Fable Comics

Fable ComicsFable Comics
Written and Illustrated by: Graham Annable, Greg Benton, R.O. Blechman, Vera Brosgol, Graham Chaffee, Eleanor Davis, Tom Gauld, Sophie Goldstein, Charise Harper, Jaime Hernandez, John Kerschbaum, James Kochalka, Simone Lia, Liniers, Jennifer Meyer, Corinne Mucha, Mark Newgarden, George O'Connor, Shelly Paroline, Braden Lamb, Israel Sanchez, Robert Sikoryak, Maris Wicks, Keny Widjaja
Edited by: Chris Duffy
Publisher: First Second
Format: Hardcover, 7.5 x 10, 128 pages, Full Color, $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-62672-107-4


Nearly 30 fables adorn the pages of this sure-to-be beloved graphic storytelling collection published by First Second Books and Edited by Chris Duffy (of Nursery Rhyme Comics and Fairy Tale Comics fame). Already a favorite of readers of all ages in 2015, it's poetically inspiring to begin 2016 with a recommendation for Fable Comics' continued success.

For readers of this column who have yet to find and read Fable Comics on their own I wish to invite you to its pages at the beginning of this new year. A familiar and charming mixture of traditional fables and all-new, contemporary fables are destined to be enchanting, reminding you that while tradition is endearing newness is exciting. The relationship between tradition and newness is so enticing in this collection, in fact, that I completely concur with (and wish to reiterate and expound upon) one of the endorsements found on the back cover . . . .

Adults who read this collection with student readers are probably destined to not only be charmed by its contents themselves, but also destined to read the entire collection all in one sitting. Every single time they read and reread it. In other words, and if recent success is any indication, because already-familiar readers are demanding to hear and to see every single story each time they read the collection adults better prepare themselves to both enjoy the retold classics and fall in love with the contemporary imaginings.

English Language Arts Elements of Story

Plot(s): Told by some of the most famous and well-known visual storytellers of our time this new graphic story collection contains traditional and all-new fables for a new generation of readers.

Major Themes: Family, Retellings, Identity, Past-Present-Future, Friendship, Tradition and Change, Faith and Reason, Life and Nature

Common Core Standardized Alignment: Reading Literature
Craft and Structure:
Compare and contrast the structure of two or more texts and analyze how the differing structure of each text contributes to its meaning and style.
Analyze how differences in the points of view of the characters and the audience or reader (e.g., created through the use of dramatic irony) create such effects as suspense or humor.

*Because they encompass the goals and objectives outlined in the 4th - 8th grade middle level standards for reading literature the 8th grade reading literature standards are cited here.

Reading Lesson Idea for Language Arts Readers in Grades 4 - 8

Choose two stories with people as characters and two stories with animals or objects as characters: A total of 4 stories.

Examine the craft and structure of each of the stories and take notes below, exploring not only the noted prompts but also any other insights you may want to detail.


  Story # 1 Title Story #2 Title Story #3 Title Story #4 Title

Main Characters












Resolution of
Plot Conflict

How is the
Story Told
of Crafted? 

Who is the



What is the 

How Do You






With a classmate, analyze your notes from each story. What are some similarities? What are some differences? Keep a list of each so that you and our peer can discuss them with the class.



















Dr. Katie Monnin is an Associate Professor of Literacy at the University of North Florida. Besides the joy that comes with reading comic books and graphic novels, Dr. Monnin enjoys a Peter Pan-ish life of researching and writing her own books about teaching comics, graphic novels, and cartoons: Teaching Graphic Novels (2010), Teaching Early Reader Comics and Graphic Novels (2011), Using Content-Area Graphic Texts for Learning (2012), Teaching Reading Comprehension with Graphic Texts (2013), and Get Animated! Teaching 21st Century Early Reader and Young Adult Cartoons in Language Arts (2014); Teaching New Literacies in Elementary Language Arts (2015). When she is not writing (or sitting around wondering how she ended up making an awesome career out of studying comics and graphic novels), Dr. Monnin spends her time with her three wiener dogs, Samantha, Max, and Alex Morgan Monnin.