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Let's All Hear It For Air Conditioning
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,

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.

We did some brainstorming for a fantasy cast for a Venture Brothers movie, the collected results, with a few blanks can be found here:


Feel free to offer your suggestions.

If Mike Sinterniklaas doesn't play Dean there's officially no Animation God!! He's practically the source for the clone slugs!!!

Sorry to bug you with a silly question, but could you state for the record who Rocket's father is.

It seems there are a few different opinions on the subject.

Re: Rocket's Father

Wouldn't it have to be Professor Impossible? Sally made the urine sample he tested ("Dr. Venture is... pregnant??") before she really started flirting with Venture. It could always be revealed to be someone else in a future episode but as currently written I assumed it was Professor Impossible.


A nice riff on the film, which I remember seeing in the theater when it first came out and being somewhat underwhelmed by the whole "the alien is my dad" thing. Also, is the Grand Galactic Inquisitor meant to have any relation to Galactus? And on a side note, I notice that in your hero parodies you tend more toward the Marvel side than the DC side. No love for the GL Corps?

Keep it up!

I think he's more Watcher than Galactus.

20 Years to Midnight= 22 Minutes of Excellence

Twenty Years to Midnight was quite amazing. I’d heap more gobs of goodness on you but then you’d be covered in crud and my main question wouldn’t filter through the muck I already shoved in your ears. So my question to you, sir, is which episode this year was penned by Mr. Edlund. I haven’t seen an answer to this and I’m tickled to know. Thanks!

Colonel Gentleman

First, let me say that season 2 has exceeded any and all expectations. Truly wonderful in all respects...except one: why did you kill off Col. Gentleman? IMHO, it was totally unneccessary. It didn't further the plot (the boys could've just been in when he wasn't around and found everything by being nosy)- now, we can't have any of this very amusing character or the original team venture unless it's a flashback. For no good reason, you've eliminated a very amusing character.

Unless this is a "Case of the old Fake Coffin"...


Or they could have have him stoned out of his head (still could happen) and the boys didn't know. He needed to have left his cane behind.

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Anyone think that the reason we haven't seen Hadji is that he's been in Gitmo for the last 4 years?

Hadji is a Indian not a Afghani or Iraqi.

Id bet he was more better student and Dr.Quest started liking him better. Jonny couldn't take the pressure and turned to drugs (sort of like Rusty not living up to his dad.)

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Victor Echo November

Oh man, this season just gets better and better AND BETTER...

"It's like someone with a fever is yelling at my pants!"

Since the majority of the viewing public haven't seen "Victor Echo November" yet, I'll post my thoughts below (Spoilers included.)

This was a very, very funny episode.

I laughed hard at "Livejournal" Obviously a vague reference to you having a Livejournal. Though I suppose if the episode was written now, there would be a Myspace reference instead. Heh, that sounds like a great idea for an episode. It'll be dedicated to the Venture family and others on Myspace and they have some hidden identites as well. Perhaps a chain letter would set off some chaos, who knows?

This episode is teh sex.

what ever thats supposed to mean...

Victor Echo November Special Guest

I noticed that Christopher McCulloch did some voices in this episode, how did you guys manage to get a guy with that kind of star power?

Dude! I so just added you! Wow... Weird... You have LJ... Like the Monarch... >.> Uhm... I love Dean? He is like a dorky Dick Grayson. Uhm... *looks around* GO TEAM VENTURE!

just watched "victor echo november" on fix (twice). god damn, it's nice to get all excited about a series and have it actually continues to deliver even after i hype it to myself.

this episode is the first one where i felt any real disappointment... because i'm loving new venture brothers so much i get pretty disappointed when they end.

apologies for ass-kissing, but great job.

Seriously now...what other TV show would be hip enough to make a reference to Livejournal before it becomes old hat?


Monarch and DrG from Comic Con

So, my girlfriend and I were the ones dressed as the monarch and drG at Comic Con. there's no need to apologize to us for our brief encounter at the end of the panel. security was dick to us too, but it makes for a fun story. one of my eyebrows was ripped off in the confusion, yet it seems so fitting. it really was how the monarch would have been treated. we didn't have anything to sign either, aside from the costumes themselves. just wanted to say hello, and thank you. the reaction to the costumes, to your characters, at the con was amazing. you've created something very special. thank you again.

(www.myspace.com/roywageman if you want to see a couple more pics of us)

Doc Hammer has some capital tattoos, not as nice as a tattoo of a plate of perogies (think of the nobility), but still nice.

awesome job plugging Live Journal in the latest episode... i literally fell off my chair.

Thanks for the nod.

Just where is this journal?

did anyone hear the splash sound effect after naked brock shows up in the first toilet stall? cause i heard it on the FIX, but not on tv...

i think standards and practices removed that sound effect.

really killed a good poop joke ;\

Come to think of it, I did not hear the splash. But I was still laughing at Dean identifying Brock as "Naked."

Victor Echo November


I cannot believe how good that was.

I give thise episode an enthusiastic huzzah. Here I go. 'Huzzah'. Let the awesomes rain onward... [and what DID happen with the professor's arm? And I notice... jollyrancher82 is a livejournal... SAVED! What shall happen with it.. hmm... HMM... HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM...]

Unfortunatly, Jollyrancher82 wasn't a LJ account untill AFTER "Victor. Echo. November." aired.

If you look in its extra information, it shows the account was created: 2006-08-11 22:09:21

I mean, I have no real issue with that.

I just thought it would have been totally awesome to BE that person. What a plug that would have been. Instant internet 15 minutes right there.

But alas.

What the person who created that account should do, is make all of the posts in the tone of the woman from "Victor. Echo. November.", now that would be hilarious.

That was a brilliant episode tonight. Jackson, Doc...this has been a great season so far, and the rest of the season will kick a lot of ass.

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Hats off to you guys, Victor Echo November was one of the funniest things I've seen on TV in a loooooong time.

The Storm on the Sea of Galilee

I loved how the stolen Rembrandt painting that PL was trying to sell really is a famous stolen painting:


Oh, and the other paintings on PL's wall seemed to be Vermeer's "The Concert," Rembrandt's "A Lady and Gentleman in Black" and Govaert Flinck's "Landscape with Obelisk" which were also stolen along with "The Storm on the Sea of Galilee." Nice work...details like these raise VB above practically everything else on television.

Wondeful episode! I concur with another poster stating she was sad when it ended. It was one of those episodes you just never wanted to end. Ah, I can't wait until a feature length film is made. *hint hint nudge nudge*

BTW, I'm not sure how busy you are these days, but it was nice when you first started this Livejournal how you would post a blog before or after every new episode. I miss those as gave us a look to what decisions were made behind the production and also gave us a chance to comment on each individual episode. ;) I really should join the adult swim forums...

Victor. Echo. November

One of the best episodes ever. Maybe the best of the season so far. It was just awesome. Last weeks episode was pretty funny too. I liked "IGNORE ME!"

Would I be correct in saying the show employs limited animation much like in anime? And please, I don't want to get flamed for that. Granted the term has negative association for some but frankly I don't even think noticable unless you have an eye for it. I can tell the digital inking and vectorizing is being used to full effect, nothing wrong with that.

And if anything I noticed the animation is LESS limited this year than it was the last. Limited doesn't equal cheap, that's the point I'm trying to get across. The show is very well put together. In fact it's usually during the smaller movements that it's really noticable. But it actually lends to the style.

I of course could be wrong. So limited or no?


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