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The Twilight Man: Rod Serling and the Birth of Television

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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 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 Hollywood. Before he b
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Life Drawn
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Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-book, 2019, comics-manga
The Twilight Man by Koren Shadmi is a 2019 Life Drawn publication.

An imaginative biographical novel Rod Serling would approve of!

Well, how cool is this? The second I saw this book I knew I had to read it! Why? Because I love, love, love The Twilight Zone! I was also a fan of ‘Night Gallery’ and loved Serling’s narration of both anthology series.

But, once I started reading the book, I realized I didn’t really know anything at all about Rod Serling. As his story unfolds, I learned about his mil
Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー
It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.

The Lonely
Rod Serling's life narrated by himself and told- not only is it disguised as a criticism of censorship, but it's told as if it's an episode of the Twilight Zone with a signature and shocking twist. thaZone.
Literary Soirée
This graphic novelized bio of The Twilight Zone creator offers a sensitive, creative take on Serling and is sure to be coveted by the many rabid fans of the show.

It captures the essence of the genius once known as the “angry young man” of Hollywood, who often clashed with TV execs and sponsors over such issues as war, racism and censorship.

Serling spoke at my hubs’ fifth grade English class, smoking cig after cig the whole time. He started his professional career in Cincinnati as a continuity
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, edelweiss
This was excellent. Shadmi uses a framing device where Serling tells his life story to an airplane passenger sitting next to him. It has the feeling of an episode of The Twilight Zone. Not only do we see Serling's life from the time he entered the Pacific Theater during World War II, but his his rise as a TV writer. Serling lived a complicated life. One that I was instantly enthralled in while reading this.

The Twilight Zone is a show that I feel still plays today. Maybe today more than ever. It st/>The
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
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Nostalgia Reader
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
An excellent biography of one of television’s pioneers. I knew pretty much nothing about Serling before reading this, but when I finished I came away with a greater appreciation for his works and what he did to try and break the mold of the radio & television industry.

The bio starts off in Serling’s teenage years in the military, showcasing his early attempts at creative writing as well as the horrors he witnessed that later inspired both his horror-based imagery as well as the s
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley

I am not usually one for biography books, but I do really love The Twilight Zone and I figured a graphic novel was much less of a commitment than a prose book of the same length [I have a poor attention span, what can I say]. This was a pretty good story about Rod's early life and his work creating The Twilight Zone. I did like how the author framed it as Rod telling his own story in what was essentially an episode of The Twilight Zone complete w
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
For those who are familiar with the Twilight Zone, this graphic novel version of Rod Serling's life reads like an extended twilight zone story.

It starts with Rod on board a flight, where he strikes up a conversation with his seat mate, who asks him about the story of his life, so he begins with the army.

It helps that we start there, because we get the essence of what shaped him.

Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A heartfelt tribute biography to the man who created "The Twilight Zone," the famous 1960s television show that was ahead of its time. A Jewish underdog intellectual, a daredevil paratrooper in World War II, and a writer who saw the potential in television, Serling's hard work and driven nature consumed him. I've seen some "Twilight Zone" episodes long ago but after reading this, but now I'm inspired to watch the entire series this winter. The graphic illustrations are powerful and sharply drawn ...more
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absorbing biography of Rod Serling. If you’ve ever enjoyed The Twilight Zone, you will enjoy this look at the creator’s life.
Stephanie Griffin
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
THE TWILIGHT MAN: Rod Serling and the Birth of Television, written and illustrated by Koren Shadmi, tells the story of the genius behind The Twilight Zone.
Shadmi, living in India, didn’t see the original Twilight Zone until 2009, but they were smitten. Who was this creator of strange stories?
Covering Serling’s World War II experience is an important part of what made his personality. Shadmi then covers how Serling fell into writing in college, his professional beginnings in New York,
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Told in graphic novel form, this is the biography of Rod Serling, best known as creator and writer of The Twilight Zone. The story is told within the frame of Rod speaking to a woman next to him on a flight, telling her his life story. He begins with him becoming a paratrooper during World War II, and continues through his life in college and beginning his career as a writer. Fans of The Twilight Zone will love the behind the scenes look at his writing process and negotiations, but he also just ...more
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The life story of Rod Serling in a graphic novel, to me, it's like reading a comic book. The story consists of many facts of his life before he wrote the Twilight Zone series , during the hectic years of writing so many shows while busy doing other things and what follows. Interesting and a quick read.
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, bios
I found this graphic novel rather interesting since I have always been a fan of The Twilight Zone. I like the way the author told Rod Serling's story as a story he told a seat mate on an airplane. The author did a fine job of giving us details of Rod's life while making it appear that we were in a Twilight Zone episode ourselves. Bravo!
Ben Truong
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Twilight Man: Rod Serling and the Birth of Television is a biographical graphic novel written and illustrated by Koren Shadmi, which is a concise biography of Rod Serling – screenwriter and television producer.

Rodman Edward Serling was an American screenwriter, playwright, television producer, and narrator known for his live television dramas of the 1950s and his science-fiction anthology TV series, The Twilight Zone. Serling was active in politics, both on and off the screen, and helped f
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
An interesting subject for a graphic novel, especially coming from Humanoids. I was excited to read this because it seems to be quite hard to find writing on Serling and The Twilight Zone that's still in publication (though this might be changing with renewed interest in the show now), and I didn't know much about his life. Shadmi did a pretty good job of sketching a profile of a tortured man, if not a very deep one (and very forgiving of his less impressive behaviour in regards to his wife). It ...more
Liz Yerby
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really impressed by this comic and the art and writing but maybe only mildly taken in by the central story of Rod’s life
Pete Barell
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-reviews
ARC provided by NetGalley and Humanoids.

I was force-fed (eventually by choice) classic Twilight Zone episodes as a kid, so I jumped at the opportunity to read about creator Rod Serling in this graphic biography and was glad I did. Rendered in neat black and white reminiscent of 50's TV, the story is framed by the introduction of Serling (of course, smoking a cigarette) detailing his life to a bored woman on a plane ride. Right off the bat, that setting has the capacity to hook Twilight Zone fan
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The author and artist of this work, took Rod Sterling’s life and presented it as an episode of The Twilight Zone. And it was AMAZING. The reader is hooked right from the start. We are on a plane with a long time before landing, and horror of all horrors no one brought a book. So Rod starts telling his story. I had no idea he was a paratrooper, or how hard he fought to control his stories. I knew he wrote with amazing people and sci-fi juggernauts, but everything else was new to this reader. The ...more
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Telling Serling's life story through the medium of illustration is a curious and inspired choice, one I'm thinking the man would probably appreciate. Admittedly, it's a fascinating-enough tale to warrant a weird spin, considering all he went through. I wouldn't even begin to imagine how vast Serling's influence is, and Shadmi's only helping things out by adding this unconventional biography to the table. If you're not being introduced to Rod Serling outright, you're certain to be given a strong ...more
Accessible to all ages, this comic biography is will mostly appeal to adults--just because most kids don't know who Rod Serling is, or would care overmuch about heavy smoking and/or other issues relevant to an adult audience. It's engaging but not amazing. I'm a big fan of The Twilight Zone and it's kinda cool to see how Serling got to where he did, but it's not really that compelling a narrative.

The art isn't my style so much--it looks a little generic, a little perfunctory. That co
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Humanoids for this advanced reading copy of The Twilight Man in exchange for an honest review!

I went into this book not knowing a whole helluva lot about Rod Serling aside from the fact that he made The Twilight Zone, easily one of the finest and most complex science fiction shows in the history of television. I requested the book based on this small sliver of knowledge, and absolutely do not regret it. Shadmi's style lends itself very well to Serling's tale, from military to Manhatta
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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The Twilight Man
a graphic novel by Koren Shadmi
Publish date: 08 Oct 2019
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I don't care whether you're a fan of "The Twilight Zone" or not. This graphic novel biography about Rod Serling is excellent. It's strength is that it showed the evolution of the man and his storytelling. The drawings were clear and not confusing while maintaining drama and emotion. It was a quick read for 169 pages. And the ending didn't disappoint
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read from June 28, 2019 - July 05, 2019

I really enjoyed this story of the life of Rod Serling. It was interesting to read about his life and how his most famous creation came into being. While the idea of The Twilight Zone sounds like a no-brainer home run idea, it certainly wasn't as well-received as it ended up being decades later. I think the biography did a great job at showing us the hardship that Rod had to go through to make it as a writer in Hollywood and the struggles he fac
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a digital copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

As a huge fan of the Twilight Zone, I was really excited to learn about this book. The history of Rod Serling and my favorite television series in graphic novel format? Count me in! The drawings really had a TZ quality atmosphere and I enjoyed that the storyline felt like its own episode. I recommend this book to anyone who would like to learn more about Serling and the making of the TZ series.
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a timely book for me because we watched an episode of Night Gallery for a library program this evening. A good overview of Rod Serling's life with a Twilight Zone-like format. Just the right amount of info.
Engel Dreizehn
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
ARC Copy...interesting way to tell Rod Serling's life. Serling feels human in his raise to an icon in the TV and Sci-fi realm and a twist ending that feels very characteristic of his works. I'm not giving the ending away!
Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher at ALA Annual 2019.
Stephanie Bange
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An intriguing look at one of the most complicated, creative, and innovative forces to help shape the Golden Age of Television.

Koren Shadmi, who had never seen an episode of The Twilight Zone (TTZ) until 2009, has fleshed out an incredible biography about Rod Serling in graphic novel format. Set up like an episode of TTZ, Serling narrates his own life story in four parts, with an epilogue and cliffhanger final frame. He visually captures Serling on the cover and throughout the book. R
Becky B
A graphic novel biography of Rod Serling, from his young adult years in WWII through his rise to fame as a television writer and producer, to his waning years of fame after the Twilight Zone series was cancelled.

This was a very interesting read for the look into the opening years and then golden era of television and the tug of war between writers and sponsors over content of TV shows. Serling’s experiences in WWII didn’t pull any punches, and his life-long battle with PTSD is unders
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Koren Shadmi is a Brooklyn Based illustrator and Cartoonist; he earned his degree in Illustration in 2006 from the School of Visual Arts in New York. His graphic novels have been published in France, Italy, Spain, Israel, and the US.