LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (September 7, 2017) – BOOM! Studios and The Jim Henson Company announce their fourth Storyteller collaboration with JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: FAIRIES, a four-issue limited series debuting in December featuring stand-alone stories by Matt Smith (Lake of Fire, Barbarian Lord), Benjamin Schipper (Cap’n Rex & His Clever Crew), Tyler Jenkins (Grass Kings), and Celia Lowenthal (The Saga of Gisli the Outlaw).
From Jim Henson’s classic television show to the comic series, the Storyteller and his faithful dog have delighted and thrilled fans with myths, legends, and stories from all over the world. JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: FAIRIES is the latest Storyteller series from BOOM! Studios, following Witches (2014), Dragons (2015), and Giants (2016).
“The Storyteller television series used classic folklore as a showcase for Jim Henson’s incredible creativity,” says Cameron Chittock, BOOM! Studios associate editor. “We encourage the artists working on this property to approach their stories with the same creative tenacity. The artists for Fairies rose to the occasion in inspiring fashion. We can’t wait for fans to see the detail and imagination put into each tale.”
JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: FAIRIES is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ critically acclaimed Archaia imprint, home to popular original series such as Mouse Guard by David Petersen; Rust by Royden Lepp; Bolivar by Sean Rubin; Jane by Aline Brosh McKenna and Ramón Pérez; and licensed books like Jim Henson’s The Power of the Dark Crystal and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth.
In JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: FAIRIES #1, Matt Smith reimagines “The Elf Queen and the Shepherd,” a tale of elven fairies in Iceland. When a Fairy Princess is cursed to the human realm and cursed to bring death with her, Grettir the Strong must discover the source of the trouble and break her curse. Future issues will focus on fairies from Hawaiian and Danish folklore.
JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: FAIRIES #1 features covers by Matt Smith and Sas Milledge (Mimon). Print copies will be available for sale at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or through the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.
BOOM! Studios was founded by Ross Richie in 2005 with the singular focus of creating world-class comic book and graphic novel storytelling for all audiences. Through the development of four distinct imprints—BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia—BOOM! has produced award-winning original work, including Lumberjanes, The Woods, Giant Days, Klaus, and Mouse Guard, while also breaking new ground with established licenses such as WWE, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Cartoon Network, and Jim Henson Company properties. BOOM! will also bring their original series to life through unique first-look relationships with 20th Century Fox for film and with Fox Television for the small screen.
The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 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 Julie’s Greenroom (Netflix), Dot. (Sprout/Hulu), Splash and Bubbles (PBS), Word Party (Netflix), Doozers (Hulu/ Sprout), and the Emmy®-nominated Sid the Science Kid (PBS), Dinosaur Train (PBS), and Pajanimals (Sprout). Television productions include Fraggle Rock, The Storyteller and the sci-fi cult series Farscape. Features include Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, as well as The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, MirrorMask, and Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow. Currently in development include Happytime Murders, starring Melissa McCarthy and the highly anticipated film Fraggle Rock.
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 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.