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Morgan Spurlock ready to "Supersize" comics

Director Morgan Spurlock poses for a portrait to promote his new film "Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?" during the 2008 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 22, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - “Super Size Me,” the Oscar-nominated documentary that took the fast-food diet to extremes, is getting a companion piece in the form of a graphic novel.

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.

Spurlock said that after his movie was released, he and Warrior Poets were inundated by calls from people who wanted to share their tales from the fast-food underbelly. Among them: the story of a fat man whose cremation made a mortuary smell like French fries and the man who built in his garage a museum of McDonald’s food that never aged.

“As great as they were on paper, I think they’ll be better told in a graphic-novel form,” Spurlock said. “They’re funny, they’re gross, and hopefully they’ll be informative too.”

A clown character called MC Super-Size Me, created during the promotion of the movie, will act as the guide through the stories, in the same way the Crypt Keeper hosted the ghoulish stories in EC Comics’ “Tales From the Crypt.”