Penguin Random House, Insights Editions and Boom! Studios to launch Dark Crystal books and comics

The Jim Henson Company’s episodic fantasy adventure, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is expanding its narrative universe with the addition of new books and comic book partners.

Following the series debut on Netflix earlier this year, fans can now immerse themselves deeper in the lore. legends, heroes and villains of its expansive world of Thra with a diverse range of new titles from the likes of Penguin Random House and Insights Editions.

Several new titles from each are now available at book retailers across the US, allowing fans to learn more about their favourite characters from the series while delving into the rich canon of the pop culture hit.

From Penguin Random House are three books by J.M. Lee, a staff writer on The Dark Crystal, Age of Resistance. Lee, who holds a degree in linguistics, also created the Podling language featured in the Netflix show.  He is the author of a four-book prequel series that ties directly into the plot and setting for the Netflix series, as well as several other Dark Crystal tie-ins.

The novels came about after Lee won a writing contest co-hosted by Penguin and The Jim Henson Company – The Dark Crystal Author Quest. New titles from Lee this season include: Heroes of the Resistance: A Guide to the Characters of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.

It’s followed by Aughra’s Wisdom of Thra, a 40-page companion gift book, with illustrations by artist Cory Godbey, that transports readers into the legends and lore of The Dark Crystal’s expansive mythology. Aughra is a feisty three-and-a-half-foot creature with ram horns, a detachable eye, and secrets to an entire fantasy universe, who guides readers with wisdom beyond this realm and advice only she can give.

Finally from Penguin is Flames of the Dark Crystal, now available in paperback and Illustrated by Cory Godbey. This is the fourth instalment in the acclaimed four-book prequel series.

Meanwhile from Insight Editions comes The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance: Inside the Epic Return to Thra. Written by Daniel Wallace, with a foreword by executive producer Lisa Henson, this book reveals the incredible creative process behind the new series – how Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, legendary character and costume designer Brian Froud, and director Louis Leterrier brought Thra and its characters to life alongside the many artists and puppeteers who are continuing the legacy of the original film.

Filled with exclusive cast and crew interviews, concept art, set photography, puppet designs, and more, this is the definitive exploration of The Jim Henson Company’s epic return to Thra.

Finally, Boom! Studios has been working on a new Dark Crystal comic book called The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, a 12-issue official prequel to the Netflix series.

Return to another world, another time, Before the Age of Wonder. The Skeksis rein over Thra, but there are distant echoes of rebellion. Gelfling and unlikely heroes emerge to champion what is good and just, but their paths to legend started long ago.

Epic tales of adventure, magic, and mystery send us back in time to the Age of Resistance to witness the untold histories that forged these protectors of Thra. Based on a story by The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance series writers, Will Matthews & Jeffery Addiss, writer Nicole Andelfinger (Lumberjanes ) and Matias Basla ( Sparrowhawk ) tell the tale of the mighty Ordon and a young Fara on an impossible quest.

An all-new arc from writer Adam Cesare and artist French Carlomagno spotlighting Hup, the heroic Podling, debuts on January 15, 2020.

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