I've no real idea how this episode of Venture Bros turned out as we've no cable TV but I do know how tough this show was to produce.
Mid-way thru the original final episode, Mr Publick told us that he'd actually got the green light for a one hour finale... WHOO HOO!!! We were beyond thrilled. I've always felt that this show needed more minutes and and hour seemed like a perfect starting point (actually, what I'd really love is something more along the lines of 90 mins!).
Anyway, production on the original season closer had to stop to allow for Doc and Jackson to write the new ending. Five weeks later, we're back cranking out the revisions like there's no tomorrow. We had three weeks to complete everything, which I always knew was going to be an impossible task (normally on a half hour show we have two weeks for revision). This was an hour long episode and we only had three weeks, did I mention it was also the season finale?!
And it was impossible, for the storyboard revision team anyway. Due to going well over the original three weeks schedule and what with the subsequent budget restrictions, we weren't even allowed to finish the episode. So poor Jackson Publick had the momentous task of completing any unfinished notes (and I can tell you there were many) on the last few scenes from the prom and whatever else popped up.
And fair play to him... from the few clips I've been watching online, he did a mighty fine job. He's definitely the most hard working, dedicated creator/directors I've ever worked with.
So I'd just thought I'd post the following sequence. This was before heading back for the three weeks revision. JP asked if I could help out by cleaning up his thumbnail drawings. And the following is just one tiny sequence I did for him. I haven't seen this sequence online anywhere but I presume it's still in the final episode. I may post some of the others in the days to come.
Huge thanks goes out to my revision team. Tom Connor, who was also heavily involved in storyboarding an episode or two of this season and Abigail Nesbitt. And from the design team, Danny Hynes who gave s a massive dig out. And from the awesome Robotomy crew, assistant director, Todd Myers.
They also do commissions, so if you Venture Bros fans would like some sketch cards of your cartoon heroes or of their creators, of you non Venture Bros fans who would like sketches of your other heroes, you should definitely email them!
And as soon as eBay will let me upload more awesome Venture Bros items...
For all of you out there who loved Lola as much as we we did and donated to her cause, with or without knowing her, we said goodbye to her yesterday.
I won't lie, there were many tears and still some.
Lola never really recovered from the exploratory operation and, at the end of the day, she was never really going to. But it did seem to speed up the process and if we knew then what we know now, we would never have put her thru it.
But we really want to give a heart felt thanks to all of you who supported her over the last month... you've been beyond generous. It's just a shame the outcome wasn't a positive one.
But I really want to celebrate her today, so... I'm re-posting this video we did of her back in 2009 as a little tribute to one of the most beautiful cats I've ever known.
"FIP is a viral disease of cats that can affect many systems of the body. It is a progressive disease and almost always fatal. It is found worldwide and affects not only domestic cats, but many wild ones as well.
There is no cure for FIP. A survivor of FIP is very rare".
Thank you all for your unbelievable support. You are all truly wonderful human beings. We will give Lola kisses for you all.
We understand that some people have asked about making a donation towards Lola's medical bills. This is extremely kind of you, so we've set up this page for any of you who would like to contribute.
Lola sends you kisses!
The update on Lola that she is now out of the hospital, after being in the Intensive Care Unit at NYC Veterinary Hospital from Friday, November 5th til Monday, November 8th. Although it had been suggested that she might have cancer, results of the biopsies from her operation have returned as negative. We are, of course, grateful for these results. However, it's clear Lola is still suffering from a mystery malady, and her doctors have narrowed it down to one of three things, the first of which is potentially extremely serious. We are still waiting for her final results.
Until then, Lola's showing great signs of recovering from her operation. She's giving us the stink eye up and down for keeping her in her kitty cone.
It's been a trying and intense month, so once again, we are extremely grateful for your support and concern!
Our poor little Lola is in the hospital at the moment with what looks like pancreatic cancer :(
The fees for which are becoming enormous and we're not sure what to do other than sell what art work we own. Maybe it will generate some extra income that we badly need right now so if you are interested in some Venture Bros merch, please take a look. We'll be posting more in the days to come.
This one in particular is a Venture Bros Crew Poster that Jackson Publick/Christopher McCulloch kindly gave me upon completion of season 2. I hate to part with it but ya gotta do what ya gotta do.
We found him thru Petfinder & Zani's Furry Friends in NYC.
He originally came from a house with over 25 cats which were discovered when the owner had to be admitted to hospital with dementia. From what I gather, the apartment was in pretty bad shape so its great to be able to rescue a kitty from a situation like that.
And there's so many kitties, puppies, pigs, rabbits, birds, reptiles and even barnyard animals out there to be adopted that there is absolutely no reason to buy from pet stores and especially not super pet stores. And you can find pure breeds like Ole who are literally just crying out to be adopted. Here's another we were thinking of adopting before we found Ole.
So please check out these links if you're interested in adopting or even fostering a pet...