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Sucker Punch!

For those who don't know, adultswim has made an annual tradition of screwing around with their programming for April Fools' Day, and this year they chose to broadcast "rough cuts" of some of their shows--including The Venture Bros. So if you were lucky/cursed enough to be watching adultswim this past Sunday night (I was neither), you would have been witness to the first 11 minutes of episode #28 ("The Doctor Is Sin") in its rawest form: a low resolution, straight-from-Korea "first take" with no sound effects, no music, and a ton of mistakes. Notorious perfectionist control freaks that we are, Doc and I were...somewhat less-than-thrilled when we heard the news (and even less than less-than-thrilled to have learned it from the viewers, not the network, and only after the fact). To us it was the psychological equivalent of having naked pictures of ourselves circulated on the internet. At first anyway. I've since warmed to the idea--because it reminds me that Adult Swim is a silly network that takes chances and has fun with itself, when I could have been working for some average, boring, anal network. Plus, if the message boards are to be trusted, you all seem to think we look nice naked...

Ironically, we turned the fully finished version of that self-same episode in the very next day. There are horror stories to tell about the production mishaps that plagued it from script to final cut (and all points in between), but those can wait to be bitched about until it airs for real...

Anyway, the aforementioned production problems and a couple of untimely flus have put us slightly behind in post-production. We've fully completed three episodes to date, we're currently editing picture on the fourth (its next stop is the sound engineer), and we'll be starting the fifth this weekend. To give you an idea of how screwy the production order is this season, the first episode we turned in (#27) is going to air third or fourth, depending on how quickly we can rush #37--written eleventh and produced tenth, which we hope to air third but will probably air fourth--through post-production. The second episode we turned in (#29) was written third and produced second, but is going to air eleventh. The third (#28) was written second, produced third, and will air second. And #32, which was written and produced sixth--but will be edited fifth--is actually the premier episode of the season. I dare you to try to keep that kind of continuity conundrum straight in your head...

Somehow, in the midst of all of this, Doc and I are also expected to begin writing season 4 and producing the DVD set for the not-even-finished-yet season 3. And we've both been doing a little moonlighting--Doc's been making music and I'm doing some voices and a little writing for adultswim's forthcoming SuperJail series. It's been a busy month, yes...

And now, the News in brief...

ITEM: The Venture Bros. will premier on June 1st.

ITEM: Doc and I were interviewed in the sophomore issue of Comic Foundry magazine, which is now on the stands. Aside from a preoccupation with the recent "Stephen Colbert Incident" (and the fact that they refer to me as "Pollack" no less than three times), the 2 page spread provides a nice little preview of the upcoming season with only mild spoilers.

ITEM: Kid Robot has made some miniature Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend figurines, which will be available in mystery packaging along with like 16 other adultswim figurines. So good luck if you decide to buy one. Or two.

ITEM: Doc and I will be attending the Venture Bros. panel at the New York Comicon on Saturday, April 19th at 4:00pm. Urbaniak and Sinterniklaas will be joining us, and we're hoping to cajole a couple of other people into dancing into the fire with us. Honorary AstroBase Cadet Ken Plume will be moderating the festivities.

ITEM: Word has it we'll be attending the San Diego Comicon in July this year as well, adultswim having retracted their unofficial boycott. But it's too soon to know what we'll be doing there other than sweating and trying to find affordable Robert McGinnises.

We Love You,

P.S. The usual insincere-sounding apologies for the long delay between posts. When you finally find yourself to getting a little rest and free time after killing yourself to make a show for ten months straight, the last thing you want to do is think about that show--which can sometimes include posting about that show on your LiveJournal. Actually, the last thing you want to do is anything that doesn't involve lying on the couch all day watching every episode of Deadwood. Or maybe Munich for like the tenth time.

Aaaand, the last thing you want to hear is more requests but...

Have you guys been invited to attend Dragon*Con in August? It would be superfabulous to have a whole crew there.

Thirding! Pleeeeease? I am batting my eyelashes winningly at my monitor.

AND I'm loving these pictures. I laughed out loud at Sally nude. Lordy.

oh motherfuck yes!!!!


Well, I hope you do get some time off.

And I will be at New York Comic-con, hopefully with a Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend to be signed.

Even though it was a super rough cut, it was a heck of a thing to see. Work in progress... uh.. works are always great to see, because it always makes me appreciate the hard work that is put into something.

Your show is easily my favorite on the Adult Swim line up. The cockeyed juxtapositioning of love of jet age fiction along side the snarky contemporary irony really rings a little bell in me. The work you guys have done with the characters is fantastic too. Rusty and Co. aren't just silly people to laugh at, but people we can empathize with because of our own occasional massive screw-ups. I can't wait until June 1st.

Thanks again for the fantastic show.

Yes, I was heartbroken to know this morning that I missed the preview. It's been a long drought for us VB fans.

However, I'm sure they'll be much better enjoyed in their fully finalized form.

I'm glad to hear that you guys might make it back to San Diego this summer, the stack of reasons for going seem to be piling up. Hopefully this time they'll be able to gauge the demand for signings and manage the lines better when it comes to the adult swim booth. I've been lucky enough to wrangle sketches from you the last two times you've done signings. The second I never properly thanked you for because of the deluge of people behind me and the fact that I asked for Dr. Orpheus. So, really Thank You.

Do you think any Deadwood-isms might slip their way into any of Season 4 then? A "Hooplehead" here, or a random cameo by Al Swearengen?

Deadwood-isms will certainly be a lot trickier to work in than all those The Wire-isms that I absorbed during my last spell of free time. But crap...how badass would it be to get Ian McShane to do a voice? How amazing is he on that show?!

I completely understand not wanting to post about crap you've been soaking in. I really do appreciate the updates as I am sure the entire fan base does.

It is hard to wait so long for one of the best shows on TV, so the updates help.

Man, I just watched Munich again last weekend. So awesome. And it's like everybody just forgot about it, or something.

I know what you mean. I can't stop watching that damn thing every time it's on HBO (I even just finished the book it's based on). I don't know why it was the Most Forgotten-About movie of 2006, but Zodiac just inherited its crown for 2007.

Even when the end product is sheer pleasure and pride...work is still work. And not working is definitely bliss.

Thanks for the update! Looking forward to seeing your ten-month baby and what new trials and tribulations await the crew.


Just for the record...

They actually aired it on Monday night at 12:15 (so it would fall on April 1). I watched my tape of that block earlier tonight and, while I recognize it was missing a lot of elements, it reminded me how excited I am to be so close to the premiere of season three.

And I love that Dr. Killinger is back and that got to see his Magic Murder Bag in action.

It's funny, I figured that airing wasn't your decision - or you would have given us a heads-up. My condolances .... I certainly know how I feel when people look through my sketchbook at the unfinished bits without my say-so .... and this has got to be a lot worse.

Thanks for keeping us posted, even though you're looking busy as all the levels of hell. We love you, too.

That was actually (adultswim head) Mike Lazzo's excuse when I called him on Monday: "We didn't tell you about it because you would have posted it in your little blog!" That and because "you would have told us not to do it!"

My only question is... what sorts of music does JJ listen to on his iPod? I assume that Apple was kind enough to let him keep the one from the ad.

Also, tell me that was indeed an Annie joke, Brock as Punjab, and that I wasn't just imagining it.

It would be awesome if you guys could make it to WizardWorld in June.

I can't wait to get my hands on a Monarch and a Dr. Girlfriend!


Any idea when/where they're out? I have friends that work at AS, but I hate asking them about shows they're not involved with.

PS - Come to Dragon*Con this year! The AS panel line last year was so freaking sick I skipped going because I was in Atlanta in September in PVC!

It always makes me so happy when you post!

Thank you for being awesome.