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Henson Company - turning Japanese?

It was announced at the 50th Anniversary panel at the San Diego Comic-con that three Jim Henson Company properties will be making forays into manga and anime.

Tokyopop will be releasing three manga - a prequel to the upcoming Dave McKean/Neil Gaiman venture MirrorMask; a sequel to Labryrinth; and a prequel to The Dark Crystal. The Dark Crystal, incidentally, will be getting a film sequel (no release date projected yet). Gaiman himself will do the plotting for the MirrorMask manga; the Labyrinth manga will be penned by Jake Forbes (a Tokyopop editor). Henson company representatives made no statement on the manga artists or whether they will be Western or Japanese. Read the Tokyopop press release for other tidbits.

The Dark Crystal will ALSO be going anime, with a prequel animated series "in anime style" which will air as part of Toonami on the Cartoon Network. The series will take place before the Gelflings died out and will concern the initial breaking of the Crystal.

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