Friday February 22, 2013
Julia Child, comic-book heroine
IN LINE with other chefs who have been immortalised in comic-book form, Julia Child has been given the graphic novel treatment for her role in transforming the US culinary landscape.
The 32-page comic book, written by Michael Troy and illustrated by Nathan Girtin, is part of a female empowerment series that publisher Bluewater Productions calls Female Force, spotlighting influential women who have overcome challenges.
Describing Child as “gentle giant”, the book takes readers through the chef’s path to TV fame from her days at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, to the years spent writing her seminal cookbook Mastering The Art Of French Cooking, to her debut as a popular TV host. Child died in 2004 at age 91.
Other women who have become comic-book heroines in the series include former Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher, who bared all about her struggle with bipolar disorder and Grease star Olivia Newton-John, for her fight against breast cancer. Also profiled are Ellen DeGeneres and Cher.
Child is the latest celebrity chef to become the subject of a graphic novel.
In Spider-Man: A Meal To Die For, former Top Chef: Las Vegas contestant Eli Kirshtein plays Spidey’s heroic, knife-buckling sous chef.
US food personalities Chris Cosentino and domestic doyenne Martha Stewart have likewise been turned into comic-book stars, while Anthony Bourdain penned his own graphic novel Get Jiro, a bloody tale of duelling chef warlords in a futuristic Los Angeles. – AFP