Join Layne and Jiang-Mi on a globetrotting reality TV cooking show that puts their skills– and friendship– to the test
Written by Paul Tobin
Illustrated by Jem Milton Lettered by Micah Meyers
Mavericks’ Original Young Adult Graphic Novel Hits Shelves December 12, 2023
Maverick and Mad Cave Studios are pleased to announce Voyage de Gourmet, an original graphic novel from writer Paul Tobin, Illustrated by Jem Milton, and lettered by Micah Myers publishing December 12, 2023. Voyage de Gourmet is a fun foodie adventure that explores powerful social and cultural themes, while displaying challenges young adults face in the social media-dominant world of today.
Summary: Layne Green and Jiang-Mi Pipper used to be the best of friends, drawn together by a love of cooking. Each a social media star in their own right (Jiang-Mi covers historical cooking and Layne fancier recipes), their friendship came to an abrupt end when Layne posted some embarrassing videos of Jiang-Mi on his channel. It’s been forever since the two have spoken.
When Jiang-Mi lands a coveted spot on the reality TV show Voyage de Gourmet–a globetrotting culinary competition–she has to take Layne as her partner. While traveling the globe and cooking their hearts out, the two must come together to best some of the top chefs in the world. Will this cooking competition relight the fire in their friendship–or will they find their recipe simply not worth the effort?
“Writing Voyage de Gourmet set me off on my own journey! I’ve always been fascinated by both food, and by characters, and this was a chance to truly combine the two,” said writer Paul Tobin. “And the thing I most learned is that food–like relationships–is both universal, and very personal. There’s a whole world of culture out there. Go taste it!
“Cooking has always been a huge part of my life, so working on this book has been a blast,” said Mad Cave Senior Editor Lauren Hutzhuzen. “It’s probably the only book I’ve worked on that’s made me hungry! Layne’s growth and his friendship with Jiang-Mi really makes this a wonderful story of forgiveness, communication, and how friendships can change with time.”
Edited by Lauren Hitzhuzen and lettered by Micah Myers, Voyage de Gourmet is slated for release December 2023 and is now available for pre-order from Maverick.
ABOUT PAUL TOBIN
Paul Tobin is a New York Times-bestselling author. His writing includes Bandette; Colder; and many other comic books, graphic series and works of fiction. ‘Bandette,’ drawn by Colleen Coover, was awarded the Eisner Award for Best Digital Series in 2013; again in 2016; and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award for Graphic Literature in 2016. Paul’s graphic novel ‘I Was the Cat,’ created with artist Benjamin Dewey, was nominated for an Eisner in 2015.
ABOUT JEM MILTON
Jem Milton is a non-binary artist based in Glasgow. Originally from Gloucestershire, they attended Central St Martins in London before training with Scriberia Ltd, where they worked until 2017, before moving to Scotland to pursue a career as a freelance illustrator. Jem makes illustrations, comics and infographics, along with graphic recording and running workshops on creative thinking and visual storytelling. They also make an ongoing webcomic called “The Flying Ship,” a queer fantasy adventure story inspired by Russian and Slavic folklore.”
Maverick, Mad Cave Studios’ young adult imprint, offers engaging and authentic stories for those who think differently, are not afraid to be independent, and fight for who they truly are. With titles that range from slice-of-life stories to urban fantasy and horror, each Maverick graphic novel will be an authentic and inspiring universal story of personal struggle where anyone can find themselves within the pages.
VOYAGE DE GOURMET
By Paul Tobin
Illustrated by Jem Milton
Release Date: December 12, 2023