Return to Halloween Town with “The Battle for Pumpkin King”

Battle for the Pumpkin King

Happy Halloween! To celebrate, TOKYOPOP has announced The Battle for Pumpkin King, a brand new installment in their original line of graphic novels based on Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

Disney Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Battle for Pumpkin King is the third installment in TOKYOPOP’s original series, following the success of Zero’s Journey and Mirror Moon. It is set before the events of the film and will focus on the friendship and inevitable rivalry between protagonist Jack Skellington and villain Oogie Boogie.

Jack Skellington is the undisputed Pumpkin King of Halloween Town. But it wasn’t always that way…

Years ago, Jack and Oogie Boogie were close friends. Both eager to prove themselves, they poured all their passion into their spooky projects to earn their rightful place as the scariest duo in town. But there could only be one Pumpkin King! What could have happened to turn two best friends into such bitter rivals?

This full-color graphic novel series is yet another deep dive into the rich, holiday-themed world originally created by Tim Burton and brought to life in beautiful stop-motion animation by Henry Selick. It is written by Dan Conner (Disney Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero’s Journey), with story by Shaun McLaughlin and D.J. Milky, and art from Deborah Allo and Roberto Scalia.

Disney Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Battle for Pumpkin King will be released as five single-issue comics starting in March of 2023. The first issue is scheduled to release March 15, 2023, with issues 2-5 publishing monthly through July 2023. Each 32-page issue will retail for $3.99. The graphic novel will collect issues 1-5 in a 128-page one volume edition ($15.99 print, $9.99 digital) scheduled to hit shelves on September 19, 2023 – just in time for Halloween.

Make sure to check out Zero’s Journey and Mirror Moon, as well as many other great titles, from TOKYOPOP, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

Author: Jamie Sugah

Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.

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