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VENTURE BROS. Creator and TICK Vet Jackson Publick!!

Published at: April 18, 2007, 11:21 p.m. CST

I am – Hercules!!
To celebrate the DVD release this week of “The Venture Bros.'” second season, the magazine Reason just posted a long interview with series mastermind Jackson Publick. Here’s what he has to say about the Venture boys' butterfly archnemesis, The Monarch:
I love old Spider-Man comics, but when I read them I wonder, what the hell do these guys want? What makes you put a costume on and start chasing somebody around? What makes you have a lifelong commitment to resenting a specific other human being? Because it's so pointless we've purposely made it more so. Also, I've known a couple of trust fund kids. Their goals are strange and take... a little longer to get to than some people who have to work a little more. It's pointless.
One thing undiscussed is why Christopher McCulloch wrote on the “Tick” series under his own name, but adopted the pseudonym “Jackson Publick” for his “Venture” venture. That was explained in this year-old Suicide Girls interview. Read the new Reason interview here. I am – Hercules!!





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  • April 18, 2007, 10:37 p.m. CST

    first

    by catman

    VB rule. Great Dvd

  • April 18, 2007, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Aaaaand that explained?

    by thelivingdoll

    I'm sorry, I just didn't get what he was trying to say in that statement.

  • April 18, 2007, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Only thing I want to know is...

    by Alonzo Mosely

    when is season 3...

  • April 19, 2007, 1:19 a.m. CST

    so ummmm.. when does the next season start

    by Russman

    cuz... we'd really like to see it.

  • April 19, 2007, 7:14 a.m. CST

    New season due April 2008

    by Teamwak

    I'm afriad. It apparently takes ages to get them back from the Korean animators :(

  • April 19, 2007, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Wow...a year from new episodes?

    by Childe Roland

    That blows the hardest.

  • April 19, 2007, 10:20 a.m. CST

    According to JP's blog they've only just finished

    by Teamwak

    the first 4 scripts. Takes like nine months or something from approved script to airable episode. <p> I will have to make do with the fantastic season 2 DVD. <p> "IGNORE ME!!"

  • April 19, 2007, 10:28 a.m. CST

    One of my many favorite moments...

    by biggles2_22

    Hulk Hands on Monarch (Hate Floats) and the "prostate check" in Love Beits. The world doesn't know what it's missing with the Venture Brothers. The AS Network ought to be shot for making the Aqua Teen movie before doint a full length Venture Bros flick. (Sigh)

  • April 19, 2007, 11:13 a.m. CST

    I hope my Season 2 DVD arrives today.

    by rev_skarekroe

    Flippin' Amazon. I thought they were supposed to send stuff so that it arrived on the release date.

  • April 19, 2007, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Love the Guild episode

    by skimn

    with the henchmen and the jet belts, and the Franco American reference. Entertainment Weekly this week had a little sidebar blurb alongside the ATHF review that stated the same..where's the Venture movie??!! And on the subject of Adult Swim, any word on the Tom Goes To The Mayor DVD COMPLETE series. This baby will be a collectors item.

  • April 19, 2007, 2:07 p.m. CST

    I skipped through several episodes of my DVD copy

    by Mr Incredible

    I can't wait to watch those suckers. I also can't wait for the live-action Venture Brothers movie (a suggestion). I just wonder who would play Doctor Girlfriend?

  • April 19, 2007, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Live Action? Who would play Doctor Girlfriend?

    by Cheif Brody

    Rachel McAdams...with Kathleen Turner overdubbing her voice.

  • April 19, 2007, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Oh....and a bald

    by Cheif Brody

    Andy Dick should play Dr. Venture...with a blond Patrick Warburton playing Brock!!

  • April 19, 2007, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Wonder Woman on Smallville tonight!

    by TodayzSpecial

    How is that not cool news? I admit Smallville is a hit and miss show with primarily a bunch of misses, but Linda Carter is guest starring. I'd think that would be worth at least a post Herc!

  • April 19, 2007, 8:43 p.m. CST

    where is Korgoth?

    by datachasm

    i await Korgoth season 1... any news about that?

  • April 20, 2007, 7:06 a.m. CST

    James Urbainiak to play Dr Venture

    by Teamwak

    He looks like him, and guess what, he sounds like him too. Rene Zwelleger as Dr Girlfiend, Arhnold as Baron Underbieht, and Ed Norton as The Monarch. Bring on the live movie now!

  • April 20, 2007, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Teamwak

    by biggles2_22

    Sorry dude, only Kevin Spacey could really pull off the Monarch. On the other hand, I really wouldn't like to see a live action VB. I think it would be a let-down. How's about a CG movie done in IMAX-3D? That would kill.

  • April 20, 2007, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Wish Casting...

    by GOB Adama

    Dr. Thaddeus S. Venture - Stanley Tucci Brock Sampson - Patrick Wharburton Hank & Dean - Give a couple of unknown teen actors a shot Dr. Orpheus - Steve Corell (sp?) <p> </p> The Monarch - Michael McDonald (of Mad TV) Dr. Girlfriend - Pick a starlet w/ some comic timing and dub in Doc Hammer The Henchmen - I like the idea of 'stunt casting' famous folk as henchmen only to get killed seconds later as 21 & 24 (w/ thier original voices look/comment on)

  • April 20, 2007, 9 a.m. CST

    Fixing my mangled post (w/ apologies)

    by GOB Adama

    Dr. Thaddeus S. Venture - Stanley Tucci <p></p> Brock Sampson - Patrick Wharburton <p></p> Hank & Dean - Give a couple of unknown teen actors a shot <p></p> Dr. Orpheus - Steve Corell (sp?) <p></p> The Monarch - Michael McDonald (of Mad TV) <p></p> Dr. Girlfriend - Pick a starlet w/ some comic timing and dub in Doc Hammer <p></p> The Henchmen - I like the idea of 'stunt casting' famous folk as henchmen only to get killed seconds later as 21 & 24 (w/ thier original voices look/comment on)

  • April 20, 2007, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Hmm. Kevin Spacey could be good casting :)

    by Teamwak

    I like that. <p> How about Anthony Hopkins as Dr Killinger! And Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith as 21 and 24!!<p> Just a thought :)

  • April 20, 2007, 9:19 a.m. CST

    If you go too big or well-known...

    by GOB Adama

    Then, I think, it becomes less of a cultural celebration/satire and more of a wink-n-nudge fest. Too much like that "Austin Powers" self-parody w/ Tom Cruise as Austin, Spacy as Dr. Evil.. etc. A funny joke, but not for a whole movie of a show that nails pop-parody with each frame. THAT is why I think the most famous people we see should get killed w/in seconds (either executed by the Monarch or brutally mangled by Brock).

  • April 20, 2007, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Also...

    by GOB Adama

    In a show about failure, it strikes me as funny to use actors whose careers are... not exactly "A-list"

  • April 20, 2007, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Ray Romano would have to be 24

    by biggles2_22

    Did you ever compare their voices?! A true "audio seperated at birth".

  • April 20, 2007, 2:53 p.m. CST

    #24

    by GOB Adama

    IF you don't get the original voices AND if he would agree to do it... Ray Romano should DEFINITELY be #24. <p> </p> You just need to find an actor who can play #21 that he can play off of well.

  • April 20, 2007, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Casting the Venture characters

    by GOB Adama

    The show features a number of notable pairs. Hank and Dean, #21 and #24 and Mr. White and Master Billy Quizboy, just to name the most prominent. THESE characters need to be cast as pairs, in my opinion. <p> </p> Oh, and Soulbot for helper... Or Lawrence Fishburne.

  • April 20, 2007, 10:26 p.m. CST

    It should just stay as a cartoon

    by successor

    No live action please. Part of the genius of Venture Bros. is the inspired lunacy they can get away with in the animated form, as well as all of the clever in-jokes to earlier cartoons like Jonny Quest.<br> If you make it live action, then you have to ground it in reality. And if the actors play the characters like the cartoon, it'll look silly. And if they play it seriously, it won't be funny. Either way, I doubt it'll work. It would be better to do a full length animated feature and keep the voice actors.

  • April 23, 2007, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Last!

    by biggles2_22

    From Hells heart, I stab at thee, First!

  • April 23, 2007, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Successor, stop being a killjoy

    by Mr Incredible

    "If you make it live action, then you have to ground it in reality. (Who said?)And if the actors play the characters like the cartoon, it'll look silly.(Gee, I guess Superman and Spider-Man look silly, too.) And if they play it seriously, it won't be funny. (Who said the Venture Brothers were serious?)Either way, I doubt it'll work." Casting call was all in fun, with some great suggestions.

  • April 23, 2007, 10:12 a.m. CST

    LAST!

    by biggles2_22

    Damn you, Mr. Incredible. Let's put this TB to bed!

  • April 23, 2007, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Agreed and Disagreed

    by GOB Adama

    While animating it would be the best most pure way... Casting is just plain FUN!!! <p> </p> And featuring David Bowie... as Himself