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Illustrator Tomer Hanuka, best known in comics circles for projects like Bipolar, The Placebo Man and Meathaus S.O.S. (not to mention numerous covers), makes his New Yorker debut with the lovely, and surprisingly warm, cover for the Feb. 10 issue. Surprising, I say, because “Perfect Storm” deals with the winter weather, if from a different perspective.
“I moved to New York in my early twenties, after being in the Israeli Army for three years,” he says on the magazine’s website. “I have this image of myself in my first rental apartment, sitting on the edge of the bed and staring at the window. You encounter the world as an adult for the first time — I think that’s what the story was about. That’s a powerful thing. Every window you stared through before was your parent’s world, and now, suddenly, you’re in a city. You’re washed with optimism and a sense of freedom — you’ve just been liberated and that’s amazing. And then you realize you can do very little, and it’s terribly disappointing. But the heartache and all that, that comes later.”
Tomer Hanuka designed a Mondo poster for RZA’s directorial debut The Man With the Iron Fists, and the limited-run (just 175 printed) sold out in double-quick time. It’s awesome, but we’ve missed it. Perhaps it will pop up soon on eBay. Reading between the lines of some of the recent posts at Hanuka’s Facebook page, there might be other releases in different colorways if we’re lucky.
Illustrator and comic creator Tomer Hanuka has produced typically stunning cover art for all of the 7″ singles released for Jack White‘s debut solo LP Blunderbuss. They are alternates available only at venues hosting White’s current tour (or subsequently on eBay, reality fans). Placed together, they form a tetraptych.
Four panels, split by time, alluding at a narrative. Does that make this one of the hardest-to-obtain comics of all time, then?
The Halloween-themed October issue of the alternative contemporary art magazine Juxtapoz looks like it has plenty to interest comic fans. Guest editor Alex Pardee has filled the mag with his favorite causes, including an overview of Japanese horror manga; a visit to Sam Kieth’s studio; an interview with Jhonen Vasquez; and a questionnaire from Tomer Hanuka. Preview art from those involved below.
Mondo, a company that specializes in limited edition prints and T-shirts, put a couple of Star Trek posters up for sale today, including this one of Tomer Hanuka’s rendition of the “Mirror Mirror” episode. There’s also a Mike Saputo poster for “The Menagerie” and a non-Star Trek one by Phantom City Creative featuring David Cronenberg’s Rabid. [Thanks to /Film for pointing it out.]
The New Yorker’s John Lahr took in a showing of the big-budget, critically panned Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, and and his review can be found on the magazine’s website. But even if you think you’ve heard enough about the troubled production already, there’s a good reason to check this particular review out — the accompany illustration by artist Tomer Hanuka, featuring Spider-Man, Mary Jane and an awesome Green Goblin.
Hanuka details the process of creating it over on his own site. Can we elect him as the official artist for the comic adaptation?
Although they don’t get to spend too much time doing comics anymore, the Hanuka brothers carry their comic sensibilities with them on their high profile magazine illustration assignments. And a recent project by Tomer Hanuka is really something special.
Hanuka was hired by art director Josef Reyes to do the lead art for a New York Magazine story documenting the fictional decade where Al Gore, not George W. Bush, became president in 2000. It poses the question, “How would Al Gore have handled 9-11 and everything in those eight years?” This lead art goes with the first chapter, written by Kurt Anderson, about Gore’s White House being struck by United Flight 93. As Tomer puts it, “Al Qaeda doesn’t care who’s president.”
To view several process sketches and more of Hanuka’s art, visit their blog.
What did art shows do before the Internet? Back then, you had one brief shining moment, or month as the case may have been, to catch a great show at a gallery or museum before its collected works were lost to the ether. Nowadays, however, the tubes can pipe the visual riches to you in perpetuity.
Such is the case with “Now Showing: Exploring the Lost ‘Art’ of the Film Poster.” Curated by Wear It With Pride, the exhibition ran last year at the COSH Gallery in London and Vallery in Barcelona, and featured reinterpretations of classic and cult film posters by comics artists Nathan Fox, Tomer Hanuka, and 40 other illustrators and designers. From The Lost Boys to The Planet of the Apes, A Clockwork Orange to Soylent Green, The Birds to Blade Runner, Dr. No to Rear Window to Tampopo, there’s bound to be something to delight any lover of fine film and/or eye-melting art. Click here to see ‘em all in a Flickr set.
(Via Jason Adams.)