Antonee Benoit

by Annie Stein
Welcome to Solaris, traveller! Let me get you up to speed.
Solaris is a soft science fiction webcomic set in our own universe, kind of. Learn more by continuing to read, or click here to be taken to the comic.
Q:Where am I?   You're still in the system known as Sol. Except this time each planet is habitable and developed its own life. The people are humanoid, mostly.
Q:I heard something about a comic?   Oh yes! The main comic is still in development, but you can read the first few pages of Little Blue if you click here.  
Q:What's going on?   Sol is invading. The resentful sun sends its angelic armies: the Scourge. For now, they're being held back at Mercury by Penumbra.
by Annie Stein
Love is somewhere in the seasoning. It's kneaded into the dough, and seared into the meat. It's in the sweat beading on your forehead as the kitchen heat blasts your face. It's not in peeling the fucking plastic back on some premade bullshit.   Eat real food, connect with real people, realize that you're just one small speck in a sea of souls, and that, well, that's all you need to be.
— Antonee Benoit
Antonee Benoit is a famous travellogue. He documents his travels throughout the Sol System, with a focus on cuisine and the human condition. While originally from Mercury, he first made his name in Saturn as the irreverent head chef of Merchant Prince Vix Vellum. Extracting yourself from the service of a Merchant Prince is no easy feat, but today Antonee Benoit stands on his own two feet.
His appearance is that of a life well lived. A textured tapestry of smiles and worries worn deep into his face. His arms and legs are full of tattoos both faded and fresh, intermingled between freckles and age spots. A symbiotic set of barnacles and coral grow across his shoulders and down his clavicle. His boistrous, friendly attitude is easy to like, and his deep respect for others is evident in his actions. He makes a point of meeting the every man rather than the elite wherever he travels, with a keen interest in hearing their stories and truths.
Benoit's commentary is equally poetic and irreverent. He sees food as the bedrock of a community, and is a vocal advocate for cooking. He has been vocal about his distaste for cheap, premade ready meals that he believes are smothering distinctive local cuisines. He also believes that ready meals are no substitute for a good handmade meal, exacerbating the isolation felt by many people in the modern day.
Food and Travel Documentarian
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Author's Notes

Antonee Benoit is a fairly obvious expy of Anthony Bourdain, an excellent documentarian who's work I recommend you look into if you haven't already. I would also definitely recommend this video essay about his legacy I saw a while back on youtube.   I hope this alien version does him justice.

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