BOOM! Studios Celebrates 40 Years Of ‘Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal’ On Kickstarter

by Brendan M. Allen

In 1982, visionary filmmaker Jim Henson ushered in a new milestone in fantasy with The Dark Crystal – a visually stunning tale of heroism, and good versus evil in the creature-filled world of Thra. More than 20 years later, that legend began anew when Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, returned to Henson’s realm for a series of all-new comic book and graphic novel collaborations that would expand, explore, and further enrich the wonderous world and characters first introduced in the original film.

Now, in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the original film’s release, Archaia is proud to present The Dark Crystal 40th Anniversary Library – presenting, for the first time, the complete corpus of BOOM!/Archaia’s Dark Crystal comics and graphic novels in one stunning, seven-volume collection, available exclusively on Kickstarter as part of the latest BOOM! Deluxe Pre-Order initiative.

Reuniting original Dark Crystal creator designer Brian Froud with acclaimed comics creators including Si Spurrier, Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Joshua Dysart, artist Matthew Dow Smith, artists Kelly & Nichole Matthews, and many more, The Dark Crystal 40th Anniversary Library spans seven volumes – five oversized (7.5 x 11”) hardcovers, plus two supplemental volumes – bound in faux purple leather and foil-stamped with an ornate invocation of The Great Conjunction’s sacred alignment in the following sequence: 

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths HC

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance HC 

Jim Henson’s The Power Of The Dark Crystal HC

Jim Henson’s Beneath The Dark Crystal HC

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Artist Tribute HC

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: The Illustrated Novelization HC 

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Tales HC

Additionally, exclusively as part of this 40th Anniversary pre-order initiative, BOOM! Studios and The Jim Henson Company are offering a selection of specialty items, merchandise, and bonus offerings, including limited-edition box sets, featuring bookplate signatures by Brian and Wendy Froud in each volume; premium Dark Crystal posters, art prints and world maps, featuring artwork by Mike Huddleston and Iris Compiet; remarqued art plates, featuring original art by illustrator Cory Godbey; collector’s coins; 40th Anniversary apparel; and more.

Currently live on Kickstarter, any backers who pre-order more than $100 worth of goods in the campaign’s first 24 hours (through 9 am ET tomorrow, October 26th) will also be rewarded with an exclusive Dark Crystal 40th Anniversary enamel pin as a launch day bonus. 

Check out the campaign’s homepage for more information on Stretch Goals, Add-On bonus products, and other surprises to be revealed before the initiative comes to a conclusion on November 14, 2022. 

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