For those of us of a certain age, Labyrinth was as much a part of our childhood viewing as The Muppets, The Dark Crystal and The NeverEnding Story. The David Bowie lead trip into the realm of the Goblin King celebrated its 30th anniversary this year, and as a way of marking the occasion, we’ll be getting a new comic collection capturing stories from that world.
Originally announced through EW, the series will be put out by BOOM! Studios’ Archaia imprint, and overseen by The Jim Henson Company. It is a part of a series of releases, including Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: 30th Anniversary Special in August, Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Tales in September, and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Artist Tribute in November.
Here’s a little preview:
While talking to EW, BOOM! editor Sierra Hahn spoke about the three issue comic special, calling it a “48-page comic book comprised of some short stories based on some of the ancillary characters of the world: Sir Didymus, Ludo, Ambrosius, Hoggle, some of the iconic figures that Sarah came across in her journey through the labyrinth,” although “Sarah and Jareth are not part of those stories.”
She clarifies, “Those were done by a mix of artists who had done them for Free Comic Book Day issues we’ve been publishing for the past several years. We had wanted to take those issues, put them under one cover, and allow fans who maybe hadn’t gotten them before, who had missed out on the opportunity during Free Comic Book Day, to have one definitive collection of that material. Most of it is previously published, and then we’ll have two brand new short stories: one by Jonathan Case and one by Gustavo Duarte, who’s done silent cartoons and comics previously. He’s a big fan of the Henson world and I’m hoping he’ll do a really cool silent comic for us.”
You can read the whole interview with her here.
The film will also be seeing a limited theatrical re-release in September, followed by a fully loaded Blu-Ray release.