Despite being eight months away from release, Guillermo del Toro has announced a prequel to his summer tentpole film Pacific Rim. The prequel will be in the form of a graphic novel, written by the film's screenwriter Travis Beacham. While there was no release date mentioned, I have to imagine it will be timed for a street date that lines up with the film.
According to Deadline, the graphic novel will be set "about 25 years before the movie, taking readers inside the creation of the robot pilots’ crews and the technology they use." Biographical background that del Toro created for his film characters will also be included in the novel.