Hey, look who it is!
No, no. Just kidding. The modeling tour will have to wait until next year. Alan has his hands full on Sanctuary where he has just finished scripting this season’s big season finale. With only a week to go before he packs up his tent and heads back east, he suggested we get together for one last Vancouver meal before he hits the road. I told him he could select the restaurant. He chose Refuel –
And a little something extra…
Which I had completely forgotten about! For those of you not-in-the-know, the Whole Hog Dinner is…well…my buddy Andrew Morrison explains it best:
“If you’ve never heard of a Vancouver restaurant taking in a whole animal to create a menu that is the sum of its parts, I can assure you it does happen, if only rarely. The only local establishment I know of that does this is Kitsilano’s Refuel, which hosts a “Whole Hog” dinner in late fall, where every part of the pig is plated, from stuffed trotter and smoked-lard ravioli with fried brain, to slow-roasted shoulder and bacon ice cream (watch for a Fresh Sheet update on this in November).”
Mmmm. Smoked-lard ravioli with fried brain. It reminds me of last Sunday’s episode of The Amazing Race in which two of the contestants are challenged to eat a roasted sheep’s head. As I watched them struggle, washing down each mouthful with a gulp of water, I couldn’t help but imagine the short work Marty G. and I would have made of the challenge. Hell, we probably would’ve asked for seconds.
Anyway, full report tonight. I hope they do the crispy ear with the salsa verde.
This weekend, I started work on that comic book project, carefully translating the pilot script to comic script format. It’s been a bit of a challenge so far, but I’ve got fourteen pages done with another eight to go. The first issue will cover the tease and first two acts, the second issue acts three, four, and five culminating in the BIG REVEAL. Issues three and four will conclude the opening story arc (and form the second part of the two hour premiere. Unless, of course, we end up going the feature route which has been suggested – although I think it would work infinitely better as an ongoing series). The pacing has been a bit of a challenge, trying to line up those next page reveals and keeping the panel per page count manageable. I’d like to script both issues #1 and #2 before sending them to my editor – hopefully in a couple of weeks. At which point, I’m sure he’ll have a list of artists he is considering for the project.
A couple of other intriguing projects found their way to my inbox this weekend – one courtesy of an actor Paul and I worked with years ago, another created by a writer I greatly admire. Will be dusting off the reading glasses Friday night.
In the latest MindMeld entry, SFSignal’s John Denardo asks: Which anime titles are underrated and deserve more attention?