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


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,


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