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There’s no doubt that Chew, an ongoing series from Image Comics by John Layman and Rob Guillory, was the big indie sensation of 2009. It sold four printings of its first issue and received critical and fan acclaim. The story revolves around a detective named Tony Chu, who is cibopathic. Cibopathy is the ability to experience the memories of anything the cibopath tastes. If Tony bites a piece of fruit, he knows how it was grown, the pesticides used, etc. If he bites into a pork chop, he knows how the pig was grown… and slaughtered. In his world, bird flu has killed millions, there’s a chicken ban, and the FDA has become a serious power. The FDA recruits Tony to solve all sorts of crimes and chicken violations… by having him taste evidence. Creepy, funny and strangely charming, Chew has become one of my favorite books. It also has the distinction of having one of the only Asian-American protagonists in all of comics.

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Kieron Gillen (Phonogram, Thor) will be joining Matt Fraction as co-writer of Uncanny X-Men with issue #531. What’s also interesting is the announcement that Gillen will be exclusive to Marvel. Is this the official end of his Image series Phonogram? Or could it continue on at Marvel’s ICON imprint?

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It’s our one year anniversary! And what’s the best way to celebrate the first year of the Midtown Comics Podcast? Alan Moore of course! Dimitrios pulls out all the tricks of the trade to get a hold of the legendary creator of Watchmen, V for Vendetta, the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and more! This is an episode not to be missed!

Mark Millar via Nerdhulk shows Midtown some love in Ultimate Avengers 3 #2! Click here for a full page scan

Meet artist Edwin Huang signing Skullkickers #1 from Image Comics at Times Square. Edwin will be doing free sketches for anyone who purchases the book at the signing!