Meet John Layman.
He is the writer and co-creator of “Chew,” the Image Comics series about FDA agent Tony Chu, a cibopath who gleans psychic information from anything that he eats…except beets. Layman’s “Chew” is filled with several other similarly bizarre components including a powerful food writer, a far off alien world and a fruit with unknown origins that tastes just like chicken. It’s a story that has resonated with an extraordinary amount of readers, leading to multiple sellouts, accolades and now – best of all – a new monthly column right here on Comic Book Resources!
CBR News is proud to announce the launch of “Chew On This,” where we’ll be discussing all things “Chew”-able. Following the release of every new issue, we’ll sit down with Layman for an exclusive question-and-answer session about the latest turns-of-events in the world of Tony Chu. On top of that, readers are invited to write in to see their very own questions answered by Layman. In short, this is your one-stop shop for everything “Chew!”
For this inaugural edition, CBR spoke with Layman about the book’s origins, its success thus far and where things are headed in future issues. Plus, check out an exclusive first look at pages from “Chew” #11, in stores on Wednesday!
CBR News: John, thanks for kicking off the first ever “Chew on This” with us here at CBR! As good a place to start as any is the beginning -Â for the folks at home who haven’t been reading the series, who and what is “Chew” all about?
John Layman: “Chew” is the story of Tony Chu, a federal agent with “cibopathic” powers, able to get psychic impressions from the things he eats. That means he can eat an apple and tell what orchard it was grown at or when it was harvested -Â or he can go to a crime scene and nibble on a murder victim to figure out whodunit.
“Chew” #11, written by John Layman and illustrated by Rob Guillory, goes on sale this Wednesday.
Check back in next month for another edition of “Chew on This,” and make sure to send us your questions!