Exclusive: Archaia Announces ‘Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Dragons’
Jim Henson's The Storyteller is in contention for the title of greatest TV show ever made --- it's basically between that, The Wire, Deadwood, and The Great British Bake-Off. Originally running for just one season of nine episodes in the late 1980s, the show combined European folklore, Jim Henson's muppetry, and respected British character actors like John Hurt, Jonathan Pryce, Sean Bean, Brenda Blethyn, and Jennifer Saunders, to spin standalone traditional tales that, watched once, would stay with you forever.
Archaia first revived the brand in 2011 as part of its Jim Henson line, with some of the best up-and-coming creators spinning their own takes on classic folktales in comics form. More amazing creators stepped up to conjure occult yarns for 2014's The Storyteller: Witches, and now ComicsAlliance can exclusively reveal the next installment in Archaia's Storyteller series: The Storyteller: Dragons.
Launching in December, the four issue series will explore dragon myths from different cultures around the world, kicking off with writer Fabian Rangel Jr. and artist Daniel Bayliss's tale of the Horned Snake and the Thunderbird, inspired by Native American traditions. The second issue sees Nathan Pride take on the Celtic tale of the Lambton Worm, while issue #3 offers Hannah Christenson's gender-switched retelling of a Russian folktale about a knight and squire fighting the three-headed dragon Tugarin.
The final issue comes from Jorge Corona, recent winner of the Russ Manning award for Most Promising Newcomer, and is inspired by a Japanese tale about a young girl facing the dragon Yofune Nushi.
You can see Christenson's cover for issue #3 above, and check out the rest of the covers and the solicitation for issue #1 below:
Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Dragons #1 (of 4)
Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Daniel Bayliss & Fabian Rangel Jr.
Artist: Daniel Bayliss
Main Cover: Daniel Bayliss
Jackpot: Cory Godbey
BOOM! 10 Years Incentive Cover: Kyla Vanderklugt
Incentive Cover: David Petersen
On Sale: December
What’s to Love: We explored the many different myths and legends about witches in Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches, and we’re thrilled to rejoin the Storyteller and his faithful dog as they explore a whole new set of stories about dragons from talented creators with beautiful and unique styles.
What It Is: Dragons have taken many different shapes in cultures across the world, from serpents and “worms” to thunderbirds and the classic European firebreather. In this first issue, Fabian Rangel Jr. (Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard) and artist Daniel Bayliss (Translucid) bring us “Son of the Serpent,” inspired by Native American stories about the Horned Snake and the Thunderbird.
Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Dragons #1 goes on sale in December.