Jim Henson’s Labyrinth returns to comics…

So, any Labyrinth fans out there?

I can finally announce that Archaia’s new Labyrinth graphic novel will be hitting stores in 2012. It’s written by the imaginative duo of Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin, Polly and the Pirates) and Adrianne Ambrose (Fangs for Nothing, Confessions of a Virgin Sacrifice). Bringing Jareth and the Goblin Kingdom to life through his amazing watercolors will be Cory Godbey (Flight). I greatly enjoyed working with both Cory and Adrianne on Fraggle Rock, and I’ve been wanting to work with Ted for years now, so this is all quite exciting.

Also, if you’re a Labyrinth fan, you’ll definitely want to get your hands on Archaia’s 2012 Free Comic Book Day offering. They’re releasing a free hardcover (yes, you read that right, a free HARDCOVER) that contains original stories from some of their biggest releases, including Labyrinth.

Their press release is below, if you’d like more information on the upcoming FCBD book. For more information on the Labyrinth graphic novel, stay tuned…

ARCHAIA ANNOUNCES AN ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL HARDCOVER FOR FREE COMIC BOOK DAY IN 2012

48-PAGE, FULL-COLOR BOOK CONTAINING ORIGINAL MATERIAL FROM ‘MOUSE GUARD,’ ‘JIM HENSON’S LABYRINTH,’ ‘CURSED PIRATE GIRL, ‘RUST,’ ‘COW BOY’ AND ‘DAPPER MEN’ TO BE OFFERED COMPLETELY FOR FREE

Los Angeles, CA (December 2, 2011) – On May 5, 2012, Free Comic Book Day Gold Sponsor Archaia Entertainment will make history when it offers an all-ages, original graphic novel hardcover completely for free to fans who flock to their local comic book stores. The 6” x 9”, 48-page, full-color book will contain all-original stories—not reprints or excerpts from upcoming releases — from Mouse Guard, Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, Cursed Pirate Girl, Rust, Cow Boy and Dapper Men, announced Archaia President and CEO PJ Bickett.

Officially titled Mouse Guard, Labyrinth and Other Stories, the offering will be a shining example of Archaia’s commitment to produce high-quality graphic novels, despite its free price tag.

“We’ve offered single issues for past Free Comic Book Days but Archaia’s specialty is producing beautiful, hardbound collections,” said Bickett. “Offering a hardcover book for Free Comic Book Day is our way of helping to drive more potential customers to comic book stores on what has historically been their busiest sales day of the year. But it’s also a way to educate readers on what Archaia is all about: high-quality graphic novel collections of stories they can’t get anywhere else.

“On Free Comic Book Day, be sure to get to your local comic book shop early because this special book is guaranteed to run out fast and become an instant collector’s item!” said Archaia Marketing Manager Mel Caylo.

Below is the complete solicitation for Archaia’s 2012 Free Comic Book Day offering:

MOUSE GUARD, LABYRINTH AND OTHER STORIES
Original Graphic Novel Hardcover
2012 Free Comic Book Day
Retail Price:
Free
Page Count: 48 pages
Format: Hardcover with no dust jacket (paper over board), 6” x 9”, full color
UPC: 811514010689 00311
Country: U.S.

Written by Jeremy Bastian, Nate Cosby, Royden Lepp, Jim McCann, Ted Naifeh and David Petersen
Illustrated by Jeremy Bastian, Chris Eliopoulos, Cory Godbey, Janet Lee, Royden Lepp and David Petersen
Cover by David Petersen

This Free Comic Book Day, Archaia offers readers the chance to experience history in the making with a FREE, gorgeous, 48-page, 6” x 9” full color hardcover original graphic novel featuring all-new material! David Petersen returns with an all-new Mouse Guard tale that’s guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings! Lose yourself once again in Jim Henson’s amazing world of Labyrinth, featuring a fantastical story from Eisner Award nominee Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin) and Cory Godbey (Fraggle Rock). Get a new perspective on Jet Jones in Royden Lepp’s critically acclaimed Rust, with a short story seen through the eyes of younger brother Oswald Taylor. Jeremy Bastian’s acclaimed Cursed Pirate Girl hits the high seas in this whimsical, swashbuckling tale of wonderland journeys and unimaginable dangers. Nate Cosby (Pigs) and Chris Eliopoulos (Franklin Richards) present Cow Boy, a comedy/western that tells the tale of a young bounty hunter determined to send his entire outlaw family to jail. And Jim McCann and Janet Lee follow up their Eisner Award-winning Return of the Dapper Men with an all-new short story that leads into the upcoming sequel, Time of the Dapper Men. Witness the origin of a new, major character! And…the return of 41?!

About Archaia Entertainment

Archaia Entertainment is a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 50 renowned publishing brands, including such domestic and international hits as Mouse Guard, Return of the Dapper Men, Gunnerkrigg Court, Awakening, The Killer, Days Missing, Tumor, Syndrome, Artesia, The Engineer, and an entire line of The Jim Henson Company graphic novels, including Tale of Sand, which is based on an unproduced screenplay discovered in the Henson Archives. Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds, building one of the industry’s most visually stunning and eclectic slates of graphic novels. Archaia was named Graphic Novel Publisher of the Year according to Ain’t it Cool News, Graphic Policy, and Comic Related, and was honored with nine 2011 Eisner Awards nominations. Archaia has also successfully emerged as a prolific storyteller in all facets of the entertainment industry, extending their popular brands into film, television, gaming, and branded digital media.

11 thoughts on “Jim Henson’s Labyrinth returns to comics…

  1. Wonderful news, indeed! I enjoyed Tokyopop’s “Return to Labyrinth” (bought every volume as soon as it came out) and am very much looking forward to checking out Archaia’s take. May 5 seems a very long way away…

  2. If you’re a Return to Labyrinth fan, I think you’ll really enjoy what we’re doing with the upcoming graphic novel. Adrianne Ambrose, one of our writers, is actually very good friends with Jake T. Forbes, so in some ways we’re keeping Labyrinth in the family. You’re right, May 5th IS a long way away, so you might want to consider picking up Archaia’s Dark Crystal and Storyteller graphic novels to tide you over. They’re hitting stores this month!

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  4. Finally! I have been waiting so long for the Labyrinth release! I also read all 4 volumes of Return and I can’t wait to see what Archaia has dome with it!

  5. Hi. You said on July 29, 2009 that the Tokyopop and Archaia volumes will be part of the same canon. But this prequel being about Jareth entering the Labyrinth as a teenager sounds like it contradicts the backstory he was given in Return to Labyrinth (came to the world of the goblins with Mizumi as an adult, created the Labyrinth to isolate himself). Can you shed light on this issue, please?

  6. We’re currently considering several different stories for the Labyrinth GN. We don’t yet know what Archaia’s prequel is going to be about (although we do know it’s going to be a prequel). However, it’s never been revealed, in Return to Labyrinth or anywhere, precisely when Jareth arrived in what we know as the Goblin Kingdom. That backstory you’re referring to was deliberately left pretty vague to give us the option of telling that story one day.

  7. This article quotes Stephen Christy saying that the prequel will be about a teenaged Jareth arriving in the Labyrinth, and implies he is pulled there much like Sarah but doesn’t escape: http://shelf-life.ew.com/2012/01/06/labyrinth-graphic-novel-prequel/

    Return to Labyrinth did explicitly show Jareth arriving in the world that would later become the Goblin Kingdom for the first time, on a boat with Mizumi after the two of them had been free-rangers throughout several worlds. He chose to dally there above Mizumi’s protests because “they amuse me” (“they” being primitive, naked goblins with no king), and created the Labyrinth out of nothing, magically, as a test to see if Mizumi could find his heart.

    Jareth and Mizumi didn’t merely allude to this, we saw these events happening, and what they did and said during them, in Volume 4. I’m honestly confused as to what vagueness is left. Help?

  8. Re-reading, it’s conceivable that Jareth had been to that world before and it only strongly seemed like it was the first time, and the Labyrinth with his heart in it could have already been there before he showed it to Mizumi. In which case, the heart thing should be mentioned in this prequel (and he shouldn’t be human?). I sure hope it all fits together, I’m just afraid that they haven’t told you everything so it ends up contradicting your reassurance.

  9. That article is based on a very old interview and really isn’t all that accurate. We’re currently considering at least four different options for the Labyrinth GN. If we do tell a Jareth origin story, it will fit within all established continuity. We’re aware of the scene that you’re referring to, but it was in no way meant to suggest that Jareth hadn’t been to the Goblin Kingdom prior to that or that Mizumi was with him when he discovered it. Just that he found life among the goblins more interesting than life with her.

  10. I guess it would be too much to hope that you have any good news about Power of the Dark Crystal?

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