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Finally, a new episode airs tonight. It is "Twenty Years to Midnight" and it's packed to the rafters (some say over-packed) with action, suspense, exotic locales, cameos, flashbacks and dreams. Stephen Colbert is our big marquee guest star, and Brendon Small has a bit of a cameo. Plus Paul Boocock does the most chillingly accurate rendition of a computer voice you've ever heard. Oh, you don't want to miss this one.

Why were we in reruns for two weeks? Because we're idiots and we take too long to make this show sometimes. Way back when we were racing the clock to complete "Powerless in the Face of Death" for its premiere (because it was the seventh script written and produced and the sixth one we edited) it became clear to us that if we ran all the episodes weekly we would run out of them somewhere around episode 24 or 25, and you fine people would have to wait something like five weeks for the season finale. Rather than do that to you, or push back the premiere date, we've built some rerun weeks into the schedule along the way. I think you get three or four new ones starting this week, then another rerun, then three new ones, then another rerun. Or something like that. If we hadn't shipped the finale episode to Korea so late, things would be different. But they're not. So this is the best we could do. Sorry...

So... San Diego Comicon! What an exhausting, strange, wonderful and humbling experience that was! Doc actually got on a train and made the 3000 mile journey to be there with me this time around, and we did two signings at the Adult Swim table, for which there was a line of people out the door and down the concourse both times. We were honored to meet hundreds of you Venture Bros. fans and, just as I learned last year, found them (you) all to be the sweetest people possible. My thanks to all of you who stopped by to heap praise, questions, comics and the occasional gift upon Doc and myself. I especially enjoy the Corgi toy car of the JFK assassination limousine I received--it already has a special place on my bookshelf. And the bunch of you who donned Hank, Dean, Triana, Monarch, Dr. Girlfriend and The Action Man costumes (yes, The Action Man...can you believe that?!) get the unofficial Astrobase Go! Spirit Award for your fine efforts. We're sorry our heads had to be down most of the time, Sharpies in hand, to sign stuff or we would have chatted more.

And our sincerest apologies go out to the folks who tried to approach us at the end of the Adult Swim panel on Saturday night. Doc and I were none-too-politely yanked off the stage by the convention center security people, stranding a lovely Triana up there and whisking us past a few people holding up DVDs for us to sign. Amongst the throng were two people dressed smartly as The Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend. If any of you are reading this, I'm sorry. They made us leave. They were pretty rude about it, actually. We would have loved to have stopped to meet you and sign anything. In fact, Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend, we had heard about you two in particular all weekend and were disappointed not to catch a glimpse of you prior to that night. All that trouble making costumes better than the ones we wore in the DVD special features and for what? Seriously, it wasn't our fault. I've since been sent several photos of you guys, and the costumes were great. Thanks for the homage.

Speaking of the Adult Swim panel...yes, Dino was quite drunk. It made for some exciting and much-discussed live theater, and no...there are no hard feelings. You should all watch Moral Orel, because it's pretty good.

Other highlights of the show for me were hanging out with Loren Bouchard, Dana Snyder, Ken Plume, Zander Cannon, Brendon Small, Nash Dunnigan, Chris and Shannon Prynowski, Anthony Lioi, Bill Presing, and of course meeting or reconnecting with everyone who works at Adult Swim during the magical boat party. Doc nearly lost his mind when we met Glen Danzig. The one disappointment was that we never did manage to track down a Dr. Strange t-shirt for Doc, try as we might, in size small (apparently, Dr. Strange fans don't aren't built any slighter than a size medium, and a really big medium at that). So if anyone knows how to get one, don't keep it to yourself. Also, a mere hour before I left the convention center, I somehow managed to win an original Charles Addams sketch that was being raffled off. Which is pretty cool.

I also got to pretend I was Chris McCulloch on Sunday, for a panel and signing to promote the upcoming DVD release of The Tick animated series' first season, which, for reasons unknown to us but undoubtedly litigious in nature, will not include the one episode I wrote that season. Which I'm actually almost grateful for, since I still consider it the worst Tick episode ever written.

So what about production?

Doc and I just finished editing the ninth episode of the season. Which kind of sucked at first because it was my least favorite script of them all (written by yours truly, hot on the heels of "Powerless in the Face of Death") and we tried to rush through post-production in order to finish before we left for the convention. Fortunately, we didn't finish, so we were able to pick it up again last week and devote real time to fixing its many shortcomings. Doc busted his ass sprucing it up with After Effects magic and creating a new exposition scene from scratch, we made some prudent cuts, and now I think it came out pretty good. Still not one of my favorites, but not embarrassing. We're jumping right in to the next episode, one of our favorites, posthaste. I had my last get-together of the season with J.G. Thirlwell on Friday night to review his music for the last two episodes, and word is that the first take of the finale is due from Korea this week. Things are really winding down, but there is much yet to do...

I hate to post one of these journals without pictures, but I don't have access to some of the newest footage for screengrabs at the moment, and I seem to have reached my Livejournal storage limit. Attempts will be made to correct these issues before the next entry...

We love you,
JP

P.S. Best wishes go out to Brendon Small, Tommy Blacha and the whole crew at Titmouse Productions, as their new series "Metalocalypse" (formerly "Deathklok") premieres on Adult Swim tonight at 11:45pm EST. You should all watch that, too.

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I must say that you guys are really hitting your stride with "Twenty Years to Midnight."

It's like you're finally done with the grunt work of establishing everything and you can just concentrate on the story. You combined supporting characters from at least three or four previous episodes just seamlessly.

On the dowside, I suppose that anyone tuning in to this as their first episode might be very lost, but the payoff for those who have seem all of the others is great.

Great, unlike my ability to proofread my posts, that it.

I caught the new episode on the Adult Swim site. A 10+.

You are right the amount of stuff in the episode is amazingly packed in.

The Johnny Quest stuff alone made it worth watching. Now Race is dead, Johnny is a burned out druggie, and all we need is for Dr. Quest to show up sometime. Yes, Haji, but I don't really care about him.

The FF parody is still impressing me with the takes on Sally and Dr. Impossible. The battle scene, with the screws to the face, and fall down to the subway train, were some of the best action visuals the show has produced.

Thank you for giving the smack down to Contact's schmaltzy alien dad ending. That was brilliant.


Ooo, very cool.

You think he reads comments from this journal?

He reads, he comments, sometimes he answers questions. It's pretty sweet.

Saw the line at Comic Con -- if I wasn't working, I'd have been on it. Duty before... something.

Congratulations on the season thus far. Can't wait to see the new episode tonight.

I'm just glad the reruns are spread out. It was really nice of you to think of that so we're not stuck with a five-week break at the end. And I enjoyed seeing the first two episodes of the season again. I still laugh at that opening scene with 21 and 24. And the onesie joke. XD

Have been anxiously awaiting tonight's episode all week! Looking forward to it! :)

Which I'm actually almost grateful for, since I still consider it the worst Tick episode ever written.

*toodles off to imdb*

Do you mean "Sidekicks Don't Kiss"? Because "That Mustache Feeling" is one of my favorites!

No, "The Tick Vs. The Molemen" from season one. IMDB isn't always the most accurate source for twelve year old cartoon production information. I'm proud of all the other episodes, though.

I just wanted to say that I was at the comicon (I was the blonde Triana, if you remember) and I didn't blame you guys a bit. The organizers had a schedule to keep, and I was having fun running around the conference rooms to find you guys.

Thanks again for signing my dvd. All my friends have heard about it incessantly since the con, and I look forward to a season 2 dvd to bring along next year.

And though you probably get junk like this all the time anyway, I wanted to let you know that I drew you two a present

We love you to,
-SL

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT.

If you have pictures of the costumes at comicon you should post 'em, I'd love to see a doctor girlfriend in real life.. provided it wasn't an ill shaven man in costume i suppose.

Ill-shaven I won't be, but the voice is dead on I assure you. Look out for me at Dragon*Con this year... apparently I'm the Dr. Girlfriend for about 3 groups...!

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Hey, Jackson...thought you might like to see this. It's pictures from our themed Halloween party last year. We kept meaning to send them in to Adult Swim, but never got around to it. For reference, I'm the one dressed as Number 24.

Can't wait for tonight or August 29th, despite the loss of the Mole Men. Even if it's "the worst" like you think, it's still better than anything JJ Abrams has ever done.

I am going to throw up.

Eeee HEEEEHEEEEHEEE

I've looked at all the stores for a Doctor Strange T-Shirt, and the only thing I've found is something with Doctor Strange's "symbol" on it. However, I didn't check out Ebay, so there may be something on there.

I already saw the new episode on the AS Fix thing and I've got to tell you, I think it's one of the best episodes ever. IGNORE ME!

Is is just me, or is Dr. Venture getting to be more and more of a jerk as the episodes progress? Not that I'm complaining, he's still very funny.

Nah, he was always that way. [harvesting the twins' kidneys in the first episode? skinning the family dog in the pilot?]

The world needs more Charles Adams.

I LOVE the fact that you got young quest as a psycho junkie with a luger.
HUzzah and KUDOOS!

I wanted to say that I caught tonight's ep, and I adored it. For me, it's the best of this season so far.

And I'm really sorry that I couldn't get to Comicon. I probably wouldn't have dressed up, but if I had, it totally would have been as a really random character. Like that guy in Tag-Sale with the electrical outlet on his chest. Or as Manic 8-Ball.


Again, yours is the only show, (other than, bizarrely enough, Project Runway), that I care about right now. Kudos, and keep 'on trucking, (or whatever it is you creative geniuses do...)

Frighteningly enough, we have the same viewing habits. If you'd included "Deadwood" in the list, I would have been really scared!

You have good taste, Eronake!

Oh, and I'm still waiting for an episode featuring Plug-Face (or Electrical Outlet Guy or whatever he's called).

The Adult Swim panel was the high point of con for me. Well, that and getting you guys to pose Team Venture style at the signing...

What did Dino Stamotopoulis do or say?

Awesome awesome super awesome episode tonight. I absolutely loved everything about it, from Brock's potato shirt to Prof. Impossible's magic ride. I will spend the next week screaming IGNORE ME! to perfect strangers on the street. What a great way to make new friends that will be.

Was it just me, or did this episode run a tad longer than normal? I only watched it once, and I was not really paying attention to the time. Usually they just fly by though, and this one didn't. And I am glad.

Keep up the good work.

What was Dino so belligerent/bitter about? While we're on the topic.. have you guys had any problem with standards and practices? Moral Orel must really be raising the bar of what's considered over the line.

Do NOT worry about reruns during the season; it's very helpful to folks like me who may get pulled away from their TV during the only 30 minutes a week that they really care about. It's all about second chances... and DVD sales.

This week's episode might be my favorite ever - but I say that every week. "IGNORE ME!" and "EX-TER-MIN-ATE!" have so much and yet so little in common for us Doctor Who fans.

Good lord, I did not even think about the whole "EX-TER-MIN-ATE!" similatity. Now that will be all I hear when I watch it again tonight.

I'm really looking foreward to the new episode tonight! You guys work so hard to entertain people. 200% admirable in my mind. I gotta say, it was great meeting you at ComicCon. I was the crazy girl with the red crazy hair and the crazy eye.

Anyway, hope things are all going well!

You thought the fans at Comic Con were nice? YOU should be one to talk, you guys were awesome. I'm glad you let me and my crazy friends bother you on the balcony.
And the new episode rocks (from what I saw on the Fix). I swear, they just keep getting better as the season goes on.

20 Years to Midnight

drd2001

2006-08-06 09:44 pm (UTC)

Well I love 20 Years to Midnight. I won't say much else, cause I don't want to spoil it. But I was thrilled to pick up on the Ware references. And the "guest appearances" were totally hilarious and most welcomed. So very, very good. Thanks for all your hard work.

Re: 20 Years to Midnight

robolizard

2006-08-30 08:44 pm (UTC)

Wow, I'm sorry, you posted this ages ago and I just found it, but what WERE the Ware references?

It was great meeting you guys and having you sign my DVD. After the signing I was interviewed by Adult Swim and I actually ended up being on one of the bumps about the comic-con (I was the chunky black guy that took his shirt off) Being at the right place at the right time I guess. I'm so glad the new episodes are back and we're finally going to see "20 years to midnight". I don't want to spoil it for any of the fans who read this lj but I heard about the major cameo on tonights episode and I cannot wait! Keep up the good stuff. Go Team Venture!
-Drew

Any chance of you making it to any conventions on the East coast? Say...Dragon*Con in Atlanta for instance?

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