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The Twilight Man

Rod Serling and the Birth of Television

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.

Koren Shadmi is an American-Israeli, Brooklyn based graphic novelist and illustrator. His books have been published internationally and include: In The Flesh, The Abaddon, Mike's Place and most recently: The Twilight Man: Rod Serling and the Birth of Television.

Koren's illustration and comics have appeared in publications such as: The Wall Street Journal, Wired, BusinessWeek, the Village Voice, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Mother Jones, Playboy, and many others. His illustration work has won several awards at the Society of Illustrators.

"The Twilight Man” is a wonderfully illustrated, emotional and enlightening story that authentically captures a complicated man and his Hollywood legacy."


"“TWILIGHT MAN pulls back the curtain on Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling.”" - The Hollywood Reporter ""A perceptive take, which celebrates and illuminates one of early television’s true artists."" - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY ""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 "Having experienced "The Twilight Zone" and "Playhouse 90" first hand, I fancied myself as pretty clued in to the Rod Serling legacy, but I admit I learned a lot 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 socially conscious narratives into "a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination"" - JOE DANTE "“Very hard to put this graphic novel down … To learn all about [Serling] and the legacy he left behind was a true joy.”" - GOOD MEN PROJECT ""Beautifully illustrated."" - The Twilight Zone Podcast "“Poignant, intensely researched and crisply illustrated.”" - DEADLINE "“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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