September 24, 2011

Celebrate Jim Henson's Birthday with Tale of Sand Preview

If Jim Henson were still with us, today would be his 75th birthday. His is a life that should be celebrated and honored. He made a profound impact as a filmmaker and a creative genius. Puppetry today is what is because of Henson's work. Children's television wouldn't have developed to its current standards without Sesame Street. The list goes on and on, but perhaps more important than any of those legacies - Henson touched so many of our lives with his stories and creations. Adults remember The Muppets, Labyrinth, and one of my personal favorites, The Storyteller. Kids know Sesame Street, and they'll fall in love with Kermit and company (if they don't already know them) in the soon to be released Muppets movie. Henson will never be forgotten.

Archaia Entertainment is celebrating Jim Henson's birthday today, too. They have posted a 20 page preview of Henson's Tale of Sand. The upcoming graphic novel is based on an unproduced, feature length screenplay co-written by Henson. Archaia was able to obtain this because of their close partnership with The Henson Company. They have taken the honor seriously. Artist Ramón Peréz brings the story to life with striking art, and they've even created a font for the graphic novel based on Henson's handwriting.

"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."
20 page preview of Tale of Sand

Tale of Sand will be available in mid-November. If you are a fan of Jim Henson and his world, stick with Archaia. They've already released Fraggle Rock collections, and they have The Storyteller and The Dark Crystal (yep, there's a preview for it, too) anthologies forthcoming.


  1. I remember Fraggle Rock and certainly, the Muppets, but how did I miss The Storyteller? My children are now grown, but there are some little ones now who would enjoy these. I would start with Hans my Hedgehog.

    Thank you for the preview of Tale of Sand. Jim Henson left an incredible legacy.

  2. I hope your kids like The Storyteller. I love going back to watch those, and I can't wait to see the graphic novel/anthology Archaia publishes!

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