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"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 I’ve ever held in my hands."—Newsarama
"It’s 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 you’re 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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 153 pages
  • Publisher: Boom Entertainment; 1st edition (December 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936393093
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936393091
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amy Ratcliffe on February 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Archaia has been afforded some rather spectacular opportunities because of their relationship with The Jim Henson Company, and they've knocked every one of them out of the park. Anthologies like Fraggle Rock and The Storyteller have captured the essence of each franchise while also adding to them. Tale of Sand is a different beast though. Rather than collected stories from a variety of writers and artists, it's a graphic novel translation of a lost screenplay by Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl (head writer on The Muppets). The feature length screenplay was written before Sesame Street and Muppets and represents other facets of Henson's creative talents.

The screenplay isn't interpreted in the way you'd expect. In fact, it's best if you don't open the book with any expectations. If you flip through the book first (which I did because I was hungry to see the art), you'll notice the lack of word balloons. This a story that unfolds in images more so than words and oh, what images. Artist Ramón Pérez has brought Henson and Juhl's work to vivid life. He tells the story of a man who is sent off to the desert on an apparent race. He doesn't know why he's there, only that he has a ten minute head start. He dashes off into the desert and soon he finds himself being pursued. He walks from empty, parched vistas into wacky situations like a football game. Part of the joy of this book is experiencing the race, and it's most effective if the bizarre twists hit you by surprise page after page. I won't tell you what happens or what he runs into or much else at all about the actual story because I don't want to rob you of potential reactions.

Pérez makes the sandy landscape leap off the page. You feel immersed. You feel there.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert M on March 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
If you thought of Jim Henson as the creative genius behind The Muppets and Sesame Street than you still haven't seen all that he was capable of.

For those of you that didn't already know, "Tale of Sand" was a screen play that Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl wrote between 1967 and 1968. Over the next six to seven years it was shopped to various studios and rewritten with no takers. At that point Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl were in full swing developing the Muppet Show and Sesame Street so this project was tabled and later forgotten.

To say that the story itself is surrealistic is an understatement. It is downright confusing and you could debate the meaning or lack of in many parts of the story until you are blue in the face. None the less, the nearly epic artwork of Ramon Perez makes it all explode on the page. Story telling is a difficult art form where people run away when unless everything is explained to them like children. What Ramon Perez does is that he brings us that story and delivers it in a manner that is not only visually appealing but works with the naturally confusing and thought provoking story line. After reading this I am not sure who impressed me more. Henson and Juhl for writing this or Perez for reading a script, making sense of it and adapting it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DeLorean27 on February 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Any fan of Jim Henson's needs to do themselves the honor of reading this book. It's a faithful and beautiful continuation of the man's legacy and offers insight not only into his storytelling abilities but his pure vision as an artist. The highest of recommendations. Another winner from Archaia.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. T. Aragao on August 16, 2012
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First of all, I'm not big admirer of Jim Henson's work. I think that Muppets is a landmark creation but I not consider myself a fan. Definitely not. But what this book represent is a different thing. This is not a program for youngers with well constructed characters, clever dialogues and good jokes.
This is a profound and surreal fairytale. When read this book the feel you will experience is comparable with the sensation of see a Tim Burton's or Terry Gilliam's movie, or like read a Neil Gaiman's tale.
About the art of "Tale of Sand", everything is outstanding. It's something between J.H.William III, Cliff Chiang and Moebius (!). Characters, scenarios, diagramation, colors, everything works as they should. Is a true banquet for the eyes.
So, definitely you should give a chance for this one ... you have a huge chance of regret if you not read it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By IanG on April 15, 2012
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This is an amazing sequential art book. There aren't a lot of word balloons, but the art tells the story by itself. Also the book is very well designed and put together. The quality of production is top notch. The whole package is mainly about the art, as it's a pretty quick story. But it's worth pouring over the art in the pages. You're not going to get the story from the words, but from the art. I'd recommend this more for art lovers than fans of wordy stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book has been on my shopping list for a while. It's only until there was a major discount at a local bookstore that I decided to buy it. Don't be like me. If you're into comic books, buy it now.

This is a comic book based on the lost screenplay of Jim Henson and writing partner Jerry Juhl.

Tale of Sand is a fascinating tale of imagination. The story starts out with a man at a desert town. Without much explanation, he was told to cross a line somewhere in the desert. That's when we start to follow him to the end point and along the way see unexplainable things and events. In the middle of the desert, there's a man running with a huge ice cube that melts until it's small enough to be dropped into the wine glass of a lady sitting by a swimming pool with a shark in it. Then the scene cuts to another unbelievable one. That's the kind of experience you'll be getting throughout.

The storytelling style reminds me instantly of the Japanese animated film Paprika. Everything is unexpected and the imagery changes constantly as the story flows along.

The art from Ramon Perez is mesmerizing. The paneling and layout are fantastic. The drawings are great and the colour palette is used appropriately to create the psychedelic mood of the story.

This is a screenplay that's wonderfully realized in comic form. Actually, I can't see how it can be shot as a live action when Jim Henson wrote it.

Highly recommended if you want to read a comic book that's quite different. It's an enjoyable read.
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