In a way, it’s kind of a shame that we just had the second anniversary of the comic. Because we named our top five favourite comics, but this is easily my favourite comic we’ve ever done.
I don’t honestly know how many people really know Iron Chef. It’s definitely a ‘thing’ amongst people I know in real life (and in the pages of a certain Australian videogame magazine), but its online presence seems fairly small but dedicated. But it’s such a huge part of my childhood and teenage years. Heck, it’s a big part of my current years. It’s one of those things that, like Star Wars or Lord of the Rings, doesn’t let go once it gets its hooks into you. You can’t say that about many cooking shows.
I always described the tone of the show to people as “professional wrestling, except instead of wrestling each other, they fight through the medium of cooking.” Each week, a new elite chef challenges one of the three Iron Chefs to a one-hour intense cooking battle in Kitchen Stadium. And each week, Chairman Kaga, the master of the Iron Chefs, unveils a special theme ingredient for them to work with in the battle. The ultra-seriousness and kayfabe of the thing is off the charts, with Chairman Kaga’s bitter old rival often sending new chefs and cursing his defeats. The commentators’ banter has a strange rhythm and bizarre colour to it that makes the whole thing work, bringing with it a frantic sense of straightfaced humour.
(It also has a soundtrack written by Hans Zimmer. You can’t say that about many cooking shows either.)
You kind of have to see it to understand what I’m talking about. It’s not an easy show to describe, but I don’t have to, because you can watch the entire thing online. (Thanks, small but dedicated fanbase!) I recommend watching at least a couple at random.
I basically wrote this comic about eight years ago. I drew it as a single panel joke, too! (I was far worse at drawing then.) I think it works better here.