NOTE: Before you read the post below, read this post.

Next summer, Silverline Books will release the hardcover, kid-friendly anthology “Fractured Fables” nationwide.

The anthology’s lineup is pretty fantastic, including all-new work from Bryan Talbot (“Alice in Sunderland”), Doug TenNapel (“Earthworm Jim”) and Ted McKeever (“Transit”), to name a few.

For some reason, they invited yours truly to take part in the anthology, too.

“Fractured Fables” is exactly that: Classic children’s stories and fairy tales taken apart, messed with, and put back together. I chose to do a twisted version of “Rub-A-Dub-Dub,” which artist Seth Damoose then illustrated. Longtime friend/collaborator Marla Campbell handled the coloring on the four-page story.

There isn’t a hard release date yet for the anthology, but an abbreviated preview will be available on Free Comic Book Day next year (Saturday, May 1st, 2010). “Rub-A-Dub-Dub” will not appear in the preview, but it’s still definitely worth picking up. Especially because it’s FREE!

It’s still a ways off, and I’ll be sure to promote the book more as we get closer to the release date, but they just sent out a press release so I thought I’d put the word out there now.

Oh, and did I mention that the cover was done by Mike and Laura Allred (“Madman Atomic Comics”)? Yeah, it was. Check it out below, and click on the image to see a larger version.

Fractured Fables

Messing with kids since I was one,