Shalom Life | April 12, 2014

Israeli Cartoonist Nabs New Yorker Cover

Tomer Hanuka's "Perfect Storm' has earned praise from the renowned magazine's editors, encapsulating the experience that is a cold Manhattan morning

By: Daniel Koren

Published: February 5th, 2014 in News » World

After completing his service in the IDF, Israeli-born Tomer Hanuka decided to move to New York to pursue his career.

Now it seems that his perseverance may pay off.

Hanuka recently submitted a piece to the New Yorker, one the editors obviously marveled at, choosing it as the cover of the magazine's February 10th's edition. Known as one the ultimate staple in print media, winning such accolades will likely lead to a flourishing career for the Israeli-American.

The artwork Hanuka submitted is called Perfect Storm. It encapsulates the romance that ensues upon waking up to a cold winter's morning from a Manhattan apartment.

Tomer Hanuka's 'Perfect Storm' graces the cover of the February 10, 2014 edition of The New Yorker. (Tomer Hanuka/The New Yorker)

Perfect Storm by Tomer Hanuka

As you can see from the artwork above, the depiction paints a picture that focuses on warmth - from the colors of the apartment to the man and woman being dressed in their underwear - but also on the frail winter, beckoning to them from the window still.

“Snow is inherently nostalgic," Hanuka said during an interview with the magazine. "It encourages you to travel back and think about your life. I think it’s something about the way it blankets reality, sort of erasing the present one dead pixel at a time. And that makes room for the past.”

Of the story that accompanies the still image, Hanuka adds that “it’s about a middle-aged man stumbling into a former lover in a hotel lobby during a snow storm. He can’t quite place her at first, but after some minutes it hits him,”

He added that the idea for it came years ago, influenced by a New Yorker story, no less, called Indianapolis (Highway 74) by Sam Shepard. Another influence was his own experience arriving in the Big Apple in his early 20's. “I have this image of myself in my first rental apartment, sitting on the edge of the bed and staring at the window,” he said.

“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."

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