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Publick Nuisance

The secret files of the Ventureverse


Oh, I want toys! I just started a new job, and I have a cubicle, and cubicles demand toys... I would kill for a Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend. Pls make it so, tyvm... :)

I'm very excited about season two! Keep up the awesome work.

It's nice to hear more about all the hard work that actually goes into the making of The Venture Bros, and how most everyone takes on multiple roles. It shows how dedicated you guys really are to making a great show.

Hey! I'm a greasy-haired, wall-eyed, sweating-through-my-too-tight-windbreaker mouth-breather! And I love the show, but I have a list of 257 major and minor things I'd like to discuss changing about it. Nothing too extreme, but you know, anything to help make VB better!

So maybe it's just as well I wasn't able to show up at Comicon. Oh well! Always next year! Cheers!

Cool! I just love hearing about all this kind of production stuff. I just eat it up. Thanks!

Thanks for giving us some insight on what goes on behind the scenes. Keep up the great work!

I like the Production Journal Updates. Keep em comin.

Will there be any fanous guest stars this season? From notable VA's to even some other celebrities?

Corrado

Thanks for the reminder that this stuff isn't quite as easy as yall make it look.

Fascinating. I can't think of any creator who lets his or her fans in on the production process like you do. Will you still do this when VB becomes a huge corporate money-maker and you're living in Beverly Hills, plotting your scripts at poolside while eating cheese off your third trophy-wife's chest?

Thanks for the inside look at the show.

Crap. That wasn't supposed to be anonymous... I thought I was logged in.

yay! more venture bros.!!!

love the production journals. it really gives an insight to how things are done.

Venture bros figures with a lot of articulation would be nice. Having the Monarch and Dr. Orpheus striking various dramatic poses would be fantastic.

The line for the [adult swim] panel was entirely too long, so I missed it. Though if I'd known you were going to be sneaking in at the back, I might have done the same!

I'm very excited about the possibilities of toys! I need a Dr. Girlfriend action figure with several changes of clothes!

And, the production information was facinating. I don't think I could do your job, even if I had any talent! Keep up the good work!

Ok, I didn't mean to be anonymous... I hate posting from work!

I have it on very good authority that the most famous masked female wrestler in Pawtucket, RI worships the ground the Venture Brothers walk on. The news of a Season One DVD nearly made me poop with unrestrained joy. Oh, your salty delicious goodness. OH!

As somebody trying desperately to start up an independent cartoon series, this journal is totally priceless as a well of information for how stuff goes down. I'd love to ask other questions about how some of the earlier things happened, but I know you're currently busy as all get out.

Keep up the good work, regardless! Am a hardcore fan.

Merchandising !

(Anonymous)
I want a Dr. Orpheus talking alarm clock. It should yell things like:
"Arise! Arise!"
"Tarry not in the world of slumber for you have an 8:00 AM meeting!"
"Loose your hold on this one, Hypnos! I, Dr Orpheus, command it! "
"Pumpkin...your breakfast is waiting."

Oh yeah...and a Triana Orpheus doll. Not a little 12" barbie knockoff though. They should be big, like umm, 5'5".

Those are awesome lines. I would totally buy it if they made it.

Wow! That's waaaaay different than how we do Kids Next Door!! (kidsnextblog). I mean, our voice actors are looking at the storyboard... (But didn't you once work here? You'd know this already...)

You just blew my mind!

Hey, different strokes for different folks...what works for one show doesn't for another. To us, everything follows the writing, and since a joke is all in how you tell it, it's important for us to get the voices right and try to make the board artists follow the actors' voices. I think it helps a lot with the poses the characters strike, and the pacing helps people figure out how to board more economically. It would probably help us for action scenes and stuff if the actors were looking at boards--then they'd know what kind of grunts and groans and exertion sounds to make--but we can always dub those in later and we usually know how the action's going to go down when we write the scripts anyway, so we can guide the actors by telling them things like "yell like you're picking up the heaviest thing ever and you're really pissed!"

I love the internet! You're one of the creators of my favorite cartoon of all time, yet here you are writing a journal that I can read. How nifty! I feel all close to you. *snuggles up to your knees*
I had a question for you and now I've forgotten it. Damn. I might be getting back to you if I remember it.
You know, our last name starts with an L. Let's say, for the sake of what I'm about to tell you, that it's Lipton (It's not). My husband, daughter and I make an "L" shape with our fingers, press them together and say, "Go team Lipton!" Then we cackle.
I thought you should know.
By the way, just to keep me excited and squee-ish, maybe you could let me know if you plan to do anymore episodes based around Dr. Orpheus. I adore him. :)

I wanted to step up to the adult swim booth but the line was really long when I walked by, and I was completely intimidated by these girls. That guy in the center was kinda creeping me out too.

Are those blondes supposed to be (White) Debbie from Sealab? 'Cause those jumpsuits seem wrong. (Though in a good way.)

To our official, honorary Riddler

(OMG, making cartoons sounds wicked hard)

Eep! You referred to us! Fondly!

Hey, this is Tara (Harley Quinn), and in case you couldn't tell it was a total thrill for us to get to hang out with you them booze-filled summer nights. Still twitchy with joy. And hope I wasn't too much of a chatterbox; later I really wished I'd shut up and asked more stuff about you, but hopefully another time...

BTW, we tried to make it to your signing but missed you by 10 minutes! So sad! I blame Batman.
Oh! And in my effort to not be too obnoxious I forgot to give you our card, but our web addy is www.gothampublicworks.com (Even got pics of our old Riddler if you're curious ^_~)

Other than that if you're ever back in SoCal get in touch and we'll ply you with hugs and liquor, and if Donny and I decide to do a Con day as VB characters (we *had* considered it before) don't be surprised. Late!

Re: To our official, honorary Riddler

It was my pleasure to hang out with you guys, too. And no, you weren't too much of a chatterbox! And actually, you did give me a business card. Or maybe it was the Joker.

Excellent choice in music (the 'Lab). One of my all time favorite albums!

I wish I could say I'm looking forward to the 2nd season... I would be if I still had cable! :( I think Venture Bros. will be one of the things I miss the most about not having cable.

wow...that sounds like a hell of a process, but i could only imagine the satisfaction you get after putting in all that time and effort to see things like a large audience cheering the loudest for YOUR show...anyway, congratulations on teh show doing so well and good luck with the rest of season 2 production. i can't wait!
also, are you going to be at the wizard con in boston at the end of september?

Not likely, the Boston thing. The end of September will be fiercely busy for us, as production will be in full swing, our DVD project is due, and Doc's solo painting show hangs right around then. Sorry...

That's eerily similar to how we're making this "Edutainment" game at work. Of course, unlike the game, people actually watch your show. And we have no idea what we're doing so we're much slower.

Yes, we're making a video game for a company where the average age is 60. I'd complain that it's a waste of time but hey, money.

Awesome news about the DVDs. I'll definately pick one of those up with my ill-gotten gains. And maybe a Brock toy too. Assuming it doesn't vibrate.

This was actually very educational, and might have cured a few of us of wanting your job (but not all of us).
And hey, we're cool over here on the other coast, too. Come visit us!

i was thinking the other day, have you ever seen the movie "Cube"? its from the mid 90's and its really weird and i was thinking you seem like you could have a lot of fun using it as an idea/reference for a show.

anyways, cant wait for season 2. youre why i watch tv on sunday night.

Brock would bust the Cube in two seconds!

I remember wanting to be a cartoonist when I was younger. I always thought it would be a 1-3 person production. Oh, how naive I was.

aww cumquats! i never did get to meet you while i was there. shoot.

Legal stuff

(Anonymous)
What are some of the things your lawyers wouldn't let you do? I've heard that sometimes you can't mention products on the air, but I've never heard of an actual lawsuit resulting from something like that.

It's all about context and usage. Sometimes we can mention a product or show a product but not mention AND show a product. Other times we can't do either. Depends on the company whose product we're using, I guess, and whether or not it's a flattering or appropriate portrayal. Also depends upon the eagle eyes and ears of the legal department at Cartoon Network. We were once forbidden from depicting a package of cigarettes, which we never named the brand of in the dialogue and which had no text or logo on it but too closely resembled the primary colors of a specific brand. In some cases, you can call the company and get the reference "cleared," meaning they tell you it's okay to use it or they don't see it as anything they'd need to take legal action over. In the case of the cigarettes, which I must again point out had no discernable logos or text on them, everyone was super-touchy because cigarette companies targeting young people, which is Adult Swim's demographic. When it comes to parody stuff, we're learning that if we were MORE of a parody show, we'd actually be able to get away with more. It would be easier for us to have a big green guy walk into the middle of an episode, shout "I'm the Incredible Hulk!" and fart than it would be to have Brock dress up as the Incredible Hulk for Halloween and say "I'm dressed as the Incredible Hulk." The logic being that one is parody because you're commenting on the character and the other is not because you're just using the character's likeness. Even though I personally see having our characters dress up as other characters as a form of parody, the law doesn't necessarily agree. It's weird, I know. I'm still trying to figure out how South Park gets away with everything it gets away with. Maybe I should call their lawyers...

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