For Henson fans wanting to go on one last ride on the awesome rollercoaster of his imagination, the graphic novel ‘Tale of Sand’ looks like it’ll give you the thrill you’ve been craving.
‘Tale of Sand’, a dark, existential feature-length screenplay that built off of ideas Jim Henson had been developing since he produced his Academy Award-nominated short film “Timepiece,” tells the story of a man who is kicked out of a dusty town in the middle of the desert, with no memory of who he is or where he came from. Relentlessly pursued by an unknown assailant, and with only a rucksack of odds-and-ends to his name, he embarks on a desperate race across an increasingly bizarre landscape with only one thing in mind: survival.
The graphic novel is beautifully illustrated by Ramón Peréz and will be released in November by Archaia Entertainment. We’ve got a 20 page preview of the book released for what would have been Henson’s 75th birthday. The preview reminds me a lot of Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery,” you’re sure to enjoy the creepiness factor.