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Chronique de sable by Jim Henson

Chronique de sable (edition 2012)

by Jim Henson, Jerry Juhl, Ramon K. Perez

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Title:Chronique de sable
Authors:Jim Henson
Other authors:Jerry Juhl, Ramon K. Perez
Info:PAQUET (2012), Cartonné, 160 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:bande dessinée

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The Jim Henson estate discovered a long-lost screenplay written by Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl. It was never realized into a movie but the estate worked with publisher Archaia to turn it into a graphic novel. I read it twice to get a handle on it; the story is odd and dark like a nightmare. A stranger is caught up in a small town's jubilant celebration and suddenly finds himself the unwitting center of its dark ritual. The sheriff hands him a map, tells him to head for Eagle Mountain (but "don't trust the map"), and he gets a ten-minute head start. The stranger doesn't understand, but he takes off running. He realizes that a eye-patched man is tracking him through the Southwestern desert with the intent to kill. During the pursuit, the stranger has odd visions, close calls, and is chased by Arabs and football players. It's all very strange and the eye-patched man is not who he seems to be. An allegory about our personal demons? The dark doubts that cripple us? The internal battles we fight everyday? It could be all that and anything else. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
While the artwork is endlessly fascinating, the story -- well, lack thereof -- is atrocious. I'm not sure why anyone would think that a lost screenplay would make for a good graphic novel. ( )
1 vote lesmel | Aug 24, 2014 |
If nothing else this work is a piece of art. The concept itself is very surreal and heady, the artwork is is stunning, especially the colors, which are just brilliant and very bold. It's certainly not something to delve into if one is looking for a narrative, or even much of a story, reading much more like one watching Avant-garde film. All of which makes sense considering the context. ( )
  jakegest | Dec 24, 2013 |
Tale of Sand is the graphic novel adaptation of a screenplay by Muppet-creator, Jim Henson. It's mostly billed as an homage to the late, great visionary and it shows the mark of Henson's dreamy and surrealist conceits.

The strongest thing about the graphic novel is the artistry brought by Ramón Pérez. His character designs are a perfect blend of almost Warner Brothers extension cartoony with some grounded realistic anatomy and sense of balance. The expressions and scenes carry this largely wordless journey and, although there are scenes you can tell were always meant for film, he adapts them in a way that feels organic to this adaptation. For example, the prospector-like person who never stops talking having his background chatter spill out of the word balloon, or the juxtaposition of some unrelated scenes to represent the chaotic pellmell of the chase scenes.

Henson, when at his best, would have delivered a rich and memorable world surrounding this story, but the script is not his strongest work. It delivers the visuals but lacks a certain heart in his characters' reasons (or even a concrete lack of reasons), and while you are interested in seeing how the journey progresses, you are not invested in discovering the hows and whys of what's going on. And when all the goings on end, you're not quite sure what happened. It's still engaging, but if the art wasn't a gorgeous as Ramón Pérez's, the readability would be severely hampered.

Definitely a read for Henson fans and those who enjoy trippy post-modern concepts. Definitely read for Ramón Pérez's beautiful artwork. But I think most readers who are looking for a dreamlike story with surrealist elements might be disappointed in Tale of Sand's unsustainable influence, which delights while you're in the middle of it, but seems to slip through your mind once you put it down. ( )
1 vote gaisce | Sep 24, 2013 |
Reminded me of Sandman a little, the other-worldly, dreamlike nature of the narrative. The art is really top notch too. ( )
  akmargie | Apr 4, 2013 |
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Jim Hensonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Juhl, Jerrymain authorall editionsconfirmed
Pérez, RamónIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Falk, KarenForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"Join us as we explore this missing piece of Jim Henson's career in a celebration of his creative process. Discovered in the Archives of The Jim Henson Company, A Tale of Sand is an original graphic novel adaptation of an unproduced, feature-length screenplay written by Jim Henson and his frequent writing partner, Jerry Juhl. A 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." --Provided by publisher.… (more)

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