Publick Nuisance

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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.

I missed it too. Wow. I love the notice they gave you (none). Had a paper published without being told once.....that was fun. Also I am applying for my PhD at Brock University (Canada). Coincidence?

oh awesome! june 1st is my birthday! best present ever, man.

Another annoying request for the season three box set: I'd like to have the factory music from the Nafta infomercial from Viva Los Muertos! Hell, I'd like a whole soundtrack CD!

I don't have cable, but fortunately, I've converted some friends to VB and can probably get them to Tivo it. In the mean time, Amazon's got the original Johnny Quest for crazy cheap, so I might have to get that. I watched a few at a friend's last week, and they're a dorky paradise!


-I think the lava is symbolic of Race's secret feelings for Johnny. Maybe the whole thing is a dream.

How the hell is a rope going to save him from a volcano?

Jackson, my friends always go to those cons with their starwars buddies dressed as stormtroopers. So I will totally be seeing you, I'll give you a cake and have you autograph my face or something.

You down?

oh and so many people have fallen victim to my "OH MOST GUESS GUESS WHAT HAPPENS JUNE 1st?" question

Thank you, my dear Mr. Publick (Pollack? Hee!), for the best birthday present I could ask for, the VB premiere! Now , I realize it is adultswim whom are probably responsible for choosing the date, but I don't wanna give them any props, because I have issues with them...
I have "This Is The Day" on my ipod..I had to dig out my "Soul Mining" album to prove to my kids I didn't start liking that song because of a goddamned m&m's commercial.

I know I am late to the game but this is one of the few shows that I am really excited about. You guys do GREAT work. Very smart show. I would argue it is as smart as the Simpsons. But this is Debatable.

Good luck!

If anyone finds it on youtube please let me know? I am so sad that I missed it, and I had a terrible April Fools day! I would have loved to have VB to cheer me up!

Jackson, let's get married. Thanks.

Col. Gentleman's Memoirs

I can't stop cracking up at the shot of the Action Man and Kano. Maybe it's because I keep hearing Action Man rip one, but it's probably because I'm anticipating hearing excerpts from Col. Gentleman's memoirs. Awesome.

Ever consider using some "ideas" from the re-vamped series of Johnny Quest made in the 90's? Cause that version was a bit darker than the originals, but that might be out of style for u guys @astrobase, it was very 90's. That and the arch in that ver. was unable to use his body at all.

Contacting Jackson Public !

Hi I'm From the Western Australian Animation Association, WANIMATE, and I'm looking to get to talk to you regarding doing an appearance or a panel talk in AUSTRALIA - if you are intrigued as to this offer - give me a post at spottyjunglecat [at] gmail.com

This is the best birthday present ever!!!
A premier on my 19th birthday?!
God damn June is going to Rock!

I guess I'm late to everything, but I just wanted to say I bought seasons 1 and 2 on a whim and you guys are so ridiculously clever, it's refreshing. I kind of binged and watched both seasons within the span of about a week, so I'm excited to hear you guys are coming out with new episodes this summer.

I'm not really sure if there's any place to buy some merchandise, but I wouldn't mind sporting a Venture globe sticker on my '98 Buick Century. Maybe it's presence will make it less of a car for old people and more "cool"?

Hey, so the only reason I have decided to drop all college related importances was because your going to be at comicon. So how do we see you? are you having a booth? or do we have to buy tickets or something to get autographs and stuff?



Looking forward to season three

Nice work. I like the show a hell of a lot, and I'm looking forward to season three.

Have you seen this guy's Venture Bros. action figures?


I'd like to hear your opinion of them.

The show is funny. I don't normally buy episodes of TV shows on DVD, but broke my own 'rule' for the Venture Bros. Can't say enough good stuff about it.

Why no venture products in Australia? Where the bloody hell are ya!!!!(just kidding we hate that line more than americans) C'mon man you could at least make a freakin t-shirt available in Australia let alone a dvd or something.
I hereby vow to illegaly download every piece of venture brothers material i can find until someone releases a freakin dvd down here. it's not hard with modern tech like dvd burners . stick a disc in your drive, burn it, send it to me, or send it in binary via morse code. christ even a betamax would do.

Re: Australians pissed

JB Hifi sells the venture bros dvd's. 25 dollars, stop being a convict.

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