartoons, and publish your Fables books, and manufacture your Fables toys, and do anything you want with your property, because it’s your property.”

DC’s Response and the Uncertain Future