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A Bold New Day Dawns...
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Aside from a tiny photo of the back of a tiny, naked head, I haven't posted in like four months. No doubt if you're reading this blog, you care about The Venture Bros.. And if both of those things are true, then you probably have some questions about the upcoming season, and just what the hell we think we're doing over here at the AstroBase. Questions such as...

"WHEN WILL SEASON 4.2 FINALLY AIR?"


According to some other blogs and apparently the adultswim website, we're supposed to be premiering in August. I say this because I haven't been told an official date by anyone yet. But August sounds about right.

"AUGUST?! BUT DOESN'T THAT SUCK?"


Yes it does, but don't blame the network. They couldn't get it on much sooner than that if they tried. Why? Because we suck. I know...when we split the season into two halves last year we promised to have the second half on by spring or early summer of this year. But we got a later start on these episodes than we originally intended. Suffice to say neither half of Season 4 has been easy to produce...

In the end, it'll all be worth it. We think you're going to really dig these next eight episodes. We seem to have re-embraced the show's sci-fi/comic book/adventure roots, and as much as it was a struggle to write them, they're a whole lot of fun. Lots more development of Hank and Dean, lots of new characters, and lots of old faces returning both triumphantly and trivially.



Back in November, I wrote that we were working on our script for the season finale. And that was true...we ended up turning it in, just before Christmas, several weeks late. But over the break, Doc and I took another look at it and we weren't 100% happy with it. Despite being a good script (and well-received by the network), we just didn't feel right about ending a 16 episode season with a single half hour episode. Especially not one that, despite cutting a bunch of stuff we loved, we'd over-written to the point that it would have to suffer massive cuts in the editing process...

So we called the network and asked them if they'd give us the time and money to take the script back and turn it into a one-hour special. And they said yes. Which brings us to...

"WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU GUYS DOING OVER THERE?"


After spending January re-writing the finale script--and February and March designing and storyboarding it--we are currently editing the animatic for what will be a Very Special Venture Bros. Season Finale Hour-Long Extravaganza.

Which is another reason why we won't be premiering until August. And why the finale probably won't air until December. But hey--that's an extra half an hour of Venture-y goodness for your patience, right? What we take away with one hand, we give back with the other...



Meanwhile, we've received rough cuts of the first three episodes of Season 4.5 from our overseas studio so far. The screen-grabbed evidence of which is strewn about this entry. We get a new one every two weeks and then spend about 4-5 days reviewing every frame for mistakes, during which we yell at our monitors and each other and compile a list of retakes to send back.



So yeah, that's where we're at in production right now. What else?

"WHAT'S THIS I KEEP HEARING ABOUT TOYS?!"
It's probably not news to anyone by now, but we have indeed struck a deal with Bif Bang Pow! to produce a line of Venture Bros. action figures (and bobbleheads). At Toy Fare in February, Bif Bang Pow unveiled several prototypes.



I say again...prototypes. These are not the final figures. Since those photos were released, we've been working closely with Jason Lenzi to get the head sculpts, outfits and proportions just right. We're even contributing to the packaging...

Some of you--most likely those of you born after 1978--will never be happy with our choice to go with a retro "Mego style" design, but Doc and I think it's pretty fucking funny. And what is this whole Venture Bros. business about if not a doomed attempt to re-live our childhoods? So there.

Anyway, I'm told the first wave of figures will hit the streets right around the time of the San Diego Comic Con...so start saving your pennies now. And then, in July, go to the bank and get them changed to $20 bills...because we hate pennies, and we will not accept them.

"I LOVE LASERS. ESPECIALLY LASERS THAT PLAY DIGITAL MEDIA. WHAT ABOUT DVDs?"


We were originally going to hold off on producing any DVDs of Season 4 until all 16 episodes were complete and we could release one massive boxed set, but given the massive amount of time between seasonal halves, that's pretty unlikely now. The current plan is to release a standard def DVD of the first 8 episodes sometime between July and October (depending on how quickly we get our acts together to record commentary, dig up special features and design the packaging), and then release both a standard def DVD of the second 8 episodes and a Blu-Ray of the entire 16 episode season in March. But that's all I know right now, so don't ask me any questions about it.

"ARE YOU GUYS DOING ANY OF THE CONVENTIONS THIS SUMMER?"

Convention season is many months away, but people are asking us to commit to appearances at both the San Diego Comic Con and Dragon Con. And we've done just that--committed to appearing at both. But again, that's all I know right now, so...

WE LOVE YOU,

JP



Thanks for the update. Been meaning to say: I saw the commentary on episode 1 of season 3 where you were talking about the Eiger Sanction. That was cracking me up, because my buddy made me watch it for all of the reasons you mentioned in the commentary.

I was hoping the Dr. Venture action figure would be small and hunched. Any chance of that happening in this current line of action figures?

Either way, you have my money. :)

LOVE THE LIVING CRAP OUT OF YOU!

Thank you so much for the gorgeous screenshots and the info-dump... I adamantly reinforce the "we'll gladly wait for our Venturinos until you are completely satisfied with your (grueling) work" sentiment. This looks fan-fucking-tastic. Thank you so bloody much.

...and "Fantastic Voyage" Hank kicks mighty legions of cat-ass. Wooterful.

List of figurines needed for later production series:
Hank Venture
Baron Werner Underbeight
Girl Hitler
Manic Eightball
Catclops
Dr. Byron Orpheus
Jefferson Washington
The Alchemist
Dr. Girlfriend
Queen Etherea
Lady Au Pair and her Murderous Moppets
Dr. Mrs. The Monarch and Moppets in pupa costumes
Molotov Cocktease
Sgt. Hatred
Col. Hunter Gathers
Pete White
Master Quiz Boy Billy, Boy Genius
Phantom Limb
David Bowie
Action Man
Col. Gentleman
Dr. Henry Killenger and his magic murder bag
Treana Orpheus
Shoreleave
Dr. Impossible
Sally Impossible
Ned
The Grand Inquisitor
Action Johnny
Dermit
Col. Gathers (in Murderhearts costume)
Ventron
King Gorilla
Torrid
Brock Samson (Sphinx costume)
Hank Venture (wearing Borck's jacket)
Kano
Jonas Venture
Jonas Venture, Jr.
Rusty Venture, Boy Adventurer
H.E.L.P.eR.

Did I miss anyone?

Important question: Will you and Doc be seeing any of the proceeds from the new toys, or is this another AdultSwim-only enterprise? Because I try not to buy any merch unless you and Doc are getting a piece of the profits.

Sort of none of your business...but since you have the best of intentions, yes...a few pennies eventually find their way to us from whatever adultswim does with the show. At least, I think so. But don't do it for us. Do it because you love playing with dollies.

Hooray! But I have one complaint: NO DR. MRS. THE MONARCH FIGURE? I object, Mr. Publick.

I have too much time on time on my hands :P

The shoulder next to Dr.MTM in the first screen cap is the man standing next to the Wereodile and Omeg-ape in this pic....http://pics.livejournal.com/jacksonpublick/pic/0004b702

whoah....I have been VB Starved!!!

I have nothing to add to that, just... King Gorilla!

Thanks for very much for the update, Jackson. Brightened what's been a lackluster day!
My one question is...what are you doing with my cat's ass?!

I don't think I can sleep now. I may do a Venture-a-thon. YAY!

Whose idea was it to split season 4 into 2 dvds? Is it a cash grab or punishment for those of us who still use obsolete media players? Regardless I'm pumped for the rest of season 4 so keep it coming!

Thanks, man. I was having a rough one today...thanks for a pick at all the Cool-Ranch Awesome-sauce.

Sorry, i meant peek, not pick. If you pick at it it'll never heal.

COCKPITS!!! BOOBY TRAPS!!

i still remember my sister laughing at the bus-stop billboards in san francisco before season 1

cant wait for the next episodes, worth the wait
thanks for the great show!

Everything that could be said has been said already...But that doesn't mean I still can't give you a big "thank you" for the update and continued commitment to your show!

We look forward to seeing you in September in Atlanta for Dragon*Con!