Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Fans (Young and Old) of The Dark Crystal Will Love These New Books and Comics Based on the New Netflix Original Series, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Streaming Now! - Enter to Win a Book Based on the New Series (Valued at $50) #Giveaway

Disclosure: I was provided with a book from the publisher in exchange for promoting this new Netflix Original Series. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

OMG, have you been on Netflix lately and checking out the new additions?  Yes, they have added some fun family-friendly holiday movies, but my girls and I are currently watching  the Netflix Original series, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, a 10-episode puppet-filled prequel to the 1982 classic cult film.  

I was  a child of the 80's and grew up watching Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, that was when I wasn't watching the Muppets.  And, I still have baseball style cards that I collected every time the card collectors came to our local mall. Now, all these years later, I get to relive one of my favorite childhood films, which has become a cult classic through the years, with my two girls.  And, recently, my youngest daughter has taken up puppetry and fallen in love with all things Jim Henson.  She had read all the biography books about him, and seen all the old Muppets show movies and television episodes, along with all the classic Muppets movies.  And, for her birthday a couple weeks ago, I was able to find old Muppets puppets from the 70's and 80's to surprise her with.  She was all smiles when she unwrapped Miss Piggy (her personal favorite) and Kermit. Now, she along with her older sister are putting on puppet shows in the living room, that is, when we aren't watching the new The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance on Netflix.

If you are a fan of this new series on Netflix, or grew up watching and still love The Dark Crystal, I wanted to share some new books and even comic books that have released as a result of the new epic fantasy adventure series, all in time for the holidays.  I know what I will be getting my daughter, as she is all about The Dark Crystal (old and the new series on Netflix). Maybe she will even let me read the books, as they really look cool, and something that fans of the original cult classic will love to get their hands, read and collect.  

So, without further ado, here is more about the new The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance books that are available now, and that would make for great gift ideas this holiday season. And, be sure to read to the end, as I will be offering up one of the books (valued at $50) for one lucky Inspired by Savannah reader to win. :-)

The Jim Henson Company is celebrating the broad critical acclaim for their epic fantasy adventure, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, by partnering with bloggers like myself, and letting us host a giveaway for one of their new book releases just in time for the holidays.

"Called a “perfect revival” (The Washington Post), “a whimsical, fun and entertaining series” (The Hollywood Reporter), and “a prime example of how television can do fantasy right” (Variety), the Netflix Original series, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, is a 10-episode puppet-filled prequel to the 1982 classic cult film.

And now, fans of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance can become further immersed in the lore, legends, heroes and villains of the expansive world of Thra with all of these new books!   New fans can learn more about their favorite characters from the series, while longtime fans can delve further into the rich canon of this pop culture phenomenon, and everyone can discover the behind-the-scenes magic that brought the many creatures of Thra to life.

From Penguin Random House are three books by J.M. Lee, a staff writer on The Dark Crystal, Age of Resistance. Lee, who holds a degree in linguistics, also created the Podling language featured in the Netflix show.  He is the author of a four-book prequel series that ties directly into the plot and setting for the Netflix series, as well as several other Dark Crystal tie-ins. The novels came about after Lee won a writing contest co-hosted by Penguin and The Jim Henson Company—The Dark Crystal Author QuestNew titles from Lee this season include:

  •   Heroes of the Resistance: A Guide to the Characters of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. This visual character guide, featuring stunning full-color photos from the show, will have readers feeling as knowledgeable about the world of Thra and its inhabitants as the wise and all-knowing Aughra. Hardcover; MSRP $9.99; Ages 12+

·       Aughra’s Wisdom of Thra40-page companion gift book, with lush illustrations by artist Cory Godbey, that transports readers into the legends and lore of The Dark Crystal's expansive mythology. Aughra is a feisty three-and-a-half-foot creature with ram horns, a detachable eye, and secrets to an entire fantasy universe, who guides readers with wisdom beyond this realm and advice only she can give. Hardcover; MSRP $12.99;  Ages 12+

·       Shadows of The Dark Crystal.  The acclaimed four-book prequel series, Shadows of the Dark CrystalSong of the Dark Crystal, Tides of the Dark Crystal, and Flames of the Dark Crystaldive into the culture of the Gelfling and how they work together across clans to resist the evil Skeksis.  Flames of the Dark Crystal is newly available in paperback and Illustrated by Cory Godbey. Paperback; MSRP $9.99; Ages 12+
From Insight Editions is The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance; Inside the Epic Return to Thra.  

Written by Daniel Wallace, with a foreward by executive producer Lisa Henson, this book reveals the incredible creative process behind the new series—how Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, legendary character and costume designer Brian Froud, and director Louis Leterrier brought Thra and its characters to life alongside the many artists and puppeteers who are continuing the legacy of the original film. Filled with exclusive cast and crew interviews, concept art, set photography, puppet designs and more, this is the definitive exploration of The Jim Henson Company’s epic return to Thra. MSRP; $50.00; All ages. 

And for comic book fans, from Boom! Studios is Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, a 12-issue official prequel to the Netflix series. Return to another world, another time, Before the Age of Wonder. 

The Skeksis rein over Thra, but there are distant echoes of rebellion. Gelfling and unlikely heroes emerge to champion what is good and just, but their paths to legend started long ago. Epic tales of adventure, magic, and mystery send us back in time to the Age of Resistance to witness the untold histories that forged these protectors of Thra. Based on a story by The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance series writers, Will Matthews & Jeffery Addiss, writer Nicole Andelfinger (Lumberjanes) and Matias Basla ( Sparrowhawk ) tell the tale of the mighty Ordon and a young Fara on an impossible quest.  An all-new arc from writer Adam Cesare and artist French Carlomagno spotlighting Hup, the heroic Podling, debuts on January 15, 2020.

Availability:  Print copies available at local comic book shops (comicshoplocator.com) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies available from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Madefire.   Individual issues MSRP $3.99; Ages 12+

More about the Netflix Original series!

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is a 10-episode puppet-filled prequel to the 1982 classic film that follows three Gelfling who discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power and set out on an epic journey to reignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.  Directed by Louis Leterrier and executive produced by Leterrier, Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford, the series stars an ensemble of fantastical, state-of-the-art characters and creatures created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™ and designed by Brian Froud, the original feature’s conceptual designer. Taron Egerton, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Anya Taylor-Joy lead a stellar voice cast including Awkwafina, Helena Bonham Carter, Natalie Dormer, Mark Hamill, Lena Heady, Jason Isaacs, Theo James, Toby Jones, Keegan-Michael Key, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Simon Pegg, Mark Strong, Alicia Vikander, and Benedict Wong.  


If you haven't checked out this new Netflix Original Series and love the cult classic, The Dark Crystal, you really must find time and watch it. I am not usually a fan of new versions of classics, but this new series is entertaining and is a great way to introduce your newer generations to The Dark Crystal.  My girls love it, and it is a great way to enjoy quality family time together.  And, now we will have to pick up these books that go along with the new Netflix series, to read and enjoy together. :-)


As mentioned above, I am partnering with The Jim Henson Company to offer one lucky Inspired by Savannah reader the chance to win a copy of the The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance; Inside the Epic Return to Thra from Insight Editions (Valued at $50).

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 Disclosure: I was provided with a book from the publisher in exchange for promoting this new Netflix Original Series. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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