Archaia, the official publisher of Jim Henson comics and graphic novels, is launching a new comics miniseries based on one of Henson’s franchises. The Storyteller: Witches will focus on different folk tales just like the television series from the late ’80s. The Storyteller featured a narrator sitting in a cozy chair by the fireplace; he told viewers about magical creatures and happenings. As the Storyteller wove his tales, you watched them come to life before your eyes.
The Storyteller: Witches will be similar except the stories will unfold on the pages of comics instead of the television screen. Each issue of the four-part series will center on folk tales involving a witch. The inspiration is pulled from folk tales – mostly European titles – and one of the issues is based on an unproduced teleplay from The Storyteller. Here’s how they break down:
Issue 1 (on sale 9/17 in comic shops):
“The Magic Swan Goose & the Lord of the Forest”
Written and illustrated by S.M. Vidaurri (IRON: Or, The War After)
Issue 2 (on sale 10/15):
“The Snow Witch”
Written and Illustrated by Kyla Vanderklugt (Spera)
NOTE: This is a landscape-formatted issue.
Issue 3 (on sale 11/19):
“The Phantom Isle”
Written and Illustrated by Matthew Dow Smith (October Girl, X-Files, Doctor Who, Hellboy)
Issue 4 (on sale 12/17):
“Vasilissa the Beautiful”
Based on the unproduced Storyteller teleplay written by Anthony Minghella, Susan Kodicek, and Anne Mountfield.
Adapted and illustrated by Jeff Stokely (Six-Gun Gorilla, The Reason for Dragons), colors by John Rauch
Archaia provides the stories, but you’re responsible for adding the fireplace and the big fluffy dog. And if you really want to commit to the role, you can try to get in touch with John Hurt’s people to see if he’ll come to your house and read the comics to you. Let us know how that goes.
Issue #1 will be available in comic shops on September 17th. If you’re interested, go ahead and tell your friendly neighborhood comics retailer you want a copy.