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Back in the Saddle
First of all, thanks for all the praise and congratulations heaped upon me and Doc via this Livejournal and some of the message boards I so frantically perused in the hours after our premiere. You have warmed the cockles of our tiny, black hearts. And we are pleased you enjoyed our little telepresentation.

In lieu of any preview images this time, may I direct you to the adultswim.com clips page, wherein one can view a number of spoiler-heavy, moderately joke-killing preview clips from future episodes. No doubt Adult Swim will keep posting more clips from other future episodes in that location during the coming week(s), so I guess keep checking back there from time to time. It's probably why they do that.

And, of course, there is also Adult Swim's "Friday Night Fix", wherein one can re-watch last week's premiere episode and, in a few hours, this week's episode up to 52 1/2 hours before the rest of the country gets to see it. Bear in mind, it's not as cool as watching it on TV for a lot of reasons (jerky streaming, lower quality picture and audio, and the lack of a certain indescribable energy a "live" broadcast possesses--like hearing your favorite song on the radio as opposed to on an iPod or something). I'm still not sure how I feel about this whole showing-the-episode-before-it-airs thing, but I'm just gonna roll with it as some sort of exercise in the power of the internet and viral marketing. Or something like that.

For those of you who bought the Venture Bros. Season One DVD, there is a "lost commentary" available for download at quickstopentertainment.com. We always knew there'd only be room for about four or five episode commentaries on the set, but we recorded a few extra ones as we worked out our various sound problems and tried to tried to acclimate ourselves to the idea of talking at our computer for 22 1/2 minutes. Also to give Adult Swim a variety to choose from. If you liked the commentaries on the DVDs, this is more of the same kind of fast and loose crap. If, however, like a number of people who complained that we just "wander off topic" and "never talk about the shows," you didn't enjoy the commentaries, well...never mind. You probably won't like this one either. But seriously, how much can you talk about the production of a cartoon? There are no amusing anecdotes about "that day on the set," and any time you want to say something like "this is the part where we ripped off ________," they just bleep it out for legal reasons anyway. Incidentally, quickstopentertainment, Kevin Smith's new entertainment news site, is the new home of Honorary Astrobase Cadet Ken Plume, who you may remember often cajoled us into giving him some extras and stuff for ignfilmforce in the past. Keep an eye out in this week's episode, "Hate Floats," for Ken's bedroom, which makes an appearance in the pre-credits sequence (some of the crap Ken's owned and/or sent us for free over the last year also appears, later in the episode). And then marvel at the sheer coincidence, the perfect symmetry of life, wherein we loosely base certain traits of a certain character of ours on our good friend, make that character dress like Kevin Smith used to, and then that self-same friend goes to work for Kevin Smith. Truth is stranger than fiction, and twice as beautiful. Even when it's not pretty.

Just for giggles, below are the titles of all of this season's upcoming episodes, in roughly the order they're to air. Figured I'd beat adultswim.com to the punch for once (titles and running order subject to last minute change, as is our habit):

"Powerless in the Face of Death"

"Hate Floats"

"Assassinanny 911"

"Escape to the House of Mummies"

"20 Years to Midnight"

"Victor. Echo. November."


"Fallen Arches"

"Guess Who’s Coming to State Dinner?"

"I Know Why the Caged Bird Kills"

"¡Viva los Muertos!"

"Showdown at Cremation Creek"


We Love You.   <i>JP.</i> We Love You. JP.

P.S. How cool is it that Adult Swim is going to start showing Pee Wee's Playhouse?!?

Canada Lacks Awesome

I love the DVDs, the commentaries are hilarious. You and Doc Hammer remind me a lot of my friend and I, but with double the awesome and more talent to boot. The new season sounds super swell, I wish I had the Cartoon Network so I could watch it. Teletoon used to play the Venture Bros. at one in the morning but they took it off kind of quickly and haven’t brought it back since. I can't even watch it on the Adult Swim fix! Outrageous? Indeed.
Well, keep up the good work. I hope this really works out for you guys.

Happy Birthday, Frankenstein

Is "Happy Birthday, Frankenstein" a reference to something?


Awesome job on the first three episodes.


Camp Lazlo, Family Guy and the current season of The Simpsons just got nominated for Emmys for best Animated Series, thus making the Emmys officially not matter. Sad face.

How long was the Simpsons on before they got their first Emmy nomination?


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On those AstroBase Go! cards at the end...

SOUL-Bot's Commander appearently died.

What's up with that?

Re: On those AstroBase Go! cards at the end...

General Bot died of a collapsed ribcage because Soulbot hugged him too hard. Such is the life of a Soulbot.

There is a Wikipedia page about you. You have finally made it.

Only three-episodes in and already it's a rock solid season. You guys are doing a great job! Also, I know you two caught a lot of flak over the DVD commentaries, but I think they were golden.

High-concentrate of hilarity when you two would get off track on a tangent or two, they were a neat window into the creative process you guys put into the show. Believe it or not, when you are telling stories about cookies on a guys face, or talking about Lee Majors its a fantastic display of how you guys think on a base level, and how all of that comes together to influence the show. So thanks again.

Lastly, and I'm not really sure if you'll even have a chance to see this post, but I was curious if you (or the powers that be) have ever considered putting out a soundtrack to the show? I love the work J.G. Thirlwell does and the bonus songs from last season were loveable in a it's-kitchy-but-I'm-rockin'-it sort of way. I would love to have some clear, clean versions of the music from the show.

Love, Luck and Lollipops,

Just wanted to add my 2 cents on The Fix. I cannot tell you how happy I am that Adult Swim is previewing the eps online. I have to be outside the US for months at a time for my work, and this is the only (legal) way I get to see the new eps. Oooookaaay, so technically The Fix isn't supposed to be available to non-US locations (for some reason), but that can be gotten around by using a US-based VPN. (The legal correctness of which again reopening the dilemma of how to determine the "placehood" of online constructs...)

In any case, for the past 3 weeks, it has made a lonely traveller tres heureux, sehr glucklich, jolly glad... etc.

Thank you for all these great episodes. Last night's "Assasinanny" pretty much blew my mind. So witty, genderlicious, and gorgeous to look at. My favorite visual flourish was the rainbow-effect headlight glare of the Mercedes as it pulls out of the compound's hanger...

Take a letter...

In the credits, does "Jamison" Kwan refer to Zeppo's role in "Animal Crackers"?

Just caught Assassinanny 911 via http://www.adultswim.com/adultswimfix/index.jsp -- incredible. You guys were/are on a roll like nothing I've ever seen. I am hooked. Better than The Tick (even have that energy of the first comics). Better than Futurama. Better than back when Joel did MST3K right, back in the day. Better than anything. You're Kurosawa, you're king, you're the best. You've found your Muse. You love her, and you never let go.

For the past three fridays I have endured the horrible temptation to watch the pre-premiere of the Venture Brothers on the adult swim fix and the ache just keeps building with each passing week. But I refuse to give in! For adult swim is a golden-egg-laying goose and I know that if I cut her open on fridays all it will bring me is stuttering, low-res video, sub-par audio, and half-digested goose food. Who is with me??


I'm afraid that I don't have your self-control.

Just caught Assassinanny 911 via http://www.adultswim.com/adultswimfix/index.jsp -- incredible. You guys were/are on a roll like nothing I've ever seen. I am hooked. Better than The Tick (even have that energy of the first comics). Better than back when Joel did MST3K right, back in the day. Better than anything. You're Kurosawa, you're king, you're the best. You've found your Muse. You love her, and you never let go.

Better than the Asimov bomb? Better than the epicac contest? I like peace, but I'm not morbid about it...

I'm happy that we're finally getting The Venture bros in the UK starting from tonight.

Hopefully, they'll get the order right. I hear that they used the production codes to order the episodes in Canada and aired the finale too early.

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Besides being a huge Venture Brother's fan, I just wanted to mention that I appreciate the hilarious dialogue and the little jokes you put in.

I have a slight hearing disability and tend to watch the television with captions, which allows me to better read the brilliant interactions between the characters. This past Sunday (episode two of the second season) I thought the insults towards the Monarch made toward Dr. Venture were hysterical. This is because not even ONE HOUR before the Venture brother's aired in my time zone, there was a special on NBC (could have been ABC, who the hell knows) about "Seth" a 6th grade boy suffering from Progeria.

Needless to say, the Progeria joke made towards Dr. Venture was not wasted on me. :-) Excellent coincidental timing!

Brock mentioned Mulder and Scully, and one episode of The X-Files included a Progeria patient. See http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20040619-9999-lz6m19belle.html (http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20040619-9999-lz6m19belle.html)

how old

hey how old are the boys really because they almost said but apprently curiosity killed more than the cat ...or is this one of the V bros secrets

we can do some simple math to answer your question. assume that a month passes between each death, but the brothers "wake up" missing that month. therefore, with fourteen deaths they should at least be seventeen years old. get it?

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I've seen a more fitting memorial than Colonel "Hunter." I just watched the prelude to episode 3, and felt I needed to express my love for your baby. This isn't Trudeau's Uncle Duke.

The minute God crapped out the third caveman a conspiracy was hatched against one of them.

Should read "I've never seen"

I love the new season! you get this all the time, but thanks for making such an awesome show. the only reason that i watch tv. or web streams for that matter. Super Happy Extra Special Thanks to creating Brock's mentor based on HST (intentionally or unintentionally, haha). In any case, its a very good tribute to a great writer. That's but one reason I love the show so much. Thanks again, JP.

I've got a friend who is a bit reluctant to get into the show, but she's a huge fan of Stephen Colbert. Is Professor Impossible going to be appearing in any of the second season eps, and if so, which one?

Yes, he's in one episode this season, but I don't want to ruin it (he shows up unexpectedly late in the story)

The Monarch joined me at dinner this evening at the Marconi Grill - The place where you can draw on the paper table covers! Although it is poorly drawn from my memory it's the best I could do on an empty stomach. When we were leaving I saw the cleaning guy stare at it for a bit before he took it off. Go team venture! :D

haha, awesome, I love drawing on those.

another great episode.

I liked the whole ending. I'm pretty certain there was a bit of a homage to Kill Bill with the sword and trippy other stuff. Some people said that was a reference to Apoclyspe Now.

I also liked Brendon Small as the Plastic Surgeon using his Addleburg voice. Nice touch there.

Good luck with the ratings.

Brendon Small is a great addition to the show. More please!

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Wow, 'Assassinanny 911' was hilarious. I loved seeing Brock get to go all James Bond-ish, but even moreso seeing him being the lice-checking, smudge-polishing caregiver to the boys. His "Go Team Venture" was priceless.

And I really like the character development you're giving to the minor characters from last season. It's fun seeing more of 21, 24, Phantom Limb, and now Molotov. And may I just say Mia Barron does an awesome job voicing Molotov.

It's kinda creepy how Brock keeps Molotov's eye in a jar--but even more creepy how Molotov seemed to find that endearing. Heh. Theirs is a strange relationship, and I love it.

Assassinanny 911

My favorite ep of the new season! HST and Doors references -- did you write this ep for me? :)

I really hope we see more Molotov/VB Bros. interaction in the future. Half an episode wasn't enough for me. Hilarious!


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