Julia Child turned into comic book heroine

(Relaxnews) - In line with other chefs who’ve been immortalized in comic book form, Julia Child has been given the graphic novel treatment for her role in transforming the culinary landscape in the US.

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 a “gentle giant,” the comic book takes readers through the chef's trajectory towards 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 when she was 91.

Other women who’ve 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 and her fight against breast cancer. Also profiled are Ellen DeGeneres and Cher.

Child is the latest celebrity chef to become the subject of their own 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 heroes, while Anthony Bourdain penned his own graphic novel called "Get Jiro," a bloody mafia-type plot that sets a futuristic Los Angeles in the middle of a culinary battle between dueling chef warlords.

Print copies of “Female Force: Julia Child” can be ordered at Comic Flea Market for $3.99 while the digital version can be purchased on iTunes, Kindle, Amazon, Google Play and Nook. Copyright (AFP RELAXNEWS), 2013.