The Venture Bros.
For one week after each episode airs, you can purchase a shirt based on that week’s story for $20, designed by Doc Hammer and/or Jackson Publick. Or, if you already know you want them all, you can subscribe and get all nine T-shirts (the season will run eight episodes, but the hour-long premiere gets two shirts) plus a bonus shirt for $165, saving yourself a little scratch in the process.
“You know the score. Opportunity has knocked twice,” Publick said on his blog. “You snooze, you lose. Venture fans, this is your proudest moment! You know that Official Venture T-shirts are as rare and beautiful as albinos, and ones created by the actual Venture brothers are even more rare, and like five times more beautiful … What are you going to do? Answer: SHIRT CLUB!”
You can check out the bonus shirt here, along with details on how the club works. If you decide to subscribe, make sure you do it before June 8.
The Venture Bros. creator Jackson Publick has ended his long silence to reveal that he thinks the second half of Season 4 will finally debut on Adult Swim in August — “August sounds about right” — and to break the news that the finale probably won’t air until December.
So why the delay?
“Because we suck,” Publick writes on his blog. But there’s more to it than that, naturally, most of which sounds like a good thing for fans.
“In the end, it’ll all be worth it,” he continues. “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.”
Here’s the other big reason for the delay: When the season finally does end, it’ll be with a Very Special Venture Bros. Season Finale Hour-Long Extravaganza. Not just a very special season finale, but an hour-long one!
“That’s an extra half an hour of Venture-y goodness for your patience, right?” Publick writes. “What we take away with one hand, we give back with the other.”
The Venture Bros. are here — or, at least, are in New York. UGO.com has posted several photos of Bif Bang Pow’s upcoming Venture Bros. ’70s-style’ figures, including Dr. Venture, Brock Samson and the Monarch. But wait — there’s more!
Last month we learned that Bif Bang Pow! is producing toys based on Cartoon Network’s The Venture Bros., including action figures, vehicles and bobbleheads. Now you can add 1970s Mego-style figures to the list as well, according to a press release posted over at the Mego Museum. Per the release (which doesn’t actually use the word “Mego,” I’m guessing, for trademark reasons):
Reproductions reminiscent of the best-selling action figures of the 1970s and early 1980s, these highly articulated figures will feature body designs by EMCE Toys. Each 8-inch scale figure will include real cloth clothing and plastic accessories where appropriate.
Over 40 licensed action figures are planned for 2010. The first are targeted for an early summer arrival and Comic-Con International: San Diego 2010, with others to follow later in the year. Included are much-demanded characters from:
The Venture Bros.™ (Cartoon Network)
Dexter™ (Showtime Networks)
Lost™ (ABC Disney)
The Big Lebowski™ (NBC Universal)
The Twilight Zone™ (CBS)
Flash Gordon™ (King Features)
Scott Ian (Anthrax)
We’re supposed to have the day off, but I’d feel guilty if I didn’t point out that Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer continue their holiday tradition this morning with a Venture Bros. Christmas song.
This year it’s The Monarch conducting the Murderous Moppets and Henchman 21 in a rendition of “The Chipmunk Song” as a gift for Dr. Mrs. The Monarch. My favorites are still 2005′s “Hard Candy Christmas” and 2006′s “Venture Aid 2006,” but this one’s still pretty good (they’re all available for listening at the link).