Archive for May, 2008

The Boys are back in town over at Adult Swim starting this Sunday night at 11:30, but starting tonight you can watch the premiere episode two days early online at

According to co-creator Jackson Publick on his blog Publick Nuisance:

Season 3 of The Venture Bros. premieres online this evening at over at ADULT SWIM.COM with our first episode, “Shadowman 9: In the Cradle of Destiny.” As usual, you can spoil it for yourselves and watch it all tiny with questionable compression, or you can wait till Sunday night to see it in all its letterboxed, full-color, sonically-rich glory on the cable-equipped television of your choice. Whatever mode you choose to receive this gift, I implore you to please not spoil it for anyone else until after Sunday’s broadcast!

Also, Astro Base Go has a new Shirt of the Week Club!

Each week we premiere a brand new episode of The Venture Bros. television program, we will premiere a brand new t-shirt to go with it RIGHT HERE. The shirt will remain on sale for one week only–until the next episode and the next shirt premiere. We’ll only print as many shirts of each design as we receive orders for (okay, we’ll probably make a couple for ourselves, too) and once the ad for a shirt is removed, that shirt will never be available again.

Venture Bros. Shirt Club shirts will all be printed on only the finest American Apparel shirts available, and each is priced at $22 ($23 for 2XL). Each shirt is thematically tied in to the episode it premieres with and every shirt is different. 13 episodes, 13 shirts. That is, of course, unless you choose to SUBSCRIBE!

This week’s shirt is Guild-Themed.

And just to get you all excited, here is a Season Three Promo Trailer!

This was just forwarded to me, and it was too hilarious not to share.

“Painting relates to both art and life. Neither can be made. I try to act in the gap between the two.”-Robert Rauschenberg in The Bride & the Bachelors

Thinking of Deborah Loft today.

She was my art history teacher at College of Marin, an amazing woman who pushed my perspective by introducing me to art and philosophy I’d yet to be exposed to, but at nineteen was perfectly ripe for.

She introduced me to the works of John Cage, Merce Cunningham and Robert Rauschenberg when we read The Bride and the Bachelors, by New Yorker art critic, Calvin Tomkins.

This morning, when I opened the NYT homepage to check on the status of the tragic earthquake in China (Ryan is supposed to travel to Chengdu this Summer for MGS) I let out an audible gasp when I read that

Rauschenberg died last night.

So I today I’ll remember how his works (as well as Cage’s) pushed me to experience with consciousness, and challenged my concepts of beauty.

From his all-white, all-black paintings,

“I always thought of the white paintings as being not passive but very — well, hypersensitive, so that people could look at them and almost see how many people were in the room by the shadows cast, or what time of day it was.”

To his grotesque, yet captivating combines,

“I really feel sorry for people who think things like soap dishes or mirrors or Coke bottles are ugly because they’re surrounded by things like that all day long, and it must make them miserable.”

And innovative use of material,

“A lot of people try to think up ideas. I’m not one. I’d rather accept the irresistible possibilities of what I can’t ignore.”

So thank you Deborah, I meant it when I said “You are my hero.” And thank you Robert–may you rest in peace.

*All quotes are credited to the New York Times. Although most of them originally appeared in The Bride and the Bachelors and possibly
Off the Wall.

I’m honored to be included in the 21st Carnival of Feminist Science Fiction and Fantasy Fans hosted over at Heroine Content. Check out the many thoughtful posts on gender, sexuality, and race in science fiction and fantasy.