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The Blair Dipsh*t Project Gets Its Own Graphic Novel

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 22, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 22, 2009 |

I won’t deny that I liked Super-Size Me, Morgan Spurlock’s David-Blaine fast-food gimmick documentary. but in slamming the movie, The Boozehound wrote one of my favorite pieces on the site last year, which included brilliant paragraphs like this one:

There’s something facile and odd about the complaint that, after hundreds of thousands of years of subsistence farming and scratching by as hunter-gatherers, we suffer because the fast food industry has become too efficient at channeling calories into our gullets, slingshotting us the other way into an obesity epidemic. In a famine culture, one has no choice whether to be thin. In a fast food culture, there is a choice for almost everyone about whether to be fat. Like most quality of life evils to which we are subjected, this one is so much of our own making that it’s hard not to laugh when Spurlock breathlessly records his heart palpitations and night sweats — a scene I like to call the Blair Dipshit Project — resulting from his own idiotic choices.

Spurlock knows a good gimmick when he sees one, and since Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden didn’t exactly live up to its predecessor, either commercially or critically, Spurlock has decided to go back to the well again. He’s turning Super-Size Me into a goddamn graphic novel. According to Reuters:

The film’s director, Morgan Spurlock, and his production company, Warrior Poets, are teaming with Dark Horse Comics for an original graphic novel, “Supersized: Strange Tales From a Fast Food Culture.”

Conceived as an adjunct to the 2004 movie — and aiming, like it, to make a point about health and nutrition — the book will feature bizarre stories about the United States’ obsession with fast food. Spurlock will write the stories, with a mix of established and up-and-coming artists scripting and drawing the book. It’s set for publication in the spring.

Among the stories included in the graphic novel is one passed on to him about a fat man whose cremation made the mortuary smell like French fries.

And that, folks, is how they make the flavor salt for McD’s fries. It’s called recycling, a little tip that the fast-food chain picked up from Al Gore.

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