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TOKYOPOP & Jim Henson Co. To Release Dark Crystal Graphic Novel

TOKYOPOP and The Jim Henson Co. have announced LEGENDS OF THE DARK CRYSTAL: THE GARTHIM WARS, the all-new manga prequel to THE DARK CRYSTAL. The graphic novel was written by Barbara Randall Kesel, with illustrations by Heidi Arnhold & Max Kim and a special cover painted by Jae-Hwan Kim (WARCRAFT, WAR ANGELS, KING OF HELL).

THE DARK CRYSTAL feature film was conceived and directed by Jim Henson, telling 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, as well as 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 Co. 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 Co., 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."

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