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Dragon Gone

Have just returned from Dragon Con. Many thanks to those of you who attended our panel and/or dressed up as our most obscure characters and/or stopped by our signing to offer praise and gifts of cookies and robot heads. It is always a sincere and profound pleasure to meet you guys and suck up your groovy kind of love.

For those of you who did not attend, here's a small peek at some of the clips from the Venture Bros. Halloween special we showed at the panel, albeit a non-moving, non-speaking peek with no music or sound effects:

Over at Titmouse East, we're just wrapping up pre-production on season 5 of The Venture Bros. We ship our last episode (which is actually the second half of what will be the premiere episode) to Korea this week. All other episodes have shipped, and all of the art staff (except for few stragglers in the Color department) have gone home. We're received take one rough cuts of the first two episodes from the overseas studio already and are expecting the third this week. Which means we're about to start post-production. The Halloween episode is obviously the first one we'll edit and deliver, since it has to make it's October airdate (the official date has yet to be determined). JG Thirlwell has already completed his genuinely spooky score (we drew some inspiration from the soundtrack to Klute when we first met about this episode a few months ago) and we're just waiting on some animation retakes from Korea before Doc works his magic on the titling and transitions and adds his special sauce to select sequences.

Doc's currently on a train back from Atlanta, but when he returns to the AstroBase, we'll no doubt start talking more earnestly about writing our planned long form special, to be produced some time between seasons 5 and 6. We've already had a lot of "big idea" discussions about season 6 as well, so I'm hoping we get to work on all of this stuff sooner rather than later and we don't make you people wait 2 years between seasons again. Though, having begun season 5 production in January (having written day and night for several months prior), and having had maybe half a dozen days off in all that time, I'm sorely overdue for a vacation.

Hopefully this relative downtime means I can post some more updates on here in the next month or so, as we get closer to the release of the Halloween special and Season 5. Plenty of sweet art to show you, but it must be carefully reviewed for spoiler content.

We Love You,


P.S. Also: thank you to all the adultswim folks who took good care of us while we were in town. And apologies to the ProV folks. I meant to come see your doubtlessly lovely table but had no idea where it was--nobody ever seems to think I might find a convention program or map handy when I come to these things.

You never answered my question... :-(

I'm DYING to know... were extremely long and complicated story arcs like phantom limbs done on a season by season basis, or was it all (and is still being) planned from the start?

from taking DMTM to losing his #2 position in the guild to becoming a vengeance obsessed amputee to starting the revenge society then finally bringing it back around to the original PL character... was that all planned out or done on the fly?

Because if you guys even SEMI had the 4 (possibly more) story arc thought of from jump street, then goddamn... thats genius.

Hello - do you know if the Halloween Special is going to be made available in the UK anytime soon? It's going to kill me to log onto the Venture Brothers blog and see all the US fans raving about it and not get to watch it. I really, really want the chance to spend my money and get my own nice, legal copy.

I concur. We live in the ruins of a dying empire and most of our TV is rubbish - please help us!

Rubbish? But you gave us Sherlock and Saxondale!

(Most of our TV is pretty bad, too, but there are a few gems out there, on both sides of the Atlantic)

I have absolutely zero control or input when it comes to the international dissemination of our little program, but will surely ask/nudge the powers that be.

Yes, well, you obviously haven't seen 'The Only Way Is Essex' and neither do I recommend that you do. Thank you for the forthcoming nudge. I hope it gets us somewhere otherwise me and another friend are moving Stateside to get our Venture fix.

Thank you!!! This would be extremely good of you. Like it wasn't already amazing of you to make the actual show... so exponential thanks! I'm quite glad I actually kept this Livejournal account now. I knew it would come in handy one day!

(Sherlock is indeed fabulous, but in my heart Steve Coogan will always be Alan Partridge, not Tommy Saxondale. Not sure how well Partridge would translate across the Atlantic of course, and it is pretty old now, but still...)

Coogan's great. I don't know if anyone else cares about him over here, but I love him. The non-Alan Partridge-ness of Saxondale is what I loved most about it. I hadn't seen him get deeper into other kinds of characters like that before and was happy to see he had range.

I think The Trip did pretty well over here. Had some buzz at the art house cinemas anyway.

I didn't see it, but I loved A Cock and Bull Story. It was him playing himself as a bit of an asshole while playing another character. It makes you realise that really, based on everyone he ever plays, he must be kind of an asshole in real life - but he's just so good.

Did you ever see 'I Am Not An Animal'? Really weird, very silly, still funny. If you never saw it, give it a go.