Vertigo has announced via a press release that 2012’s “Get Jiro!” will receive an all-new prequel graphic novel. The new OGN, titled “Get Jiro: Blood and Sushi,” will reteam chef/author/TV personality Anthony Bourdain with his co-writer Joel Rose and feature art from Ale Garza with a cover by Dave Johnson.
The latest installment in the series will depict Jiro’s beginnings as he juggled working for his mob boss father and pursuing his dream of becoming a chef. Bourdain explained his decision to follow up the original OGN with a prequel in a statement included in the release.
“What if you were brought up in a family where murder is acceptable practice and making the best sushi on the planet is a shameful secret?” said Bourdain. “I wanted to take the story back to its beginnings — in Japan (albeit a slightly-in-the-future, dystopic Japan), and indulge my own enthusiasms for both the place and the many classic genre films that have been made there. This is fun for me.” Among the inspirational films cited by co-writer Joel Rose are “Ichi the Killer,” “Battle Without Honor” and “Humanity.”
“We were also looking for an artist with the chops to do the manga we saw as the book’s style, and thus, Ale Garza,” said Rose in the release. “We are thrilled to be back and can’t wait for fans to pick up the book.”
“Get Jiro: Blood and Sushi” will be available to purchase in stores and digitally on October 20.
Official Press Release
VERTIGO TO RELEASE ANTHONY BOURDAIN’S ‘GET JIRO: BLOOD AND SUSHI’
“From the crazy awesome mind of Anthony Bourdain…It’s fantastic! This is such a good read. It’s really funny, it’s really cool.”
– JIMMY FALLON/LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON on GET JIRO!
“Anthony Bourdain is known for his distinctive personality and witty writing….The graphic novel is fun for food lovers and common diners alike.”
– THE DAILY MEAL on GET JIRO!
“‘Get Jiro!'” unfolds in a dystopian version of Los Angeles where today’s (mostly) polite and academic discussions about food have evolved into grisly gastronomic feuds…. In some ways, “Get Jiro!” represents a coming-full-circle thing for Mr. Bourdain.”
– THE NEW YORK TIMES on GET JIRO!
Today, Vertigo, the innovative, boundary-pushing imprint of DC Entertainment, announced it will release a prequel to 2012’s GET JIRO! from renowned chef and New York Times bestselling author Anthony Bourdain (Kitchen Confidential, Medium Raw) along with co-writer Joel Rose (La Pacifica, Kill Kill Faster Faster), interior artist Ale Garza, and cover artist Dave Johnson. Reminiscent of a Yakuza action movie, the original graphic novel GET JIRO: BLOOD AND SUSHI is set in Tokyo and tells the story of how Jiro’s two worlds collided as he worked for his father’s mob, yet pursued his love of cooking at night to become a chef.
“Where did my ultra-violent sushi chef hero from the previous book come from? What if you were brought up in a family where murder is acceptable practice and making the best sushi on the planet is a shameful secret?” Writer Anthony Bourdain stated, “I wanted to take the story back to its beginnings–in Japan (albeit a slightly-in-the-future, dystopic Japan), and indulge my own enthusiasms for both the place and the many classic genre films that have been made there. This is fun for me.”
“Tony and I wanted to revisit Jiro and go back to his origins,” explained co-writer Joel Rose. “We took as our inspiration classic yakuza movies, Ichi the Killer, Battle Without Honor or Humanity, and a slew more. We were also looking for an artist with the chops to do the manga we saw as the book’s style, and thus, Ale Garza. We are thrilled to be back and can’t wait for fans to pick up the book.”
“When I was approached to work on the Get Jiro! prequel I was giddy with excitement! The idea of getting to create something with Anthony Bourdain was just so overwhelming,” said artist Ale Garza. “I also knew that I’d have to push myself harder creatively. GET JIRO: BLOOD AND SUSHI, has been just that, a creative push forward for myself as an artist. I’m doing my best to create an emotionally compelling world that fits suit with the previously released book. It’s really unlike any thing I’ve ever taken on.”
GET JIRO: BLOOD AND SUSHI will hit shelves and be available for digital download on October 20, 2015. The original graphic novel will be 160 pages and available for $22.99.
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