Sunday, April 22, 2007

israel :: independence day

asaf :: on the occasion of the 59th israeli independence-day a local daily newspaper proposed 6 illustrators to provide an image under the title "what happened to us?".
I had couple of different ideas but decided to go with this illustration of Srulik, an old israeli icon.

Srulik was created by israeli cartoonist Dosh (Kariel Gardosh, 1921-2000) around 1956 and representated everything good about what young israel wanted to believe she is made of - idealism, zionism, good faith and kindness.

srulik by Dosh

almost 60 years later that old dream looks like a childish fantasy. between this war and the next, most of the government officials are under some sort of investigation, and the gaps between rich and poor are bigger than ever.


on a different note, I was informed by my publisher Jeff Mason that Pizzeria Kamikaze has been nominated for an Eisnar Award this year, under : Best U.S. Edition of International Material.
the book on amazon :
Pizzeria Kamikaze, by Etgar Keret and Asaf Hanuka


  1. I really like the way that you rendered the top image. Photoshop?

  2. Fun stuff!! Congrats on the nomination for the Eisnar Award. Thats a big honor. Wish you luck man!!

  3. Congrats on the nom, man. I really dig the pattern youi laid down. Made the image really pop. You two have been an insane inspiration for me and my rescent editorial sutff.

    Love it. Did you make thumbs of the ideas you threw out? I'd love to see em.

  4. Why does it look like there's fabric laid over it?
    I'm a huge fan Asaf, but this one isn't speaking to me so much.

  5. Just another new fan here. I found your site thru stumbleupon and give it a big thumbs up. I don't mean to sound like a cliche, but I am a bit of a hippie and have to say the colors man the colors.

  6. Your work always astounds and amazes!

  7. Nicely done and congrats on the nomination.

  8. thank you very nice topic, thanks :)

  9. thank you very nıce thank you very much...

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  11. thanks everyone. I appreciate the comments and remarks.
    that texture was done with a filter called "color halftone". I have to admit it came out weird in print. I wanted to create an old-fashion comic feel, a-la lichtenstein, and ended up with something a little different.

  12. This is great. That would really suck to be him. haha.

  13. Anonymous12:21 PM

    I learned of you thru the juxtopose illustration book. You and your brother are great. 'Comics' that are serious and tackle serious subjects. May God bless us all.

  14. ¿punches? ¿victim? that is the tipical portrait. awesome.