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Back in the Saddle
HankCo
jacksonpublick
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."


"Love-Bheits"


"Fallen Arches"


"Guess Who’s Coming to State Dinner?"


"I Know Why the Caged Bird Kills"


"¡Viva los Muertos!"


"Showdown at Cremation Creek"



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

Lightsaber

(Anonymous)
Aw, too bad you didn't stick the lightsaber from "Tag-Sale" into 21's weapons closet. Would've been a nice "call-back." (See! I learned something from the commentaries!)

I hear they're going to be showing Venture Bros. in the UK pretty soon. I hope they get the order right and not show "Return" before "Past Tense" and "Trial" (isn't that what happened in Canada?).

I freaking loved both of the new episodes! This is turning out to be a great season. I finally got my brother to start watching it too. It took getting him to watch "Return to Spider Skull Island" and the first episode of season 2 back-to-back to do it. Now I've got him watching the DVDs.

You may like to know that there were a lot of Venture Bros. fans at Heroes Con in Charlotte last weekend, too. I heard a ton of people talking about it.

Thoughts on this year's emmy nominations? They came out today.

Now will this season of VB be eligible for next year's Emmys? And if so, how will you sort out which episodes to submit?

Curious

(Anonymous)
Big fan of VB. I was wondering, how far in advance to you have the stories planned (in your head or otherwise)? A season? more? less? Do you create as needed, or do you have Hank and Dean's retirement already figured out?

From Ign.com

(Anonymous)
'Coupled with last week's season premiere, there's little doubt that Venture has hit its prime. We're watching The Simpsons season 4, or Seinfeld season 5 here, folks. Next week, another new Venture Bros. is on the way, and if you're smart you'll be running to the TV faster than The Monarch flees mall security cops. '

Nice.

the fix

(Anonymous)
just gotta say i love the venture bros and was there ever since that first pilot!

also i gotta give my love to adult swim fix, because without it , many a people in foriegn land would not be able to see the venture bros for a long time. but i do still watch it on sunday night even after watching it on the fix.

so in short: more venture bros! more adult swim fix! more commentary, why not do adult swim fix commentary? that way we can watch the episode on sunday nights with your commentary! way before dvds!!!

I absolutely love venture bros. I was really excited with the new season and think its even funnier than the first season. Bravo :-D I can't wait for sunday night, its the best night of the week.

Maybe it's 'cause I'm from the midwest, but what's a Nauch? (Nosh?)


A snack, maybe a little meal. I never realized that I really don't hear that word here in the Midwest, what do ya know.

While on the topic of words, something occurred to me while watching "Hate Floats" again. I am loving the way the Venture clan pronounce some words a little differently. In "Hate Floats" we hear Rusty say "Curiaaasity isn't the only thing that killed the cat" with a long "A" on curiosity. In the premier we heard Jonas call a swim suit a "bi-kini" like a "bicycle"

Someone may have already covered browser issues, but my experience has been that the adultswim fix doesn't really seem to like firefox much, but IE seems to behave properly. No idea how other browsers handle it.

I usually avoid hitting the fix on Friday, but it's great for catching a missed or interrupted episode.

The episodes have been great so far, and I'll wager there's every reason to hope this trend will continue.

I thought the DVD commentaries were spiffy -- I would have suggested addingly a little more detail on some of the source material drawn upon would make some of the "internet people" happier, but some of the posts imply that the-powers-that-be might be a tad wary of that sort of thing.



I use Firefox, and the Fix has always worked perfectly for me.

I think I have a crush on your show.

Long time 'lurker', but I just wanted to say that I love the show! :D

Season 2 is looking wonderful.

Keep up the fantastic work Jackson and Doc!

Some Sheep in the Big City love...

I know you worked in the show's art department (storyboards and whatnot), so just curious as to what your thoughts were on your experiences working on the show.

Also, why the hell is it that nobody on the freakin' internet has any uploaded episodes, and CN never airs it anymore (more of a rhetorical question)? I can't seem to find any way to watch that show again, and it's sad, since it was hilarious.

Re: Some Sheep in the Big City love...

(Anonymous)
You can get it off Bittorrent, I'm in canada and I got it.

What IS your budget?

(Anonymous)
Just out of curiosity, what IS your budget? I know (since you said) it's smaller then the average Family guy episode, but what about compared to other Adult Swim episodes? Is it smaller then say Boondocks or Harvery Birdman or Aqua teen hunger force?

Thanks

Re: What IS your budget?

(Anonymous)
Also I just want to say that my favourite new voice is the store clerk from where dean gets his speed-suit. It's just so silly sounding.

Who did that voice?

Also, in hate floats, what is brock refuring to when he says "Because mine got broken"

It's also amusing that hank is buying a new football (Since his original got squashed when he go squished by the satellite)

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Canada Lacks Awesome

I love the DVDs, the commentaries are hilarious. You and Doc Hammer remind me a lot of my friend and I, but with double the awesome and more talent to boot. The new season sounds super swell, I wish I had the Cartoon Network so I could watch it. Teletoon used to play the Venture Bros. at one in the morning but they took it off kind of quickly and haven’t brought it back since. I can't even watch it on the Adult Swim fix! Outrageous? Indeed.
Well, keep up the good work. I hope this really works out for you guys.