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Tomer Hanuka : biography

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Tomer Hanuka (born 1974) is an award-winning Israeli illustrator and cartoonist.

At age twenty-two, after completing three years of mandatory Israeli Army service, Hanuka moved to New York City. Following his graduation from the School of Visual Arts, he quickly became a regular contributor to many national magazines. His clients include Time Magazine, The New Yorker, Spin, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, MTV, and Saatchi & Saatchi. He is the winner of multiple medals from the Society of Illustrators and the Society of Publication Designers as well as American Illustration and Print magazine.

Tomer co-creates Bipolar with his identical twin brother Asaf for Alternative Comics. Bipolar is an experimental comic book series for which Tomer was nominated for the Eisner, Harvey and Ignatz awards. In 2006, Tomer published The Placebo Man (Alternative Comics), which compiles much of his work from Bipolar. He currently lives in New York City.

A print interview with Tomer Hanuka and his twin brother Asaf appeared in The Comics Interpreter #5 with a cover by Tomer.

Published Books


Publisher: Gingko Press Overkill is a monograph showcasing Mr. Hanuka's works form the first decade of the 21st century. 130 pages, full color, hard covers. Designed and edited by Anton Ioukhnovets. Overkill was sold out in few months after its publication and a 2nd edition was published in May 2012

Meathaus S.O.S 2008

Publisher: Nerdcore a comics anthology including James Jean, Farel Dalrymple, Brandon Graham, Tomer and Asaf Hanuka, Thomas Herpich, Jim Rugg and Corey Lewis. Editors Brandon Graham, Chris McD and Matt Gagnon. "one of the best comics of the year" - New York Magazine.

Placebo Man (french edition)2006

Publisher: Actes Sud BD The Placebo Man collects comics created from 2000-2005 including stories previously published in Bipolar and New Thing. 130 pages, black and white with color covers. "Placebo Man est composé de courts récits au goût étrange, parfois eux-mêmes constitués d’anecdotes gigognes acidulées et poétiques. Des expérimentations narratives publiées dans Bipolar, (...) En héritier d’Alan Moore, Tomer déconstruit les arcanes du rêve américain. " -Mundo BD

The Placebo Man 2005

Publisher: Alternative Comics The Placebo Man collects comics created from 2000-2005 including stories previously published in Bipolar and New Thing. 130 pages, black and white with color covers. ‘"Hanuka's raw, illustrative style underscores the tension and awkward fumblings toward meaning and connection that lie seething beneath the stories' surfaces." -The Washington Post.

Bipolar 1-5 2000-2004

Publisher: Alternative Comics Co-created by twin artists Asaf and Tomer Hanuka. It's a comic book split in half. Asaf's side features the serializes story Pizzeria Kamikaze (now collected) adapted from a book by Etgar Keret. Tomer's part support short fiction. "each edition has conducted readers on an excursion through curious environments, full of sights that conjoin the common and the disorienting and of situations that are at once ordinary and unaccountable." -The Comics Journal.

Cover Work

The following is a list of projects Hanuka has created covers for.

BOOKS: The Gigolo Murder (Penguin) The Kiss Murder (Penguin) Hammer (W.W Norton) Marquis De Sade (Penguin) Alive in Necropolis (Riverhead Books) Butterfield 8 (Random House) Appointment is Samara (Random House). The Diving Pool (Random House) Darker Mask (Tor Books) The Possession of Mr Cave (Random House) Fat White Vampire Blues (Ballantine Books) Work Book (2007), Everyone's Burning (Villard ) Shadow Of Doubt,Crime Files. (Scholastic) Body of Evidence, Crime Files. (Scholastic) Fallen Angels (Scholastic) Glory Field (Scholastic) The Beast (Scholastic) Somewhere in the Darkness (Scholastic) The Cubicle Survival Guide (Villard) Kiss Kiss Switch Bitch My Uncle Oswald (Quality Paperback Book Club)

MAGAZINES: BusinessWeek, Wage Wars. The Progressive, recruiting on spring break. The Progressive, the man behind the curtain. Stanford Medical, planet earth is dying. New York Times, summer movies. Mother Jones, nuclear Iraq. New York Times Sunday Magazine, terrorist? New York Times Sunday Magazine, escaping north Korea. New York Times, transportation. New York Times, technology. Kulture Spiegel (Germany), George Clooney is super humane. Deliver, future eagle. Deliver, direct mail. URB, Wu Tang Clan. Promo, everything is going green.

MUSIC: Aesop Rock, Jack White (alternative cover art for Blunderbuss tour singles), Bazooka tooth album cover (music).

COMICS: Wolverine Chop Shop (Marvel Comics); Un-Men, 13 covers for the series (D.C Comics); Midnight Mass Vol I, 12 covers for the series; Midnight Mass vol. 2, 8 covers for the series; Meathaus #3 (Meathaus press); Bipolar #1,2,4 (Alternative Comics); The Big Question (Top Shelf Comics); New Thing: Identity; New Suit Focus, 16 cover for the series (D.C. Comics); The Placebo Man (Alternative Comics).

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