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What Goes Down, Must Come Up...
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Man oh man we are busy...

I really haven't posted anything in quite a while, have I?

This is because we are desperately racing the clock to edit each new episode in time for broadcast, and...

THE VENTURE BROS. SEASON 4 HAS BEGUN PRODUCTION!!!

Yup, the character/prop/background design teams and production team started work at World Leaders several weeks ago...and we didn't even have a script for them. I turned in my first script (Ep. 40, "Handsome Ransom," if you're keeping track) a little over a week late, keeping the artists busy in the interim with judiciously doled out spoonfuls of design assignments for characters and locations I was pretty sure would make it into the final draft. And Doc is just now turning in the second episode of the season...which we're supposed to finish designing in like three days. Neither of these scripts, by the way, are for next season's premiere episode. As usual, we probably won't get to that one for a little while...

We have never tried this business of overlapping seasons before, and I must say it is hell on all of us. Nevertheless, I'm quite pleased with what we've all turned out so far on both the art and writing fronts. Episode 40 is already being storyboarded and we're set to record the voice tracks next week, keeping our fingers crossed in hopes of getting a special guest voice to play a major role, which I will not spoil.

Now I have less than a week to get the next script in. Guess who will be late again?



If I hadn't been so busy, I'd probably have written a bunch of stuff about all the episodes we've shown so far. Like about the various songs we tried unsuccessfully to license for the last montage scene of "The Invisible Hand of Fate..."

...Or how all the photos at the beginning of "The Buddy System" are of Doc, me or my brother circa 1977. Because you can't put pictures of other people who were children in 1977 on TV unless you can track them down and get them to sign a release form, no matter how public a place your dad snapped the photos in. So take that, "Josh," you could have been on TV, but Noooooooo...

...Or about all the real and fictitious celebrities hanging out at Jonas Venture's house in the key party scene of "Dr. Quymn, Medicine Woman..."

...or how Dr. Entmann in this week's episode was recorded three different times by two different actors, after we were turned down by a third semi-celebrity (who shall remain nameless because he apologized profusely)...

...but I guess I'll save that stuff for the DVD commentaries, which someone is bound to make us start recording soon, because we don't have enough to do. Then they'll bleep it all out for legal reasons.

In other news, Ep. 33: "What Goes Down, Must Come Up," is now available online at adultswim.com for your viewing pleasure, and will of course be broadcast in its full glory this Sunday night at 11:30pm EST. It's another solo effort by yours truly (and a weird, dark one at that) and features the voice of our beloved "Art Director" (I prefer "Storyboard/Design Guru," but apparently that doesn't fly on Linkedin) Stephen DeStefano, whose lovely blog can be found by clicking here, and who probably speaks in that accent at the office roughly 38% of the time.

Next week's episode will be Doc Hammer's "Tears of a Sea Cow," the working title of which was "Murder O'Clock" just because.

The network tells me our ratings are excellent this season, with each episode scoring higher than the highest-rated episode of any previous season. The Family Guy continues to kick our ass, of course, because it would seem many many many more people would prefer to watch a Family Guy rerun for the tenth time than a brand new episode of our show. That, or a lot of people go to bed at 11:29 (EST) on Sunday nights.

And Shirt Club continues to rock the worlds of our overworked interns, and the bodies of fandom...



We Love You,

JP

P.S.
Oh, and Happy Belated 4th of July, everyone...



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I'm curious... was there a lot more to this week's episode? I am aware that you probably cut a lot out of each individual script, but What Goes Down seems like the script was three or four times as long.

Also, what were the Wee-Wee Rollers from The Buddy System? Unexplained logo!

I'm sure there must have been about ten more pages of that script when I started (as usual) but the only major thing I remember cutting was a scene in which Orpheus actually visited his Master, who indirectly (as usual) advised him to seek out White's help.

And I have no idea what a Wee-Wee Roller is. You'll have to ask Doc that one. I imagine it's some sort of boys' tumbling or Big Wheel team or something.

I'll watch you over a Family Guy episode any day of the week. Best of luck with the overlapping production work as well as everything else you're doing.

Jackson, I just have to say, kudos on the Watership Down reference in "Dr. Quymn, Medicine Woman." Just when I think The Venture Brothers couldn't get any cooler... I had to rewind it once just to make sure Hank said what I thought he said.

Keep making 'em and we'll keep supporting you!

Excitement. I'm very happy with everything going on right now. In fact, I even made a really half assed fan website. (I'd rather not display it to everyone here, it's not that spectacular and some jerk took the domain name I was planning to use.)

Oh, and is that Bud Manstrong's mom in that picture with Jonas Jr.? I hope to see her again, she's a riot.

Awesome sauce! Glad to hear the new season's coming along...

And, it's not that I want to go to bed early, but I have work in the morning. However, each eppie is religious DVR'd and watched Monday night after work!

*high fives*

hey,
dunno if you remember this,
i got to meet you and doc at the comic con like last year or the year before and invited you guys to the zombie lounge, forgot to mention that you missed out on a decked out disney suit and the phenomenauts and this craziness;




and yes, that guy in the front left is one of the guys from gwar.

god I love this show much more than anyone ever should


awesome, awesome, awesome stuff

"Sea cow, fat ass. Tub of shit."

makeitepic

2008-07-12 03:24 am (UTC)

just got my Killinger shirt last week, and i love it. if i could wear it every day, i would. the shirt of the week club is awesome.

Season 4 of VB? I CAME \m/

Re: "Sea cow, fat ass. Tub of shit."

maskedmackerel

2008-07-15 01:30 pm (UTC)

If you could?! There ain't nothing in the world stoppin' ya!

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Um...sort of? Some of it? We're going for a little more of a concept thing this time around, but we are using Bill Sienkiewicz again for part of it.

Can't wait to see the new episode ... we love you, too, sir. :D And thank you for taking time out from the crazy overlapping of seasons to give us a shout-out. I know you don't have to ... and the fact that you do when you're this busy makes it even more special.

Best of luck!

I watched "What Goes Up, Must Come Down" earlier this afternoon and plan to watch again this coming Sunday. Because I love you guys. A lot. Though not in an obsessive, CSI way.

It was a dark episode, but I kind of like it when Venture Brothers is like that. I love the character development that happens in between the humor. Anyway, the Triad was in top form, especially Jefferson. They're so fun to watch.

I'm sure Season 4 will be great. Good luck with the writing.

Keeps getting better and better!

frankybonz

2008-07-12 03:33 am (UTC)

I just watched the latest episode online. Awesome! The past 3 have left me feeling like they're too short, as though it doesn't feel like 30 minutes has passed. They've been great! When the Firestarter first showed up, I was on the floor laughing my ass off.

The quality of everything (story, art, animation) has noticeably improved over Season 2.

I'm psyched to hear that Season 4 is in production already. You guys are psychotic! Keep it up!

just saw the new epi. best one ever this season! loving it!

They should design a new villain based on you, you look a little intimidating I must say :P

I am loathe to even watch the end credits of the family guy. stupid tivo.

doc mentioned you'll be at sdcc but he won't. I haven't seen you without him since... 2005?

Art of Noise AND Prodigy?

I can't take much more of this!

I'm a Firestarter! Ha!!!

Absolutely loved "What Goes Down, Must Come Up"! Hurray for a 4th season, just can't get enough.

And I love how this season Jonas Sr.'s true nature is coming out more and more in the flashbacks. Can see why Rusty has so many hang-ups now.

I seem to remember an interview where Jackson mentioned that Jonas' father was an adventurer, too. Am I remembering that right?

If so, then maybe the adventurer life was also forced on Jonas like it was forced on Rusty.

you and doc doing the P-bombers sign

kornleaf

2008-07-12 03:48 am (UTC)


I absolutely LOVE the Dean shirt and can't wait to get it! I will wear it ALWAYS AND FOREVER...well, uh...I mean, the only time it won't be on me is when it's in the washing machine/dryer...then it will be back on me again right away! lol ;)

Love season 3, so very very happy season 4 has started, and of course, love and appreciate you and Doc and all the hard work you're putting into this totally awesome show for us fans. You guys are awesome!

~Much love, Crittle~

At least you're going to wash it! haha

Please continue to rock me indefinitely. You guys are getting me through each week.

Hey, did you guys recently start using 3-D programs to help with the animation (akin to Futurama)? Because the X1(s) taking off looked smooth as butter.

Awesome, awesome season by the way. I'm glad to hear the ratings are going up -- it's still the most underrated show on television (or, really, anywhere).

Yeah, an earlier journal entry mentioned that "Home Is Where the Hate Is" had the first computer work for the season.

I noticed the plane sequence, too. Vehicles really are the place where computer stuff is perfect.

Season 4... Squee!

I wouldn't mind seeing an OSI episode just based off of the GI Joe opening sequence parody.

I watched that with some Joe fans and they were falling off their chairs laughing so hard.
I loved it.

Hey Jackson, serious question here, does it mess up your ratings when we watch online and not on the TEEV?

Personally, the adult swim schedule doesn't synch with mine, and I can only catch eps online.

I'm watching "what goes down, must come up" for the second time today and...well...I feel kind of guilty dude...are we screwing up your ratings?

Please say it aint so.

Only if you have a ratings box would you screw up the ratings by not watching :P

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