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NYCC ’10 | Vertigo officially announces Anthony Bourdain’s Get Jiro!

"Get Jiro!" art by Langdon Foss

Vertigo confirmed at New York Comic Con this afternoon that it will release a graphic novel by Anthony Bourdain, the acerbic chef, author and host of the Travel Channel’s No Reservations.

Revealed last month by Bourdain himself, Get Jiro! is a futuristic action thriller set in a world where food and the secrets of its preparation are the source of all power, leading master chefs to fight over a mysterious sushi chef named Jiro. Bourdain has described the graphic novel as “Yojimbo meets Big Night and Babette’s Feast, an ultra-violent slaughter-fest over culinary arcana.”

Get Jiro! is written by Bourdain (Kitchen Confidential, Medium Raw) and friend and novelist Joel Rose (The Blackest Bird, Kill Kill Faster Faster), and illustrated by artist Langdon Foss (Heavy Metal). The book is expected to be released sometime in 2011.

During today’s “Vertigo: On the Edge” panel, the DC Comics imprint also announced:

  • The Annotated Sandman, a four-volume collection by Leslie S. Klinger, editor of The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes and The New Annotated Dracula, working closely with Neil Gaiman.
  • The reunion of the 100 Bullets team of Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso on “a top-secret Vertigo project for 2011.”
  • The New York Five, a four-issue sequel to The New York Four, Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly’s 2008 Minx graphic novel. The miniseries debuts in January.
  • Delirium’s Party, Jill Thompson’s follow-up to 2001′s The Little Endless Storybook, will debut in March.
  • Mentioned at Comic-Con International, the six-issue Cinderella: Fables are Forever will debut in February from the Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love team of Chris Roberson and Sean McManus.

Look for a full panel report at Comic Book Resources.

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Yeah this will be a long surviving project. Not.

Pretty psyched for the Bourdain project. He’s a great writer, his friendship with Harvey Pekar shows his respect for the medium and he’s a geeky kind of insane.

Would be interesting interesting to compare Get Jiro with the manga Toriko, which has a similar theme. The main thing is that the fight for ingredients involves hunting them down (literally), something I think Bourdain would find appealing. Fighting other chefs could potentially degenerate into lameness (sorry- it’s not a commentary on how interesting foodies are – my sister is a former Chez Panisse pastry chef and I used to be a moderater for a food forum), but I trust Tony’s writing chops to make it worthwhile.

Jiro kind of looks like Mifune.

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