Tabled Fables

A podcast about fairy tales

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Fairy Tales do not inform children that there is such things as monsters. Children already know that there are monsters. What Fairy Tales really teach is that monsters can be transformed or destroyed.

- Paraphrasing G.K. Chesterton

The Namesake team has been hard at work : we’ve been secretly plotting to launch an anthology Kickstarter in August. and THIS is the first official announcement!

Introducing Valor - a fairy tale anthology about courageous heroines produced by a team of amazing fairy-tale loving creators!

Valor is an anthology of re-imaged fairy tales showcasing the talent of some of the top creators in the field of digital comics. The purpose of this book is to pay homage to the strength, resourcefulness, and cunning of female heroines in fairy tales. Some of these are recreations of time-honored tales. Others are brand new stories, designed to be passed to future generations.

The anthology will be young adult friendly and in color, each story being 4 to 15 pages long.


+ Morgan Beem - Ink Wielder Extraordinaire

+ Meaghan Carter - Creator of Take Off

+ Kadi Fedoruk - Creator of Blindsprings

+ Megan Kearney - Creator of the Beauty and the Beast

+ Isabelle Melançon - Co-creator of Namesake

+ Laura Neubert - Lover of all things revolutionnary

+ Emily Hann - Composer of backgrounds

+ Sara Goetter - Creator of the short comic Haircut

+ Annie Stoll - Creator of Ode

+ Michelle Krivanek - Creator of Alice and the Nightmare

+ Nicole Chartrand - Creator of Feywinds

+ Jayd Ait-Kaci - Creator of Small Town Witch

+ Justin Lanjil - Master of colors

+ Ran Brown - Creator of The End

+ Elena “Yamino” Barbarich - Creator of Sister Claire

+ Angelica Maria Lopez - Creator of Solstoria

We also have an amazing writing team working with some of the artists and writing prose :

+ Megan Lavey-Heaton - Co-creator of Namesake

+ Tim Ferrera - Writer of Ode

+ Alex Singer - Author of Sfeer Theory

+ Joanne Webster - Forger of words

+ Ash “Summerlightning” Barnes - Co-writer of Sister Claire


Launch is scheduled for August 1st, follow this tumblr, or the numerous’ artists tumblr, or the #valor anthology tag for more information.

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Bonnie & Maude
Ep. 23 - Maleficent // GUEST: Sophie Bushwick


55 min

We talk Disney’s Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie’s cheekbones and Long Lasting Lipstick. To give us the fairy tale perspective, our guest is Tabled Fables Podcast co-host Sophie Bushwick, who adds context on the varied history and mixed morals of Sleeping Beauty as told by Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault.

While we appreciate that Maleficent subverts some stale tropes like “true love’s kiss” and actually puts its female characters in center of the action, we find some of the more adult themes of this PG film quite troubling. 
Plus: Why do we need villain origin stories in the first place? And why does it always gotta be about revenge?
Outro Music: “Once Upon A Dream” (theme from Sleeping Beauty) sung by Lana Del Rey

I had so much fun talking about Maleficent!

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