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The Venture Bros. Podcast: Season 7 Ep 7: The Unicorn in Captivity

This week’s episode, “The Unicorn in Captivity” is a perfect illustration of why we do this podcast: it is rich with Christ symbolism and Kubrick references. The episode is named after and significantly features one of a series of High Renaissance unicorn tapestries I just so happen to have studied, set in NY’s none-more-goth museum, The Cloisters.

This is the Venture Bros. podcast for people who want to dig into the narrative parallels between our two unicorns; Rusty Venture and The Monarch as well as the symbolism, the history and philosophical questions raised by the hit Adult Swim cartoon.

Steven Attewell examines the episodes’ commentary on sci-fi genre paradoxes via Warren Ellis and Fantastic Four comics. And OSI is no longer just a spoof of GI Joe, it’s a critique of the military industrial complex.

So join us! Here or on Graphic Policy Radio’s iTunes  or find all of our Venture Bros episodes on this playlist (plus Episode 6 which is here).

And comment or tweet me here https://twitter.com/Elana_Brooklyn if you have thoughts about this week’s format. We went long this week. I promise you it’s worth it.

The Venture Bros. Podcast: Season 7 Ep 6: The Bellicose Proxy

The Venture Bros has rich continuity and character arcs over years. Layer on pop culture and historic reference with thematic significance? It’s a lot. So join pop culture & NY history experts Elana Levin and Steven Attewell for our podcast examining each episode of the Adult Swim show.

Season 7 episode 6: The Bellicose Proxy

Wherein:

  • Newish villain Augustus St. Cloud is explored
  • Architecture reveals a lost subway location
  • The Guild is bad at being a labor organization
  • Anais Nin books your mom may or may not have hidden in a closet
  • The late Burt Reynolds is saluted

The Venture Bros. Podcast: Season 7 Ep 5: The Inamorata Consequence

The Venture Brosshow has rich continuity and character arcs that play out over many years. Then layer on pop culture and historic references with thematic significance? It’s a lot to sift through. So join pop culture and history experts Elana Levin and Steven Attewell for our Podcast examining each episode of this hit Adult Swim show.

This is Season 7 episode 5: The Inamorata Consequence.

Learn about the human brain, Fudgie the Whale, yesterday’s video games and enough father drama to win a Tony Award. Also, is this negotiation episode a political metaphor?

Catch up with the show! Listen to Season 7 episode 1 here. Season 7 episode 2 here, Season 7 episode 3 Season 7 episode 4.  And our Season 6 episodes are here(and everything is on Graphic Policy’s itunes).

The Venture Bros. Podcast: Season 7 Ep 4: The High Cost of Loathing

Love The Venture Bros cartoon but afraid of missing the plethora of historical references and layers of meaning behind each episode? Join pop culture and history experts Elana Levin and Steven Attewell for our Podcast examining each episode of this hit Adult Swim show.

This podcast is about Season 7 Episode 4: The High Cost of Loathing

Professor Attewell puts his campus teaching experience to use explaining Stuyvesant University. I reveal the dark truth behind HankCo’s Air BnB, We see parallels to Spider-Man and the works of leading American playwright Arthur Miller. Also, does Sandman hold up?

PS learn more about Air BnB here and take action: ShareBetter.org

Listen to Season 7 episode 1 here. Season 7 episode 2 here, Season 7 episode 3. And our Season 6 episodes are here(and everything is on Graphic Policy’s itunes).

The Venture Bros. Podcast: Season 7 Ep 3: Arrears In Science

Love The Venture Bros cartoon but afraid of missing the plethora of historical references and layers of meaning behind each episode? Join pop culture and history experts Elana Levin and Steven Attewell (whose secret identity is that he’s an actual historian) for our Podcast examining each episode of this hit Adult Swim show.

This podcast is about Season 7 Episode 3: Arrears in Science

It’s got everything from Frankenstein metaphors to the Gershwin Brothers’ Synagogue. 60s songwriter/producers including a real life supervillian, mad scientist/ sorry, I mean filmmaker, Werner Herzog and even a famous Manhattan diner. And more resolved plot threads than we’ve ever seen. This episode goes deep: it’s the conclusion to season 7’s Morphic Trillogy but also the conclusion to Season 1’s Careers in Science and so much of what the show has to say about fathers and sons.

Listen to Season 7 episode 1 here. Season 7 episode 2 here. And our Season 6 episodes are here(and everything is on Graphic Policy’s itunes).

The Venture Bros. Podcast: Season 7 Ep 2: The Rorqual Affair

Love the Venture Bros. cartoon but afraid of missing the myriad of historical references and layers of meaning behind each episode? Join pop culture and history experts Elana Levin (can one ever truly be a recovering art student?) and Steven Attewell (whose secret identity is that he’s an actual historian) for our Podcast examining each episode of Season 7 of this hit Adult Swim show.

This episode is about Season 7 Episode 2 “The Rorqual Affair”.

Featuring Jaws 🦈, 90’s conceptual art (also 🦈), Rat Island is Real and deep cuts into history are all topics radio’s podcast.

The Venture Bros. cartoon on Adult Swim references everything from Hannah-Barbara to Marvel, David Bowie to the Big Bopper, cult cinema to Scorsese, Oscar Wilde to Henry Kissinger. The show’s central theme is failure– the reality of life after the promises and optimism of the 60s space age have faded. But also the positive value of failure as a way to learn and grow, of making unpleasant realities better, and ultimately whether you can learn to keep the joyfulness of youth without its illusions.

Catch up on our podcasts of Season 6 right here (and on iTunes).

And our episode about the Season 7 premiere. 

ECCC 2017: Go Team Venture! Dark Horse Announces The Venture Bros. Art Book Based on Hit Adult Swim Series

Dark Horse is excited to offer fans a never-before-seen look at Adult Swim’s The Venture Bros. animated series with artwork and original sketches by Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer.

In Go Team Venture!: The Art and Making of The Venture Bros., writer Ken Plume sits down with series executive producers Publick and Hammer to have an in-depth conversation about the creation of every single episode, from the pilot through season six and beyond. It’s all here, the earliest sketches of Hank and Dean scribbled in a notebook, pitching the series to Adult Swim, learning the ins and outs of animation, character designs for each season, storyboards, painted backgrounds, behind-the-scenes recollections of how the show came together, and more.  This oversized book is the comprehensive companion to the art and making of the The Venture Bros. and includes a foreword from the voice of fan-favorite character Wonder Boy, Patton Oswalt!

Created and directed by Publick, and written and executive produced by Publick and Hammer, The Venture Bros. is an irreverent but affectionate animated television series that chronicles the hair-raising adventures of Hank and Dean Venture, the not-especially-bright twin sons of pill-popping “super-scientist” Dr. Thaddeus “Rusty” Venture. The show premiered as a pilot on Adult Swim in 2003, followed by a full first season in 2004.

Go Team Venture!: The Art and Making of The Venture Bros. hardcover hits shelves August 23, 2017.

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SDCC 2016: Adult Swim Returns

Adult SwimAdult Swim is ready to once again take on one of the largest and most exciting fan experiences of the year during San Diego Comic-Con this month. Fans can always expect the unexpected from Adult Swim, as they dive into celebrity-filled panels and signings featuring series stars, creators and producers from Robot Chicken and Rick and Morty, a new animated sketch show Brad Neely’s Harg Nallin’ Sclopio Peepio and the much-anticipated Samurai Jack. The free swag will be flying at the network’s official booth in the convention center and also at the exciting Adult Swim on the Green experience overlooking the bay.

First stop, the convention center! Get your game on at the Adult Swim Booth (#3721) with the Return To Feline Fun Hole Slide Mouth, Part 2. Limber up and come lob fishy fun sacks into our illuminated cat holes. Steady your trembling paws and pray your sacrifice to our great glowing kitty doesn’t go unnoticed. If your aim is true, she may cough up something beautiful and exciting.

Need to escape the crowds inside and feel the sun on your face? Adult Swim On The Green is back and it’s gonna be greener than ever. It’s free, it’s fun and it’s on the green behind the convention center at 5th Avenue Landing and Convention Way, Thursday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Everything you’ve ever dreamed of will be up for grabs at the Carnival Midway, which will be full of fancy games and Adult Swim themed prizes. Have your soul photo taken in the Mr. Pickles photo booth, then head over to The Meatwad Full Dome and challenge your mind and stomach to 360 degrees of trance-inducing hallucinations in  “Six Minutes Of Your Life That You’ll Never Get Back.” Back for its fifth year, State Farm® is helping Adult Swim fans best prepare for the con with an Oversized Prizeball Machine that will dispense prizes to maximize fan experience on the green. A few lucky con-goers will win access to exclusive Adult Swim screenings and on-site games. All events are free for those that are 18+. RSVP at AdultSwimPresents.com to fast track your entrance.

The fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down, so come cuddle up with Adult Swim under the stars and check out what’s on the horizon with Nighttime on the Green featuring screenings from 8:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m. with lineup starting at 7:00 p.m. On Thursday join Toonami Pre-Flight for a night of behind-the-scenes info on our popular anime programming block with your hosts Jason DeMarco, Gill Austin, Steve Blum (Voice of TOM), and Dana Swanson (Voice of SARA). Friday we expose you to the unknown with “Things You’ve Never Seen,” a night of specials and original pilots. For our final night on Saturday, don’t miss an improvised evening with Rick and Morty creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland. Arrive early to get suited up for the show by SNICKERS® in custom Ricky and Morty costumes.

ADULT SWIM PANELS

FRIDAY, JULY 22

Hilton San Diego Bayfront – Indigo Ballroom

Robot Chicken

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Perk up your feathers and lube your gears—the poultry posse’s back to show exclusive, never-before-seen, behind-the-scenes footage of their Emmy Award®-winning series! Co-creator / EP Matthew Senreich, EP / co-head writer Tom Root, EP / co-head writer Doug Goldstein, actor / writer Breckin Meyer and writer / director Tom Sheppard are joined by a very special guest: voice actor Donald Faison (Scrubs). Moderated by Keith Crofford, SVP of production for Adult Swim.

 

Brad Neely’s Harg Nalllin’ Sclopio Peepio

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Show creator Brad Neely (China, IL), executive producer Daniel Weidenfeld (China, IL), co-executive producer Dave Newberg (China, IL) invite you to an exclusive look at the first season of the animated sketch show Brad Neely’s Harg Nallin’ Sclopio Peepio premiering Sundays at 11:45 p.m. (ET/PT) on [adult swim].

 

Rick and Morty

2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Executive producers Dan Harmon (Community) & Justin Roiland (Adventure Time), writer / producer Ryan Ridley (Community) and voice talent Spencer Grammer (Greek), Sarah Chalke (Scrubs) and Chris Parnell (Archer) invite fans for a sneak peek of the highly-anticipated third season. Moderated by Brian Q. Quinn (Impractical Jokers).

 

Samurai Jack

3:15pm – 4:00pm

Join creator / director Genndy Tartakovsky, head writer Darrick Bachman, art director Scott Wills, storyboard artist Bryan Andrews and character designer Craig Kellman as they give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming revival of hit animated action-adventure series Samurai Jack. Moderated by Tom Kenny (Samurai Jack, SpongeBob SquarePants).

ADULT SWIM SIGNINGS

Tickets are required for all signings at the Adult Swim Booth (#3721). A limited number of tickets will be given out at the booth on the day-of. First come. First served.

 

SATURDAY, JULY 23

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.    Samurai Jack

Adult Swim Booth #3721

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.      Rick and Morty

Adult Swim Booth #3721

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.      Brad Neely’s Harg Nallin’ Sclopio Peepio

Adult Swim Booth #3721

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.      Robot Chicken

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One-Punch Man Anime Debuts on Toonami July 16th

OnePunchMan-Anime-KeyArtVIZ Media has announced the North American broadcast debut of One-Punch Man on Adult Swim’s Toonami. VIZ Media and Adult Swim’s Toonami team made the announcement before a packed audience of fans at the nation’s largest anime convention – Anime Expo – held this past weekend in Los Angeles.

The action adventure about an uncanny superhero with a knockout punch is scheduled to premiere on July 16th (time to be announced), with future episodes set to air each Saturday. Toonami is the anime programming block on Adult Swim, Turner’s network offering original and acquired animated and live-action series for young adults.

One-Punch Man is based on the bestselling manga series (the latest chapters serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump, and graphic novels published by VIZ Media; rated ‘T for Teens), created by writer ONE and artist Yusuke Murata. The anime series was animated by the renowned Japanese studio, Madhouse, and helmed by famed anime director, Shingo Natsume, (Space Dandy, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos), and features character designs by Chikashi Kubota (From the New World, Robotics:notes). For its broadcast premiere on Toonami, ONE-PUNCH MAN will feature a notable cast of English voice actors including Max Mittelman (as Saitama), Zach Aguilar (as Genos), Robbie Daymond (as Mumen Rider) and Erik Kimerer (as Speed-o’-Sound Sonic).

In One-Punch Man, Saitama only became a hero for fun, but after three years of “special” training, he finds that he can beat even the mightiest opponents with a single punch. Though he faces new enemies every day, it turns out being devastatingly powerful is actually kind of a bore. Can a hero be too strong?

Viz Announces the Premiere of Hunter X Hunter on Adult Swim

HunterXHunter-2011Anime-KeyImage-LgVIZ Media has announced the launch of the all new Hunter X Hunter anime series on Adult Swim’s Toonami.

The first episode of the action-packed, supernatural adventure series will premiere on Saturday, April 16 at 1:00 a.m. EST/PST, with future episodes to air each Saturday. Toonami is the anime programming block on Adult Swim, Turner’s network offering original and acquired animated and live-action series for young adults.

This latest anime property to join the VIZ Media catalog was produced in 2011 by the famed animation studio, MADHOUSE, and was broadcast in Japan on Nippon TV. The series reboots the popular Hunter X Hunter manga series created by Yoshihiro Togashi. For the North American debut, VIZ Media has assembled a fresh cast of talented voice actors that includes Erica Mendez as Gon Freecss, Cristina Vee as Killua Zoldyck, Matthew Mercer as Leorio, Keith Silverstein as Hisoka, and Erika Harlacher as Kurapika.

In the original Hunter X Hunter manga series, which is also published in print and digitally by VIZ Media, Hunters are a special breed, dedicated to tracking down treasures, magical beasts, and even other people. But such pursuits require a license, and less than one in a hundred thousand can pass the grueling qualification exam. Those who do pass gain access to restricted areas, amazing stores of information, and the right to call themselves Hunters.

In the Hunter X Hunter anime series, abundant riches, hidden treasures, fearsome monsters, and exotic creatures are scattered around the world… Gon departs on a journey to become a Pro Hunter who risks his life in search of the unknown. Along the way, he meets other applicants for the Hunter exam: Kurapika, Leorio, and Killua. Can Gon pass the rigorous challenges of the Hunter exam and become the best Hunter in the world!? His wild and epic journey is about to begin!!

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