Maddie, Jeff, and Andrea talk to the amazing creator Koren Shadmi about his fantastic book about Rod Serling’s life, The Twilight Man, from Humanoids!
Synopsis (Via Humanoids)
A 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 him 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 a Brooklyn based illustrator and cartoonist; he studied illustration in the School of Visual Arts in NYC where he now teaches. Koren’s graphic novels have been published in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Israel, Korea and the US.
Clients include: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, Playboy, Mother Jones, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Wired, ESPN Magazine, Random House, W.W Norton, Humana, Samsung, Mccann Erickson and Droga5.
(Via Koren’s website)
From the beginning, Humanoids has embodied creative innovation, a fiercely independent spirit, and a drive to break new ground.
Humanoids began under the name Les Humanoïdes Associés in the turbulent early 1970s in Paris, which—like San Francisco and New York—was alive with the spirit of artistic revolution. As young people were debating ideas in unprecedented ways, graphic novel artists Jean Giraud (known as Mœbius) and Philippe Druillet, along with writer Jean-Pierre Dionnet were determined to push the limits of their art and of the medium as a whole. They joined forces to create a comics magazine like none before: Métal Hurlant (French for “Screaming Metal”).
From its first issue in January 1975, Métal Hurlant showed how comics could be created and presented in cutting-edge ways. The magazine combined with Les Humanoïdes Associés, its book publishing counterpart, quickly achieved a reputation as a company run by creative people for the sake of creating and exploring storytelling and art.
The magazine achieved such worldwide acclaim that National Lampoon launched a U.S. version, Heavy Metal. It initially published Druillet, Mœbius and other European creators in English translations, exposing American audiences to a whole new side of comics.
Later, with Swiss entrepreneur Fabrice Giger taking over the company from media giant Hachette, Humanoids became completely international in its thinking and creative process, with artists and writers from multiple countries working together to create art and stories with global appeal.
In 1998, Humanoids opened a branch in Los Angeles to introduce its creators and titles to North American audiences and work with local talent. So far, it is the only comic book publisher of European origin to have achieved a successful presence in the English speaking markets, where its catalogue is exploited under the Humanoids brand and various imprints.
While retaining its Paris office and a creative team there, the Los Angeles office has been the headquarters of the company since 2013.
Over the years, Humanoids has published thousands of original titles, with third-party publishers translating many of them into numerous languages. Some, such as The Incal, have achieved stellar performances worldwide and sold millions of copies.
(Via Humanoids’ Website)