Legends of the Dark Crystal is an original manga series based in the world of The Dark Crystal. The story is a prequel, taking place during the Garthim War, 200 years before the events of the original 1982 movie. It was decided early on to make the series a prequel rather than a sequel, as the ultimately unmade live-action sequel, The Power of the Dark Crystal, was then in pre-production and the writers did not want to "step on their toes".
The story focuses on two Gelflings: Lahr, a shepherd, and Neffi, a weaver. After both their villages are attacked and destroyed by the Garthim, they join together and eventually rally another nearby village into taking a stand against the monsters...Tim Beedle (series editor)
The graphic novels were produced by TokyoPop and The Jim Henson Company, with the story written by Barbara Randall Kesel and artwork by Heidi Arnhold and Max Kim. According to Tim Beedle, the series was largely the idea of TokyoPop editor Jake T. Forbes, who had been asked by his publisher to come up with a property which could have been used as the basis of a new graphic novel series. Forbes, a Jim Henson fan, proposed both Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal, and the project was approved by Michael Pollis, the then senior VP of Marketing and Home Entertainment of the Jim Henson Company. Rob Valois, who had previously worked for the company, was hired as an editor, and worked out a deal between the two companies.
The first volume, entitled The Garthim Wars, was released in November 2007. Three volumes were originally expected, though it was decided to condense it into only two. The released date of the second manga was delayed for three years. According to Heidi Arnhold:
A couple years ago, there were a ton of layoffs at Tokyopop that had a negative effect on a lot of their projects. I honestly thought "Legends" was going to get cancelled altogether. The best compromise TP made was to wrap up the story in two volumes instead of three in order to save money. That's pretty much it! I'm just glad we got to finish.Heidi Arnhold
The second and final volume titled Trial By Fire was released on August 2010.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 An Interview with Tim Beedle, Muppetbalcony.com, October 10, 2007
- ↑ H. Arnhold, Comment on 'Dark Crystal Preview 9' by *HeidiArnhold, DeviantArt.com, August 29, 2010