For those of you, like me, who didn't attend SDCC this year but what to know what the heck is going on with Venture Bros., here's a rundown of all the goings ons.
The biggest news is that the previously announced long-form episode will be a one-hour special that airs between seasons five and six. Season five will end likely in March or April (depending on when it starts) but no news on how soon season six will begin after that.
Geeks of Doom has also reported on (among other things) some of the special guest voices for season five:
Several guest stars were announced for the upcoming season. J.K. Simmons will guest star in the Halloween special. Other guest voices for the season include Aziz Ansari, John Hodgman, Tim Meadows, Gillian Jacobs, and Paget Brewster.
Finally some more into about the Halloween special: it will actually take place after the season five premiere, so there will be a lot of confusing moments in it. This misordered timeline doesn't seem to be entirely intentional on Jackson and Doc's part, but they also seem to be pretty okay with it at this point. Jackson described it as a "happy accident" in at least one interview.
And, as always, keep checking back for any new info, interviews and that sort of thing.
Since there are usually a ton of these I'll just create this article and add to it over the next couple of days. If you want to see reporters ask Jackson & Doc questions for two or three minutes in front of a huge Comic-Con backdrop in a crowded press/interview area, this is the place to be!
- Grace Randolph of Bleeding Cool has the first interview with Jackson & Doc, questioning them about the Halloween special and Henchman 21, among other things. Thanks to Robert in the comments for pointing this one out!
- MTV Geek interviewed Jackson and Doc on their livestream. You'll need to skip to precisely 54:58 on the video to see it. It's a fairly meandering interview and the interviewer is slightly obnoxious but Doc at least threatens to Indian leg wrestle him, which pretty much saves it. Thanks (again) to Robert for sending this one in.
And what of your other [straight] characters? Whatâ€™s your mindset [when writing for them]?
Doc Hammer: Jackson and I are not gay and weâ€™re not supervillains and weâ€™re not women. Weâ€™re not any of these things. We draw upon them the same way we would any other character. If you write for a character that has the same sexual preference as you, doesnâ€™t matter, theyâ€™re not you. So when we write a gay character, itâ€™s just one more thing that he has.
Jackson Publick: Yeah, we write them differently but no differently than all the real character specifics that we take into account when weâ€™re writing anybody else.
The Venture Bros. (Adult Swim): Creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer will discuss their original series and answer fan questions. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, [Friday] 11-11:45 a.m.Thanks to all those who sent me word on this (especially Robert Sullivan, since he was first). Hollywood Reporter has a complete listing of convention panels if you require more than just Venture Bros. fun and games. Also keep on the lookout for the complete Venture-related SDCC schedule to be posted here in the near future.