Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Russian Roulette Frankenstein Melt

Available this Friday, March 19th, and Saturday the 20th, is The Russian Roulette Frankenstein Melt at Melt bar & grilled! This is such an awesome idea, and I'm really glad I was able to be a part of it, but it is pretty insane. The idea is that you order the Frankenstein, choosing your cheese, and your server will bring you a deck of 30 cards with various random Melt Add-Ons, of which you will pick four. Those four Melt Add-Ons will be your sandwich.

This, along with Machine Gun Joe's Sloppy Joe Melt of course, ties in with the midnight screening of Death Race 2000 at The Capitol Theatre, on West 65th Street, as part of Cleveland Cinema's Late Shift series. Death Race 2000, dudes. Roger Corman, a Cult Classic.

I really like this Death Race 2000 poster. I love the text. I tried to aproximate it as best I could but still do something slightly different. I think it worked. I gotta admit, I'm kind of in love with the fact that after doing a bunch of these movie posters I'm accruing a lot of versions of the works MELT bar & grilled in various type-styles and logos. It's fun.

Here's the final black and white line art for this poster:

Wait.... what? Enough with the art? Graphic design blathering is a boring snooozefest? What? You want to read more about the actual sandwich? The Russian Roulette Frankenstein Melt? Okay, okay... what do you want to know?

What are the 30 different Melt Add-Ons???? What various random food elements could end up on your Frankenstein Melt????? GOOD QUESTIONS, I'm glad you asked!

Here's the full sheet of the cards, arranged in suits and numerical order:

Here's the list, in case you can't read that jpg, not in any particular order:

1. Burger - grilled, blackened or diablo style
2. Chorizo
3. Chicken - grilled, blackened or breaded
4. Smoked Turkey
5. Ham
6. Bacon
7. Salami
8. Pepperoni
9. Pierogi
10. Spinach
11. Peanut Butter
12. Veggie Burger
13. Steak
14. JalapeƱo Peppers
15. Fried Tofu
16. Napa Vodka Kraut
17. Caramel Port Onions
18. Fried Egg
19. Garlic Portabellas
20. Avocado
21. Double Cheese
22. Pickles
23. Roasted Red Peppers
24. Sweet Slaw
25. Hand Cut Fries
26. Grilled Tomato
27. Roasted Vegetables
28. Grilled Banana
29. Fried Twinkie
30. Special Sandwich Main Ingredient

I assigned the different Add-Ons their card by drawing randomly from a deck of cards. Actually, believe it or not I didn't have a deck of cards so I used's deck shuffler.

I drew the cards all out using grids, which is always ...rules. PUN INTENDED.

Inking the letters, sometimes you gotta go bananas, ignore the pencil, and make it pop. I shot these pictures with my iPhone. Not the best way to convey the graphic process, but it's what I got. 9 of Diamonds, a 1 in 30 chance of getting Grill-B's on your Frankenstein.

I actually ended up printing them in house on my Epson R1800, on 13" x 19" sheets of matte photo paper. I could only print single sided, so I had to also print the backs out then cement them together before laminating them and trimming them down.

I did all the drawing by hand but then colored them in Photoshop, which was fast for each card but then took forever to get through all 30. If you would like to check out the individual cards, I uploaded bigger jpgs of them all to this album here: FRANKENSTEIN CARDS.

There's the whole deck, laminated and ready to start making sandwiches! Seriously, how awesome would it be to end up with a Peanut Butter (Queen of Diamonds), Grilled Banana (9 of Diamonds), Bacon (7 of Clubs), and Fried Twinkie (Queen of Hearts) Melt? It would be FREAKISHLY AWESOME.

Here's a big giant jpg of my favorite card, the Queen of Clubs. The implication is that yes, these cards will now and forever be available for you to make a Frankenstein Melt any time you go to Melt and have no idea what you want on your gourmet grilled cheese sandwich. One of the Add-Ons you pick at random might be whatever the Special of The Month's Main Ingredient is... this month it would be Fresh Lean Corned Beef from the mighty Reuben Melt.

I encourage anyone that gets The Russian Roulette Frankenstein Melt to head on over to Melt's Facebook Page and report in on what your Melt Add-Ons were and how you liked it. Take a picture with your digital camera or cellular telephone and post it up! This is the Interaction Age, my friends. Take Heed!

In fact, speaking of the Interaction Age... I've been posting more up on Twitter recently, so if you use twitter and would like to follow me, it's @shinercomics Also, if you have some feedback to anything on this blog, feel free to comment on this post, or email me directly

I still have ONE Worryblind Print available in the Shiner Comics Store. That's a limited edition, and there will be only 4 of them, it's a steal at 40 bucks. Also still available is the Octopus drawing from this month's Dessert cards at Melt. If you're interested, keep an eye on, where I will be posting other stuff soon!


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Anonymous said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun with this one! I love it!

Sunny said...

Love this, John! Love, love, love!

John G said...