Archaia, publisher of Mouse Guard (which you should be reading), has announced that they will be publishing a four issue limited series based on Jim Henson’s (he created The Muppets, you troglodyte) The Storyteller franchise simply called The Storyteller: Witches. Much like the appointment television program from the late 80s, each issue of The Storyteller: Witches will tell a stand-alone story based on old European folk tales - presumably folk tales about witches.
From The Nerdist:
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.
Setting aside the utter stupidity of the first sentence and the chip choppy nature of the rest of the paragraph, The Nerdist was able to communicate actual information by posting solicitation information for all four issues, including a welcomed warning about the “landscape” formatting of the second issue. Copy and pasted below:
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
Personally, I’m going to wait for trade because that’s how I roll with limited series anymore, but I am pretty excited for this. The first issue is written and illustrated by S.M. Vidaurri of Iron: Or, The War After, which showed a lot of potential and I am curious to see how Vidaurri has grown as a creator. Issues two and three’s credits to not strike me as familiar right away, but issue #4 is adapted by (from an original script) Jeff Stokely, artist of one of the best book no one talked about last year - Six Gun Gorilla - making issue #4 an automatic buy for me.
So, yea, this is pretty cool.