Publick Nuisance

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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?!?

Just re-watched assasinanny 911.

Thank you for the big ole post grave hug from the good Doctor.

I can't tell you how awesome it was for me to watch, or the good feelings it gave me.

Just when I think you guys can't possibly top yourselves, you do. Awesome!

Overscan Oddness...or what?

I watched Assasinanny 911 on Adult Swim's Fix but, I caught it again on TV tonight and I noticed something. Maybe it's just my TV or because we just learned this stuff in art school but, I noticed that the Fix online video shows a little more content on the left and right of each frame. This is easier to see in some shots than others. But, here is an example. Yes I was that bored but, I'm just wondering. Does this have to do with the image being overscaned when it is broadcasted? or is there another reason why this happens? I just don't want to be left out of any cool background art goodness. ;-)

Example 2: http://homepage.mac.com/ibook238/.Pictures/venture/venture-compare1.jpg

Just wondering..., BTW that episode (along with all previous ones) were AWESOME,great job!

Re: Overscan Oddness...or what?

No clue, really. Though I'm guessing there is loss on the top and bottom as well. This, I suspect, is what people are talking about when they talk about things on screen being "within TV safety" and so on. The Fix is no doubt taken straight from the original file, and since it's broadcast online they can set the "screen" to whatever size/ratio they want, to make sure they get every pixel of the footage in there. On TV, you always lose a little bit all the way around. For a more technical description of why/how this happens, you'll have to consult Doc, or maybe some TV guy.

Where is New Episode for Fix?

Fridays right? I practically soil myself at work becuase im so excited to get home and get first crack at the new episode. Alas, it is a now show on the fix as of right now. This has me gravely concerned.

Re: Where is New Episode for Fix?

It's like that for all four "new" shows. It's last week's schedule. Oops, somebody messed up. Hopefully, it won't take long for them to figure it out.

Mr. Publick [and Mr. Hammer for that matter], I just want to tell you, that if that wasn't the greatest half hour of television ever, it was at least one of the coolest. Yay Clarissa Explains it all reference... and that lunchbox scene... [sniff sniff].. and the final scene... [sniff sniff sniff] so much awesome...

Music from Hate Floats

This has been driving me crazy for weeks... what was the music playing at the beginning of Hate Floats? It resembles Holst's Mars, but that has apparently been "borrowed" by almost everybody who composes music like that. It seems like it's a reference to something, but I cannot figure out what it is referencing. Did you have something in mind when that scene was written?

Re: Music from Hate Floats

It was indeed Holst's "Mars," albeit an edited version. No, we weren't thinking of anything specific when we wrote that--just two idiots singing inspirational theme music for themselves. The piece has of course been used in quite a number of movies in the past, however, which is probably why it's trying to jog your memory. Speaking for myself, the most prominent memory I have of it from any film is its use in "The Right Stuff," which also uses the "Jupiter" movement (and perhaps others).

Adult Swim Fix

Any news on the Fix? I'm really jonesing. Suddenly it just felt like someone kicked me in the rocks and they never took their foot away.

Re: Adult Swim Fix

The opening frame of the Adult Swim shows a snappy picture of a mummy and proclaims that the episode will be aired on the Fix ... "Tonight". The ambiguity of such a statement rankles me.

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Return to the House of Mummies

Loved it! So many great, great one liners. So much great stuff. And I'll leave my comments at that. ;)

But I want a lunchbox now. I feel like Pavlov's dog.

Was this a continuity error or just me being an idiot....

Or the third explanation could be that time-travelling messed things up when Brock put Poe in a headlock I suppose. Anyways, In Escape to the House of Mummies Part II, Triana tells her father that she'd been afraid of THAT closet her whole life, but didn't the Orpheus family just move into that home last season?

Re: Was this a continuity error or just me being an idiot....

There are many possible answers to your perceived continuity error. They are:

1. Teenagers are very prone to exaggeration and hyperbole.
2. The Orpheus family has been living in the compound for a while. We don't really say how long a period of time season one spans, or how much time has elapsed since the beginning of this season, nor how long they had been living there before the boys discovered him (it definitely wasn't Triana's "whole life" though).
3. Orpheus no doubt had a similar portal to another dimension in whatever other homes he lived in prior to his arrival at the Venture Compound.
4. Orpheus's complete remodeling of the old arachnid research wing hints at some magical manipulation. It's very possible he has magically recreated Triana's childhood home, in order to ease the trauma of divorce, make her more comfortable and prove to the courts that he should have custody of her.

Return of the mummy

Publick, what piece of shit was that? It was almost as bad as mission impossible 3! i hope the rest of your episodes arent this bad.

Re: Return of the mummy

To each his own. I thought the episode was hilarious. It was a great mixture of the disturbing, pathos, and outright comedy.

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but "Escape to the House of Mummies" was probably one of my least favorite episodes, I'm not going to give anything away though. There were a few hilarious parts, especially Jon Benjamin's character, oh man. I enjoyed the various pop culture jokes too, but this episode just felt out of place, maybe it'll need a second viewing.

better the second time, it was just kind of too all over the place

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"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."

It's good for those who can't catch the airing on Sunday night. It means they don't have to wait for AS to show them as reruns.

Then again, its probably the main reason behind VB's lagging numbers...

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Boy Adventurer Turned crappy Scientist vs. Necromancer

Hope theres no Spoilers that are too bad below, but if you are scared, go away.

This ramped up tension between Dr. Venture and Dr. O has me pretty intreguied. Strange how they go from friends to ego driven (mostly Rusty there) competitors. But why does Dr. Venture secretly loathe Dr. O? Is it becuase he finds the mans constant theatrics annoying? Is it a reflection of his own self loatheing? Is it becuase he can only be just so mean to the boys before having to vent on someone else who isnt Brock (because brock doesnt listen to him anyways)? Is it the drugs? Id have to guess a bit of all of that. Pretty neat when you find yourself really trying to psychoanalyze a cartoon character. Means you guys are doing a hell of a job character building.

Also, not only was Dr. O demanding that someone imagine his daughter naked (Im willing to bet that this is something You and Doc have been doing regularly since creating her character haha) something that caught me completely off guard, but didnt Triana look rather emaciated when Dr. O lowered her to the floor? Does the sleep spell temporarily make the targets body take on the aspects of Calista Flockharts?

Dont worry im not a nitpicker, I dont find anything wrong with any of this. Loved the episode and how off the wall the boys and Brocks side adventure was. I really hope that the Perfect Man shows up again, the look on his face was too funny.

Re: Boy Adventurer Turned crappy Scientist vs. Necromancer

I figure the problem is that being a man of science, Rusty gets annoyed by Dr. O's spiritualism. And Rusty's not the kind of guy who appreciates theatrical flair. And Rusty's kind of a dick.

As for the Calista Flockhart thing--it just looked to me like her stomach sank in a bit because she was lying on her back. Girls' stomachs tend to do that more than guys', probably because our hips are wider.

When will Ben Edlund's ep air?

Will he write again next season?

Music in Assasinanny 911

I really like the music that begins playing when Hank gets the machete off the wall (It sounds sorta like a heavily distorted guitar). Is it from any of JG Thirwell's albums, and if so what is it's title?

Keep up the good work!


Re: Music in Assasinanny 911

Sorry, no...that was composed especially for the episode. He bakes 'em up fresh just for us--we haven't pulled anything from J.G.'s albums since the pilot.

Name that reference

Wow; Five Easy Pieces (http://imdb.com/title/tt0065724), Chinatown (http://imdb.com/title/tt0071315), Easy Rider (http://imdb.com/title/tt0064276), The Empire Strikes Back (http://imdb.com/title/tt0080684), Apocalypse Now (http://imdb.com/title/tt0078788) / The Doors (http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:42jx7i5jg74r), David Bowie (http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&searchlink=DAVID|BOWIE&sql=11:2upyxd0bjols~T0), Duran Duran's (http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:51l67ul0h0jh) Hungry Like The Wolf (http://youtube.com/watch?v=OTVIChdNifI&search=hungry%20like%20the%20wolf), Scared Straight (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078205), and if that's not an obscure enough reference for ya, how about the latest one from the Mummies episode which alludes to ol' dead-eye Willam S. Burroughs' game of William Tell (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Burroughs) with his then soon to be deceased wife Joan Vollmer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Vollmer), etc....

So ok, let's forget the Johnny Quest twisted parody for a sec. I don't think it's important how many oblique references the hipster twenty year olds actually recognize or not, which I would have to assume is the primary demographic for Adult Swim. It's a testament both to you Mr. Jackson and to Mr. Doc that the Venture Brothers is as popular as it is with the "kiddies". If nothing else, pure talent and creativity appeals to all ages. One question for you though? I'm a bloody 40 year used-to-be hipster, and pretty learned in the ways of American pop culture, and to use an overwrought cliche "...it's as if the show was written just for little ol' me". Do you have a breakdown of the age groups that make up the VB audience? Congrats on a show that spans multiple demographics and a wish for continued success. Love the DVD by the way!!

And for you "kiddies" out there watching the show, if you spot another obtuse pop culture reference, ask your parents for help! Scared Straight for god's sake, I'm glad to know there others here as well! :-p

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Sorry about the HTML formatting gone awry there, it showed up fine in the preview. Although, I see the mistake with end tag. Damn.

My bad.

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Way to tap Jon Benjamin

Good choice of H. Jon for "the Master," he's always great. Did his work as the Devil in the Lucy pilot have anything to do with it, and was there any improv involved?

Brendon Small was also good in the premiere. I thoroughly enjoy Home Movies and VB, so the mix is always welcome.

That was a great Star Wars reference at the end. A great episode, gentlemen.

After 2 viewings of this episode, I can safely say that this is the best episode so far this young season.

The best part was Jon benjamin as Coach Master. You could've thrown an HM reference to please us fans, but that's ok. That scene was very good. I hope the Master makes another cameo.

You seem to have incredible voice range. Has any other cartoon contancted you about your vocal talents?

Amazing and scary

Escape was a great episode, and is already a personal favorite...
Is there going to be a new VB episode next week? Nothing is being shown at the website/bumps.

Wow, way to shove the maximum amount of story and character development into a twenty-two minute program! I appreciate how, instead of just writing Brock, Hank, and Dean out of the episode you just went with a batshit insane side story that never needed more backstory or explanation than you cared to give it. And though Dr. Venture is still a miserable jackass, in this episode he seemed like a miserable jackass I'd like to hang out with. And I'm starting to get why people love Billy Quizboy and Mr. White (it is Mr. White, right? What kind of fanatic am I...?) Screw the haters, I really, genuinely loved this episode.

What Happened to the Widescreen?

Any reason why you guys chose not to have the pre-credits sequence of "Mummies" in widescreen?

I just always thought it gave the show a more cinematic feel to it.

Re: What Happened to the Widescreen?

Is it because these were supposedly clips of a previous episode?

Escape to the House of Mummies

I loved the way this started out in the middle of the story, with the recap of the "last episode" so there was no need for explanation. The Venture Bros. are caught in some Egyptian-spoof trap! What more do you need to know! Also liked the fake Part 3 preview at the end.

Huzzah for the return of Master Billy and Mr. White in featured roles. So funny the look of hope they had when they thought they finally got an arch enemy.

Billy as Tobey Maguire = hilarious. XD Also liked the reference to Billy and White trying to buy the shrink ray from last season.

Best jokes of the episode, the ones that really made me laugh out loud were "Clarissa, explain it all," and "We're trapped in a cliche."

Was not expecting the sweet, complimentary part to Dr. Venture as a boy adventurer, complete with vintage lunch box and praise from Billy and White. That was really cute. It's nice to see Dr. Venture having a self esteem boost for once... instead of looking into a mirror and saying, "Crap, who am I kidding?"

And poor Billy! White and Rusty should organize some sort of American Pie type scheme for him.

Loved the hints to Orpheus's backstory with how he lost his wife. And the Master basically saying that his only friend was Dr. Venture. All these men really do have women issues.

Another solid episode all around. Thanks for making 30 minutes of my life wonderfully carefree.

Uh oh, are we going to be Venture-deprived for the next couple of weeks?

::Shivers, Vomits::

My god, you're right... My god...

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I'm SO going to meet you at Comic Con! That is unless something goes horribly wrong and I don't get in line early enough. :/ Why isn't Doc going to be there? My wee heart is broken, shambled...dead...

According to his MySpace page, Doc is going to be there.


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sorry if i missed it....

Sorry if i missed someone elses post on this matter but was there a Barry Gordy's The Last Dragon referance in Assasinanny 911? I have a bet going?

Re: sorry if i missed it....

Sho' 'Nuff!!!


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