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TOKYOPOP + Jim Henson Release “Dark Crystal” Graphic Novel

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TOKYOPOP + Jim Henson Release “Dark Crystal” Graphic Novel

Official Press Release

Los Angeles, CA – TOKYOPOP, the #1 publisher of
manga in the U.S. and The Jim Henson Company, the worldwide leader in
puppetry, animatronics, and family entertainment for more than half a
century, are thrilled to announce Legends of The Dark Crystal: The
Garthim Wars, the all-new manga prequel to The Dark Crystal, Henson’s
classic tale of good vs. evil. Written by Barbara Randall Kesel
(Meridian), with illustrations by Heidi Arnhold & Max Kim and a special
cover painted by Jae-Hwan Kim (Warcraft, War Angels, King of Hell),
Legends of The Dark Crystal: The Garthim Wars provides a unique
opportunity to further explore this unparalleled world, manga-style!

The Dark Crystal feature film was conceived and directed by Jim Henson
after his success with The Muppet Show. It was released in 1982, and has
since gone on to become one of the most popular fantasy films in
history, while also becoming an important part of Henson’s legacy. The
Dark Crystal told the story of Jen and Kira, the last of their kind
living in a fractured world precariously balanced between the forces of
good and evil. TOKYOPOP’s manga prequel takes place hundreds of years
before the events of the film, when the gentle Gelflings and wise
Mystics are still thriving. And so, unfortunately, are the evil
Skeksis…

According to Rob Tokar, TOKYOPOP Editor-in-Chief, “The Dark Crystal has
a large, passionate group of fans, and I personally know many people who
count themselves among them. Like so much of the TOKYOPOP staff, Editor
Tim Beedle also grew up as a big fan of The Dark Crystal film, and when
the opportunity presented itself to collaborate with The Jim Henson
Company on a prequel, he leapt at it. It’s a responsibility that all of
us involved have taken very seriously, and I hope it’s evident in the
amazing creative team we’ve brought together for this book. Barbara,
Heidi and Tim have really helped to expand this remarkable universe and
have given us a great story that I think the fans are going to love.”

Lisa Henson, co-CEO of The Jim Henson Company said, “The Dark Crystal is
a fan favorite and is constantly discovered by new audiences who enjoy
the rich detail of the fantastical characters and their world. TOKYOPOP
has been a wonderful partner in this project and we are excited for both
manga and Dark Crystal fans to explore the saga’s newest chapter.”

Lahr and Neffi are gentle and fun-loving Gelflings who want little more
than to enjoy the simple pleasures of life and love. But when their
villages are attacked and plundered by the violent Garthim, their worlds
are turned upside down as they narrowly escape with their lives. Now,
united against insurmountable odds, the two Gelflings must put aside
their peaceful ways and emerge as heroes to lead a frightened
neighboring village into something they never thought they’d face-war.

Celebrate Jim Henson’s visionary fantasy classic by returning once again
to the world of Gelflings, Mystics, and Skeksis in this exciting new
TOKYOPOP manga prequel, available in stores nationwide in November,
2007.

TOKYOPOP + Jim Henson Release “Dark Crystal” Graphic Novel
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