CCI: Jackson Publick, Doc Hammer
Talk Venture Bros. and Inspiration
The Venture Bros. creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer were met with applause and cat calls as they stepped onto the dais Friday at Comic-Con International in San Diego. But while they smiled at the applause, they were hoping for something more.
“We had entrance music, but it didn’t happen.” Publick said. “It justified the sunglasses.”
After the audience’s laughter faded, the two moved into their presentation, discussing the future of the Adult Swim animated series, announcing a few episodes, and fielding questions from energetic fans.
“We’re making Season 5 right now,” Publick said. “We haven’t gotten any animation back yet – it’s coming, like, next week but we do have a little something to show you.”
With that, fans were treated to a 10-minute animatic providing a glimpse of new locations, new characters and a few scenes from the fifth season. Throughout the video, the crowd regularly broke into fits of laughter and cheers.
“There’s actually a Season 6,” Hammer said. “Also, this is not the last season. Even if you watch Season 5 and you’re like, ‘Aw, they got so bad,’ which you won’t because it’s awesome.”
Although the fifth season, which boasts such guest stars as Aziz Ansari, Tim Meadows and John Hodgeman, won’t premiere until early 2013, viewers have a Halloween special to look forward to this year. Between seasons five and six, Publick said they plan to make an hour-long special to connect the two.
One fan asked whether Publick and Hammer had planned to develop former OSI agent Shore Leave the way they did, because he found it refreshing to have a “bad-ass” gay character on television. Hammer replied that has evolution was organic, saying, ‘You saw how it happened: First he came on as a Village People joke. This is how every character in our show is made – they come on and they deliver their one engineered line and then they never go away. And, then you learn everything you can about them and then when we finally get rid of them, when we finally kill them, you go, ‘Oh, my God, why did you do that?’”
The answer appeared to satisfy the audience’s curiosity, as it erupted into cheers.
“I love to do the voice also — I can do it for hours and hours,” Hammer added, saying Shore Leave is easier than some other characters. “Dr. Girlfriend goes like this,” he said, shifting to her deep, raspy voice. “Oh, no, Mon –,” he coughed. “I’m going to smoke and then have milk.”
Another fan asked whether they plan out character arcs, or if the changes occur organically. “All of the above,” Publick replied.
“One, we are not disciplined,” Hammer said. “We are like children, and if we want to do something we do it, and then we urinate in the corners of the room. Two, it gets kind of boring for us to write someone who wakes up and goes, ‘I’m bad doo-doo-doo-doo.’”
“We feel like we’re hacks if we do,” Publick added.
“We feel like we’re writing another show,” Hammer said. “Insert the one you don’t like into that sentence. We feel like we’re writing for blank.”
One fan asked if they were ever going to reveal why the Monarch hates Captain Sunshine. “’Cause he’s a self-righteous jackass,” Hammer answered. “Did we ever try to hide that?”
He probably officially arched him at some point,” Publick offered. “Villains and heroes, they’re like clients, basically.” Hammer continued, “You never get over you first arch. You still hate ‘em. Sometime you wake up in the middle of the night and think, ‘Gosh, I used to love hating that guy.’”
Asked where they get information for each episode, Hammer deadpanned, “All right, let’s start with Episode 1.”
“‘Dia de Los Dangerous,’ a trip I took to Tijuana,” Publick continued.
“Episode 2, that was ‘Careers in Science,’” Hammer said. “Inspiration came from ‘Gotta finish this script.’ ‘Insecurities at Home’ came from ‘How do we work the tabulator button?’”
“We got 55 of these to go,” Publick cautioned.
“If you want, we can just talk about my penis,” Hammer said, eliciting whoops from the crowd.
Other fans asked about the future of the show, but Hammer and Publick wouldn’t share any details about the upcoming seasons.
As the two left the stage, Hammer joked, “We’re super-apologetic for putting out our show every two-and-a-half years.”