Media Release — Image Comics is pleased to announce that writer Brian Wood (Star Wars, DMZ, The Massive), Danijel Zezelj (Northlanders, Loveless), & Dave Stewart (THE WALKING DEAD, Star Wars) are cooking up a story set in the near future, where celebrity chefs are idolized and reality television has taken a decidedly unsavory turn, in STARVE.
STARVE is set in a world where chefs are practically royalty, and access to them is the ultimate status symbol. Chef Gavin Cruikshank, back from self-imposed exile, finds his little foodie television program “Starve” transformed into a gonzo arena sport where chefs slice and dice rare and endangered species for their super-rich patrons. Since his personal life is as much a shambles as his professional career, Chef Cruikshank works to repair his relationship with his grown daughter while dismantling the monstrosity that Starve has become.
“At this intersection of food culture and social awareness is the famous but battered Chef Gavin Cruikshank, a man out of his time and out of his element who thinks his personal redemption is to be found in the hardcore cooking arenas of Starve,” said Wood. “But it’s his reintroduction to his now-grown daughter Angie that proves to be the truest test. This has been a project I’ve wanted to do for years, but only by bringing on Danijel Zezelj and Dave Stewart as collaborators and co-owners has it gelled and made any sense. This book works on multiple levels, as a fast-paced satire of televised cooking shows to a heartfelt examination of creativity, ownership, and parenthood.”
STARVE is Anthony Bourdain meets Spider Jerusalem with the stellar world-building that you’ve seen Wood, Zezelj, and Stewart deliver in DMZ, The Massive, and Luna Park.
“I’ve been eager to work with Brian again since he and Ming Doyle completed Mara, and last year, he surprised me with not one, but two awesome ideas, with two amazing artists,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics. “Danijel Zezelj’s work is perfect for what Brian’s doing here, and it’s great seeing him paired with the incomparable Dave Stewart. This is just tremendous work, all the way around.”
The series is set to launch from Image Comics in May 2015.