NYCC: Anthony Bourdain Graphic Novel Confirmed By Vertigo

Star of the Travel Channel show “No Reservations,” Anthony Bourdain broke out some hard-hitting writing when he released his memoir “Kitchen Confidential” — but he’s decided to try his hand at creating a graphic novel as well. Bourdain let his project slip in an interview earlier this year, but it’s official now, and it won’t be about gyros.

He’ll be aided by novelist Joel Rose of “Kill Kill Faster Faster” and artist Langdon Foss, whose work has appeared in “Heavy Metal.” Together, they’re synthesizing a “futuristic action thriller” called “Get Jiro!” which was just announced at New York Comic Con.

The genre choice may surprise Bourdain’s followers, but it’s said to be focusing on American obsessions with exotic cuisine in manic, violent and extreme ways. Such subject matter is well within the realm of topics Bourdain has addressed before in his career, though. The title character is a sushi chef who earns the respect and pursuit of some established master chefs.

The triumvirate creative team should bring an interesting combination of perspectives to the graphic novel, maybe even a recipe or two; who knows? If they succeed, they may crack open a whole new genre in food-based futuristic action/thriller comics. After all, it’s about time that someone did, right?

We don’t have a release date for the project yet, but you can bet it’s going to take its food very, very seriously.

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