…Don't they either? Blimey. Look, I'm sorry for that spotty memory of mine, but I have this very distinct memory of a sequence in a comic where a Gelfling explains the Arathim to another, and in doing so gives the information about the Arathim that I tried to add to the page. But I read through all the comics in basically one sitting, before I found the Wiki, and so they end up sort of blurring in my mind a bit. I guess by process of elimination it must have been in the Age of Resistance comic?
"She warned the other Maudras that this discord will put the Gelfling on the brink of anarchy, and offered Fara one last change to join her and "snuff this fire before it burns [them] all." To which Fara replied "As you burned your own mother?"
The brackets (), can explain the quote better. Trust me.
Anyone who has read the books (which I have) and watched Age of Resistance (which I have) can plainly see that the two works are irreconcilable, and ultimately J.M. Lee is in no position to say what is or isn't canon. That's for Lisa Henson to decide. For obvious reasons, the events of Age of Resistance take precedence.
You can still include the info from the J.M. Lee books, but they need to be placed in a "Non-canon appearances" section. See the skekSil or skekLach pages for examples of this.
The book series came before the Netflix show and the majority of the characters in it were created by Lee. Every decision he made had to go through the Henson team. If that's not canon, then please explain to me what is.
What's canon is what is established in Age of Resistance, and being published first makes no difference whatsoever (see Legends of the Dark Crystal which was published nearly a decade before the JM Lee books and is clearly being ignored in AOR).
This is the most up to date canon timeline released from the Henson company, and the JM Lee books are notable only in their total absence, alongside Legends.
Who exactly are you to decide that AOR is canon but the books are not? Why not consider that BOTH are canon, but one is shown in the books and one is shown in the show? Leaving it out doesn't magically make it non-canon.
You give Lee next to no credit for his contributions. Most of these characters are his, as is much of the world-building present in the show.
He states that the mandate from the Henson Company was that the written material in the intervening 37 years between the movie and the show was canon, though this was clearly ignored during the writing of AOR, as far as Legends of the Dark Crystal is concerned and some (major) details of the Young Adult Novels.
"Yes, the books are canon and the show is canon, but, as Obi-Wan says to Luke, many of the truths we cling to are only true to a certain point of view."
Supporting his point with an ambiguous Star Wars quote does not clarify things at all. There are simply too many conflicting discrepancies between the show and the novels, and the statement contradicts the updated timeline established by the Jim Henson Company which (again) omits J.M. Lee and Legends.
With that said, when can we expect to see you on Discord? It's a better place to air grievances than a message wall, as it reaches a wider audience which includes administrative staff.
Also, I’m not asking you to list the book series and the show as having the same events. I’m asking you to acknowledge that both are canon and reflect the information as such. Even just listing it under “other media appearances” as opposed to “non-canonical” would be fine, because to say the books aren’t canon is not only insulting to the author, but factually incorrect.
LittleWhole was the one I messaged on discord. They’ve been active in the DC server, so I’m not sure why they haven’t replied to me yet. If the other two are more active, though, I’ll contact one of them instead if I haven’t heard back by tonight.
As a side note, the reason your timeline only lists the books it does is because it was released by Archaia. It doesn’t list any books that weren’t Archaia. Sure, it has the Henson logo on it, but so J.M. Lee’s books and all other official Dark Crystal material.