Snaptoys Inks Master Toy Licensing Agreement with The Jim Henson Company for Word Party

Snaptoys Inks Master Toy Licensing Agreement with The Jim Henson Company for Word Party

Dallas, TX, September 26, 2016 – Snaptoys, Inc., announced today it has been selected as the master toy licensee by The Jim Henson Company for their Netflix original series for preschoolers, Word Party.  The show premiered its first season in July 2016 with 14 episodes, and the second season will premiere on October 21, 2016 with an additional 12 episodes.

Word Party is a vocabulary building show from The Jim Henson Company that follows four adorable baby animals, Bailey an Elephant, Franny a Cheetah, Kip a Wallaby, and Lulu a Panda, as they sing, dance, and play. The show invites young viewers (ages 2-4) to help teach the baby animals new words, practice these new words themselves, and celebrate these achievements with a “Word Party!” Each episode is 11 minutes long and is rated TV-Y.

“We are thrilled to be working with an entertainment powerhouse such as The Jim Henson Company,” said Ricardo Venegas, President and CEO of Snaptoys and Snap Global Solutions.  “With our extensive background working with licensors, we are confident that we will be able to bring the Word Party characters to life in a fun and engaging way.”

“Through our retail partnership with Snaptoys, children everywhere will have their very own Lulu, Bailey, Franny, and Kip to learn and play along with as they build their vocabulary skills,” said Federico San Martin, Vice President, Global Consumer Products at The Jim Henson Company.

Snaptoys will launch with a range of product categories including; plush, figures, playsets and electronics. The targeted launch date is Fall 2017 or sooner.

About Snaptoys
Since 1999, Snap Global Solutions has been designing, sourcing, and manufacturing toys for some of the largest entertainment brands in the world. From Disney to DreamWorks, to Hasbro and Pixar, Snap brings licensed products to market smoothly through their turn-key design and manufacturing services in the mass market, specialty, international, and theme parks channels. In 2015, Snaptoys was launched to bring to market fun, engaging, quality toys for kids of all ages by creating unique characters and reinventing classic play.  Please visit them at www.snap.toys to learn more.

About The Jim Henson Company
The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for 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 Emmy®-nominated Sid the Science KidDinosaur Train, andPajanimals, as well as the CG -animated preschool series Doozers, the upcoming digital citizenship series for preschoolers Dot., and the Netflix series for young preschoolers Word Party. Top titles currently in production include the groundbreaking marine biology series Splash and Bubbles for PBS KIDS® and the Netflix original preschool show Julie’s Greenroom, starring award-winning actress Julie Andrews. Features include Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, as well as The Dark CrystalLabyrinth, and MirrorMask. Television productions include Fraggle Rock, the sci-fi cult seriesFarscape, Henson Alternative’s No, You Shut Up! and the TV film Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow.

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 preeminent 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 is currently touring Puppet Up! – Uncensored, a live puppet improvisational show.

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Archaia Presents Final Installment of ‘Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths’

Archaia Presents Final Installment of ‘Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths’

Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 3

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 3 Cover by Brian Froud

August 2015 (Los Angeles, Calif.) Archaia, an award-winning imprint of BOOM! Studios, and The Jim Henson Company, an established leader in family entertainment for over 50 years, are pleased to announce the third and final installment in the exciting prequel to The Dark Crystal film, Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 3, from writer Matthew Dow Smith (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches) and returning artist Alex Sheikman.

 This beautiful hardcover also features behind-the-scenes photos and concept sketches from The Jim Henson Company Archives documenting how the puppet design of one creature that never made it into the film was adapted and brought to life on the comic page.

Archaia has had the joy of working with The Jim Henson Company for many years now, and revealing the prequel to The Dark Crystal has been a great honor,” said BOOM! Studios President of Publishing & Marketing Filip Sablik. “The world of The Dark Crystal is incredibly rich and detailed, and being able to dive into the history and lore of the Skeksis and Gelfling has been amazing. We’re very excited for readers to see how it all ends—and how it all begins.”

Following the events of the Great Conjunction, the once-powerful Urskeks have been split into two separate beings: the Skeksis and the Mystics. As the aftermath of the Great Conjunction wreaks havoc upon the Gelfling tribes, the Gelfling may have no choice but to rely upon the one race offering aid: the Skeksis.

Archaia’s Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 3 hardcover arrives in comic shops on September 2nd and in bookstores September 8th with a cover price of $24.99 under Diamond code JUL151086. The cover is illustrated by legendary conceptual artist Brian Froud.

The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is August 10th. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one! It’s also available for order directly from boom-studios.com.

 ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS

Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is comprised of four distinct imprints. The original Studios imprint is home to Mike Carey’s Suicide Risk; James Tynion IV’s The Woods; Mark Waid’s Irredeemable; Sons of Anarchy; and Big Trouble in Little China. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 Guns was released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ Peanuts; Jim Davis’ Garfield; Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, and Steven Universe; Mike Kunkel’s Herobear and the Kid; and Natasha Allegri’s Bee and PuppyCat. BOOM!’s experimental imprint BOOM! Box publishes The Midas Flesh and Lumberjanes. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of Mouse Guard, Cow Boy, Gunnerkrigg Court, Rust, and Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films. In August 2014, BOOM! Studios began a similar first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox TV to develop properties for the small screen.

 About The Jim Henson Company

The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 50 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 Emmy® nominated Sid the Science Kid, Dinosaur Train, and Pajanimals as well as the new series Doozers, a CG animated preschool series. Features include the upcoming Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and MirrorMask. Television productions include Fraggle Rock, the sci-fi cult series Farscape, and the reality competition Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge.

 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 also 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 is currently touring “Puppet-Up! – Uncensored,” a live puppet improvisational show.

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ARCHAIA’S NEW ‘JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: WITCHES’ SPOTLIGHTS STANDALONE TALES IN SINGLE ISSUES

ARCHAIA’S NEW ‘JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: WITCHES’ SPOTLIGHTS STANDALONE TALES IN SINGLE ISSUES

Storyteller Witches #1 Cover A

JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: WITCHES #1 Cover A by S.M. Vidaurri

Storyteller Witches #1 Cover B
JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: WITCHES #1 Cover B by Missy Pena

August 20,  2014 (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Archaia, an award-winning imprint of BOOM! Studios, and The Jim Henson Company, an established leader in family entertainment for over 50 years, invite you to sit by the fire and curl up with the new limited series Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches this September. After publishing the graphic novelJim Henson’s The Storyteller in 2011 and the subsequent reprint of the Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: The Novelization earlier this year, the publisher has been eager to produce more stories from the beloved storyteller and his pet dog. In the spirit of Henson’s inventive imagination, this new limited series dives into the mythology of witches and witchcraft through the ages. Creators S.M. Vidaurri (Iron: Or, The War After), Kyla Vanderklugt (Spera), Matthew Dow Smith (Doctor Who), and Jeff Stokely (Six-Gun Gorilla) create four, separate, anthology-style standalone tales that feature an incredible blend of art styles and storytelling techniques, taking full advantage of the comics medium.

“Whether you grew up watching Jim Henson’s The Storyteller or are simply a fan of folklore and fairy tales, Witches has something that can appeal to you,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “We’ve gathered some of the most exciting up-and-coming creators in the industry, all of whom are huge Henson fans, and set them loose to explore classic tales from all over the world in a way only they could. The result is stunning, and we’re so excited to share it with fans.”

In the first of four standalone issues that will be released monthly, S.M. Vidaurri, writer and watercolor illustrator of the award-winning Archaia graphic novel Iron: Or, The War After, unfolds the stunning tale of “The Magic Swan Goose & the Lord of the Forest.” When her brother is kidnapped by a witch, a young princess must venture into the mysterious forest beyond the castle. There, the Lord of the Forest, an armor-clad spirit who watches over the wilderness, comes to her aid, but the princess must rely on her wits to discover who she can trust before her family is cursed forever.

Archaia’s Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches #1 (of 4) arrives in comic shops onSeptember 17th with a cover price of $3.99. The main cover is illustrated by issue artistS.M. Vidaurri, with a retailer incentive cover by Missy Pena (The Amazing World of Gumball). Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.comor findacomicshop.com to find one! It’s also available for order directly from boom-studios.com.

Storyteller Witches #2

JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: WITCHES #2 Cover by
Kyla Vanderklugt (presented in landscape format): Coming in October

Storyteller Witches #3
JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: WITCHES #3 Cover by
Matthew Dow Smith: Coming in November

Storyteller Witches #4
JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: WITCHES #4 Cover by
Jeff Stokely: Coming in December

ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS was recently released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of MOUSE GUARD, COW BOY, GUNNERKRIGG COURT, RUST, SPERA, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, and many other great titles. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films.

About The Jim Henson Company
The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 50 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 Emmy® nominated Sid the Science Kid, Dinosaur Train, and Pajanimals as well as the new series Doozers, a CG animated preschool series. Features include the upcomingAlexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and MirrorMask. Television productions include Fraggle Rock, the sci-fi cult series Farscape, and the reality competition Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge.

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 also 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 is currently touring “Puppet-Up! – Uncensored,” a live puppet improvisational show.

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EXPERIENCE THE AWARD-WINNING ‘JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND’ LIKE NEVER BEFORE

EXPERIENCE THE AWARD-WINNING
‘JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND’
LIKE NEVER BEFORE

Tale of Sand Illustrated Screenplay
JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND: THE ILLUSTRATED SCREENPLAY
Cover by Ramón K. Pérez

July 30,  2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Archaia, an award-winning imprint of BOOM! Studios, is excited to announce the September debut of JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND: THE ILLUSTRATED SCREENPLAY and the JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND BOX SET, which contains both the new illustrated screenplay and the original, Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, in a beautiful slipcase edition. Following the critically acclaimed graphic novel adaptation by Eisner Award-winning artist Ramón K. Pérez, the JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND: THE ILLUSTRATED SCREENPLAY contains the final draft of the original, unproduced screenplay by Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl, as well as nine all-new, black-and-white pages illustrated by Pérez that were cut, 19 original inked pages, 16 pages of layouts, and never-before-seen drawings, hand-written notes, and artifacts created from The Jim Henson Company’s Archives. Jim Henson fans and process junkies alike will be able to see the creative process from draft to final comic page.

“When JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND was first published, it made waves in the comics industry,” said BOOM! Studios President of Publishing and Marketing Filip Sablik. “Jim Henson continues to be one of the most influential, creative men in recent history, and his work has shaped the imaginations of creators worldwide. Being able to reproduce the screenplay for fans is incredibly exciting, and having Ramón return to do new work for this book means we can make a collected edition of the highest quality for fans.”

Between 1967 and 1974, Jim Henson and his longtime writing partner Jerry Juhl developed three drafts of a screenplay for a feature-length film called Tale of Sand. In 2012, Archaia published a graphic novel adaptation as realized by illustrator Ramón K. Pérez which went on to win three Eisner Awards and two Harvey Awards. The Illustrated Screenplay features the complete and final 1974 draft of the project with Jim and Jerry’s handwritten edits as well as layouts and inked pages from the adaptation in gorgeous black-and-white, and never-before-seen sequences that were cut during the production of the graphic novel, newly illustrated by Ramón K. Pérez.

JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND BOX SET is the definitive way to experience the groundbreaking JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND graphic novel. Featuring an all-new, wrap-around illustration by Ramón K. Pérez, this beautiful slipcase box includes the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel adaptation of the lost Jim Henson screenplay and the new JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND: THE ILLUSTRATED SCREENPLAY hardcover.

Archaia began publishing Jim Henson comic books and original graphic novels in 2010 with the FRAGGLE ROCK comic book series and has consistently published new projects since that time. Archaia’s relationship with The Jim Henson Company resulted in the Eisner Award-winning JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, based on the lost screenplay by Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl and illustrated by Ramón K. Pérez, along with critically acclaimed interpretations of JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER, THE DARK CRYSTAL, and FRAGGLE ROCK.

JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND: THE ILLUSTRATED SCREENPLAY and JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND BOX SET go on sale in comic shops and specialty stores on September 3rd under Diamond Order Codes MAY141171 and MAY141172, and wherever books are sold on September 9th. The illustrated screenplay will retail for $24.99, and the box set will retail for $49.99 with a new wrap-around cover by Ramón K. Pérez. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one! It is also available to be ordered through the BOOM! Studios webstore.

Above: JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND BOX SET Full Slipcase Cover by Ramón K. Pérez
Below: 3D Rendering of the Box Set

Tale of Sand Slipcase 3D

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ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS was recently released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of MOUSE GUARD, COW BOY, GUNNERKRIGG COURT, RUST, SPERA, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, and many other great titles. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films.

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KATE LETH AND JAKE MYLER DANCE THEIR CARES AWAY WITH ‘FRAGGLE ROCK: JOURNEY TO THE EVERSPRING’

KATE LETH AND JAKE MYLER DANCE THEIR CARES AWAY WITH ‘FRAGGLE ROCK: JOURNEY TO THE EVERSPRING’
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FRAGGLE ROCK: JOURNEY TO THE EVERSPRING #1 Main Cover by Jake Myler
FR Journey to the Everspring #1 Cover B

FRAGGLE ROCK: JOURNEY TO THE EVERSPRING #1 Incentive Cover by Jake Myler and The Jim Henson Company Archives

July 8,  2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Archaia, an award-winning imprint of BOOM! Studios, and The Jim Henson Company, an established leader in family entertainment for over 50 years, invite you to “dance your cares away” with the all-new, comic book limited series FRAGGLE ROCK: JOURNEY TO THE EVERSPRING. Ever since publishing two FRAGGLE ROCK anthology collections of short stories with The Jim Henson Company several years ago, the publisher has been eager to tell one big, epic, Fraggle-tastic tale. New York Times bestselling author Kate Leth (ADVENTURE TIME: SEEING RED, BRAVEST WARRIORS) teams up with FRAGGLE ROCK veteran artist Jake Myler (FRAGGLE ROCK, Orphan Blade) for a fun story that new and longtime fans alike can enjoy.

“It’s so much fun to go to conventions and have people stop at the booth and gasp, ‘That’s Fraggle Rock!’ There are so many fans out there who have grown up loving Wembley, Red, and all of the Fraggles,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Jim Henson created something timeless with Fraggle Rock, and with Archaia’s return to single issues going strong with titles like HACKTIVIST and THE LAST BROADCAST, we thought this was the perfect all-ages title to add to the mix. Kate and Jake are the perfect team, and the Fraggles are going on one of their greatest adventures yet.”

The Fraggles will adventure to places they’ve never been before, places where Gobo, Red, Mokey, Wembley, and Boober will meet brand-new friends, sing brand-new songs, and dance their cares away! Whether it’s ADVENTURE TIME, MOUSE GUARD, or Amulet ,comics fans are coming out for all-ages stories. No one mastered that art form quite like Jim Henson, and the characters of FRAGGLE ROCK remain some of his most beloved creations. Leth and Myler have spun a hilarious, super fun story for both longtime fans and comic readers of all ages who’ve yet to meet this lovable gang of Fraggles.

When the water supply of Fraggle Rock mysteriously runs dry, the Fraggles have to journey deep into the caves of Fraggle Rock to find the fabled Everspring where adventure awaits and no Fraggle has gone before!

Archaia’s FRAGGLE ROCK: JOURNEY TO THE EVERSPRING #1 (of 4) arrives in comic shops on October 8th with a cover price of $3.99. The main cover will be illustrated by series artist Jake Myler, with a retailer incentive cover by Jake Myler and The Jim Henson Company Archives. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one!

ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS

Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS was recently released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of MOUSE GUARD, COW BOY, GUNNERKRIGG COURT, RUST, SPERA, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, and many other great titles. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films.

About The Jim Henson Company

The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 50 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 Emmy® nominated Sid the Science Kid, Dinosaur Train, and Pajanimals as well as the new series Doozers, a CG animated preschool series. Features include the upcoming Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and MirrorMask. Television productions include Fraggle Rock, the sci-fi cult series Farscape, and the new reality competition Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge.

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 also 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 is currently touring “Puppet-Up! – Uncensored,” a live puppet improvisational show.

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ARCHAIA AND THE JIM HENSON COMPANY SET TO DEBUT ‘JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL: THE NOVELIZATION’

                                 

ARCHAIA AND THE JIM HENSON COMPANY SET TO DEBUT ‘JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL: THE NOVELIZATION’

The Dark Crystal: The Novelization

May 12, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Award-winning publisher Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, is excited to announce the June debut of JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL: THE NOVELIZATION, the second in a planned series of three hardcovers that reprint the prose novel adaptations of fan-favorite Henson properties. The book follows the recent April release of JIM HENSON’S LABYRINTH: THE NOVELIZATION and will be followed by the August release of JIM HENSON’S STORYTELLER: THE NOVELIZATION.

JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL: THE NOVELIZATION, written by author and playwright A.C.H. Smith and overseen by Jim Henson, reprints the long-out-of-print prose novel of the classic 1982 fantasy film for the first time in hardcover and features illustrations and concept designs by legendary illustrator and concept artist Brian Froud (The Goblins of Labyrinth, Faeries) that have never before been published. The book also contains an exclusive peek into Jim Henson’s creative process with a transcription of over 20 never-before-seen pages of his detailed notes on an early draft of the adaptation.

“There’s an entire generation of Jim Henson fans who never had the opportunity to enrich their enjoyment of classics like Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal with the prose novel adaptations,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “We’re honored to be working with The Jim Henson Company and The Jim Henson Archives to give these reprints the Archaia treatment and present them in beautiful new editions.”

Archaia began publishing comic books and original graphic novels based on The Jim Henson Company’s most popular titles in 2010 with the FRAGGLE ROCK comic book series and has consistently published new projects since that time. Archaia’s relationship with The Jim Henson Company resulted in the Eisner Award-winning JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, based on the lost screenplay by Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl and illustrated by Ramón Pérez, along with critically acclaimed interpretations of JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER, THE DARK CRYSTAL, and FRAGGLE ROCK.

JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL: THE NOVELIZATION goes on sale in comic shops and specialty stores on June 4th under Diamond Order Code APR140989, and wherever books are sold on June 10th (ISBN 978-1-60886-418-8). The 6” x 8”, 224-page hardcover prose novelization will retail for $19.99.

ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS was recently released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of MOUSE GUARD, COW BOY, GUNNERKRIGG COURT, RUST, SPERA, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, and many other great titles. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films.

About The Jim Henson Company:
The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 50 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 Emmy® nominated Sid the Science Kid, Dinosaur Train, and Pajanimals as well as the new series Doozers, a CG animated preschool series. Features include the upcoming Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth and MirrorMask. Television productions include Fraggle Rock, the sci-fi cult series Farscape, and the new reality competition Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge.

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 also 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 is currently touring “Puppet-Up! – Uncensored,” a live puppet improvisational show.

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Nerdist News – Ben Folds Fraggles: A Nerdist Channel Exclusive

The Ben Folds Five have spoken – Nyahhhh!

It seems like just yesterday we were dancing our cares away to the dulcet tones of Ben Folds Five and gleefully cheering on the denizens of Fraggle Rock as they narrowly escaped that pesky Sprocket. In reality, it’s been twelve years since we celebrated Steven’s last night in town and twenty-five years since the Fraggles chowed down on Doozer designs on our screens. Their collective absence has been a brick and we’ve been drowning slowly, but today the Nerdist Channel has thrown us a life preserver! The Silly Creatures at the Nerdist Channel are proud to debut the world premiere of Ben Folds Five’s new music video “Do It Anyway,” the first video from their upcoming album The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind, guest starring the music-playing residents of Fraggle Rock. To put it in perfectly Fraggle Rock-ian terms, this video is like a peach and garlic pie for your eyes and ears – oddly delicious and wholly unexpected.

Much like Gobo in the greedy hands of Junior Gorg, we’re predicting that this videowill quickly become your most valuable possession. Just in case the prospect of aPhilip Hodges-directed music video starring a newly reunited Ben Folds Five, Red, Mokey, Boober, Wembley, Gobo and Traveling Matt wasn’t enough, there are a few other celebrity surprises for you. Not only will the Fraggles get a visit from The Nerdist himself, Chris Hardwick, but also from honorary Fraggles Rob Corddry and Anna Kendrick. Trust us: this is the most star-studded human-puppet event you’ll see until 2016’s Dark Crystal/The Smiths reunion tour.

Still not enough? Are you trying to win the Battle of Who Could Care Less or something? Pre-order The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind for when it drops tomorrow and save your worries for another day. Just let the music play, down at Fraggle Rock and on the Nerdist Channel!