Confessions of a Comic Book Guy is a weekly column by Steve Bennett of Super-Fly Comics and Games in Yellow Springs, Ohio. This week, Bennett shares his joy over the announcement for an upcoming comic book cookbook from Marvel Comics.
In August 2016 (see "Food For Thought") I wrote about my disappointment that while there is plenty of manga on the subject, there have never been all that many American comics about food and cooking. Oh, there’s probably been more of them than you’d think, starting with the graphic novels Get Jiro and Get Jiro: Blood and Sushi by the late, legendary author/chef Anthony Bourdain. As well as a handful of titles like Starve, Chew, Space Battle Lunchtime, Voracious, and Brave Chef Brianna, but there haven’t been nearly enough of them for my (sorry) tastes.
with the requisite comic book action, each installment will include a recipe." Cebulski is quoted as saying, "A comic like T.E.S.T. Kitchen, which contains both stories and recipes, will hopefully appeal to a different kind of viewer/reader than we traditionally reach at Marvel."
"As Marvel continued to expand our efforts into the culinary space—from our original Food & Comics panels at comic-cons; to developing our food-centric Eat The Universe brand, products, and content; to the culinary concepts you see at places like Avengers Campus—creating an in-universe character to be at the front of all these endeavors only made more sense,"
Where The Eyeballs Are") I had heaps of praise for the Marvel Infinity Comic It’s Jeff! by Kelly Thompson and Gurihiru. For those who haven’t seen it, it’s a usually textless pantomime strip that follows the sweet and straightforward adventures of the adorable silent shark dog, Jeff. It seems to have been a success, given the number of other comics featuring pantomime Marvel funny animals (Lucky the Pizza Dog, Marvel Meow, and Alligator Loki) that followed it. And the fact that Marvel just announced Season 2 of It's Jeff! by the same creative team, is coming this September.
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