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A illustrated biographical tale that follows Hollywood revolutionary Rod Serling's rise to fame in the Golden Age of Television, and his descent into his own personal Twilight Zone.
We recognize Rod Serling as our sharply dressed, cigarette-smoking tour guide of The Twilight Zone, but the entertainment business once regarded him as the "Angry Young Man" of Television. Before he became the revered master of science fiction, Rod Serling was a just a writer who had to fight to make his voice heard. He vehemently challenged the networks and viewership alike to expand their minds and standards―rejecting notions of censorship, racism and war. But it wasn’t until he began to write about real world enemies in the guise of aliens and monsters that people lent their ears. In doing so, he pushed the television industry to the edge of glory, and himself to the edge of sanity. Rod operated in a dimension beyond that of contemporary society, making him both a revolutionary and an outsider.
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Koren Shadmi is an award-winning illustrator and cartoonist. He studied illustration at The School of Visual Arts in New York where he now teaches. Koren’s graphic novels have been published in the US, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Poland, Korea and Israel. His latest book, Rise of The Dungeon Master: Gary Gygax and The Creation of D&D (Nation Books), is a collaboration with esteemed tech writer David Kushner. Koren has contributed illustrations and comics to: The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Business Week, Playboy, Mother Jones, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Wired and others. He lives in New York.Review:
"A perceptive take, which celebrates and illuminates one of early television’s true artists." (Publishers Weekly)
"Having experienced The Twilight Zone and Playhouse 90 first hand, I always fancied myself as pretty clued in to the Rod Serling legacy, but I must admit I learned a lot I didn't know from Koren Shadmi's unexpectedly poignant and cleverly observed graphic novel treatment of Serling's life and career. It's a unique take on the lasting work of a complicated man who found his greatest success when coding the messages of his very socially conscious narratives into 'a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination'." (Joe Dante, film director)
“TWILIGHT MAN: ROD SERLING AND THE BIRTH OF TELEVISION is told in an interesting artistic style, evoking The Twilight Zone’s dreamlike storytelling. It’s a pretty awesome read.” (HORROR DNA)
“Poignant, intensely researched and crisply illustrated.” (DEADLINE)
"Twilight Man is a respectful but clear-eyed tribute to one of the most important and influential dramatists of the 20th century." (Alan Brennert, Nebula Award Winner)
“Koren Shadmi expertly takes us into a dimension of incredible imagination. The life of Rod Serling is a great American story of determination and invention - and the perfect stuff of a graphic novel.” (David Kushner, author of Masters of Doom)
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