LOS ANGELES, CA (November 12, 2019) – BOOM! Studios announced today a brand new creative team for the next story arc of JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE, a twelve-issue comic book series based on stories from Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance writers Jeffrey Addis and Will Matthews, introducing the untold histories of key characters from the show, and featuring explosive events tying into the critically acclaimed Netflix series from The Jim Henson Company, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.
In JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE #5, available in January 2020, writer Adam Cesare and artist French Carlomagno present a story of fan favorite Podling Hup and brand new character Barfinnious. Hup is a Podling cook who dreams of being a Paladin. When the chivalrous bard Barfinnious comes to Hup's village with tales of former glory, Hup leaves his small town to follow him. But the longer they travel, the more Hup begins to doubt that Barfinnious is truly who he says he is. Can he trust the smooth-talking bard to help him realize his dreams or will his future as a noble knight end before it ever really began?
Adam Cesare's novels include Video Night, The Summer Job, and Clown in a Cornfield, which will be out in 2020 from HarperTeen. He's an avid horror fan and talks about movies, books, and comics non-stop on Twitter (@Adam_Cesare) and YouTube.
“I watched The Dark Crystal so many times as a kid that our VHS player ate the tape. To get to help tell a story in that world is beyond humbling,” said writer Adam Cesare. “This brand new story about Barfinnious and Hup is one that I don't think fans of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will be expecting. It's full of swashbuckling heart and humor, but struck through with that tiny hint of darkness that draws fans to Thra.”
French Carlomagno is an Italian comic book artist. He published his first graphic novel with writer Jacopo Paliaga, Come Quando Eravamo Piccoli, as well has the comic book spin-off of the Italian sci-fi comedy, Addio Fottuti Musi Verdi with Bao Publishing. Along with Jacopo, he is the co-founder of the online self-publishing label Wilder. Carlomagno is also currently publishing his award-winning webcomic Aqualung with Bao.
“I'm super excited to work on The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Each character is so beautiful and deeply realized, and I really love the atmosphere of the series!” said artist French Carolomagno.
“A brand new story arc starts right here, featuring Age of Resistance's breakout Podling star, Hup!” said Matthew Levine, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “The creative team has put together a heartwarming adventure that revels in what it means to be a hero. Readers will experience the world of The Dark Crystal like never before.”
JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ ambitious Archaia imprint, home to graphic novels such as Bolivar by Sean Rubin; Mouse Guard by David Petersen; Girl in the Himalayas and New World by David Jesus Vignolli; Jane by Aline Brosh McKenna and Ramón Pérez; Persephone by Loïc Locatelli-Kournwsky and licensed series including Lev Grossman’s The Magicians by Lilah Sturges and Pius Bak; Jim Henson’s The Power of the Dark Crystal and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Coronation.
Print copies of JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE #5 (OF 12) will be available for sale on January 15, 2019 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the Madefire. A softcover edition of JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL CREATION MYTHS: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION will be available on November 19, 2019, in bookstores everywhere.
For more on JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE and more from Archaia, please visit www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.
The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 60 years and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics and digital animation. Best known as creators of the world-famous Muppets, Henson has received over 50 Emmy Awards and nine Grammy Awards. Recent credits include the critically acclaimed Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Dot. (Universal Kids /Hulu), Word Party (Netflix), and Doozers (Hulu/ Sprout), and the Emmy®-nominated Splash and Bubbles (PBS), Julie’s Greenroom (Netflix), Sid the Science Kid (PBS), Dinosaur Train (PBS), and Pajanimals (Universal Kids). Television productions include Fraggle Rock, The Storyteller and the sci-fi cult series Farscape. Features include Sony Pictures Animation’s The Star and Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, as well as The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, MirrorMask, and Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow. The Company is currently in production on Earth to Ned for Disney+ and Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio for Netflix.
With additional locations in New York and London, The Jim Henson Company is headquartered in Los Angeles on the historic Charlie Chaplin lot, complete with soundstage and postproduction facilities. The Company is home to Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™, a pre-eminent character-building and visual effects group with international film, television, theme park and advertising clients, as well as Henson Recording Studios, one of the music industry’s top recording facilities known for its world-class blend of state-of-the-art and vintage equipment. The Company’s Henson Alternative brand includes the feature film The Happytime Murders, Netflix’s The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell, and the live puppet improvisational show Puppet-Up! – Uncensored, currently on tour.
About BOOM! Studios
BOOM! Studios was founded by Ross Richie in 2005 with the singular focus of creating world-class comic book and graphic novel storytelling for all audiences. Through the development of four distinct imprints—BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia—BOOM! has produced award-winning original work, including Lumberjanes, The Woods, Giant Days, Klaus, and Mouse Guard, while also breaking new ground with established licenses such as Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly, WWE, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Cartoon Network, and The Jim Henson Company properties. BOOM! will also bring their original series to life through unique first-look relationships with 20th Century Fox for film and with 20th Television for the small screen. Please visit www.boom-studios.com for more information.