“You know what you are?”offered my writing partner Paul in a moment of clarity. “You are a dandy.” A dandy? Really? Just because I have two pairs of suit for every day of the week, a tie for every day of the month, and a clufflink collection to rival the average person’s dvd library? Okay, granted, I’m probably the only guy in Vancouver who goes to work in a three-piece suit and tie but that’s the point, isn’t it? Nobody is going to buy a slovenly dressed villain. Oooooh. Look at him in the Tommy Bahama shirt and flip flops. Soooo scaaaaary. Whereas my fellow co-workers prefer to go with a more laid-back wardrobe, some, who will remain nameless (Martin Wood and Dan Shea), even going so far as to wear shorts 365 days of the year, I personally enjoy the icy formality of a nicely tailored suit, French cuff shirt, and vibrant tie. Which brings me to tomorrow’s fan demonstration (weather’s not looking too good right now but hopefully it won’t be raining on the bagpipes) outside the Bridge Studios. What to wear? What to wear? I’m thinking of going three piece, black natch, possibly the scorpion cufflinks, but not sure about the shirt and, most important of all, the tie. I’m going to need something appropriately bad-ass. Here, take a peek at selection. Help me decide.
Watched Joe on dailies today doing the wire stunts and taking one heck of a beating. What a trooper. Also ran into Jason today and he told me he loved Reunion, has been jotting down notes, and is looking forward to the read-through. I put out the outline of the first part of the mid-season two-parter, an episode Carl Binder is particularly forward to. And speaking of Carl, he was in my office this morning discussing his early back half story (which I personally covet) that is going to be a blast (pending actor availability of course). Martin was at home today working on a first draft of his script (a follow-up to what I thought was his best script of season 3) while Alan worked on his final pass on Tabula Rasa (Lorne fans take note). Paul, meanwhile, was on set overseeing “the grisly procedure”. Just not sure how much of it we’ll be able to show but, according to Paul, MastersFX did a typically brilliant job.
Did manage to swing by Taz Comics today and, while I wasn’t able to replace the Venom bust I lost yesterday, I did pick up an even cooler Classic Venom sculpted by Ryan Trificana. Fearsome, no? Speaking of fearsome, I finished World War Z the other day (and on crazymom’s suggestion, will be picking up a copy of The Zombie Survival Guide this weekend) and started on Robert J. Sawyer’s Hominids yesterday. It’s a little over four hundred pages but a very quick read. I should be done tonight and moving on to Mr. Thundermug tomorrow. Nothing says fun like a talking baboon protagonist.
Checking the mailbag –
Peter writes: “How CGI-extensive are Adrift and Lifeline? Are we going to get more First Strike-style eye candy or will it focus more on the characters’ struggle to survive? Or both?:
Answer: They are both big episodes, offering much in the way of eye candy visual effects, character moments, and major revelations.
Anonymous #1 writes: “What kind of camera do you use to take your pics?”
Answer: I use a Sony 1080 Full HD 1080
Rozey writes: “Do you still have ice cream parties?”
Answer: No, but I do plan on serving ice cream at my Second Annual Chocolate Party.
Arctic Goddess writes: “Have you always wanted to be a writer? How did you get started? Did anyone help you along the way? Were you ever mentored? Did you ever do any writing that you absolutely despised to pay the bills? Are you coming to my Fan Party? How many years have you been a writer?”
Answers: I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was in elementary school. I got started by simply writing and writing and writing. No one helped me along the way (aside from friends who offered me feedback). I worked for an animation studio for several years as their in-house writer and, occasionally, I would have to write for certain children’s shows that made me want to claw my eyes out. Maybe. Many, many years.
J writes: “1) In the Joe and Paul profile on the dvds, Paul looks extremely tall How tall is he? 2) Has anyone ever mentioned to him that he bears a resemblence to Billy Beane, the GM of the Oakland Athletics?”
Answer: 1) I think he’s about 6”2 but he claims he’s 7”4. 2) Carl has started circulating a pic of Billy Beane (aka Paul Mullie). See what you’ve started?
Watcher652 writes: “Before you had a blog, did you write restaurant reviews just for yourself to keep track? Or did you keep them all in your head? […] Were you always a foodie? Is there a food that you used to dislike as a child but later as an adult realized that it was pretty good?”
Answer: I didn’t begin writing restaurant reviews until I started this blog which was originally envisioned as a travel/food blog detailing our trip to Asia. I have always been a foodie and if I had to name a particular food that I disliked as a child but later grew to appreciate it would probably be peanut butter.
Alipeeps writes: “As a fan of comics etc, what were your thoughts on the X-Men movies? Did you enjoy Singer’s reimagining of the X-Men universe? Any thoughts on the different direction of the third installment?”
Answer: I thought the first X-Men movie was alright but was not a big fan of the second one. I skipped the third.
Dori writes: “Just a question about Montreal. What’s your favorite restaurant there?”
Answer: Au Pied de Cochon. Check out my December 28, 2006 post.
Prior_of_the_Ori writes: “I was curious and wanted to ask if there were any Goa’uld System Lords that you wished you could have explored more, (e.g Yu, Bastet, Olukun etc etc)?”
Answer: I as always a fan of Yu because, unlike the other goa’uld, he possessed a sense of honor.
Mel writes: “How often do you guys get letters or comments from angry fans who don’t like what you guys are doing with the show(s)? Personally, I’d find hate-mail quite frightening.”
Answer: Roughly, oh, every day. It’s always nice to hear from the fans.
Nathaniel writes: “Any chance that you can get a special order of Joe Mallozzi Action figures made up by Diamond so you can add one to your wall of villians, since you seem to be a villian to so many?”
Answer: I wanted to get action figures of the entire writing department and did look into it but it turned out to be prohibitively expensive. I thought my fig could have come with foie gras poutine variant.
Zabadoo writes: “Is Dan Shea going to move over to Atlantis now that SG-1 is gone? Will we ever see anymore of Kolya?”
Answer: Siler will not be making the move to Atlantis but will be putting in an appearance in Continuum. As for Kolya…stranger things have happened.