The Venture Bros.
Gallery: The Venture Bros: S03E02
Even though I was looking forward to a bit of closure on that, I was also excited about hearing from the Ventures. Strangely enough, there was a surprising lack of Ventures in this episode of The Venture Bros. Instead, we got a whole lot of backstory about the Monarch, Dr. Girlfriend and good ol' Phantom Limb. It didn't pack the punch that one would expect from a season premiere, but it certainly delivered all the amazing things that one would expect from the show. I mean, apart from the actual Venture brothers.
Gallery: The Venture Bros: Season Premiere
Now, here comes The Venture Bros. to make things extra-horrible for my wardrobe and my wallet. Fans have spent the last four years or so moaning about how there are barely any goodies for purchase, and the merch gods (in this case, aka Jackson Publick) have spoken just in time for the new season.
Quickstop Entertainment has finally posted high-quality versions of the exclusive teaser. Now you can watch it crouched over your laptop, ears pressed to your cheap speakers, the way media is meant to be enjoyed. Regardless, it looks like we are in for quite a season. According to Jackson Publick, Doc Hammer only had three and a half completed episodes to use for this trailer and this is definitely not a collection of the best of Season Three. If the best is truly still to come, then I'm sure the new season, starting June 1, will be nothing short of crazy spectacular.
Okay, I'm finally back from the New York Comic-Con and I still smell like the Javits Convention Center. Fandom seeps into the deepest layers of one's skin and take at least a few weeks to wash out. It's a scientific fact.
The first panel I attended wasn't even TV-related. Worrying that the Battlestar Galactica room would fill before I could even step into the line, I sat through the preceding panel for Wall-E and Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian to guarantee a seat. As it turns out, the theater is absolutely huge and two big screens were on either side of the stage, so my worry was kind of pointless. I was reminded of what I already knew: Wall-E looks insanely cute, Chronicles of Narnia has a greasy-haired new guy and the Jesus lion again. However, this is when I began to play a game that lasted throughout the entire weekend: Analyze the differing levels of scary devotion throughout various fanbases!
All right, best news first: The official premiere date for Season Three is June 1! It has been confirmed by Jackson Publick, so you know it's good. The crew is about to get back to work and start Season Four, which means the wait for a new season won't be quite as painful as usual.
I quite like this song, but I don't think anything will be able to top the Monarch/Henchmen love that was "Hard Candy Christmas". And what's up with the Monarch doing every single song? Jackson Publick must have a little too much fun with that voice.
Doc Hammer, one half of the writing team and the voice of Dr. Girlfriend and #24, attended Dragon*Con to share the Venture love but, as always, refused to share any spoilers. We still don't have anything juicy at the moment, but storyboard artist Stephen DeStefano just updated his blog with some small sneak peeks.
Now, thanks to Quick Stop Entertainment, the teaser is online! And there is no hooting, no cheering... only quiet whimpers as I cry with joy. Was that a bit much? Sorry.
Hello, people who like Adult Swim. Here's some news and random coolness for you:
First of all, Adult Swim has updated its schedule, and as you can see, Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters is on the schedule for April 1, which is most likely a gag, considering it's not even scheduled for theatrical release until April 13.
Speaking of Aqua Teen, check out some more alternate endings to the movie here.
"Too Art For TV, Too" is the second annual art exhibit in New York City featuring artwork from animators in both the TV and movie industries. The exhibit opens on May 4 and runs through May 25 at the Stay Gold Gallery and does not feature work created for the animators' respective TV shows and movies, but rather original art "free from television's corporate demands."
Over thirty-five artists will have work on display, including the Venture Bros' Jackson Publick, and animators for SpongeBob SquarePants, Celebrity Deathmatch, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Code Name: Kid's Next Door and Blue's Clues. That list of show's alone surely makes this worth checking out, which I would do if I actually lived in New York City. You can check out the site here, which has some small samples of the work to be displayed. Jason DiOrio's bony monkey creature is my favorite.
[via Jackson Publick]
This twenty-some minute chat provides a very interesting look into the life of Jackson Publick, covering topics like his educational career (he very briefly attended cartooning school before attending community college and Rutgers University), the loss of his mother and this event's effect on the Venture brothers' own mommy-less world, and the show's prevailing themes of disappointment and failure. I always love hearing from the creative forces behind my favorite shows, so this was a real treat for me.
I also enjoyed Jackson's great Brock Samson impression at the very end of the program. I suppose this means that Jackson can also do fantastic impressions of Kronk (The Emperor's New Groove), Joe Swanson (Family Guy), and Puddy (Seinfeld).
Fun Fact: In the sixth video (around 2:20), you can hear me share an obscure pop culture moment with Mike Sinterniklaas when he talks about Monkey... Marvel at the unusually high voice that suddenly squeaks, "Yeah! Journey to the West!" to Sinterniklaas. Yup, that was me. I swear, my voice is much more silky and sultry when I'm not talking to Dean Venture.
Anyway, enjoy the videos after the jump. I'm going back to count the number of times that any of the Venture Bros. guys may have looked at me in the front row.
My femurs feel like they have been broken in several places and each step I take sends the sensation of broken glass into the soles of my feet. The odor of hordes of people still lingers around me, but I don't know where it's coming from because my clothes smell fine. Next to me, I have a large bag of various free things, half of which I don't need nor like (so much manga). You see, I have just spent the entire day at the New York Comic-Con. I shall share the story of my short Saturday with you, not just as a reporter, but also as a fan and a first-time convention-goer.
Upon closer inspection, I think the "hordes of people" smell is coming from my shoes. Ew. Convention feet.
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