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Preview: Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Adult Coloring Book SC

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Adult Coloring Book SC

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: N/A
Artists: Dylan Burnett, Jorge Corona, Brandon Dayton, Jae Lee
Cover Artist: Jorge Corona
Price: $16.99

Experience Jim Henson’s cult classic film like never before in the first-ever The Dark Crystal Adult Coloring Book, illustrated by Dylan Burnett, Jorge Corona, Jae Lee, and Brandon Dayton.

Featuring over forty black and white illustrations showcasing the strange and magical world of Thra, populated with vibrant creatures and characters like Jen, Kira, the Skeksis, the Mystics, Aughra, and more, waiting to be brought to colorful life.

Go Deeper into the World of Thra in ‘Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: A Discovery Adventure’

BOOM! Studios and The Jim Henson Company have announced Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: A Discovery Adventure, an oversized hardcover that offers fans an immersive, interactive experience based on the beloved film. Debuting May 2018, readers are invited to join Jen and Kira on a grand adventure through the world of Thra in their journey to restore the Dark Crystal. Help them find the missing shard, evade Skeksis, and heal their land in this stunning book, gorgeously illustrated by Ann Marcellino.

Each page of Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: A Discovery Adventure contains detailed artwork with hidden treasures waiting to be found as readers rediscover the magic of the film, with lush spreads that present Jim Henson and Brian Froud’s fantastical vision of Thra and the wonderful creatures that live there. The book also features bonus challenges that take viewers deeper into the enchanting landscapes, Crystal Castle, and Aughra’s Observatory.

The Jim Henson Company Renews Licensing Agreements with BOOM! Studios

The Jim Henson Company has signed a new five-year agreement with graphic novel and comic book publisher BOOM! Studios to develop and publish at least seventeen new titles for its beloved classic brands, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Fraggle Rock and The Storyteller.

An earlier agreement between The Jim Henson Company and BOOM! Studios resulted in the publication of twenty new titles under its Archaia imprint for the four brands, including The New York Times Best Seller and YALSA-nominated Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths; and two Harvey Award-nominees, Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock Classics Volume 2, for Best Domestic Reprint, and The Storyteller: Witches #4, for Best Single Issue or Story.  Additionally, Jim Henson’s Labyrinth Tales won The Diamond Comic Distributors Gem Award for Trade Book of the Year.

McFarlane Toys to Produce Figures from Classic Films Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal

The Jim Henson Company has partnered with McFarlane Toys, which will harken back to its roots of “Movie Maniacs” to create figures of classic characters from two of Henson’s most well-known features Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal.

Directed by visionary Jim Henson and executive produced by George Lucas, Labyrinth is a fanboy favorite and wonder of puppetry. Stuck babysitting her brother, teenager Sarah, resentfully wishes The Goblin King (memorably portrayed by David Bowie) can take him away. When her wish comes true, Sarah must head into the Labyrinth herself to save him. Since its 1986 release the film has garnered a cult popularity and is still reveled in today’s era as a timeless classic.

The Dark Crystal, directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, brilliantly weaves a timeless myth of good and evil. In another time, The Dark Crystal, a source of balance and truth in the universe, was broken, dividing the world into two factions; the wicked Skeksis and the peaceful Mystics. Now, as the convergence of the three suns approaches, the crystal must be healed, or darkness will reign forever. The Dark Crystal’s fanbase has only risen since the film’s debut and has also developed a cult following of fans across the world.

McFarlane Toys has produced highly detailed figures and construction sets for various entertainment properties and this collaboration with The Jim Henson Company will give fans of these iconic films new and unique action figures that are “true to life” replicas of their on-screen personas.

The upcoming toys will include a 7-inch figure of Labyrinth’s Jareth The Goblin King, and for The Dark Crystal, fans can look forward to figures of Jen and Kira. Each figure will be highly detailed and come fully articulated to recreate infamous movie scenes. These figures will also debut in new window box collector packaging and will come with Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal branded detailed bases.

McFarlane Toys’ Labyrinth Jareth The Goblin King figure will be available at major retailers this November carrying an MSRP: $19.99. The Dark Crystal Jen and Kira figures are slated to release Spring 2018.

The Dark Crystal Gets a Comic Book Sequel

Archaia and The Jim Henson Company have announced The Power of the Dark Crystal, a new comic book series that serves as a sequel to the beloved 1982 film, The Dark Crystal.

Based on the screenplay by David Odell, Annette Odell, and Craig Pearce that was written for a planned feature film, the 12-issue monthly limited series is adapted by Eisner Award-nominated writer Simon Spurrier and illustrated by rising artists Kelly and Nichole Matthews. The first issue of The Power of the Dark Crystal debuts on February 15, 2017.

Countless decades have passed since the events of the original film. Though Jen and Kira have ruled Thra from the Crystal Castle peacefully as King and Queen, bringing Gelfling back to the land, they have become distracted by power and can no longer feel or see the needs of the world and its people the way they once did. Enter Thurma, a young Fireling girl tasked with obtaining a shard of the Dark Crystal—by any means necessary—to restore power to her realm. This sets in motion an incredible adventure in which Thurma will attempt to steal a crystal shard, befriend the young Gelfling Kensho, and accidentally bring back the Skeksis and Mystics.

The story of The Power of the Dark Crystal is that of reconciling the inner and the outer worlds—perhaps even the unconscious and the conscious.

The main cover to issue #1 is illustrated by Eisner Award-winning artist Jae Lee and June Chung. Variant covers are illustrated by Sana Takeda and David Petersen.

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ReAction: The Dark Crystal in October

Relive the 1982 film from Jim Henson and Frank Oz, The Dark Crystal!

Follow Jen the Gelfling on his magical quest to heal the crystal!

Jen is joined by Kira, a fellow Gelfling who can communicate with animals, Aughra the astronomer, UrSol the Chanter, and The Chamberlain!

Collect them all and assemble a special figure: the crystal itself!

ReAction: The Dark Crystal are out in October from Funko.

Pop! Movies: The Dark Crystal in July

Relive the majestic tale of Jen the Gelfling on his quest to reclaim the final crystal shard from Aughra the astronomer!

He’s joined by Kira and her pet Fizzgig, and must face many challenges including The Chamberlain Skeksis and UrSol the Chanter!

Make sure to search for the chase variant closed mouth Fizzgig!

Collect the whole set this summer!

Pop! Movies: The Dark Crystal is out in July from Funko.

Preview: Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 3 HC

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 3 HC

Imprint: Archaia
Writer: Matthew Dow Smith
Artist: Alex Sheikman, Lizzy John

Presenting the stunning conclusion of the official prequel to the original The Dark Crystal movie. Following the events of the Great Conjunction, the once-powerful Urskeks have been split into two separate beings: the Skeksis and the Mystics. As the aftermath of the Great Conjunction wreaks havoc upon the Gelfling tribes, the Gelfling may have no choice but to rely upon the one race offering aid: the Skeksis. This volume features behind-the-scenes photos and concept sketches from The Jim Henson Company Archives documenting how creature and puppet designs that never made it into the film were adapted and brought to life on the comic page.

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Archaia Presents Final Installment of Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths

Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, and The Jim Henson Company, an established leader in family entertainment for over 50 years, are pleased to announce the third and final installment in the exciting prequel to The Dark Crystal film, Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 3, from writer Matthew Dow Smith and returning artist Alex Sheikman.

This beautiful hardcover also features behind-the-scenes photos and concept sketches from The Jim Henson Company Archives documenting how the puppet design of one creature that never made it into the film was adapted and brought to life on the comic page.

Following the events of the Great Conjunction, the once-powerful Urskeks have been split into two separate beings: the Skeksis and the Mystics. As the aftermath of the Great Conjunction wreaks havoc upon the Gelfling tribes, the Gelfling may have no choice but to rely upon the one race offering aid: the Skeksis.

Archaia’s Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 3 hardcover arrives in comic shops on September 2nd and in bookstores September 8th with a cover price of $24.99 under Diamond code JUL151086. The cover is illustrated by legendary conceptual artist Brian Froud.

The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is August 10th.

Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal Creation Myths Vol. 3 Cover by Brian Froud

Review: Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 1

The Dark Crystal Creation Myths CoverThe Dark Crystal is a movie I remember from my childhood, a movie that scared the crap out of me. But, other than the fact I was a bit terrified of the film and it’s amazing visuals, that’s about it. This graphic novel delves into the origin of this world devised by Jim Henson.

Part one of a three-part graphic novel prequel series delving into the origins of the Skeksis, Mystics, Gelflings, the world of Thra and the Dark Crystal itself. Spanning a time period from thousands of years ago to right up to the start of the original Jim Henson film, this graphic novel epic will tell the definitive origin of the Dark Crystal, under the supervision of The Jim Henson Company and The Dark Crystal concept designer Brian Froud.

The first volume is the “origin” story, taking us into the history of this world, something I don’t remember being covered in depth in the movie. It brought back little bit after little bit and got me to want to check out the film again.  The graphic novel is an absolute buy and read for fans of the movie and world.

It’s also a solid entry point for parents wanting to get their kids interested or something for them to check out after they see it for the first time. There was a nice jolt of nostalgia for me and this is just another great example of the excellent partnership between Archaia and The Jim Henson Company.

Story: Brian Holguin and Brian Froud Art: Alex Sheikman, Lizzy John and Brian Froud
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Archaia and BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

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