Anthony Bourdain is a man of many talents. In addition to being a world-class chef, an avid traveler, a jiu jitsu fanatic, a music buff, and a daredevil, the Parts Unknownhost also loves to spend his time stirring up s*** with his fellow celebrity chefs, restaurateurs, and pretty much anyone else who rubs him the wrong way.
Which seems to be a lot of people. Maybe don’t mess with the guy. He’s seen some stuff.
But on top of all of those hobbies and accolades, there’s one thing many people don’t know about Bourdain: he’s an avid lover of comic books. The chef revealed he’s collected a wide range of comic books since he was a kid, scooping up everything from classic superhero stories to Japanese manga to MAD magazine. And now, Bourdain revealed via Twitter, he’ll be releasing a new comic book of his very own via Dark Horse Comics titled Hungry Ghosts.
While at first glance the title Hungry Ghosts might bring to mind a couple of questions and a lot of bad jokes (like “Is a ghost's favorite part of dinner the amus-boOoOo-uche?”), Vulture reveals the series will “be a riff on the Japanese Edo-period game 100 Candles, in which samurai would try to one-up each other with stories to freak each other out.” The article explains that instead of samurais telling scary stories, the comic book will feature chefs from around the world sharing their food-related tales of horror. The series will be a four-part story and is scheduled to hit the shelves sometime in 2018.
If your first thought is, “Stick to your multiple day jobs, Bourdain,” you should know this is hardly his first foray into narrative writing. The chef, along with his partner Joel Rose, wrote the New York Times best-selling comic book Get Jiro! in 2012 and its 2015 prequel Get Jiro: Blood and Sushi which, more or less, tell the story of a murderous/mobster-esque sushi chef in a not-so-distant-future Los Angeles who has to occasionally behead people with his sushi knife.
Like we said, maybe don't mess with Chef Bourdain. He's seen some things.
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