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For those who don't know, adultswim has made an annual tradition of screwing around with their programming for April Fools' Day, and this year they chose to broadcast "rough cuts" of some of their shows--including The Venture Bros. So if you were lucky/cursed enough to be watching adultswim this past Sunday night (I was neither), you would have been witness to the first 11 minutes of episode #28 ("The Doctor Is Sin") in its rawest form: a low resolution, straight-from-Korea "first take" with no sound effects, no music, and a ton of mistakes. Notorious perfectionist control freaks that we are, Doc and I were...somewhat less-than-thrilled when we heard the news (and even less than less-than-thrilled to have learned it from the viewers, not the network, and only after the fact). To us it was the psychological equivalent of having naked pictures of ourselves circulated on the internet. At first anyway. I've since warmed to the idea--because it reminds me that Adult Swim is a silly network that takes chances and has fun with itself, when I could have been working for some average, boring, anal network. Plus, if the message boards are to be trusted, you all seem to think we look nice naked...



Ironically, we turned the fully finished version of that self-same episode in the very next day. There are horror stories to tell about the production mishaps that plagued it from script to final cut (and all points in between), but those can wait to be bitched about until it airs for real...



Anyway, the aforementioned production problems and a couple of untimely flus have put us slightly behind in post-production. We've fully completed three episodes to date, we're currently editing picture on the fourth (its next stop is the sound engineer), and we'll be starting the fifth this weekend. To give you an idea of how screwy the production order is this season, the first episode we turned in (#27) is going to air third or fourth, depending on how quickly we can rush #37--written eleventh and produced tenth, which we hope to air third but will probably air fourth--through post-production. The second episode we turned in (#29) was written third and produced second, but is going to air eleventh. The third (#28) was written second, produced third, and will air second. And #32, which was written and produced sixth--but will be edited fifth--is actually the premier episode of the season. I dare you to try to keep that kind of continuity conundrum straight in your head...



Somehow, in the midst of all of this, Doc and I are also expected to begin writing season 4 and producing the DVD set for the not-even-finished-yet season 3. And we've both been doing a little moonlighting--Doc's been making music and I'm doing some voices and a little writing for adultswim's forthcoming SuperJail series. It's been a busy month, yes...



And now, the News in brief...

ITEM: The Venture Bros. will premier on June 1st.

ITEM: Doc and I were interviewed in the sophomore issue of Comic Foundry magazine, which is now on the stands. Aside from a preoccupation with the recent "Stephen Colbert Incident" (and the fact that they refer to me as "Pollack" no less than three times), the 2 page spread provides a nice little preview of the upcoming season with only mild spoilers.

ITEM: Kid Robot has made some miniature Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend figurines, which will be available in mystery packaging along with like 16 other adultswim figurines. So good luck if you decide to buy one. Or two.

ITEM: Doc and I will be attending the Venture Bros. panel at the New York Comicon on Saturday, April 19th at 4:00pm. Urbaniak and Sinterniklaas will be joining us, and we're hoping to cajole a couple of other people into dancing into the fire with us. Honorary AstroBase Cadet Ken Plume will be moderating the festivities.

ITEM: Word has it we'll be attending the San Diego Comicon in July this year as well, adultswim having retracted their unofficial boycott. But it's too soon to know what we'll be doing there other than sweating and trying to find affordable Robert McGinnises.





We Love You,
JP

P.S. The usual insincere-sounding apologies for the long delay between posts. When you finally find yourself to getting a little rest and free time after killing yourself to make a show for ten months straight, the last thing you want to do is think about that show--which can sometimes include posting about that show on your LiveJournal. Actually, the last thing you want to do is anything that doesn't involve lying on the couch all day watching every episode of Deadwood. Or maybe Munich for like the tenth time.

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Was really upset to hear I missed sneak-previews of my favorite shows. Caught the very end of Metalocalypse. But atleast I'll be able to enjoy the new season in all its finish glory.

SUPERJAIL is getting a full season! Excellent! How much are you involved in the process? I really fell for the pilot, and David Wain is always good. Here's to future success.

I'm not hugely involved with SuperJail. The creators are friends of mine, and usually I'm the voice of one or two inmates in the background who have like one line a piece, but here and there I've done a couple of slightly bigger roles for them. And I'm only co-writing a little bit of the last few episodes of the season.


ITEM: The Venture Bros. will premier on June 1st.


This makes me so happy... I could cream my pants..

I suggest watching Twin Peaks in its entirety (as many times as possible) to take your mind off of things.

I am more than willing to be patient for my favorite cartoon on the entire planet. In fact, waiting for it is almost kind of delicious. While I'm not suggesting Thursday is better than Friday, it has its merits.

Thanks for posting so many images. I love seeing glimpses of what's coming.

And finally, my housemate is running a superhero GURPS campaign, and he included a device called the "U-ray," which has peaceful applications (it's a surgical device of some kind). I figured you'd get a kick out of that.

Awww... you know we love you, naked or not.



MMMMM deadwood.

Should you ever visit the beautiful land of COLUMBUS OHIO(book your tickets now because I know you want to come) I have all 3 seasons of Deadwood as bait.

I was lucky enough to see the rough cut on [as], and all I can say is thank you, we love you too.

When you guys do get started on putting together the season 3 dvd could you do some of us a huge favor? Put a lot more effort into the audio commentaries. Pretty please? I know in the season 2 audio commentaries it was mentioned that you two hated commentaries but as a fan of the show I really enjoy listening to them and getting new interesting facts and some back story to the episodes. This is the same reason I'm subscribed to your LJ. Again, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks.

I feel conflicted on the commentaries. I actually find listening to you two just making jokes and reminiscing hilarious, but I'm also really into knowing more about the technical aspects of the show. I'd say the commentary is a balance between the two, mostly siding towards the former. You know what would be great? TWO commentary tracks per episode. You know it'd be worth it!

I enjoyed the brief glimpse into the new season.
It sure beat seeing Calamity Jane taking a Bath.
I can't unsee that.

I wanted to thank you for making this show. I've just found out that my parents are not going to pay for my wedding, (which is a big thing for a woman), and The Venture Brothers (already my favorite show) has been a regular showing every night to help me feel better. And now that I'm paying for my own wedding, my fiance and I are going to use the theme song as our introduction as a new couple at the reception, and after the kiss at the end of the ceremony we're going to do the "Go Team Venture!" pose for pictures.

We love youse guys too :)

The prospect of having a little Monarch & Dr Girlfriend to stand alongside my Blessed Coffecup of Ba'al is an exciting one, but it could be said I don't get out much ;) Roll on the first!

Kid Robot and other quotes

call_me_sick

2008-04-03 12:49 pm (UTC)

ITEM: Kid Robot has made some miniature Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend figurines, which will be available in mystery packaging along with like 16 other adultswim figurines. So good luck if you decide to buy one. Or two.

They are actually doing an unvailing of the toys at Criminal Records in Downtown Atlanta April 17th. I asked for the whole day off, because... well... I'm a dork like that.

"ITEM: Doc and I will be attending the Venture Bros. panel at the New York Comicon on Saturday, April 18th at 4:00pm. Urbaniak and Sinterniklaas will be joining us, and we're hoping to cajole a couple of other people into dancing into the fire with us. Honorary AstroBase Cadet Ken Plume will be moderating the festivities."
Jame and Mikey? I am VERY jealous. I wanted to go so bad! Maaaaaybe you can convince James to coem to Dragon*con? And perhaps Mike? And yourself? I will give you candies. And Booze! Candies and Booze!



ITEM: Word has it we'll be attending the San Diego Comicon in July this year as well, adultswim having retracted their unofficial boycott. But it's too soon to know what we'll be doing there other than sweating and trying to find affordable Robert McGinnises.

I got notihin. I can't go or I'd say something here. I just have to hope you kids coem to Dragon*con and get candies and booze.

Re: Kid Robot and other quotes

drd2001

2008-04-03 01:52 pm (UTC)

I got notihin. I can't go or I'd say something here. I just have to hope you kids coem to Dragon*con and get candies and booze.

And swag. Lots O' Swag

That wacky Adult Swim!

The flu bites. I had it in February and death seemed like a better option.

Wooo! Season Three! Thanks for the updates. Can't wait.

So why is it they can't air the episodes in order? Am I missing something?

It's for continuity reasons. Because, like idiots, we write them out of order. Doc and I have made a habit of writing the premier episodes together, and because we want them to be good, we usually wait until we've written a few other episodes first, so that we're "warmed up." This season, the way our writing schedules worked out, we didn't have a chance to get to collaborate on the premier episode until we were six scripts into the season already. And we didn't get a chance to collaborate on the one we wanted to be our third story until we were eleven scripts in. Plus, when you're writing, sometimes you know which story you want to go next in the continuity of the season, but you haven't worked out all the kinks yet and it's just not ready to be written--so, having a script due every two weeks, you move on to a less problematic script that you know you can write quickly, even though its story may demand that it run later in the season.

One minute in heaven is better than... wait...

nothinganything

2008-04-03 01:55 pm (UTC)

That's alright about the rough cut. Really.
It was like getting a DVD bonus feature as a teaser. Oh wait, that's ... that IS what it was.
I'll have you know that the Orpheus/Killinger scene was a VERY good cliffhanger. The whole thing was very effective and, I believe, featured the words "rough cut" at the bottom of the screen for anybody wondering why there wasn't any music or sound effects.

Incidentally, I'm blown away by the new direction. In the good way.

Re: One minute in heaven is better than... wait...

the_automatik

2008-04-03 02:11 pm (UTC)

*waves*

I wouldn't mind seeing Doc Hammer naked, but I'm a great big perv. So there you go.

We caught about 3/4 of the rough cut. Looking forward to June!

We love you too, JP. Always.

Ooohhh I missed the preview??
I'm psyched that it's coming back on June first though, I dunno how much longer the seasons one and two DVDs will hold me over ;)
What's this SuperJail series?

See, I loved it! I'm a comic artist. I draw my own silly little animations. I'm in love with the process of creating art, so to see the rough cut like this, and be able to compare it with the episode in its final version was a marvelous privilege.

You feel exposed, but I felt like I was able to peel back the skin of the Venture machine and see how it ticks underneath...

on future DVDs I'd love to see a "walk through" extra through an entire episode. From script , to recording through the animatics, through the rough cut, etc. etc. etc.

But that's ust my two cents.

I'm glad we switched the robot to gold, he looks awesome! Prime material for a big honkin action figure, too, if ever I saw one.

I am so glad that you didn't post this yesterday :)

While I can't wait for season three, I'm kind of glad I missed the adult swim preview. I hate spoiling things for myself. =)

I'll see you guys in San Diego, hopefully!

Is that Kim Jong Il behind the couch? The guy on the other end looks a bit like Dr. Zaius...

Thank you so much for posting this. My husband and I are huge fans of the show, and my homemade Venture Bros. "posters" on my office door have really upped my cool points with my students.

To use a cliche, you guys rock!!

Nope...you are looking at Chairman Wow and Omega Ape. But don't get too excited...they don't have speaking parts.

What does Dr. Girlfriend say to the Monarch? I must know! Damn you, blighted march of time! June 1st can't get here fast enough!

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