It has been 25 years since Tim Burton changed the lives of many with his film, The Nightmare Before Christmas. Since its release in 1993, people have desperately wished for a sequel to see where Jack Skellington, Sally and the other inhabitants of Halloweentown ended up. And we are finally getting that chance!
The publisher, Tokyopop (Priest, The Tarot Cafe), has set the manga follow-up series to release sometime in Spring 2018. The Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero’s Journey will obviously focus on Jack’s ghostly canine companion, Zero, and his adventures after getting separated from Jack. Surprisingly, the story will take place in Christmastown for the most part, but fans can expect to see a little Halloweentown action as well. These multi-part volumes will release as full-color single issues to start sometime next year. After that, fans can expect to find more traditional paperback collections and smaller mangas down the road.
This isn’t the first time that Tokyopop has dealt with The Nightmare Before Christmas. They adapted Tim Burton’s original poem-turned-film into a manga series, but this is the first time an original story from that universe will be told. In the years since The Nightmare Before Christmas’ original release, Jack Skellington has made an appearance in his own video game Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie’s Revenge and has also appeared in Kingdom Hearts.
Tokyopop features many comic and manga adaptations of Disney favorites like Beauty and the Beast and their series, Kilala Princess, features many Disney princesses and characters. So, needless to say, this new addition to Tim Burton’s much-beloved universe is in pretty good hands. How do you feel about this sort of sequel for The Nightmare Before Christmas? Would you still like to see a film sequel at some point? Let us know in the comments below, and keep an eye on The Nerd Stash for all of your comic and manga news!