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Preview: The Twilight Man: Rod Serling and the Birth of Television

The Twilight Man: Rod Serling and the Birth of Television

(W) Koren Shadmi (A) Koren Shadmi
In Shops: Oct 09, 2019
SRP: $22.95

A biographical tale that follows Hollywood revolutionary Rod Serling’s rise to fame in the Golden Age of Television, and his descent into his personal Twilight Zone.

Before he became The Twilight Zone’s 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. 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.

The Twilight Man: Rod Serling and the Birth of Television

Review: The Twilight Man: Rod Serling and the Birth of Television

The Twilight Man: Rod Serling and the Birth of Television

When one thinks about The Twilight Zone, you cannot help but be reminded of the show’s narrator Rod Serling. The two are inextricably connected for the rest of time and for good reason. The show has had major influences on every anthology that followed and is by far what all will be judged by in comparison. The Twilight Man: Rod Serling and the Birth of Television explores his creation of the show and beyond.

It’s no wonder that the show has been rebooted and reimagined at least three times, eachwith varying success no matter who is at the helm. Needless to say, the one helmed by the originator is the one that has preserved throughout the ages and by far is the gold standard.

Serling’s infinite imagination and genius to recognize the void on television in the first place is what made the show his legacy is most known for. He’s been made more iconic with every passing decade. Under Koren Shadmi’s skillful portrayal of a life both normal and extraordinary, we find out exactly who Sterling was in The Twilight Man: Rod Serling And The Birth Of Television.

The graphic novel dives into Serling’s life. Like one of his most celebrated episodes, the graphic novel opens with him sitting next to a women who has no clue who he is. He recounts his time in the military, the fighting to become a paratrooper, the missions he went on, and te distraction that comics and listening to broadcasts provided him.

His time in the military and the horrors of war would impact him and haunt his life as he witnessed the carnage that the Allies and the people of the Philippines faced in World War II. This would lead to PTSD and night terrors, something he’d have to deal with for the rest of his life.

In an effort to make strides to move forward, he would enroll in Antioch College, which fueled his writing and where he met his wife while he worked as a manager at the school radio station. He would go on to write an anthology radio show, one that would be of great success, thanks to his wife, Carol,  which would start him on a path to his dream. This lead to him entering a national competition and then a job as a staff writer at a local news station in Cincinnati.

He would continue to write pitches until one day, one of his teleplays got bought and he would make his way onto television, which was a new medium at the time, one which would change how people would consume entertainment forever. He would go on to create The Twilight Zone, only for the pilot to be shelved by CBS until Desi Arnez stepped in and recognized Serling’s genius in the pilot script itself.

The graphic novel explores his landmark deal that would influence television for years to come and the pressure that built due to expectations. This lead to drama behind the camera physically and mentally which is all explored.

Shadmi takes on interesting tidbits like his work on Planet of the Apes and Night Gallery. And it explores his later years teaching at a local college in Ithaca, New York.

Overall, The Twilight Man: Rod Serling and the Birth of Television is an excellent and engrossing depiction of Serling’s life and legacy. The story by Shadmi is brisk, intellectual, and well developed. The art by Shadmi I breathtaking. Altogether, if you’ve never watched one episode of The Twilight Zoe, you will more than enjoy this tribute to this legend.

Story: Koren Shadmi Art: Koren Shadmi
Story: 10 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

New Life Explores an Unexpected Pregnancy and We Have an Exclusive Look

The unexpected news that you’ll be a father is both exciting and nerve wracking. A little over a year ago, I found out the news myself and in August I welcomed by daughter, Natalie, to this world (you might have seen her reviews). Approaching 40, I’ve been nervous and happy at the same time. I’m excited that I get to raise what I’m sure will be an awesome person, and one that already is. Nervous in that I’m approaching 40 (less than three months! woo hoo!) and it feels a bit on the later end for this experience.

Though I’m not middle aged like the main character in the upcoming graphic novel New Life, the story is intriguing to me. The the character is about a decade older than I was when I got the news, and I’m excited to read it and see what similar experiences, and thoughts, it might.

New Life by writer Xavier Bétaucourt and artist Yannick Marchat is an emotional story of a middle aged man who falls in love and discovers that he is quite unexpectedly and quite definitely going to be father (again).

Being published by Humanoids‘ imprint Drawn Life, New Life comes to shelves January 22.

Here’s the full solicit text… 

With his son grown and his marriage dissolving, Xavier, a 48-year old writer, finds himself deep in the heart of a mid-life crisis. Setting out on his own, he finds emotional freedom and true independence. When he meets Leah, a young and vibrant artist, he rediscovers the beauty of unexpected love. Together they set out to lead a life of spontaneity and youthful adventure. When Leah becomes pregnant, Xavier quickly realizes that his life has indeed started over, just not in the way he expected. Overwhelmed with anxiety, Xavier questions his choices. Can he father a child at this stage of life? Can he and Leah hold onto their passion? He’s back at square one.

Check out this exclusive preview of the upcoming graphic novel out next week!

New Life