Paul Jenkins has a story to tell and thanks to Kickstarter (and generous donations made to people like you) and BOOM! Studios, you can read it this August. Fairy Quest: Outcasts continues the story of Red and Big and the rest of the cast of legendary characters as Jenkins and artist and co-creator Humberto Ramos delve deeper into fairy tale lore, giving readers a few surprises along the way.
Newsarama exclusively talked with Jenkins briefly about "Outcasts" and the experience was like working through Kickstarter a second time around. Jenkins also mentioned a spin-off in the works with some art for that project coming out in the near future.
Newsarama: Paul, Fairy Quest: Outcasts is done and ready to come out in August. How are you feeling about that? Relieved or is the stress still awaiting?
Paul Jenkins: I’ll be relieved when the Fablewood entire series is collected in a billion-page graphic novel, so I guess the stress of publishing never goes away. But honestly, I can never be anything but excited for Fairy Quest. It’s the very beginning of the entire Fablewood series, with which we will be telling various stories for many years to come. It looks beautiful and it reads as such an honest book—I think the relief comes from the fact that the fans get to see more Fablewood!
Nrama: What do you think you did differently this time that might have improved the Kickstarter experience for you?
Jenkins: Well, the first time around we ran into the requisite fulfillment problems. So this time I elicited the help of BOOM! Studios, who are the professionals at that sort of thing. The book is being licensed to BOOM! as was the first chapter of the series, so it makes sense for them to come on and help us. With this in mind, then, I think we will be much more efficient and cost effective for the overall Kickstarter campaign. The communication with backers was great and most of the logistics have ironed themselves out.
Nrama: Do you have any Fairy Quest news coming out we should be on the look out for and when?
Jenkins: Yeah, we have a ton of news not just with Fairy Quest but with all of the Fablewood stories. First of all, Fairy Quest 2: Outcasts is coming along really well and it looks beautiful. The story reads great, and I know fans are going to be as jazzed about it as they were with the first book. Secondly, we’ve recently announced the creation of our newest Fablewood story, Fiction Squad. For this series, I recruited the talents of my great mate Ramon Bachs. He and I have had a lot of success together doing such books as Civil War and World War Hulk: Frontlines, and his style is just amazing for the book, as you can see from our sample pages here. Our colorist, Leo Paciarotti is doing amazing work, so Fiction Squad remains in keeping with the entire Fablewood line. And there are tons of new Fablewood stories to come in the next few years, so I really hope the fans of the book will be excited about that.
Nrama: Should you do a volume 3, will you go back to Kickstarter and BOOM?
Jenkins: Absolutely, in both cases. We said early on that we believed the fans of Kickstarter to be our primary publisher, and that will never waver. BOOM! is an amazing partner in my other comic work, so I’m nothing but thrilled to have them along for the ride. It seems to work for all involved!
Nrama: Why is Fairy Quest so important to you as a storyteller?
Jenkins: I think there are just so many cross-genre stories that can be told for many years to come. These are the kinds of story that really get me jazzed to write. Fairy Quest is a story on two levels—a story about love and friendship that can appeal to a child (or the young at heart) and also a tale about “necessary Fascism,” in the sense that it asks the question, “Should we remove freedoms in order to protect people?” So it is an all-ages book in every sense of the phrase. Fiction Squad deals with a failed detective from the Realm of Crime Fiction who decides to move across the genre border and investigate nursery rhymes (which are all crime scenes). Once there, he discovers the queens and witches are basically the Mob, and that the town is run by the Crooked Man. Everything falls to pieces when someone drops a house on the Wicked Witch of the East, and it is up to our hero, Frankie Mack, to put everything together and catch the culprit. I have a great story planned about a woman from the Realm of Romance Fiction who is sent as an ambassador to the Realm of Horror. It’s a Stranger in a Strange Land tale, I suppose. As you can see, Fablewood is going to be around for a long time.