Peter Pan as the great adversary of Fables
I wanted the Adversary to be Peter Pan. Even when I was a kid, I couldn’t understand why he was considered the good guy in these stories. Basically, he would come to our world and steal our kids. That just seemed pretty sinister. I thought, “Okay, we’ll do a little turnaround on that, and make Peter Pan the evil Adversary, and that means that Captain Hook and his pirates were really were a crew that were going to Neverland and rescuing these kids, and they were painted as pirates only because Peter was doing the press releases.” That was, I thought, a pretty good idea that we didn’t get to do, because even though I carefully worked out that Pan was in public domain in America, he’s still under copyright in England, because the Parliament did a special extension of copyright because all the income from Peter Pan books went to the Ormond Street Hospital for kids. So to keep the hospital having their income, they extended the copyright, and since we were going to sell Fables in England, we couldn’t do it. That’s why we had to come up with a new villain, who, in hindsight, I think was much better. That worked out pretty well.