Back at SDCC in July I spent a lot of time at Archaia panels. One of the panels I sat in on was about Tale of Sand, and I have been just barely able to contain my excitement for this book ever since. I have recently been finding my way back to reading new graphic novels and comic books over the past few years. They were huge in my life as a teenager, but I started gravitating towards novels more so. I am realizing just how much I missed out because of this (a few friends were recently horrified by the fact that I have not yet read Sandman).
When I got the opportunity to receive a review copy of the book from Stephen Christy at Archaia I actually jumped up and down on my couch (shhhh don’t tell my husband, but I totally jumped on his side just in case I broke it; my butt groove is far more important to me than his). Then the waiting began, the day it arrived in my mail box was one of the better days I have had recently.
The book is B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. the yellow cover and purple elastic place holder contrast so so well. The book is a graphic novelization of a lost screen play by Jim Henson & Jerry Juhl written prior to starting work on Sesame Street. It was found by Henson Company’s archivist Karen Falk and is more akin to the short film by Henson “Time Piece” Ramón Pérez’s artwork brings to life this story in a way I have no doubt Jim would have approved of.
The story follows Mac on a confusing quest that involves, beautiful women, football players, Arabs, whiskey, villains named Patch and a cigarette that may or may not ever get lit.
Run! Don’t walk and get this book. No household is complete without it, neither is your life.
JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND
Original Graphic Novel Hardcover
Retail Price: $29.95 U.S.
Page Count: 160 pages
Format: hardcover (paper over board), 8.25” x 11.5”, full color
Written by Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl
Illustrated by Ramón Pérez
Cover by Ramón Pérez