Jim Henson's Tale of Sand

Jim Henson, Author, Jerry Juhl, Author, Ramon Perez, Illustrator
Jim Henson, Jerry Juhl, Ramón K. Pérez. Archaia Entertainment (www.archaia.com), $29.95 (152p) ISBN 978-1-936393-09-1
Reviewed on: 02/13/2012
Release date: 01/01/2012
Paperback - 120 pages - 978-1-936393-83-1
Hardcover - 128 pages - 978-1-60886-440-9
Boxed Set - 256 pages - 978-1-60886-439-3
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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, Pérez has brought to life a little-known side of Henson’s storytelling skill. The story eschews extensive dialogue, making events dependent on Pérez’s ability to convey Henson’s vision. Instead of trying to merely make a movie storyboard, Pérez 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. (Feb.)
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