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What Did The Protagonist Miss?
After a long absence, Hollywood screenwriter and Friend of Venture Todd Alcott is back at his old game of analyzing episodes of The Venture Bros., and, completist that he is, he's hell-bent on catching up with everything he missed. Starting with, weirdly enough, 2003's pilot episode, "The Terrible Secret of Turtle Bay." Check out his website HERE.

We Love You,

P.S. Shirt Club. Soon...

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We love you back!

Except the part where you aren't doing any new season preview events in Atlanta, which, you know, I thought might be a thing with Adult Swim here and all. But I'll blame them for that instead of you. ;) Caaaan't waaaait.

*crossing fingers for Hank and Impossible Industries themed shirts, among others*

I second this a thousand times. I want The Monarch on my chest!!!


for shirt club please use James Perse shirts not the AA ones

Hi Mr. Public,

Can't wait for season 5!!! Please, for the love of some great shirts, can you switch them from the american apparel (sleeves are too narrow, and the cotton is scratchy) to the James Perse tees (made in america, non-scratchy cotton) etc???


I missed the first incarnation of shirt club. SO THERE NEXT TIME!

Why not choose a reasonably obscure Fan page called The Venture Home News when breaking the news about Shirt Club? Couldn't hurt!

Why doesn't the reasonably obscure fan page just keep an eye on this here LiveJournal and my Tumblr and the astrobasego.com site?

I always do keep an eye on the first two, but I wasn't aware the astrobasego.com site was being kept current. It's still got the Ray Gun on it! But I will add it to my daily rounds. Thanks for the heads up. Also I think we should do a two man Broadway production of STNG Darmok. You will play Picard, and I'll play Dathon. The twist is it's a Musical! Let me know your thoughts.

My thoughts: flattering, but wow no.

Astrobase Go site hasn't been updated in a long time (other than for new Weep releases) but, as with the previous Shirt Club, that will be the home of the new Shirt Club.

Oh, Okay I'll pass that on to the VHN readers. Let me know if you change your mind about the Broadway Dealy. I'll keep my eyes open for a project we can collaborate on.
Patiently counting down the hours to the Season V. Premiere.

Full disclosure: I am in no way a Trekkie. But I hear Picard lives in my neighborhood.

Awesome! You know he does V/O work. Just sayin'

Oh, Huge thanks for helping me get the scoop on these issues. You always cut right to the nub of the gist! The Venture Home News readers know that when I begin a Post with Jackson Publick comments on; They're about to get,(as My Old Man used to say), The Word with the Bark On It. Which gives me street cred with the Indie Crowd! Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions.

Also just wanted to say that with your vocal range I believe you to be the Paul Frees of this generation!

Question: How many voices have you done for the show, (including background voices),approximately?

Stalk much? lol

No. TROLL much?

my lady buttons=YEAY.
Now you quit writing here and twitter and finish whatever it is that may push the show to August and make us all super sad. :*

One of the most beautiful phrases in fandom: "Shirt club."

I missed out on the last one, I AM SO IN THIS TIME!!!

This is AWESOME news! Alcott's episode breakdowns are the best, bar none. Can't wait for the new season (and Alcott's subsequent analysis). And SHIRT CLUB.

Usually, when I miss a deadline I keep my head in the sand (and I don't have millions of fans who have been waiting the usual 2 years). I don't go posting about the great work someone else did about my work.

Look Chris, I love your work and you don't know me, but that isn't enough to stop me from shaking my fist angrily. I even created a live journal account to do it.

First, in 10 years, you've managed to make just over 21 hours of finished product-- about 10 minutes a month for the last decade. THAT I can deal with. I have a life and no sense of time. When your show does come around, it's awesome. I like going back and watching it all over again getting hyped up for the new stuff.

What I'm REALLY mad about is this delay. Who effed up and caused the 2 week delay and waited until the last second to tell us? No really-- I wanna take a road trip to write 'you suck' with my feces on their front door.

I know you may not be allowed to disclose the reasons for the delay. I don't want you to come down from olympus and apologize. But, if you could just as one of the regular folk agree that this delay is frustrating and hurts the trust of an already neglected fan base, that'd be nice.

The way you guys are never there, it's almost like you're cheating on us. Are you making anime or something?! Is that a storyboard in your pocket?!

Okay, badpeteno, I'll take the bait...

1. We haven't missed any deadlines. We don't HAVE any deadlines! HA!
2. The name is Jackson.
3. Actually, we've made over 25 hours of finished product in 10 years.
4. The most recent 2 week "delay" had nothing to do with us. The show was long finished by the time the network--for reasons of their own--decided to move the premiere from May 19th to June 2nd.
5. While we understand and sympathize--even empathize--with fan frustrations, no one complains when it takes a studio 2 years to make a sequel to a hit movie. Do you count their 90-120 minutes and do your weird math to come up with a monthly quota for them? No! And those guys have only one script to write, hundreds more crew members, hundreds of millions of dollars to work with, and they get to point a camera at stuff and just... film it.

Likewise, though you were no doubt raised on a steady diet of regularly scheduled, annually punctual television series, I will bet you dollars to cream-filled donuts that 99.9% of them were not written by only two guys. Nor were either of those guys the sole director, executive producer, art director, editor, graphic designer, motion graphics designer, or half of the cast. The guy writing "FADE IN:" on day one was probably NOT the same guy sitting at the final sound mix on day 370 as the credits rolled, after working 12-16 hours a day, 7 days a week, for months on end with no break.

Why'd we take so long between seasons 4 and 5? See above. See also:

1. We had to decide we wanted to make another season. So did the network.
2. Our contracts were expired. We needed new ones. And new agents. That shit takes time to sort out.
3. We were exhausted from making season 4 and needed time to recover.
4. We had to find a new production company.
5. We had to design a whole new production pipeline with this new production company.
6. We had to make a new budget and schedule, get them approved.
7. We had to find, test, and hire new artists, designers, editors, etc.
8. We made "From The Ladle To The Grave," the Shallow Gravy special.
9. We made a season 4 DVD and BluRay
10. I did some more work on SuperJail, Doc made some records.
11. We did the convention circuit.
12. I tried to quit smoking.
13. Then we started writing...and it takes several months to write enough scripts before we can safely start production.
14. We started production of season 5 in January 2012. It takes about 13-14 months to produce an entire season. In theory, we could have premiered as early as January or February, BUT...
15. We wrote the double-length premiere episode LAST. Which means the final episode HAD to be completed before we could air ANY of them.
16. Any decision to premiere the show any later than the day we delivered the premiere episode in March is on the network. They have schedules, budgets, promotional concerns, etc. to juggle, and we are not their only show.

So, in closing:

1. We're sorry.
2. Suck it up.


Re: Today of all days?

The guy is a Troll!
Why bother?

Re: Today of all days?

I'm not a troll.

Re: Today of all days?

I wrote a big long reply and deleted it. You replied to one already, and I'm very grateful and not trying to push my luck. Here's the abridged version.

Sorry for flying off the handle... there may have been whiskey involved.

I thought calling you 'Chris' was correct. My bad.

I tried to quit smoking once too. I made it an hour.

Those bastards have been sitting on it since march?! Venture bros may not be their only show, but it IS their best.

So, in closing:
1. Thanks for 'keepin it real'
2. Sorry for being a drunken troll
3. Angry fist replaced with excited fist

Re: Today of all days?

Woah,if people don't understand how Venture seasons work by now they are fools, haha. That guy surprisingly apologized which I rarely see on the internet. Anyway we all love you and I've seen enough animation documentaries to know it's an arduous process. June 2nd is going to be Aweeesssommeeee

Edited at 2013-05-23 03:18 am (UTC)

Todd abandoned LJ. I'm still bitter.

This is awesome news! My head is spinning - so many things I love are coming back from the dead! Shirt Club, Arrested Development . . . can Grandma be far behind?

Just wanted to say thank you for bringing this back. I had missed out on the first run of shirts. Luckily, I have a nice job this time around and will definitely subscribe.

As long as Venture Bros is still fun and satisfying for you to make, take all the time you need.


I only regret I didn't get more of them the first time around. Now there are two things to look forward to on Sunday nights!

'Here Come the Bombs' is a great album!

I missed some Supergrass sounds these last few years, so this solo disc was a nice surprise.

-David Mihocik

(PS: Can't wait to add to my shirt club collection!)

Edited at 2013-05-24 01:25 pm (UTC)

Shirt Club and Mego Dolls

Hey JP, Great news about shirt club, I'm looking forward to it.
My favorites that I own from Shirt Club 1.0 are the Order of the Triad and Dr. Girlfriend.
Are you guys going to offer a subscription service like you did last time to be able to prepay to get all the shirts without having to check in every week?

Also, the Bif Bang Pow Venture Bros. Mego style figures look great.
I have Dr. Orpheus (and others) and can't wait for The Alchemist and Jefferson Twilight figures to complete the Order of the Triad.

Did I mention I like the Order of the Triad?

ok gotta go, emergency, I had Taco Bell for lunch.


A delay...Venture Brothers?

Anyone who has been along for the ride long enough should know that everything is super great and normal here.

Eagerly awaiting the new season!!

Something funny going on in sa. Drafthouse has been touting 1st come 1st serve all this time for your show...but when ee call them now they say tix were all given away..we were planning to line up for this thing..disappointed.Help?

Season 5 is even better than I imagined. The animation is amazing and I can't wait for this Sunday's episode! I must say I have grown to love some of your characters(is that even legal? I hope so) I'm the happiest as can be watching this 22 minute TV show, and then I wait all week to tune in for another one, wandering aimlessly figuring out how I'll live my life for another week. Thank you for all your hard work! You never disappoint me!

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