Brian Froud, legendary conceptual designer of the beloved Jim Henson fantasy film The Dark Crystal, returns to the world he helped create in this stunning conclusion of the official prequel to the original movie. The world of Thra is shattered. Following the events of the Great Conjunction, the once-powerful Urskeks have been split into two separate beings: the Skeksis and the Mystics. Only Raunip and Aughra kw their true origins, but they are trapped in the bowels of the world of Thra, searching for the shard of the Dark Crystal. But as the aftermath of the Great Conjunction wreaks havoc upon the Gelfling tribes, the Gelfling may have choice but to rely upon the one race offering aid: the Skeksis. The species of Thra will have to decide who they can trust if they hope to keep their world together. Written by Matthew Dow Smith (Doctor Who, X-Files) and gorgeously illustrated by Alex Sheikman (Robotika) and Lizzy John (Fraggle Rock), this third volume is the epic conclusion to the Creation Myths saga and also features behind-the-scenes photos and concept sketches from The Jim Henson Company Archives documenting how creature and puppet designs that never made it into the film were adapted and brought to life on the page.
Brian Froud is known worldwide as the preeminent faery artist of our time. He has published over twenty-five books, including the best selling Faeries, Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book, and many more. Brian and his wife Wendy recently released Trolls, a major hardcover book published by Abrams Books. Brian worked with Jim Henson for many years and was the designer for the iconic films The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. Brian's art is represented in collections throughout the world and can be seen at Amazing Fine Art in New York. Matthew Dow Smith has drawn comics for every major American comic book publisher. His work has appeared in the pages of DC's Starman, Mike Mignola's Hellboy, Marvel's Nightcrawler, and Top Cow's Witchblade. A frequent artist on IDW's Doctor Who comic book, he has also written a series of Who short stories in the US and UK, including a special comic produced by the BBC America Shop for the 2011 San Diego Comic Con. He is also the author of the prose novel Night Folk. Born in the USSR, Alex Sheikman immigrated to the US at the age of 12 and shortly thereafter discovered comic books. Since then, he has contributed illustrations to a variety of role playing games published by White Wolf, Holistic Design, and Steve Jackson Games. He is also the writer and artist of Robotika, Robotika: For a Few Rubles More, Moonstruck, and a number of short stories. He lives in Northern California.