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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?!?

I am loving how every week we seem to see a softer side of Brock. Brock telling them to get the PJs on and comeback to say goodnight was so sweet. I wish I had a super secret agent as my daddy.

But, next week I hope we see more bad ass Brock.

maybe i've missed the explanation somewhere but why have the opening credits been shortened?

aside from that, another awesome show!

Shorter credits = More time for the episode

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O to the MFG.


"Assassinanny 911!" was like one giant orgasm; that's the only way I can describe it. Every moment was perfect in my eyes. Not only the best episode of the new season (almost better than "Powerless" and "Hate" combined), but damn near the best episode ever.

More Moltov Cocktease, please. She just jumped to one of my favorite characters because of her appearance in this episode. Mia's voicework was superb.

You guys are my heroes. Keep it up.

ComicCon, San Diego?

Will you be there for ComicCon? Will you be hanging out at any specific table or panel?

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The Beginning is the Middle

The production update from last September has some comments on the script for "Assassinanny 911": http://jacksonpublick.livejournal.com/10632.html

The hunter s thompson as brock's mentor angle was great.

The Sound balance in the show

I love the show, and this season has been great. However, I am having one problem.

The voices often seem overpowered by music or sound effects. A lot of times I miss stuff until I see the episode a second time. The original pilot was actually really bad about that, but not season 1. So far season 2 seems to have lots of moments where I'm straining to hear the dialog over the other sounds.

Re: The Sound balance in the show

Speaking about sounds, when the car speeds off to the right, the left speaker has the noise not the right one, this is in assassinanny,

BTW, there was definitly a The Professional reference in there, no women no children like when Matilda was being taught how to snip and was wearing a red cap!
Jackson, tell me im wrong b.c. I have to believe that im the only one that ever saw that movie!

Another great episode. I love Molotov being such a bitch and it's great to get to know Hank a bit better.

Questions: Was Dean wearing a diaper in the pool? Or is the puffiness just something that guys' swim trunks do? I wouldn't know.

Also, was Hank freaking out a reference to something? The sequence reminded me of Apocalypse Now, but I don't remember anybody acting like that in that movie (rubbing his crotch, yelling "OH YEAH BABY" or whatever he said). It's been a while since I've seen that movie.

Anybody got any answers?

I am assuming he just had water in the pockets or lining. It made perfect sense to me when I watched it, but come to think of it I can't remember that ever happening to me. I've gotten air stuck my trunks when I go in the water, and the occasional tipi in my trunks though.

It has been mentioned elsewhere that the Hank freakin out thing was a reference to The Doors, and I totally see that too.

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Brock: Go Team Venture

One other thing about the Assasinany 911 episode. It was great for reaffirming how Brock feels about the boys. I love how it starts with Brock being so caring for the boys, then shows how Brock's life would be without them, and ends with Brock saying "Go Team Venture."

Of course, I wouldn't ever want to see him saying that to the Ventures themselves. That'd be just a little too well adjusted. :)

"Assassinanny 911" may be my favorite episode ever. It was absolutely fantastic. I loved the Doors reference. I knew that's what was going to be said as soon as I heard the Doors-esque background music.

Also, Hunter S. Thompson is a God. I'm glad you paid tribute to him, in your weird way.

"Tick vs. Mole Men" off Tick DVD S1 Set!

"Due to creative considerations episode 11 ("The Tick vs. The Mole Men") is not included. However, we hope to include it in future Tick releases."


Any Comments?

Re: "Tick vs. Mole Men" off Tick DVD S1 Set!

I wonder if it has anything to do with the parody of Cindy Crawford?

Chinatown reference

Awesome sequence with Brock and the plastic surgeon, referencing the famous mother/daughter scene in "Chinatown". You guys weave a great web.

Keep up the fantastic work -- it's appreciated!

That "Home Insecurity" commentary was awesome

The quickstop entertainment website labels it as Part 1 -- any idea when or if others will appear?

After hearing it, I'm kind of surprised it didn't make the cut for the DVD set -- particularly striking was section on the Venture Brothers as it relates to the notion of failure.

I'm really, really hoping there's a commentary for "The Incredible Mr Brisby" that will turn up.


Saw a guy today on the street wearing a Venture Bros. tee-shirt. I mentioned I love that show and he said he had worked on it. Things like this make me so happy you guys are in New York City.


A question about Dr. O's line in Assassinanny.

How long has Dr. O been living on the Venture compound? As he is sucking up the ghost Apaches, he mentions he does it "every year on the twenty fifth", forgetting it was a leap year.

So has he had limited dealings with Thaddeus or the family prior to what we know? Is this a possible goof, or has he been residing there for much longer than my friends and I expected?

Overall though, fantastic episode. Best series since Futurama in my opinion. Let's hope for a much longer (initial) lifespan than they had though, right?


Does anyone know the song title in the episode "Are You There God, It's Me Dean" in the scene when his friends are lined up to console him after his surgery? I know the score is all done by J.G. Thirlwell, but I don't know the song title. The song is a pretty cheery, upbeat, bubbly song. If anyone can help, I'd appreciate it!

It wouldn't do you any good to know the song title because the song isn't available anywhere--it's an original piece composed by J.G. exclusively for the show, as are all the pieces he's contributed (with the exception of the pilot episode's music, which was all licensed stuff from his Manorexia, Steroid Maximus and Foetus albums). Plus he gives his files weird titles that only mean anything to him.

I mean, if you're just dying to know what it's called, I could go pop in a DVD, listen to the song, and figure out which file it is, but really...it's not available anywhere else because it was composed for the show.

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I just wanted to say man. That you guys are doing a great smug fuggin job on VB and i really love the show man. What got me into your show was the (pre) pilot episode when they come to nyc (where i currently reside and gave you plus 10 points already) and then the entire episode...of how the japanese guy wanted dr. ventures death beam..for...those reasons lmfao. Yeah ever since i saw that episode...i wanted to see more of your show and lo and behold we have a first season on DVD and a second season kicking ass!

BTW...the DVD cover art...is truly...IMHO...is truly...amazing. Well done...i tried looking in a lot of places in NYC for your DVD and nearly everyone was sold out Circuit City, J & R, Best Buy. But i got your DVD!

Thanks guys for making such an extravagant show!

Help me Jackson!

I know that since this is near the end of about 500 postings that you might not even see this, but I had a question when my girlfriend and I re-watched assissananny 911 last night (we taped it).

Brock said that Hunter was the second closest thing he had to a father. Who was the first. We were thinking Jonas Sr. at first but that didnt make sense because Jonas died while the boys were at college (Past Tense). So we were just curious.

Also, will the show this season delve into what happened with Jonas Sr., or will that maybe be at some later date.

If these are spoilers (I don't think our guesses are that close though), then don't worry about it. And we are not asking you ruin your story lines, but if you could shed some light on this we would appreciate it. Thanks again for such a great show, I made sure I bought my Astrobase shirt ages ago and got a cool swank yo-yo.

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I figure that the "second closest" comment is either a joke or a seed for later jokes. I also noticed that Hunter mentioned Brock had a brother. That's a detail I'm really looking forward to seeing expanded.

thank you very much for VB, loving the new season


I've been watching VB since it aired, in fact, I saw the pilot on CN at some random hour of the night what seems like YEAR(s?) before they started showing up every sunday on CN. Brock + the crock scene was just comedic gold.. love your show, all my friends and I gather 'round the TV every sunday night religiously to catch a glimpse of what the venture brothers are up to. Oh yes, the Morrison omage in Assasanany 911 was FUCKING AWESOME!!!

So you AND Doc are going to Comicon? That is such a treat.

Petty theft of the soft white stuff

Hey Guys, love the show.

Last night while I was watching Assassinanny with a friend of mine on the fix (cause he missed the show Sunday), I noticed something that I had missed the other two times I watched it. When Molotov kicks Rusty in the choppers when he comes up behind her, is she (dare I say it)... stealing toilet paper? It looks like she was putting toilet paper into her briefcase when he walks up. It makes sense since Brock mentioned earlier that the Russians still had a thing for bluejeans, ala "Moscow on the Hudson", and in that same movie, the characters had a fascination with American toilet paper as well. Just wondered if anyone else noticed this gag. Makes me want to go back and watch all the episodes and just watch the background stuff for gags.

You guys are awesome! Keep up the great work.
Go Team Venture!!!

Re: Petty theft of the soft white stuff

Yes, a little holdover from an older draft of the script, in which there were a handful of sly bits in which Molotov liberated a number of American "luxury items" from the Venture compound during her stay. I guess she stocked up while Doc and she were doing their marketing.

i dont get it

how did Dr. Venture get his body back together when he was in the wall, tv and out side ..and even more how did he get his other half back? any one have any ideas

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My guess: Brock called Jonas, who told him that there is "recall" button that reverses the last teleportation. There, simple and satisfying.

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Have you seen the pilot for "The Amazing Screw-On Head"? It's hilarious. Not hysterical, but hilarious.


yeah. Apparently cable TV is finally willing to give absurdist genre-oriented action comedy animation a try.

I liked it.


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