New Line of Books and Comics Debuts Based on Fantasy Series from The Jim Henson Company


Penguin Random House and Insight Editions have released a range of new books and comics based on The Jim Henson Company’s 10-episode fantasy adventure series, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, which debuted this fall on Netflix.

Several new titles are available at book retailers across the U.S. to further immerse fans in the lore, legends, heroes, and villains of the expansive world of Thra. 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. A visual character guide, featuring full-color photos from the show.

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.

Flames of the Dark Crystal.  Now available in paperback and illustrated by Cory Godbey, this is the fourth installment in the acclaimed four-book prequel series.

From Insight Editions:

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 creative process behind the new series — how Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, 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 return to Thra.

And a comic, from Boom! Studios:

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, a 12-issue official prequel to the Netflix series, 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). An all-new arc from writer Adam Cesare and artist French Carlomagno spotlighting Hup, the heroic Podling, debuts on January 15, 2020.