SCOOP: First Look At Jim Henson’s A Tale Of Sand

Rich is at C2E2. I’m not. There’s an imbalance of power in the force.

But we’re managing some kind of synergy. For example, I said to Rich to get me any kind of image or news on Archaia’s Jim Henson comic, A Tale of Sand, that he could… and then, just a few short minutes later, this picture was sitting in my inbox:

Rich tells me that the image is a SCOOP. I’m telling you that if you click through, you can make it a whole lot bigger.

The book is to be published by Archaia. When I first caught wind of it, I got in touch with them and had a good long chat with Stephen Christy, their editor-in-chief. Here’s a bit of how he set it up:

This is the lost piece of the puzzle for fans of Jim Henson. This is an idea he came up with in the mid to late 50s and worked with Jerry Juhl in scripting a feature length screenplay throughout the late 60s and early 70s.

This is going to be the first thing written by Jim to come out since his death and it’s going to be something that no one’s ever seen before. It’s literally a treasure, it’s a gem… to be able to do it in comic book form is a great honour. The screenplay itself is extremely visual.

The story takes place in the American Southwest. It’s a very surreal, very trippy, very weird… Jim’s version of the American Southwest, basically… the setting is almost a character in the story itself. It’s a very dark fairy tale parable. It’s a story about a journey, a journey through the American Southwest, so you’re seeing a lot of different landscapes, you’re encountering a lot of different characters. It’s expansive but at the same time what’s interesting is that it has a lot of the same feelings of loneliness that [Jim’s film] The Cube has.

How could you resist?

I’m drawing conclusions from the poster, irresistibly, but there’s not much to go on there, yet. Just another hint, another whiff of what Henson was planning, and what Archaia will finally unveil come September.

There’s a panel at C2E2 tomorrow. Here are the details:

  • Date: Sunday, March 20
  • Time: 11:45 am – 12:45 pm
  • Location: 470b
  • Speakers: Karen Falk, Stephen Christy

Description: Jim Henson was a creative genius responsible for some of the most iconic properties today, including The Muppets, Fraggle Rock and The Dark Crystal. But what was he like leading up to that success? Join Archaia and The Jim Henson Company as they explore his early works and creative process, complete with archival, rarely seen footage, brought to you by Henson archivist, Karen Falk. Then, get an advance look at A TALE OF SAND, the new original graphic novel coming in September from Archaia and the Henson Company, based on a never-before-seen screenplay written by Jim Henson and his longtime collaborator, Jerry Juhl. Archaia editor-in-chief Stephen Christy and Falk will discuss the behind-the-scenes production of the book and debut some new images from artist Ramón Perez!

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