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Jim Henson's Tale of Sand

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Join us as we explore this missing piece of Jim Henson's career in a celebration of his creative process. Discovered in the Archives of the The Jim Henson Company, A Tale of Sand is an original graphic novel adaptation of an unproduced, feature-length screenplay written by Jim Henson and his frequent writing partner, Jerry Juhl. A Tale of Sand follows scruffy everyman, Mac ...more
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published December 14th 2011 by Archaia Entertainment, LLC
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Jean-Paul Bass
I’ve heard great things about Jim Henson’s lost story, Tale of Sand. I read a few rave reviews and couldn’t wait to check it out for myself.

I came to the story expecting something akin to Jim Henson classics like Dark Crystal or Labyrinth, but for an adult audience. Well, was I in for a surprise.

I’m not even sure where to begin. For one, the story is actually a collaboration between Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl. It’s based off of a script they wrote years before Sesame Street and The Muppet Show ma
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M.H.
An inaccessible Everyman gets caught in a surreal causality loop for no explicable reason. Is it commentary on the banality of Hollywood or popular culture in general? Or just a stream of consciousness play? Pilgrim's Progress without the morality? My problem is that there are no characters in this book. The figures react, but do not act. There is little redeeming about any of them to identify with. The villain (consumerism? the devil?) makes no demands but simply chases, and the blank hero runs ...more
Unai
No tenia yo para nada localizada esta obra, ni la historia que arrastra y tengo que decir que me he quedado encantado de experimentarla. Porque es mas una experiencia que una lectura, ya que nos movemos en los terrenos del surrealismo, trasladando ademas un guion cinematográfico a novela gráfica.

Este cómic existe porque Jim Henson, hace bastantes años y antes de los teleñecos, exploraba las artes audiovisuales desde un punto de vista muy particular. Tras un par de cortos, decidió a escribir junt
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Rand
Words cannot describe the marvel that is this story, the story of that story (it being a long buried script) and the accompanying art. Tale of Sand is something that must be experienced on one's own, all in one go.

I especially liked how the original script was used as a background for some of the panels and the introduction and postscript (the latter by his daughter, who has a Harvard degree in Mythology and Folklore!!!), which were a lovely tribute to Henson. I was not aware of Henson's early w
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Paul
Dream? Hallucination? Hell? Twisted Twilight Zone?
We're never actually told what or where we actually are in this far out there story. Who the haiche-ee-double-hockey-sticks are all theses people?

I liked that there was so little dialog, even when there seemed to be too much. Henson and the artist manage to do in a Graphic Novel what should only be able to be accomplished in a movie, add background noise which you aren't really supposed to hear, or better yet, that you do hear but just tend to co
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Nick Kives
What do the desert, a football team, a group of Arabians, a hippopotamus, and a truck full of nitroglycerine have in common? NOTHING AT FRIGGIN ALL.

So, this book was originally a screen play written by Jim Henson before he started creating the Muppets show, and has been lost in the Henson archives for years until it was recently found. Random things just happen, for not particular reason, and nothing serves a purpose. Why is there a light switch in the desert, and then why do people get angry wh
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Raina
I love Jim Henson, as a rule. I totally respect his work as an artist, and I grew up adoring his creatures and his soul.

And this is really beautifully executed. Perez's illustrations are gorgeous, the color work by Ian Herring is great.

But, for me, this is a classic example of the difference between a good screenplay and a good graphic novel.

I mean, the plot of this is pretty wacky in the first place. It feels like a surreal fever dream. An unbelievable adventure with no context or background.
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Cody Melcher
After I finished this story (and granted, I went over it twice), I sat back and thought long and hard about what I'd just gone through. I'm trying not to use the word "read" for several reasons. One: Because this book has very little words. Very little at all. Two: Because the visuals are the strongest part of the book, and must be pored over. Three: Because the words, the few there are, are really not the most important part of this book. It's a story that surrounds and invades your mind. It's ...more
Cameron Crawford
I think this is actually a 4-star story but the fact that it's Juhl and Henson's work and I'm so starved for their sense of humor and outlook on life, that the fifth star showed up for relief's sake. For those that are familiar with Henson's Timework and Cube, and have watched enough classic material to recognize Jerry's humor, this work will feel like a warm fluffy blanket. The art and interpretation of the material lends itself well to what could have been another Henson film. The motion is th ...more
M.
A wonderful, bizarre, hypnotic, creative nightmare dreamscape. Jim Henson was a genius.
Richard
First, Archaia is putting out some freaking gorgeous books. Five stars to whomever is running that outfit, even if the editorial department clearly values art over narrative.

I thought this one might be an exception. I mean, Jim Henson. Show me someone in my age group who doesn't adore that man, and I will show you a human being without a soul. Tale of Sand is based on an unproduced screenplay from the early 60's, and... ok, it's not terrible, but it is very much meant as a showcase for the sort
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Andrew
I was raised on Sesame Street. One of my favorite movies of all time is The Dark Crystal. I can still quote jokes from the short-lived and under-appreciated "Muppets Tonight." Which is as much to say that I was very excited when this book came to my attention.

It's a graphic novel interpretation of an unproduced screenplay, but here's the rub: there's a reason no one ever bought the script. It wouldn't have made a very good movie. The story is a surrealist chase across a mythical southwestern des
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Charles Hatfield
Based on a curio from the Jim Henson vaults—an unproduced screenplay drafted by Henson and Jerry Juhl between 1967 and 1974—Tale of Sand shows its age: there's a definite whiff of trippy surrealism and late-60s indulgence about the project. As I read it, I was reminded of the final episode of Patrick McGoohan & Co.'s The Prisoner (1968), in which real-world logic goes out the window and the tightly wound premise of the series gives way to gleeful absurdism, so that what one remembers afterwa ...more
Ryan
Reading this was a roller coster of analysis. The first glance grabbed my attention because it was Jim Henson and I freaking love that guy. The art was the clincher and as soon as I read the forward and the word "surreal" popped up, well, I couldn't help but neglect my 3 year old child for an hour as I poured through this journey. The opening scene of music and celebration tickled my curiosity like the first sweating minutes of a mushroom trip and the world of the public library melted away into ...more
Lauren
Jim Henson's brilliance shines through in this beautifully conceived imagining of his script, in a way that is both anticipated and also somewhat unexpected. Every page blows you away as you "read," experience, immerse yourself in Mac's journey. I know only a small portion of Henson's vast work (some of my greatest memories involve watching The Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock as a kid--I identified with the quirkiness and appreciated the unique vibes of the shows; they were unlike any others I had ...more
Jesstme
I absolutely LOVE the art of Ramon Perez. Kukuburi has fascinated me for ages and his steamier stuff is still classy! He has a great way of creating movement and emotion with minimal lines, his understanding of human anatomy comes across in every page, the use of negative space, dialogue box placement and colors are par excellence...

But

This book is awful.

Jim Henson created a juvenile story and had the presence of mind (or luck) to not waste anyone's time by sharing it with the world. Simply bec
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Antonio
La edición española con el guión es una maravilla. Qué delicia de historia y qué locura de película nos hemos perdido. Ahora sí, hemos ganado un cómic estupendo.
Matthew
I never knew that Jim Henson wrote screenplays, let alone made movies, so this was a bit of a stunner to find out about. According to the back, it was a shelved project when the Muppet really took off and... Kinda glad for that. It works very well, if very weird, as a graphic novel and I worry how it would look on the screen if it had been filmed as seen here. /counterfactual

Although it shows touches of the whimsy that Henson is well remembered for, it is an artistic, cerebral (if mental) dreams
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Lucas Haya Cabeza DeVaca
La verdad es que este libro lo compre en un frenesí navideño por facturar y demostrar gastos y el nombre de Jim Henson me llamo la atención, me gusta mucho su trabajo, en general. Pero es justo y necesario mencionar la chamba de Ramo K. Perez, que es quien adapta toda la narrativa gràfica a partir del famoso "screenplay perdido" de Henson, antes de los Muppets.

La forma y el detalle, se me hacen impresionantes. Aunque la historia tiene una logica circular, bastante posmo y de la cual Jerry Seinfe
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Callie Rose Tyler
Wow, that was unlike anything I've ever read before. The story behind this graphic novel is just as interesting as the work itself. Apparently Jim Henson and his writing buddy, Jerry Juhl, came up with this script years ago but could never get anyone interested enough to produce it. Exposition is supplied both preceding and following the story allowing the reader to better understand its meaning while also giving the reader an rare glimpse into the brain of a true genius.



I commend the artist Ram
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Mariah Drakoulis
One of the few comics left these days that relies purely on image to get the story across. It was beautiful and satisfying to read, nonetheless, the images reading as easily as a script - and holy crap, what talent from ramon perez. he breathes life into every single character, brief as their appearance may be, and manages to inspire the beauty of the desert in every landscape. extremely clever and one I could read over and over again - catapulted straight onto the favourites list.
Erik Erickson
Fun little story. I wavered between 3 and 4 stars. Ramon Perez's art is fantastic and probably the perfect compliment to the story. I love a lot of Jim Henson stuff and this was completely enjoyable. It just felt a little slight. There's obviously layers of meaning and readers can ascribe a lot of depth to it, but for me it was just a pleasant excursion. It didn't resonate with me in any particular way. It's great this finally got some sort of wide release though.
Cathy
It was very beautiful and very bizarre. This is the Henson of his surreal early work, as described in the forward, such as Time Piece and The Cube, or maybe Labyrinth, not Sesame Street or the Muppets. The book is stunning, from the production to the art. And the story is...odd. Interesting, but not something I'd want to read again. Definitely well suited to the graphic novel format, this was a great way to present this lost screen play.
Kim
This a surrealistic tale that was a completed live action script written by Jim Henson of "Muppet" fame. It was alright, but it would have been better with the visual of the movie and all the sound effects that were intended. I think a lot gets lost in translation to graphic novel and with little dialog, it can and does get confusing. A little nudity surprised me since it was Henson, but that could have been the artist's choice.
Joseph
Weird and surreal, like some lost episode of The Prisoner. I wish I'd seen Henson's movies that are referenced in the introduction first, but they might be worth checking out as well. As far as what it means ... I assume Henson had a lot of ambivalence about his career. If we are to assume that the main character is a stand-in for Henson, then it seems like he's afraid of money, sex, and acclaim, but he's also driven by those things. His adversary is as much "him" as he is.

I'm not sure what's u
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Dani
I love Jim Henson but this is just weird. The illustrations are lovely, but don't always make sense. The story has little dialogue and nothing else (think text boxes) guides the story along. Still, it's nice to know that more of Jim Henson's work is out there...
Joshua
I'm not sure how to feel about this one. The art is beautiful and its a fun and very surreal adventure. The story and its surreal nature wasn't really my cut of tea, but man is that artwork amazing. Worth checking out even if its just to look at.
Alan
Not a muppet fan, which is the only thing I knew Jim Henson by (okay, scratch that, apperantly the Labyrinth!, but all that stuck with me were the muppets...), but somebody suggested I read it because they thought a story of mine had a similar idea/feel.

They were right. The book is, very different from what I was working on, it's the sort of wacky you don't come across often, but they were right that it had a similar feel and that I'd like it (even though the setting didn't particularly attract
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Heather
Fascinating...kinda didn't get it but I love it still because of the beautiful artwork and it's got me thinking....definitely left me with some interesting thoughts and interpretations.
Tracey
Spotted on library's Graphic Novel shelf - checked it out, took it home & read thru it... well, "read" isn't quite the word, as the book is 95% visual.

Based on the unproduced screenplay by Henson & Juhl, Ramon K Perez puts his own spin on the story of a man who is roped into a race across the Southwest desert, while pursued by various parties. It is surreal, with a plot that jumps from scene to scene, touching on themes of confusion and alienation. It's an interesting way to share this
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James Maury "Jim" Henson was the most widely known puppeteer in American television history. He was the creator of The Muppets and the leading force behind their long creative run in the television series Sesame Street and The Muppet Show and films such as The Muppet Movie (1979) and The Dark Crystal (1982). He was also an Oscar-nominated film director, Emmy Award-winning television producer, and ...more
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