Fraggle Rock is one of those shows that you sink into with warmth, nostalgia and a comforting sense that, all evidence in the real world to the contrary, everything is going to be all right.
The show itself is long over (1983-1987), although not even close to being forgotten, but it has found expression, as so many TV shows do (those that aren’t being revived anyway) in comic form (the first issue came out in 1985), with new tales of friendship, love and belonging, not to mention sage life lessons, coming to life in colourful 2D.
Jared Cullum, who will write and illustrate a new 4-part comic book series from BOOM! Studios’ Archaia imprint, perfectly captured everyone’s love affair with this whimsically-engaging show when he spoke about why bringing back Fraggle Rock comics back after a seven-year absence was a complete no-brainer:
“Fraggle Rock was an exceptionally unique show where the characters were never 2-dimensional. They have authentic feelings, character flaws, and learned, as we do in life, through stumbling to the right decision in a very immersive and connective way. It will always resonate with our hearts.”
Cameron Chittock, Editor, BOOM! Studios echoed this sentiment when he spoke about the new series:
“We’re proud to celebrate 35 years of Fraggle Rock with all-new stories from an eclectic group of creators. Each issue captures the spirit of the series in an exciting way, honoring the tradition Jim Henson established of telling stories with genuine heart and a confident belief that what we share outweighs our differences.”
With a typically heartfelt story – “Mokey Fraggle is losing her love for creating her art and needs her friends’ help to rediscover her inspiration.” – these new Fraggle Rock adventures look set to be every bit as wonderful and heartwarmingly inspiring as anything that’s come before.
You get your hands on the first issue when it releases in May this year.