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Are you a massive Dark Crystal fan? Can’t get enough Gelfling in your life? Too Skeksis for your shirt? Then you’re going to love this juicy exclusive: BOOM! Studios’ Archaia imprint is bringing the classic adaptation of Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal by A.C.H. Smith back into print in hardcover for the very first time. Debuting in June, the 273-page tome includes illustrations and concept art from iconic illustrator Brian Froud (The Goblins of Labyrinth, Faeries) and 20 pages of never-before-seen notes and early draft materials from Jim Henson himself. And, thanks to our friends at BOOM! Studios, we have your exclusive first look at the book you’ll spend all spring lusting after and a sneak peek at some of the incredible Brian Froud sketches.

Dark Crystal Prose Novel Cover

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Here’s the official solicitation:


Genre: Fantasy
Format: 5.75” x 7.875”, 273 pages, B&W, HC
Retail Price: $19.99
Author: Jim Henson, A.C.H. Smith
Artist: Brian Froud
Cover Artist: Brian Froud


WHY WE LOVE IT: We’re big Jim Henson fans, and nothing could be more exciting than getting the novelization of The Dark Crystal adapted by A.C.H. Smith and personally overseen by Jim Henson back in print, and for the first time in hardcover!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: This beautiful hardcover includes illustrations and concept designs by legendary illustrator and concept artist Brian Froud (The Goblins of Labyrinth, Faeries) that have never been published, as well as an exclusive peek into Jim Henson’s creative process with over 20 never-before-seen pages of his detailed notes on an early draft of the adaptation.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The story of the cult classic Jim Henson film The Dark Crystal, wonderfully adapted for prose by author and playwright A.C.H. Smith.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Kasia says:

    Very excited I found out about this, but really wish there was still a dark crystal 2!

  2. iSculpting says:

    I absolutely love this movie. It was my all time favourite film as a child. The crazy and scary designs of the characters in this film filled me with a true sense of wonder and fascination. Those Garthim were bloody terrifying!! If you’d like to see some of my work I actually sculpted a Skeksis 🙂

  3. MKSM says:

    Love it! And the movie is showing soon at The Astor in Melbourne. Hasn’t been on the big screen in Australia in like two decades!

  4. Alice Green says:

    Can’t wait!! I have to have this. Dark Crystal is one of the best movies ever made. The book should be a real treasure!!!

  5. Jason says:

    Can’t wait for both. Also if you ever visit Atlanta GA.Hit up the Center for puppetry arts, and you can see the General skesis up close and personal.

  6. Tamara Slaten says:

    Squeeeee. Must has it. Yessssss..hmmm

  7. Laura says:

    There’s a labyrinth one too!!!! 😀 going to pre order both!!

  8. Matt says:

    Unfortunately though I’ve seen commercials and ads that day “Disney” and “Muppets” without any mention of The Henson Company. I’m not a big fan of Disney either.

  9. Wendeline de Cuba says:

    This will be my bible then 😉 Can’t wait!

  10. Jaz says:

    This looks awesome.. I gotta have this!!!

  11. John Royal says:

    Dark Crystal is one of my favorites along with labyrinth

  12. Kenny says:

    Disney didn’t take over The Jim Henson Company. Henson sold the Muppets to Disney in 2004. Henson, who still owns The Dark Crystal, remains independent. But you are right–it doesn’t seem the same now. Regardless, this sounds cool.

  13. sarah says:

    So as excited as I am for this i think they should republish “The Labyrinth” by A.C.H. Smith have been looking for it for a long time…

  14. I have always loved Jim Henson ‘s works . they all Made my childhood . I just wish Disney hadn’t taken over. Doesn’t seem the same now.

  15. Larisa Edwards says:

    Gotta have it. I grew up loving Jim Henson and am still a huge fan of everything Henson. I have the original soft cover of the book, and would love to own this too. Can’t wait!

  16. Nix graves says:

    I am so excited! I can’t wait to get my copy!!

  17. Marie says:

    !!! I’m definitely going to need that. That movie is totally my childhood.