At the New York Comic Con, BOOM! Studios announced they’ll bring the SciFi Channel series Farscape back to comics. No creative team was announced, but the timing couldn’t be better, what with new webisodes being produced for SciFi.com.
The previous comic adaptation was done by Wildstorm back in 2002 when the show was still on the air, and, if I’m remembering right, was written by Marv Wolfman. The show ran for four seasons on the Sci Fi Channel, followed by a two-part mini-series that wrapped up some of the dangling plot threads. The show featured a great set of characters, some human, some produced by the geniuses at the Jim Henson Company … my favorite episodes are still the ones where John Crichton and his crew went back to Earth.
Read the complete press release after the jump …
The Jim Henson Company and BOOM! Studios Announce the Brand New FARSCAPE Comic Series!
“Don’t Be A Piece Of Dren, Pick Up The Frelling Comic!”
New York City Comic-Con – April 18th, 2008 – It’s about frelling time. Fans have a reason to celebrate as FARSCAPE returns in a brand new comic series thanks to a just-inked licensing agreement between The Jim Henson Company and BOOM! Studios. Widely recognized as one of the greatest sci-fi series in television history, the multi-award-winning FARSCAPE will make its comic book debut later this year.
BOOM! Studios is set to publish a series of four-issue mini-series which will explore and expand the stories of FARSCAPE. Each four-issue series will be collected into subsequent trade-paperback editions. The series will be written and drawn by an as-yet-unannounced creative team.
“FARSCAPE took science fiction television to a new level and ushered in a whole host of shows that wouldn’t have been possible without FARSCAPE’s pioneering. As a long-time ‘Scaper’, I am incredibly excited to mine the dense universe of FARSCAPE for new stories and adventures in comic book form,” said BOOM! Marketing and Sales Director, Chip Mosher. “I watched the show as it came out, I bought the DVDs the day they hit the shelves, and I can’t frelling wait to publish these comics!”
The FARSCAPE comic book series will be taking advantage of the upcoming webisodes to be produced by The Jim Henson Company in association with RHI Entertainment for SCIFI.COM. The webisode series will re-unite FARSCAPE executive producer Brian Henson with creator Rockne S. O’Bannon.
“It’s so exciting to work with BOOM! Studios on this project knowing that their team members are true fans of the show,” said Brian Henson, co-CEO of The Jim Henson Company and executive producer of the original Farscape television series. “Working with one of our favorite comic publishers, we know our loyal supporters will enjoy these original adventures while new audiences will have a fantastic introduction to the FARSCAPE universe.”
Debuting on the SCI-FI Channel in 1998, FARSCAPE follows the adventures of Astronaut John Crichton as a freak accident during an experimental space mission catapults him across a thousand galaxies to an alien battlefield. Suddenly, he’s trapped among alien creatures wielding deadly technology – a battle that 20th century sci-fi pop culture never prepared him for. Hunted by a merciless military race, Crichton begins his quest for home from a distant galaxy.
A groundbreaking award-winning sci-fi production, FARSCAPE has become a global favorite. Named by TV Guide as one of television’s “Best Cult Shows Ever” and most recently named by EMPIRE Magazine as one of the “50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time,” FARSCAPE is known for the overwhelming fan-based campaign that led to its miniseries production. The show has continued to find new audiences as it airs in syndication and is available on DVD around the world.