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What Goes Down, Must Come Up...

Man oh man we are busy...

I really haven't posted anything in quite a while, have I?

This is because we are desperately racing the clock to edit each new episode in time for broadcast, and...


Yup, the character/prop/background design teams and production team started work at World Leaders several weeks ago...and we didn't even have a script for them. I turned in my first script (Ep. 40, "Handsome Ransom," if you're keeping track) a little over a week late, keeping the artists busy in the interim with judiciously doled out spoonfuls of design assignments for characters and locations I was pretty sure would make it into the final draft. And Doc is just now turning in the second episode of the season...which we're supposed to finish designing in like three days. Neither of these scripts, by the way, are for next season's premiere episode. As usual, we probably won't get to that one for a little while...

We have never tried this business of overlapping seasons before, and I must say it is hell on all of us. Nevertheless, I'm quite pleased with what we've all turned out so far on both the art and writing fronts. Episode 40 is already being storyboarded and we're set to record the voice tracks next week, keeping our fingers crossed in hopes of getting a special guest voice to play a major role, which I will not spoil.

Now I have less than a week to get the next script in. Guess who will be late again?

If I hadn't been so busy, I'd probably have written a bunch of stuff about all the episodes we've shown so far. Like about the various songs we tried unsuccessfully to license for the last montage scene of "The Invisible Hand of Fate..."

...Or how all the photos at the beginning of "The Buddy System" are of Doc, me or my brother circa 1977. Because you can't put pictures of other people who were children in 1977 on TV unless you can track them down and get them to sign a release form, no matter how public a place your dad snapped the photos in. So take that, "Josh," you could have been on TV, but Noooooooo...

...Or about all the real and fictitious celebrities hanging out at Jonas Venture's house in the key party scene of "Dr. Quymn, Medicine Woman..."

...or how Dr. Entmann in this week's episode was recorded three different times by two different actors, after we were turned down by a third semi-celebrity (who shall remain nameless because he apologized profusely)...

...but I guess I'll save that stuff for the DVD commentaries, which someone is bound to make us start recording soon, because we don't have enough to do. Then they'll bleep it all out for legal reasons.

In other news, Ep. 33: "What Goes Down, Must Come Up," is now available online at adultswim.com for your viewing pleasure, and will of course be broadcast in its full glory this Sunday night at 11:30pm EST. It's another solo effort by yours truly (and a weird, dark one at that) and features the voice of our beloved "Art Director" (I prefer "Storyboard/Design Guru," but apparently that doesn't fly on Linkedin) Stephen DeStefano, whose lovely blog can be found by clicking here, and who probably speaks in that accent at the office roughly 38% of the time.

Next week's episode will be Doc Hammer's "Tears of a Sea Cow," the working title of which was "Murder O'Clock" just because.

The network tells me our ratings are excellent this season, with each episode scoring higher than the highest-rated episode of any previous season. The Family Guy continues to kick our ass, of course, because it would seem many many many more people would prefer to watch a Family Guy rerun for the tenth time than a brand new episode of our show. That, or a lot of people go to bed at 11:29 (EST) on Sunday nights.

And Shirt Club continues to rock the worlds of our overworked interns, and the bodies of fandom...

We Love You,


Oh, and Happy Belated 4th of July, everyone...

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Nancy and Drew go "ew"

I loved the new episode, "Dr. Quymn"– please get the gang out of the Venture compound more like that! (Also, the backgrounds were really great this episode.)

But hey, what's the deal when Nancy and Drew figure that Dean isn't circumcised and so they make faces and go "ew"?  The show is weird enough without girls in it deciding that dicks like mine and Dean's deserve a superspecial "ew".

Comparison for valid dick-related "ew"s: If folks at the Jonas Venture key party argue over who gave who crabs! Or: Brock getting loopy on ayahuasca again, and giving himself a Prince Albert with a letter opener! Those are the good times when we can all join hands, smile/cringe, and unreservedly say "ew" together-- without anyone mocking my own, uh, variety of dong. Any more than already. With pointing. On the cross-town bus. That one time.

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You know, it's never too late to fix that.

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Actually, ya know, if I go to the doctor and ask to have a good piece of my dong sliced off, he will ask why– and it would actually, literally, absolutely be worth it just to see the expression on his face when I say "because of, you know, the cartoon people."

Okay, I've totally gotta go do it now.

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"It's a Doberman. Let it have its ears!"

But seriously, Nancy and Drew stuff their bras. They wouldn't know what's "ew" and what's totally unproblematic when it comes to... "dongs." That and the "ew" about epilepsy were my favorite lines that episode (with the exception of "Go Team... Boobies"), so I welcome their lack of sensitivity.

The fine people at the Republic of Venture were wondering whether the boys hadn't been circumcised after being recently cloned, since in "Are You There God," Dr. V tells Hank not to brag about his circumcision.

Look at us, questioning penis continuity...

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Well, okay, this one's for the PRoVs...as we all must realize, the Hank of "Are You There, God? It's Me, Dean" was a different Hank body than the one presently running around being Hank. Somehow during the life of that particular Hank, he managed to get himself circumcised, through means never explained. Let's assume now that all fresh clones would emerge from their gooey tanks au natural and uncircumcised, just as a newborn babe would, since you could no more clone a cosmetic surgical procedure than you could a haircut. So, until "Dr. Quymn, Medicine Woman" you had two uncut Venture boys running around. I like to think that, through some twist of fate, Hanks throughout time just seem to have a habit of getting into predicaments which leave them circumcised. And then they like to brag about it.

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cool, i also wondered if this was maybe supposed to be an older adventure, from before the season one episodes, where the circumcision that Hank should "stop bragging to his brother about" occured. It's equally as funny that Hank just has a knack for winning the circumcision lottery.

Some other things that made me wonder about this adventure's place on the timeline was Dean never mentioning Trianna when snubbing Hank's excitement about the twins -- but i've come to accept that what we see in an episode is not meant to show
every single thing that necesarily happened.

Also, i don't remember the exact conversation between Doc and Dr. Mrs. The Monarch in "Home is Where the Hate is," but based on Doc's nineteen year comment before his lovemaking session to Dr. Quymn, is it safe to say that he's accepted nothing happened that night with 'Charlene?'

happy to be mulling this stuff over, such a great show.

On The Continuity and Conservation of Dongs

Lucille from 'Arrested Development' winking

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I wonder how I can talk you out of ever making that face again.

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I found their disgust a bit odd since those girls seem to be British and here in the U of K we don't routinely mutilate newborn boys' genitals (unless for religious reasons) so 'uncut' is the norm. torgo_x, nobody would point at you and mock you here (well, not for that reason anyway ;) )

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nobody would point at you [my dong] and mock you here

Dude, I'm totally moving there now.  I already live somewhere with actually worse weather. Glaswegian it is, seriously.

in the U of K we don't routinely mutilate newborn boys' genitals (unless for religious reasons)

Ya know, I didn't want to say "mutilation", because I think most US people think that making a big deal of it is to dwell on a cringe-inducing topic. "Hey, on the topic of your soon-to-be-born son's tiny genitals... [blah blah blah]... infection! And that's why I am thankful/resentful to my parents about my being circumcised/not!! Hey, have we been introduced? My name is SEAN!"

But incidentally, if the topic came up, my tiebreaker is "If it's such a good idea, how come Asia and Europe and mostly Canada don't do it?  It's not like 'oh, Canadians and Swedes, they're filthy filthy people' or something."
Or I nonchalantly mention how a friend of mine's son had a "botched circumcision" and within about twenty seconds of details ("and they ended up having to stitch thru the..."), people are turning white as a sheet, and then I can do "...for life. And aaaaaactualleh, that's more common than you'd think. We did a thing about it in stats class as the very model of shady statistics: Underreporting or mixed reporting because of inconsistent followup, and doctors and malpractice insurance, and whatnot, all a big hubbub. And where's the other bottle, I want to try some of that beaujolais", while people are tinting from white to green.

And thus and thence:


But anyway, we're nattering on about dongs, IN THE LIVEJOURNAL OF A CARTOONIST. Albeit one whose show is about dongs, a lot, and whose name is about jacking it in public.

Let's go get stoned and watch some more cartoons.

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I think it's just because the word "smegma" inspires terrible thoughts.

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Now that you mention the circumcision thing, when I watched this episode with Althea the first thing she thought of was that British girls wouldn't really be disgusted by an uncircumcised schlong, because most boys in the UK aren't cut. In the US, most babies born in hospitals are circumcised unless the parents specifically object, or at least that used to be the case back in the 70's (not sure if they still do that here or not). Not so much in most other parts of the world.

Maybe you could have researched the point a bit more thoroughly. It's not as if there isn't plenty of circumcision information available on teh intarwebs. :-)

We have a running thread about this at my house because Althea didn't want our sons to be altered that way. This was actually one of the factors in her decision not to convert. I'm Jewish, so I had the bris ceremony on my 8th day of life, and I don't think it's a big deal. I don't really think it makes that much of an aesthetic difference either. Seen one, you've seen 'em all.

"Yeah, but this one's eating my popcorn!"


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Well, British or not, we don't really know where these globe-trotting gals have spent the majority of their upbringing. And there's no accounting for taste. For all we know, they have a fetish for uncut American boys--maybe that's what attracted them to Dean in the first place!

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Somewhere in here is a joke about how they all taste the same which miraculously manages to avoid implying that I am in fact a homosexual. I was trying to work in a Demarest reference too, but the whole thing just didn't work out.

Shouldn't you be writing snappy dialogue right about now? ;-)


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Well, since you would have it be Googled: a Ding! and a Dang! and a Dong!

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