Publick Nuisance

The secret files of the Ventureverse

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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 never drive men/mad


2006-07-04 06:44 pm (UTC)

When Dr. Girlfriend is telling Hank to drive the car, is she saying she "Never drives men" or "she never drives mad"?

The reason that "Men" wouldn't make sense is because in the tag-sale episode, she is driving the Monarch and the henchmen to Venture's place, but watching the episode it doesn't sound like she is saying "Mad". Her thick bostonish accent is making it hard to tell.

So what's the dillyo?

Re: I never drive men/mad


2006-07-04 07:10 pm (UTC)

Mad. You answered your own question.

Re: I never drive men/mad


2006-07-04 07:25 pm (UTC)

Whew, that almost became this season's clothes/clones.

Re: I never drive men/mad


2006-07-05 02:17 am (UTC)

"Mad. You answered your own question."

Then why is there a disctinct "N" sound at the end of the word? I listened to it dozens of times and it is always "men" and I NEVER hear anything close to "mad". There's no "D" sound there at all.

You fooled the closed captioning guy, too.

Re: I never drive men/mad


2006-07-05 03:05 am (UTC)

Shouldn't you be watching fireworks or something?

Dude, seriously...are you actually arguing with the guy who WROTE the scene? Who's sitting next to the guy who ALSO WROTE the scene and SPOKE the line? It's "mad," trust me. Granted, Dr. Girlfriend's accent doesn't have the hardest "d" in the world, and it's possible that between the music, sound effects and the recording it's not the clearest line of dialogue ever broadcast, but you asked and I answered.

Re: I never drive men/mad


2006-07-05 03:06 am (UTC)

[gasps at doc's sitting nextness] HI DOC!

Re: I never drive men/mad


2006-07-05 03:25 am (UTC)

I will always be thankful... for you basing a scene around Space Oddity. I thank thee.

And Doc says:


2006-07-07 10:03 am (UTC)

Oh, hi... Yeah, it's "mad". I'm sorry for my crap-ass pronunciation of the word.

Now, what's going on here? There is the distinct smell of needless discontent in the room. It's either that, or the smoldering butt in the ashtray next to me. What happened to the love in here? I mean, somebody even made an AFI joke at my expense. And believe you me, were it not for a pending lawsuit with the poseurs in question, I would defend myself against such slanderous allegations. Remember: Jackson and I are fragile, broken men. Hug us.

Re: And Doc says:


2006-07-07 10:18 pm (UTC)

But you're so fragile, I'm afraid that my hug will break you. We already lost General Bot to a deadly hug, he don't need to lose you too!

Re: I never drive men/mad


2006-07-05 09:06 am (UTC)

Calm down, people (this isn't really addressed to Jackson Publick but to the fanboys who are piling on).

I wasn't arguing with what Jackson wrote, only that the line doesn't sound like "mad".

Yes, "mad" makes a lot more sense than "men". It just doesn't sound like "mad". I'm not the only one who made this mistake, you know. Don't blame me for wondering why it sounds like "men".

Christ, really, do you guys REALLY think I'm trying to convince the writers that they don't know their own writing? I"m merely pointing out that the line sounded like "men". That's it. End of story. Stop trying to turn this into some kind of fight or something. I'm just pointing out that a lot of us were fooled by the way the line sounded. I'm not saying we are "right". Please don't put words in my mouth.

Re: I never drive men/mad


2006-07-05 09:17 am (UTC)

"Shouldn't you be watching fireworks or something? "

Some of us have to work during the holiday. And we have access to a computer.

I wasn't arguing with you. You wrote the line - I understand that. It makes more sense as "I don't drive mad" - I'm glad you cleared that up. But it's not an accident that many of us heard it as "men" or that there was a mixup with the closed captioning.

Sorry I got such a negative response; I wasn't trying to start a fight, I was just curious.

Anyway I appologize if I came off sounding like an idiot, but I had an honest question and I had no intent of offending anyone.

Re: I never drive men/mad


2006-07-05 03:26 am (UTC)

"Then why is there a disctinct "N" sound at the end of the word? I listened to it dozens of times and it is always "men" and I NEVER hear anything close to "mad". There's no "D" sound there at all."


Re: I never drive men/mad


2006-07-04 07:30 pm (UTC)

That darn closed captioner typed up "men". Should s/he get a copy of the shooting script or something?

Re: I never drive men/mad


2006-07-04 07:35 pm (UTC)

S/he does, but this must have been a rush job. We only turned the final episode in about three days before it aired.

Re: I never drive men/mad


2006-07-08 05:32 am (UTC)

ok publick is lying, she said man, short for manual!
i never drive manual.


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