The 2nd Dimension

Monday, July 18, 2005

Tokyopop to publish Jim Henson-based manga

From ICv2:

Tokyopop announced an agreement with the Jim Henson Company at the San Diego Comic-Con International to publish original manga titles based on three of the Henson Company's fantasy properties including MirrorMask, the feature film from Dave McKean and Neil Gaiman, which is due for release on September 30 of this year. Gaiman suggested that MirrorMask be included in the agreement, which originally included just The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, and Gaiman will be plotting the Tokyopop MirrorMask manga, which is due out in the fall of 2006. It will serve as a prequel to the MirrorMask film, explaining the princess' escape from the Dark Palace and how she came to acquire the MirrorMask.

The three Henson Company manga titles announced will all feature new original stories; they won't be Cine-manga screen capture versions of the original properties. Like the MirrorMask manga, The Dark Crystal manga will be a prequel to the film; while the Labyrinth manga will serve as a sequel to the 1986 film, following the 13-year-old Toby as he journeys back to the Labyrinth to assume his role as heir to the Goblin Kingdom.

Hey, I like the '80s as much as the next 20-something, but was the decade really that great that they have to re-hash every frigging title that holds even the least little bit of nastalgia? I feel sorry for kids these days who have to grow up with all this re-gurgitation and have very little original material to identify with the decades they grew up in. Or maybe I'm just becoming bitter and angry in my old age.

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