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Jim Henson’s “Tale of Sand” screenplay will be reborn as a graphic novel


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Last weekend would’ve been Jim Henson’s 75th birthday, but the beloved Muppets creator’s legacy continues to live on in various forms — including an upcoming graphic novel based on one of his unproduced screenplays.

Archaia Entertainment debuted a 20-page preview of Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand this week, offering fans their first look at the project.

Based on an unproduced screenplay co-written by Henson and his longtime collaborator Jerry Juhl, Tale of Sand chronicles the adventures of a man who wakes up in a strange town with no memory of who he is or how me got there. After he’s kicked out into the desert, the man must cross the increasingly bizarre landscape while avoiding a mysterious figure that’s pursuing him.

The story was developed from ideas Henson had while creating “Timepiece,” his Oscar-nominated short film.

Produced with the blessing of Jim Henson Company CEO Lisa Henson, Tale of Sand is illustrated by Ramón Pérez, and promises to feature some set pieces that inspired other Henson Company productions.

Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand is scheduled to hit shelves in November, though it’s worth noting that the publisher has quite a few Henson Company collaborations already on shelves or in the works. If you’re a fan of Henson’s creations, make sure to check out their Fraggle Rock comics and their upcoming books based on “The Dark Crystal” and “Labyrinth” — they manage to capture a lot of what made the original projects so entertaining.

Does “Tale of Sand” sound like something you’re going to pick up? Chime in below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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