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Archaia Brings 'Lost' Jim Henson Screenplay to Life with A Tale of Sand

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Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 6:00 AM

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Archaia has something big in store for this fall. On November 16, one week before Thanksgiving and the release of The Muppets, the Los Angeles-based comic book company will unleash A Tale of Sand, a new graphic novel based on a "lost" screenplay written by Jim Henson and writing partner Jerry Juhl.

"It's the last and only screenplay that Henson never got to produce in his lifetime," says Archaia Editor-in-Chief, Stephen Christy, "so we're bringing it to life as a graphic novel."

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Archaia has been working on the project now for a year-and-a-half with both Henson's daughter Lisa and The Jim Henson Company' archivist.

"We spent a long time on adapting the screenplay to a visual medium, basically," says Christy.

Ramón Pérez (ButterNutSquash, Deadpool Team-Up, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) is handling the art for the book, which will follow the already existing screenplay.

"They're doing some really nice stuff where they're using color almost like a soundtrack," says Archaia publisher Mike Kennedy, "The style, the vibrancy, of the color will change."

Kennedy adds that the artwork will complement Henson's short films from the 1960s.

"It's very perceptual, very kind of stream of conscious," says Kennedy of Henson's early work, "so we're kind of factoring that into the art direction of the book as well."

As an added bonus, Archaia is working on a new font for A Tale of Sand, one that is based on Henson's handwriting.

"It's going to look like Henson hand-lettered the book himself," says Christy.

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