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This one has been making it’s way around the ‘net over the past few days … Paul Maybury, artist on Aqua Leung and the upcoming D.O.G.S. of Mars, used to work at Whole Foods and would regularly design promotional signs (like the one above) for the store where he worked.
Although it’s a pretty creative sign, apparently not everyone was a fan. He noted on his Tumblr blog last week, “I apparently offended a lot of people with it. Once older white lady didn’t like the angry black man yelling at her. And a Vegan didn’t like that Mr. T. pitied her because she wouldn’t eat meat.” Later he notes that he wasn’t actually fired, but “they just kind of blocked me from any sort of advances and left me with the option to more or less leave, which I did.”
He’s posted several of the signs over on his Tumblr; you can find some here, here and here. The Mr. T post was picked up by Cory Doctorow over at boingboing, a post which now has more than 100 comments … Maybury responded to some of the comments about whether or not he was a good Whole Foods employee here.
If the promise of Anthony Bourdain’s Get Jiro! isn’t enough to whet the appetites of foodies and comics fans alike, now Amanda Cohen, chef-owner of Dirt Candy in New York City, has announced she’s collaborating with artist Ryan Dunlavey (Action Philosophers) on a graphic novel cookbook. Dirt Candy is an acclaimed vegetarian, or perhaps simply vegetable, restaurant that opened two years ago.
“I’m not sure if ‘graphic novel’ is the best term here since it’s a cookbook and not a novel,” Cohen writes on her restaurant’s website, “but that’s the best description I can come up with.”
The cookbook will be published in summer 2012 by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of The Crown Publishing Group.
The graphic novel, Get Gyro, is “about ultraviolent food nerds,” says the 54-year-old Bourdain. “It’s a gourmet slaughterfest, sort of like Fistful of Dollars meets Eat Drink Man Woman.” Alternately, he describes it as “Yojimbo meets Big Night and Babette’s Feast, an ultra-violent slaughter-fest over culinary arcana.”
In short: awesome. Could Get Gyro be what brings the cooking genre from manga into Western comics?
The graphic novel is set to be released sometime next year, presumably through DC’s Veritgo imprint. No artist is mentioned.
Now this is the sort of format innovation I can get behind: Yeast Hoist #15, the latest in cartoonist/musician Ron Regé Jr.‘s long-running (mostly) self-published alternative-comics series, is part comic, part limited-edition bottle of beer.
The aptly named Yeast Hoist #15 includes a 16.9-ounce bottle of St. Sebastiaan Golden Ale from Belgium’s Brouwerij Sterkens. A screenprinted Regé illustration graces the bottle, which comes complete with a minicomic featuring Regé’s usual “inspired by mysticism and alchemy” cosmic comics shenanigans. I’ll drink to that!
Tipplers and/or comics connoisseurs may order the issue/bottle from Bierkraft — provided you’re 21 years old and can sign for the delivery, that is. If you don’t drink, don’t worry: Regé’s entire Yeast Hoist series is slated for publication on Jordan Crane’s webcomics portal What Things Do. Here are issues #1 and #2.
You know him as the Richards-hating, sorcery-wielding, armor-wearing despot who rules Latveria in the Marvel U. … but who knew he liked to cook? The blog Letters to Holly has nine recipes supplied by Victor Von Doom himself, including steak au pauvre (“When the steaks are finished, Doom commands you to remove steaks from skillet. Keep the drippings in the skillet, filthy cur”), chicken tetrazzini (“Doom forbids you from greasing the pan first. Heed Doom always”) and Doom’s Famous Faji-tortill-orittos (“Doom appreciates lime-flavored chips as a side item. Doom will never admit to licking the lime-dusted fingertips of his luxurious armor”). Who couldn’t go for some faji-tortill-orittos?
Yeah, so I’m totally embedding a commercial into the blog. I know, I know … but before you judge me, you should know that it a) has an Iron Man theme, b) features that greatest of Texas beverages, Dr Pepper and c) guests stars Stan Lee. Watch and enjoy:
If you head over to the Dr Pepper website, you can also see all the cool can designs they’ve created featuring Tony Stark, War Machine and even Nick Fury … who doesn’t want a Samuel L. Jackson Nick Fury Dr Pepper can? It will go well with my Spider-Man and X-Men Dr Pepper cans.
If you follow Marvel’s talent scout on Twitter, you know that C.B. Cebulski is a big fan of food … he’s just as likely to point out a great place to get BBQ as he is to share tips and trick on breaking into the business. Now he’s launched a blog called Eataku, “an online home for people passionately obsessed with food,” where he’s posting restaurant reviews, recipes by Alex Maleev and even food-related artwork, as you’ll see above.
He’s also going to be a guest judge on the Food Network’s Challenge show, where various chefs face off in cooking challenges. This week’s challenge is “extreme villain cakes,” and it airs this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
“Four cake designers tap into their dark side as they create original villains and tell their stories in cake,” says the Food Network’s description of the show. “The cake designers also need to make their creations move or spin or shoot fire — making for a truly extreme competition. The competitor who can wow the judges with both the story and the special effects will take home ten thousand dollars.”
Thank God for slow Festivus news days. When else would we find the time to read a fascinating article on the rise and fall of the mince pie? The Chicago Reader‘s Cliff Doersken blows my pumpkin-loving mind with his eye-opening essay on what was once considered “the monarch of the pies.” A spiced beef-based concoction, mince pie was the holiday staple and home-cooked favorite of this great nation throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries — despite the fact that pretty much everyone admitted the ingredients were unhealthy, disgusting, and even psychologically damaging. I’m totally not kidding.
Best of all, for Robot 6’s purposes at least, the piece is accompanied by a selection of vintage newspaper comics that prove what a pop-cultural staple the mince pie once was. I’d say something about newspapers themselves following mince pie into the gullet of history, but that’s hardly in the holiday spirit, so I’ll just say the article’s a feast for those hungry for lost Americana and leave it at that.
(Hat tip: Matthew Perpetua)
Coming soon from Giant Robot are three different packages of mints designed by artist James Jean. Check out the other two designs by following the link.
Found via Topless Robot. Can you name them all?
Here are a couple of posts to help ruin your dinner, as my mom always liked to say … first, Thom Zahler shares some cookies his brother brought over for his birthday:
I’ve never heard of the restaurant where he bought them, called Eat ‘n Park, but they specialize in smiley cookies, apparently. Zahler’s brother had them add the red, which transformed them from regular smiley-face cookies to comic book icons.
And next, retailer and blogger Matt Price shares a whole bunch of comic-themed sheet cakes his wife made, featuring everyone from the Wonder Twins and Captain America to Mr. Spock and Booster Gold:
I shouldn’t be looking at cookies and cakes before lunch … now I need a snack.