Archaia’s new Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches spotlights standalone tales in single issues

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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 novel Jim 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.

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“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 on September 17th with a cover price of $3.99. The main cover is illustrated by issue artist S.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.com or findacomicshop.com to find one! It’s also available for order directly from boom-studios.com.

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Kyla Vanderklugt (presented in landscape format): Coming in October

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Matthew Dow Smith: Coming in November

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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 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.

via BOOM! Studios