Graphic Novel Review 232/365: Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand

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The crazy weekend is over, so I’m back to old school book reviews, and I’m pleased today to bring you a graphic novel created from a lost Jim Henson/Jerry Juhl screenplay.

Title: Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand  

Author(s): Screenplay by Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl.  Art by Ramon K. Perez

Publisher: Archaia (2011)

Age Rating: 13+

A friend let me borrow this book a bit ago, and like most of the things on my shelf, I sort of well…forgot about it.  But, the good thing about forgetting about things on your shelf is that when you do rediscover them, it’s exciting!  And as my day wound down, and I realized that I was going to be reading a lost Jim Henson screenplay that was made into a graphic novel with art by Ramon K. Perez, AND it contained very few words!  I was sold.

And the book does not let down.  The art is slick.  Top notch.

But the story, that was refused more than once from big-time Hollywood types when Henson and Juhl were young, is fantastic.  It’s fairly basic: man, confused, wanders (accepted as a hero?) into a town and is told that he has ten minutes to run.  So he runs, and for the majority of the beautiful book, he runs and is chased by a number of interesting characters including (but not limited to) football players, sharks, tanks, and a man with an eye-patch (dun dun dunnnn).

The ending, and yes, I’m going to spoil it here because I feel that it’s OK, has the man running back into the town he started from, and the process starts all over again.  I love the idea of chatting with a class (although there is a topless woman at the very end of the book…be warned) about this story.  For me, this is Henson’s struggle with Hollywood and fame, running from the popular, struggling with the cliche until the sand runs out, and the entire process of fighting the demons keeping you from your true creativity starts over and over again until you give in or keep running.  It’s cool to get a glimpse into the man that helped shape so many of our childhoods.  I’d for sure check this one out.  Especially if you’ve ever been a fan.  Henson is a guy that we should all revisit from time to time.

Happy reading!

Eric

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