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Back in the Saddle
First of all, thanks for all the praise and congratulations heaped upon me and Doc via this Livejournal and some of the message boards I so frantically perused in the hours after our premiere. You have warmed the cockles of our tiny, black hearts. And we are pleased you enjoyed our little telepresentation.

In lieu of any preview images this time, may I direct you to the adultswim.com clips page, wherein one can view a number of spoiler-heavy, moderately joke-killing preview clips from future episodes. No doubt Adult Swim will keep posting more clips from other future episodes in that location during the coming week(s), so I guess keep checking back there from time to time. It's probably why they do that.

And, of course, there is also Adult Swim's "Friday Night Fix", wherein one can re-watch last week's premiere episode and, in a few hours, this week's episode up to 52 1/2 hours before the rest of the country gets to see it. Bear in mind, it's not as cool as watching it on TV for a lot of reasons (jerky streaming, lower quality picture and audio, and the lack of a certain indescribable energy a "live" broadcast possesses--like hearing your favorite song on the radio as opposed to on an iPod or something). I'm still not sure how I feel about this whole showing-the-episode-before-it-airs thing, but I'm just gonna roll with it as some sort of exercise in the power of the internet and viral marketing. Or something like that.

For those of you who bought the Venture Bros. Season One DVD, there is a "lost commentary" available for download at quickstopentertainment.com. We always knew there'd only be room for about four or five episode commentaries on the set, but we recorded a few extra ones as we worked out our various sound problems and tried to tried to acclimate ourselves to the idea of talking at our computer for 22 1/2 minutes. Also to give Adult Swim a variety to choose from. If you liked the commentaries on the DVDs, this is more of the same kind of fast and loose crap. If, however, like a number of people who complained that we just "wander off topic" and "never talk about the shows," you didn't enjoy the commentaries, well...never mind. You probably won't like this one either. But seriously, how much can you talk about the production of a cartoon? There are no amusing anecdotes about "that day on the set," and any time you want to say something like "this is the part where we ripped off ________," they just bleep it out for legal reasons anyway. Incidentally, quickstopentertainment, Kevin Smith's new entertainment news site, is the new home of Honorary Astrobase Cadet Ken Plume, who you may remember often cajoled us into giving him some extras and stuff for ignfilmforce in the past. Keep an eye out in this week's episode, "Hate Floats," for Ken's bedroom, which makes an appearance in the pre-credits sequence (some of the crap Ken's owned and/or sent us for free over the last year also appears, later in the episode). And then marvel at the sheer coincidence, the perfect symmetry of life, wherein we loosely base certain traits of a certain character of ours on our good friend, make that character dress like Kevin Smith used to, and then that self-same friend goes to work for Kevin Smith. Truth is stranger than fiction, and twice as beautiful. Even when it's not pretty.

Just for giggles, below are the titles of all of this season's upcoming episodes, in roughly the order they're to air. Figured I'd beat adultswim.com to the punch for once (titles and running order subject to last minute change, as is our habit):

"Powerless in the Face of Death"

"Hate Floats"

"Assassinanny 911"

"Escape to the House of Mummies"

"20 Years to Midnight"

"Victor. Echo. November."


"Fallen Arches"

"Guess Who’s Coming to State Dinner?"

"I Know Why the Caged Bird Kills"

"¡Viva los Muertos!"

"Showdown at Cremation Creek"


We Love You.   <i>JP.</i> We Love You. JP.

P.S. How cool is it that Adult Swim is going to start showing Pee Wee's Playhouse?!?

Any word on VB action figures?

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I'm stunned if this actually ends up being the first comment.

Season 2 looks killer, guys. Thanks for it and for the incredible extra features on the DVD. I'm watching all of it over and over again and it's still funny as hell.

Thanks a million.

You nearly ruined my telly. I heard the word Toe-headed a spat coffee far enough to grace the channel changing buttons.

ps, Cheers, that was the best tv in aaages.

That's towheaded, not "toe" headed.


Definitions of towhead on the Web:

a person with light blond hair


Definitions of towheaded on the Web:

ash-blonde: of hair color; whitish

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it is EXTREMELY cool that adult swim is going to start showing pee wee's play house. hopefully they won't STOP showing in like, a month. i'd hate to have to drop the money on the DVDs. that green stuff is really hard to get j 3j

Awesome. I have probably watched the premiere 10 times already, if not more. Thank you!

Also, Pee Wee's Playhouse? Too damn cool.

Yaaay! The Twiki reference nearly made me fall off the couch. Obviously you guys have been BIDDY BIDDY busy watching all the same shows that I have ;)

Yep, that was awesome.

And sad that most of the people watching probably are too young to get it. ;.;

Great show, guys!

I firmly blame you for having "everybodys free" stuck in my head all week.

Thanks again for an awesome episode.

That was a great song. I want it on my mp3 players so I can listen to it while I'm PUMPING IRON AND BEING HOT.

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I was awaiting the arrival of Season Two, and I was not let down! I offically have to make plans around VB on Sundays so I can get my fix!

Season Two is looking to be MOST FANTASTIC!

I used to get up and watch Playhouse and X-Men every Saturday morning and haven't seen it since then. I'm looking forward to seeing how it holds up.

thanks Jackson for such an enjoyable show. (I did enjoy you're wondering commentaries, and can't wait to hear the missing one(s).

I made a VB picture dedicated to you, Doc-Hammer and James Ubaniak.
My humble lil picture devoted to such a wonderful show-

Also i like the streaming idea.. i get to watch the show more that way. ^^

And yay for Pee-Wee. ^^;


Pee-Wee's playhouse? Badass!

I am really pumped about this second season, and love it so far. It's amazing that you guys created a cartoon that starts off as offbeat, perverse comedy, and turns into a show where you explore and develop characters to the point where we really give a shit about them. Bravo.

Can't wait to see where it goes.

P.S. How cool is it that Adult Swim is going to start showing Pee Wee's Playhouse?!?

uber cool indeed!!!

Looks great so far. Any comment on the change in voices for Jonas, Jr. and Triana O?

Looking forward to the Molotov episode coming up.

Both Jonas Jr. and Triana are played by the same actors who played them in season one. Just as their characters grow and develop, so do their voices.

Commentary Commenting Comments

...everyone has their own opinions on Commentary tracks, but I just listened to the one on Return to Spiderskull Island and you know, I'd rather listen to two guys talking about whatever topic comes up than the same production junk a lot of DVDs are packed with.

It opens you up more, removes that veil, letting fans know you are a real human being even when some would bestow Godhood upon you. Personally I enjoyed learning of Astrobase Go!s history and Ben's role as Matchmaker. Classic.

Great work, now the wait begins for all the cool features of Season 2 on DVD. Anatomy of a Soulbot perhaps?

Today's Secret Word is... churro, shhh

Re: Commentary Commenting Comments

I agree completely.

Besides, I always desperately wanted to know which male character Doc would want to sleep with.


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