jacksonpublick (jacksonpublick) wrote,

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Sorry for the delay in posting, but the holidays and the New York City transit strike and all really screwed things up in Ventureland and the last few weeks have been a manic dash to get things back to normal--which is to say "behind schedule." Hopefully, the wait will be worth it, as I've got lots of news and art to share...

The holidays were incredibly unproductive, as holidays should be. My body totally gave out on me and I pretty much slept for like four days. When I wasn't sleeping, I groggily wandered about my house in a daze, pointlessly trying to poke at my laptop every once in a while in an attempt to write the next script. Mostly I gave up and watched a bunch of dvds my good friend Ken Plume was kind enough to send me (a bunch of British TV documentaries--one on Live Aid, one on Band Aid, and one, oddly enough, about the Pogues' "Fairytale of New York" which gets my money for best Christmas song of the last twenty years). Ken would also like me to point out that it was the fire HE put under our asses that made Doc and I do the Monarch/henchmen Christmas song this year, just as it was the fire he put under our asses that made us do last year's song. In fact, it was his suggestion that we do a number from Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. So thanks, Ken. Happy now?

Christmas itself was fun--I got a puppy which is even now chewing my feet. Also, I'm pretty sure I accidentally whacked Dakota Fanning in the head with a Paul Smith shopping bag on 6th Avenue while hurriedly buying gifts for friends and family on Christmas Eve. Which, in many cultures, is a sign of good luck for the coming year.


Doc and I are desperately trying to write the season finale, already two weeks late, as the character/prop/bg designers desperately try to design the elements for it based on our loose notes and a handful of sketches. Such is the nature of low budget, tightly-scheduled cartoons--cramming it all in, as fast as we can, while we still have the staff to do so. The color department has just finished their work for the fifth episode of the season. The storyboard revision department has begun revising the eighth. I've just finished the directing the animatic for the seventh--our season premiere. And this week we recorded the tenth episode...

...But the biggest news is that we received the first take of the animation for the first episode from Korea today! It looks great--the overseas studio picked up right where they left off with the last few episodes of the first season and the Christmas special. The new background and character styles blend nicely and won't be the least bit jarring or incongruous to the long-time viewer. So we're on our way--if all goes according to schedule we'll be getting a show back every two weeks from here on in.

...We even got wind of our tentative premiere date today: June 11, 2006, in the coveted 11:30pm Sunday night slot. This is only terrifying because the aforementioned premiere episode, produced seventh, is scheduled to be delivered to the network a mere week before that...so good God, I hope nothing goes wrong with that one. The first season DVD, consequently, is supposed to be released some time in May. And I guess I can tell you who's doing some of the packaging art now...it's Bill Sienkiewicz. And if you're a closet geek fanboy product of the comics of the 80's and 90's like me...well, you can imagine how much that excites me.

Oh, and as has become my habit of late, here are some more sneak peeks at some of the artwork from the upcoming season. I've focussed mainly on the backgrounds, which I think have been stunning and have a certain crowd-pleasing grandeur to them, but I've been remiss in praising the work of our character/prop design department. Under Mike Foran's supervision, Chris George, Martin Wittig and Matt Jenkins have been turning out really great stuff...and here is just a taste...

And of course, a few more backgrounds:

The Venture Compound, as seen from above and very far away...

The office of Professor Impossible, 1 Impossible Plaza, New York, NY...

And the interior of a cramped and vaguely familiar bathysphere...

We Love You,

P.S. I just had to share this...it's pretty much the most beautiful, well done thing I've seen all year and there wasn't anyplace else to mention it. Takes a while to load, but nothing could be more worth the wait than Muppets - "Overtime". http://www.mostlymuppet.com/muppets-overtime/

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