What’s A ‘Discovery Adventure’? Find Out With The Dark Crystal And Archaia

by Hannah Means Shannon

Boom! Studios’ imprint Archaia are going to be publishing a significant new entry in their catalog of Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal books, this one relating directly to the film itself.

Titled Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: A Discovery Adventure, the hardcover will debut in May 2018 and take readers on an immersive experience through the world of the film, as illustrated by Ann Marcellino.

Boom says:

…readers are invited to join Jen and Kira on a grand adventure through the world of Thra in their journey to restore the Dark Crystal. Help them find the missing shard, evade Skeksis, and heal their land in this stunning book, gorgeously illustrated by Ann Marcellino.

Marcellino reflects:

I was first introduced to The Dark Crystal via a VHS tape my mother had bought when I was young. The artistry and fantasy nature of the film really stuck with me through the years. I am beyond excited to be working on this book; there is nothing better than working on a project for something you love, and I am really grateful for the opportunity. I hope readers will enjoy looking through the details of the illustrations and maybe even come out of it with a new appreciation for the Dark Crystal world.

Boom! Studios explains that the book contains “detailed artwork” which “presents Jim Henson and Brian Froud’s fantastical vision of Thra and the wonderful creatures that live there”. The book will also feature “bonus challenges” focusing on the landscapes, Crystal Castle, and Aughra’s Observatory of the film.

Based on these descriptions, it sounds like the book consists of interactive illustrations of the world of The Dark Crystal, revealing details that might have been overlooked before, and perhaps forming a narrative, rather than on photography or behind the scenes aspects of the film.

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: A Discovery Adventure will arrive in shops in May 2018.