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Anthony Bourdain: Chef, TV host, and….comic book writer?

Credit: Vertigo

Credit: Vertigo

 Anthony Bourdain, the outspoken author and host of No Reservations, is breaking into a new form of media with the release of his first graphic novel.

Get Jiro!, published by DC’s Vertigo comics and co-written by Bourdain and Joel Rose (Kill Kill Faster Faster, The Blackest Bird), chronicles the tale of Jiro, a vigilante sushi chef in the dystopian future where master chefs are crime lords and their foodie gangs violently battle it out in the kitchens and streets of L.A. The hardcover graphic novel was released in comic book stores on June 27th and will be available online and in bookstores on July 3rd.

Ultimately, the book is a send-up of the foodie culture and a dark vision of how it may evolve. Picture a world where foodies literally kill each other to get an elusive reservation, and ordering a California roll is sufficient justification for a beheading at the hands of the chef. Jiro finds himself and his knife skills as the object of desire for the two controlling chefs in the city, International super-chef Bob and Rose, who is supposedly not-so-loosely based on Alice Waters.

Beyond the satire and blood-spurting neck stumps, the comic promises to also focus on the dishes and techniques used to create them, even down to the wine pairings.

I’m very interested to see how well this turns out, as Bourdain is really shooting for a narrow cross section of comic book fans that are also food nerds. Fortunately, I’m not scared to buy a comic book without having to lie and say it is for my nephew, so this sounds like it will be right up my alley.

I mean, who doesn’t want to take a glimpse into a world where bros ordering California rolls wind up with their heads on platters?

- By Jon Watson, Food & More blog

7 comments Add your comment

Kar

June 29th, 2012
9:36 am

I’m assuming that this is based or in homage of Jiro Ono, the revered sushi chef. Unexpected but given his move to CNN and his increased writing in nonfiction and fiction, I guess this wasn’t as big a leap as if it were say, Jamie Oliver.

His disdain for Alice Waters is legendary. I get it as she does have sort of an elitist perception but I’m waiting for the inevitable Paula Deen and Guy Fieri villains too.

BC

June 29th, 2012
9:49 am

His writing is actually quite good. Of course everybody has read Kitchen Confidential, but his fiction writing such as Bone In Throat is great. I bet it’ll be great.

Baltisraul

June 29th, 2012
12:09 pm

If AB had anything to do with it, count me in as a fan.

Judge Smails

June 29th, 2012
4:41 pm

Over-hyped blowhard if you ask me.

stimpson j cat

June 29th, 2012
5:30 pm

Smails, I’m with you on that. The ‘rebel’ persona gets old. And, “Kitchen Confidential” was amateurish, with poor usage and grammatical errors. The comic book will likely be a snoozer.

However, I do think the show is put together well (in spite of him), and enjoy seeing the street food scenes.

Kar

June 29th, 2012
9:28 pm

I liked his nonfiction on Typhoid Mary, an unexpected subject but he showed an unlikely passion for the topic and the character.

Baltisraul

July 1st, 2012
8:59 am

stimpson…….show is put togeher in spite of him? There is no show without AB. You don’t have to like all his stuff but he is rocking the ratings and just got hugh $ from CNN! The food shows need a personality like him, otherwise you end up w/ programs like that Lee woman that are unwatchable!