“When JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND was first published, it made waves in the comics industry,” said BOOM! Studios President of Publishing and Marketing Filip Sablik. “Jim Henson continues to be one of the most influential, creative men in recent history, and his work has shaped the imaginations of creators worldwide. Being able to reproduce the screenplay for fans is incredibly exciting, and having Ramón return to do new work for this book means we can make a collected edition of the highest quality for fans.”
Between 1967 and 1974, Jim Henson and his longtime writing partner Jerry Juhl developed three drafts of a screenplay for a feature-length film called Tale of Sand. In 2012, Archaia published a graphic novel adaptation as realized by illustrator Ramón K. Pérez which went on to win three Eisner Awards and two Harvey Awards. The Illustrated Screenplay features the complete and final 1974 draft of the project with Jim and Jerry's handwritten edits as well as layouts and inked pages from the adaptation in gorgeous black-and-white, and never-before-seen sequences that were cut during the production of the graphic novel, newly illustrated by Ramón K. Pérez.
Archaia began publishing Jim Henson comic books and original graphic novels in 2010 with the FRAGGLE ROCK comic book series and has consistently published new projects since that time. Archaia’s relationship with The Jim Henson Company resulted in the Eisner Award-winning JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, based on the lost screenplay by Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl and illustrated by Ramón K. Pérez, along with critically acclaimed interpretations of JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER, THE DARK CRYSTAL, and FRAGGLE ROCK.
JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND: THE ILLUSTRATED SCREENPLAY and JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND BOX SET go on sale in comic shops and specialty stores on September 3rd under Diamond Order Codes MAY141171 and MAY141172, and wherever books are sold onSeptember 9th. The illustrated screenplay will retail for $24.99, and the box set will retail for $49.99 with a new wrap-around cover by Ramón K. Pérez. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one! It is also available to be ordered through the BOOM! Studios webstore.