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Sucker Punch!

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,

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.

Definitely looking forward to meeting the 4 of you at the con it will be one of the highlights of my weekend.

I didn't see it! It didn't happen!

I cannot wait for June 1st! I'm sad I missed the rough cut episode on April first!

I really hope you guys can make it to San Diego Comicon, I'd really like to see you all :D

OMG Monarch figure! I must get it! :O

I can't even begin to tell you how tight my pants got just being overwhelmed with the sexiness of your 'naked' 11 minute preview. I'm all awash in my manliness yet squealing like a titelated female ocelot at the news of new Venture Sibness.

elated as i was/am over new venture brothers, that clip looked like shit! i was feeling hesitant about the new season for a day or two afterwards. i think this post has laid that fear to bed, but i always get nervous about the new seasons. it's my favorite show on television, bar none, and i can't stand the thought of a bad season forcing to just throw my television out the window once and for all.

i really hope you do show up b/c that would be the highlight of the trip. depending on the day, my sister and i will be dressed up as sailor scouts or something else(we haven't agreed on the second and third day yet).

Well I now have a reason to live this summer. Thanks a a lot for ruining my "Suicido de Mayo" plans.

Good stuff. You guys rule. Try not to kill yourselves too much, we all know season 3, and everything else, will be amazing.

Double Dangit!

I got so jazzed about the NYC panel and then I realized I work that weekend. MWrerhg. Its in the evening too.

Hrn, I'm definitely going to try and scam someone into taking those hours. It is a TRAVESTY that I have not had the opportunity to shout my love for all the hard work you guys have done that has brought me endless enjoyment.

Also, since you're not yet on the production of the DVD? Plllleeease don't force yourselves to do on topic stuff. The show is great, I love hearing about it, but you guys have such entertaining stories and random bits of information that I'd hate to miss out on that because you're trying to force talk about production issues.

So that's just my humble, bullshit means nothing request. You guys are amazing, an I'm about to start couch surfing till I enter grad school in the fall, but I've already started picking up the stuff needed for a super awesome Astrobase pick-me-up care package for you and Doc.

So, I am to believe there are NO naked pics of you and Doc in the intarwebs?

Guess it's not my lucky day then.

Jackson, you sir, are a tantalizer!
A tantalizer I say!

They showed your naked pictures on the two o'clock running, perfectionists indeed. :P

I've really liked what I've seen so far of the backgrounds and new character designs. It's also really exciting to see reoccurring characters like the Action Man and Kano making a comeback as well. (Captain Gentleman's memoirs published?) Your guys' hard work is paying off, and I can hardly wait for the new season. Stay frosty and post when you can, man. Always a good read.

I can't wait for the new season!

Your hard work will not go unrewarded!

*shares the love*

Love, love, LOVE you too. One of the best animated shows on the air.... period.

Keep doing that voodoo that you do so well!!!
Deadwood rocks!!!! I've found it to be the best thing to watch after a hard days work.

Awesome post.
Keep it up! You make the only intelligent cartoon that exists. Take your time, don't wear yourself out. It's not better to burn out than fade away, Neil Young lied!
You should try and include those comic con panel discussions on this dvd if you are already planning it.

It's too bad those action figures that kidrobot is doing are random so you never know what you're getting.
I hardly want 5 squidbillies and not a single Dr Girlfriend. but I'll probably rack up the credit card debt in an attempt to get one anyways. But you should try putting out your own figures or talk to kevin smith about where he gets all his done. He has nice vinyl ones.
Seriously I'd be shocked if you are still reading this if you even started seeing as how its about a hundred and six comments down. But seriously you are "teh sex" when it comes to cartoons (maybe as a person too i dunno)

Also I want a Venture Brothers shirt so bad!
Like that one Paris Hilton was caught wearing all those years ago... But like most fans I have more the physique of Number 21 so I'd hope for a xxl. but seriously you need to hire some internet guy to make you guys rich from t-shirts and action figures!!

Oh my god. You made my freakin' night. Oh and the rough cut, come on, don't be so hard on yourself, you know it was AMAZING. Keep up the great work, wish I could come see you guys at Comicon.

You damn optimists.

Lalalal I'm a fancy optimist look at me succeed at life!

Great something exciting and stupid happens and it has to happen on AMERICAN television.

I'm not foreign or crazy or some shit I'm just Canadian.

If they're not too spoilery, is there any chance we could get a list of the episode names?

I enjoy making up imaginary storylines based on the name alone.

looks good man, keep it coming

I love the animation for that show. I mean, I love your guys' animation because of the realism, but I also love SuperJail's animation because of the cartooniness. It's so crisp and fun.
I think I heard your voice several times, but you do such a good job of doing diverse voice work, I can only find hints. It was like I heard General Manhower twice! :D

Awesome! I'm looking forward to June 1!

No worries about the long time lag between posts. It makes in all the sweeter to see one.

I'm sorry hear that Colbert is gone, I must admit that the Impossible episodes were some of my favorites. One request with that situstion: for the love of all creatures great and small, don't get someone else who as a voice the is similar to fill in. It is just a mistake. Have we learned nothing from the Muppets? Bryan Hensen's Kermit is not Jim's. And the Yoda's that are not Franks Oz, Yuck!
Please don't do there Jackson.

Too late.

I mean, I love Stephen Colbert. And who knows? Maybe we'll be lucky enough to get him back some day. But Professor Impossible's no Kermit, man. He's a character who's only been in two episodes so far (three if you count the pilot--where he was voiced by someone else), so I can't get all precious about his voice like that. And I'm not gonna let some actor's schedule keep me from doing more with the character if I have ideas for him, you know? Just roll with it!

Well, time to go get cable again. . .


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