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Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Alternative Comics (March 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891867911
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891867910
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,225,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tomer's book comprises his strange and compelling stories from Alternative's Bipolar #1-5 and the Johnny Weissmuller tribute, "Elephant Graveyard," from the Jim Higgins-helmed New Thing: Identity anthology. Most of these black-and-white narratives are as realistic as a mouthful of bloody asphalt, yet flavored by elements (the talking cats in "Time Strips," the low-rent Trevanian conceit of "Zina & Me," the superheroic backstory of "Aquaflesh") of a transcendent surreality; each of the stories benefits from the artist's fine-line draftsmanship and sharp sense of timing; each of them will do interesting things to the inside of your head. --The Austin Chronicle

About the Author

Tomer Hanuka is an award-winning illustrator and 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 among others. 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-created Bipolar with his twin brother Asaf, for which he has been nominated for the Eisner, Harvey, and Ignatz awards. Tomer is based in London.

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By E. Clemente on December 2, 2007
The Placebo Man collects Tomer Hanuka's stories from "Bipolar", an experimental comic anthology. I actually found this on sale at a bookstore not being familiar with Hanuka, but attracted to the art. It reminded me a little of both Kent Williams and David Lapham (but less polished), so I decided to give it a shot. There are 9 unrelated black & white short stories in the book, ranging from surreal to very surreal. Like any collection of stories, there will be hits and misses, although in this book the quality does not vary greatly. The more successful stories are the ones where Hanuka is being more straightforward, my favorite being the story of an old Johnny Weissmuller reflecting back on his life. Some stories are hard to get, but never fail to evoke the desired emotion. Overall I'm glad I picked it up but I wouldn't say it's an essential part of my library. I'd like to see more of Hanuka but in long-form. Story 3/5. Art 3/5.
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"Great art"??? insult to any doodler much less actual artists.
~And the "story" is incoherent by any standard. In all, an entirely awful book. Why in the world would anyone want to publish such worthless crap? One star is far too generous but apparently required.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on January 5, 2007
Great art with really good, and often very odd/surreal stories (but I think that was the goal).
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