Last September, Fables fans got a bit of a shock. After 81 issues, Eisner-winning cover artist James Jean was leaving. The man whose work was infamous for his dazzling Fables iconography was moving on, and everyone wondered who would replace him.
Time has passed, and we are happy to announce that the new cover artist for the Fables series is none other than Brazilian artist Joao Ruas
, whom we just started working with here at Thinkspace
during The Drawing Room
Ruas’ first cover will be for April’s issue #83 (shown above), which is the first part of “The Great Fables Crossover”, a nine-part story arc which will see Jack of Fables and Fables interact for the first time.
A glimpse at Ruas’ second cover, for issue #84, is shown above.
According to Ruas, he was in the midst of eating sashimi when he first received a phone call regarding the possibility of working on the Fables covers. Getting the job was a mix of excitement and fear for the artist. “It’s cliche, but the fact that I used to read Vertigo titles in my teenage years and now having the opportunity to be on the other side of the mirror is fantastic,” said Ruas. “Another [thing that excites me] is the range that comics can reach; I hope my work is able to say something to the readers. “Obviously replacing James Jean was the [most frightening issue]. He gave so much to the series with his amazing technique, but especially with his illustrative emotional storytelling that is hard to detach one from another. The other issue was the pressure, Fables is a big title and a lot of people will have opinions and judgments about my work. In the end, I just put the insecurity aside and started to paint.”
Look for more great new works to arrive soon to our gallery from Ruas, as we work towards hosting his debut Los Angeles solo show in the spring of 2010. The beautiful work we took to Art Basel – “Scowrer” – is still on hand (view a close up below
). Please inquire if you are interested and view all our available works here
Look for more on Ruas in the coming months…
Gouche, watercolor and graphite on 200gr watercolor paper
Our ‘Looking Glass’ exhibit offers a sampling of new works from artists that will be showing with us during our 2009 and 2010 programs and beyond… get ready to see a lot more from Brazil’s Joao Ruas very soon… and look for an interview to be posted with him as well here in the near future.
Gen Art Vanguard New Contemporary Art Fair
Charcoal Studios in the Wynwood Arts District
2135 NW 1st Avenue, Miami, FL 33127
Runs 12-04-08 through 12-07-08 during Art Basel in Miami, Florida
Watercolor and gouache on board
This beauty and two others will be featured in The Drawing Room opening November 7th.
Look for a couple of additional new works from Ruas at our booth at Vanguard during Art Basel this December in Miami.
Past that, plans are already underway for his first solo with us in 2010… more details soon. A waiting list is already developing, so drop a line soon if you are interested in his work.