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Archaia to publish new Jim Henson ‘Storyteller’ series

Storyteller Witches 2

A few years ago, Archaia published an anthology of traditional tales based loosely on the Jim Henson television series The Storyteller. In the book, as on the screen, each of the stories was introduced by a genial storyteller (played on TV by John Hurt), who was always portrayed sitting by the fire with his dog.

Now, Nerdist brings news that Archaia is putting a slightly different spin on the concept with The Storyteller: Witches, a four-issue miniseries of folk tales about witches. As in the earlier collection, it will consist of stand-alone folk tales, each told by a different set of creators, but this time they will be published as single-issue comics. The fourth issue, Vaslissa the Beautiful, is based on an unproduced screenplay from the television series, adapted by Jeff Stokeley, the artist for Six-Gun Gorilla and The Reason for Dragons. But the one that caught my eye was the second, which will be published in landscape format (the others are portrait). And yes, the Storyteller will introduce each tale.

The Storyteller: Witches debuts Sept. 17. If you can’t wait for your next Henson fix, Archaia released The Dark Crystal: The Novelization just last week.

Take a look at the covers of all four issues, including one variant cover, below.

Issue 1, cover A, by S.M. Vidaurri

Issue 1, cover A, by S.M. Vidaurri

Issue 1, cover B, by Missy Pena

Issue 1, cover B, by Missy Pena

Issue 2, by Kyla Vanderklugt

Issue 2, by Kyla Vanderklugt

Issue 3, by Matthew Dow Smith

Issue 3, by Matthew Dow Smith

Issue 4, illustrated by Jeff Stokely (Six-Gun Gorilla, The Reason for Dragons), colors by John Rauch

Issue 4, illustrated by Jeff Stokely (Six-Gun Gorilla, The Reason for Dragons), colors by John Rauch

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