Anthony Bourdain was more than a celebrity chef and host, he was also a talented writer and recently released a stunning comic book through Dark Horse Comics.
Many best know Anthony Bourdain, who died Friday, as a brilliant chef and host of TV shows such as Parts Unknown, but the world also lost a talented writer of essays, novels, and comics.
Bourdain's four-issue comic horror series Hungry Ghosts recently finished it's run at Dark Horse Comics. Working with novelist Joel Rose, Bourdain's Hungry Ghosts begins at a party full of chefs who play a game called 100 Candles -- which is a Japanese game thought to be used to test a samurai's courage. The game involves telling spooky stories, so naturally Hungry Ghosts isn't for the faint of heart. And Bourdain's culinary influence gives the stories a twist. The hardcover of the series will be available in October.
In 2012, Bourdain and Rose also wrote comic Get Jiro! which is set in a time in the future in which chefs run Los Angeles and a culinary war turns serious. The follow-up Get Jiro: Blood and Sushi was released in 2015. At a New York Comic Con panel in 2017, Bourdain talked about the joy he felt writing comics saying, “Comics are my first love.” When he was younger, he dreamed of becoming an artist but once he was told his art wasn't good enough, turned to writing. And it was his writing of an essay in a 1999 issue of The New Yorker called "Don’t Eat Before Reading This" which gained him notoriety, leading to his famous book Kitchen Confidential.
So as we grieve the loss of this man who made such a huge cultural impact, let's also celebrate his love of comics and the beautiful stories he shared with the world through them.