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Holiday Gift Bonanza!!!
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Happy Holidays and all that good stuff to you all. You will find your annual Venture Bros.-themed digital music gift tucked inside your world wide information super-stocking by clicking HERE.

The studio's been abuzz with holiday shenanigans, even as we raced the clock to deliver another animatic and worked right up till the last moment. World Leaders hosted not one but three festive events in the past week, employing the crew's talents for such varied disciplines as karaoke, secret gift-giving, and heavy drinking. Things got rolling last week with a genuine Chili Cook-off, which I am proud to say my girlfriend and I took second place in. Blow-by-blow, on-the-day details can be found on Venture Bros. animatic/Animo editor Tom Bayne's rambling blog.

Speaking of blogs, Storyboard Czar Stephen DeStefano has a lovely one, and has seen fit to festoon it with a handful of his wonderfully expressive revision panels from one of our upcoming episodes. Check it out.

And now for your second gift:
Our overseas studio has already sent back three episodes, and here are some randomly-selected, out-of-context screengrabs from those self-same episodes, just to prove to you we're actually making a show in between all the heavy drinking and chili cooking, and that it actually looks pretty good:









GRINCH!...
One sour note from the past month (aside from my car getting hit yet again) is that Mr. Stephen Colbert has decided not to reprise his role as Professor Impossible this season, for reasons which probably have something to do with him being all super-famous, super-busy, and no longer in need of a few hundred bucks here and there. We figured this would happen eventually, considering his monumental success in the years since our first season, but we held out hope that the WGA strike would leave him with enough bored free time on his hands that he'd have a go at it. But after getting shuffled around from his assistant to his assistant's assistant to his agent to his manager, one of them finally shot us an email saying: "Stephen has neither the time nor the interest in participating in your project."

Was the "nor the interest" really necessary? I would have bought the "time" part without question, but man...you gotta kick a guy when he's down like that? Well maybe I'm not interested in your ice cream, mister! Or your book. Unless someone buys it for me for Christmas.

Your third gift:
I've been neglecting to show off any of the work of our talented character design team, so allow me to rectify that with lovely cast photo below, which depicts just some of the many characters who will appear in the first 2/3 of Season 3. As usual, I won't give away who anybody is, or how much screen time they get, and leave you to wonder (and probably imagine far better adventures than we ever use them in). Designs are by Matt Jenkins, Martin Wittig, Doug Lovelace, Kano, and the pinch hitter Chris George. Character colors by Carly Monardo. Background painting by Chris Fisher.




...And lastly...

...SURPRISE CHRISTMAS CONTEST!!!


Okay, now that you've looked at the bewildering "cast photo" above, be the first to comment back with the correct answer to either of the two following questions, and win a fantastic prize. Two questions, two winners. Here we go:

1. Which of these characters, if any, does this room actually belong to?

2. There are three famous, non-fictional people in the picture. Name all three.

Tell them what they win, Jackson...

Our lucky winners will receive an ultra-limited edition, not-for-sale-anywhere Venture Bros. American Apparel track jacket! These were produced exclusively for the cast and crew of the show and are available nowhere but my office. They're gray, the front is emblazoned with a white silhouette of the boys in "Go Team Venture" pose, tastefully small across the left breast, and on the back is the Venture Industries logo in full color, as tastelessly large as I could fit it.

Good luck, and Happy Holidays!

We Love You,
JP

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a truly fantastic gift it is

I want to guess the room belongs to Jonas Venture Sr., and was the original Team Venture lair?

The room belongs to the Fish guy in the back, why not.

Dick Cavett, Sammy Davis Jr, and Al Crowley?

Crowley? I thought that was Teddy Roosevelt swashing his buckle on the platform.

Dick Cavett and Sammy Davis Jr. are spot-on, though.

1. I have no idea but I'm going to go with Sergeant Hatred. :Db

I'd like to guess the room belongs to the funny looking pink guy on the left.

It certainly seems like some underwater bathyscope type lair, and "Professor Dugong" (or whatever the pink guy is) certainly would fit a water-tech lab.

Phew! I thought you guys weren't going to get the song. This is what I like to come home to after a long day of working in retail right before Christmas! And Fairytale of New York at that! I just discovered this song recently, and it's fantastic to see it getting incorporated into the Venture universe.

Keep up the good work on season 3! Hopefully you can get it up here on Canadian TV as fast as possible (and hopefully they'll air it in the right order this time!). Oh, and I don't suppose there's any chance of season 3 getting a Blu-Ray or HD-DVD release next year alongside the DVD? I don't know if Teletoon is going to have their HD station up fast enough to bring us the show in High-Def!

Sammy Davis Jr., Dick Cavett and... MODOK...?

I'm too tired to figure it all out, but I think I see Tycho Brahe in there, which is totally awesome if I am right. That crazy fucker.

Well, I'm awake now, so I'm going to guess Sammy Davis Jr., Dick Cavett, and the wonderful Tycho Brahe (or, "Tycho de Brahe" as I think Doc called him in one commentary track).

This is one of the best Christmas presents ever. I have to say, I look forward to this every year - you guys are amazing for doing this for us. That art at the bottom? Wow, that's amazing. Much, much love for you, too, JP.

Also, that contest? I'm totally all over it. And it's a hoot to see Rusty in yet another version of the Tag-Sale outfit.

Hmm... the room belongs to the sailor (who has no compunction tying his uniform into a belly shirt. Good for him -- not many can pull off that look.)

Oh yes, and thank you for the holiday audio! It has made me festive this evening.

sammy davis jr, dick cavett, and ... SKJLSKJLSKJL!

I'll guess Jonas Venture Jr. Why not. Merry Christmas Astrobase!

Aw shazbot! I knew someone would put down my answer in in the interim minutes I spent composing a comment!

screw the contest, I would be happy if this some-star cast was made into a poster for the public.

I can only guess at why MODOK is there. And sorry on Colbert....he did well as the voice, but eh, what can one do.

Merry Christmas, guys!

screw the contest, where the hell is dean in the picture??? **WORRIED**

Yep, this was my first thought as well. Where are ya, Dean-o?

Serendipitous post. My girlfriend and I are watching season one on DVD AT THIS VERY MOMENT.

thank you for the goodies!

1. the room doesn't belong to anyone

2. dick cavett, sammy davis, jr. and ... rupaul?


rupaul?

I was thinking that too.

Poo. Someone already guessed Jonas Venture Jr. Oh well! American Apparel jacket sounds bad ass. Any chance we can see a picture?

Mmm, that makes me think that high style Venture Bros. shirts and hoodies are in order.

I'm going to take a guess with the first question, just because I'm already so incredibly fond of this character...

The Brawny/Tom of Finland-esque sailor fellow.

since i have no idea, i'm going to guess that the room belongs to someone not in the picture, and if i win, i'm going to squeal like a little pink piggy because of my accidental windfall!

happy holidays, mr. jackson. the venture brothers has turned one of the worst christmases ever into one of the worst christmases ever with a cool vid on in the backround. AT LEAST I HAVE YOU, HANK. :D

The room belongs to Jonas Venture Junior. Look at that smug king of the castle look on his face! Though he might have that look on most of the time.

The pink brain sir on the right in a chair! This is his place.

If it makes you feel any better, Stephen Colbert doesn't return my calls either.

I say the room belongs to the guy with the HUGE PINK BRAIN, but that's mostly because I like saying the words HUGE PINK BRAIN.

I think the room belongs to uber-brain guy in the far right. Brainiac and Professor X's illegitimate offspring... the dude in front of Croc-o-chimp. I don't think it belongs to the sailor guy; he's OSI. Nice patch design, by the way. Nice to finally see it.

well, i'll try dick cavet, sammy davis jr., and i'll go with michael clark duncan... and i'll say the lair belongs to jonas venture jr. can't wait for season 3.

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