There some great news for fans of Jim Henson and Archaia Comics. A partnership has been formed to bring several of the Jim Henson Company's products to comic book and graphic novel form.
What can we expect? The multi-year partnership will include adaptions of Fraggle Rock, Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, Mirrormask, The Storyteller and other titles.
Can I just say how incredibly awesome this is? I'll admit I'm acatually a late-comer in the world of Fraggle Rock but have recently appreciated how great it is as my daughter and I have been watching the DVD releases of the series. Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal are simply classic movies. Neil Gaiman 's Mirrormask was a trippy adventure as well.
Not only does this deal allow Archaia to adapt these existing properties, they also will be creating brand new stories based on them.
“Some of the best storytellers in the world are flocking to comic books and graphic novels, making them the foremost platform for innovative and imaginative storytelling,” said Joe LeFavi, Director of Publishing and Development at The Jim Henson Company and who will serve as story editor on all the books. “Archaia has always epitomized artistic integrity, and their passion and support for our brands ensure that fans will receive the very best from the properties they know and love as well as from the new stories we will tell.”
More information will be announced at this year's San Diego Comic Con as representatives from both Archaia and Henson will reveal creatvie teams and a release schedule. The first title is tentatively scheduled for a winter 2009 release.
UPDATE: It seems that Fraggle Rock will be the first title released!