Extra Sequential Podcast #82-Jim Henson

55 mins. We look at recent work inspired by the late, great puppet pioneer Jim Henson including a Dark Crystal prequel, and a Storyteller anthology. Also, French midgets, VHS memories and the sentence,  “Oh my God! Stuff happens before he plays his flute in the forrest?!”

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WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Submarine. Quirky indie film set in Wales in 1986.

Hell Yeah #1 from Image Comics. Superpowered teen Ben Day’s mysterious parents, and a good cliffhanger. Oh, and it looks great too.

Conan #2 from Dark Horse. Young Conan teaches us the proper archery technique.

Saga #1 from Image Comics. An interesting, though not yet entirely captivating sci-fi/fantasy mashup.

He Died with a Felafel in His Hand comic

Rocky Balboa. Go Sly!

13: 10 NEWS

Concept artist Ralph McQuarrie dies

Webcomics based on classic video game properties at ShiftyLook

50 million downloads on comiXology

DC Comics’ new site

Wolverine’s next film next year

David Mazzucchelli’s unhappy about the new Batman: Year One TPB

Two new Perth comics podcasts! Panel2Panel, and How I Got My Boyfriend To Read Comics

21:02 FEATURE TOPIC – JIM HENSON

The man behind the creatures of The Muppets, Sesame Street, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth and more, and the recent Archaia OGNs inspired by his creations. See previews at the links below.

Jim Henson’s Storyteller. An anthology based on the first season of the TV show.

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 1. The first of a prequel trilogy to the 1982 film.

Fraggle Rock Classics Vol. 1. Recoloured tales of the original 1985 comics based on the TV series.

Jim Henson’s A Tale of Sand. A trippy, visually dazzling adaptation of an unproduced screenplay.

And keep your eye out on May 5 for Archaia’s sure to be popular Free Comic Book Day offering.

 

 


 

Jim Henson’s A Tale of Sand Preview

And what a lively and generous preview it is. Below is the official lowdown and you can check out a 20 page preview at Archaia’s site.

 

ARCHAIA UNVEILS A 20-PAGE SNEAK PEEK OF ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL

‘TALE OF SAND’

 

BASED ON AN UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY CO-WRITTEN BY JIM HENSON, THE PREVIEW IS TIMED TO COINCIDE WITH GOOGLE’S CELEBRATION OF HIS BIRTHDAY

 

In honor of what would have been the late Jim Henson’s 75th birthday, award-winning publisher Archaia Entertainment will debut the first 20 pages of the upcoming original graphic novel Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, which is based on an unproduced screenplay written by Henson and longtime collaborator Jerry Juhl and visualized and illustrated by acclaimed artist Ramón Pérez, it was announced by Editor-in-Chief Stephen Christy today. The pages will appear exclusively on Archaia.com starting on Sept. 24th.

 

“We are so pleased to be able to share with Henson fans a glimpse inside this groundbreaking project,” said Christy. “Ramón Peréz has created a stunning visual translation of Jim Henson’s only unproduced feature-length screenplay, and we are honored to debut this exclusive preview of the forthcoming graphic novel in partnership with The Jim Henson Company and Google’s celebration of Jim’s birthday.”

 

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.

 

Archaia and The Jim Henson Company entered into a multi-year publishing partnership in 2009 for Archaia to publish comics and graphic novels based on classic franchises like Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, as well as new, co-branded original properties.

 

Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand (hardcover, 152pp, $29.95, ISBN: 978-1-936393-09-1) is scheduled to debut in comic book shops and wherever books are sold in November 2011.


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