Synopses & Reviews
Join us as we explore this missing piece of Jim Hensons 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, who wakes up in an unfamiliar town, and is chased across the desert of the American Southwest by all manners of man and beast of unimaginable proportions. Produced with the complete blessing of Lisa Henson, A Tale of Sand will allow Henson fans to recognize some of the inspirations and set pieces that appeared in later Henson Company productions.
"Based on an unproduced feature-length screenplay by legendary visionary Henson and Juhl, this graphic novel follows its hapless protagonist as he is cast out into the desert by the cheerful Sheriff Tate for reasons as baffling to the unnamed hero as the reader. The scruffy hero is a pawn in a game whose rules are concealed from him, pursued across a surrealistic southwest U.S. by an implacable hunter and hindered by the eccentric, bizarre inhabitants of the great desolation. The prize waiting for him at the end of the chase, should he survive to reach the end, is one he will never guess at. While best known as the creator of the Muppets, Henson was a man of multiple gifts. More than two decades after his untimely death, PÃ©rez has brought to life a little-known side of Henson's storytelling skill. The story eschews extensive dialogue, making events dependent on PÃ©rez's ability to convey Henson's vision. Instead of trying to merely make a movie storyboard, PÃ©rez chooses to make this pure comics, using an animated style somewhat reminiscent of Darwyn Cooke and stunning coloring that uses different palettes muted pastels or striking duotone to tell the story. An eccentric oddity, lovingly rendered into a haunting story." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"The mostly wordless comic is a fantastic voyage inside yet another incredible world of a creative genius."—Comics Alliance
"This is one of the most beautiful books Ive ever held in my hands."—Newsarama
"Its a book that not only stays with you, but compels you to go back to it multiple times."—Secret Identity Podcast
"Perez did an admirable job of bringing the script to life in a way that pays homage to Henson's own imagination."—IGN
"If youre a big Henson fan, Tale of Sand should open the doors to a jaw-dropping new world."—Complex
About the Author
Jim Hensen is best known for his work on the Muppets as well as his other creative works in story and film such as The Dark Crystal, The Storyteller, and Sesame Street. The humor and whimsy of his characters have continued to entertain generations of children over the past 42 years.