I am a process junkie. I love to pour over production stills, storyboards, scripts, all the wonderful ephemera that leads to a successful production. So of course Dark Horse had to go and put together art books for two of my favorite shows.
Check the press releases:
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!
“The Venture Brothers is one of those shows, like Archer, 30 Rock, and Arrested Development, that stands up to repeated viewings,” said Oswalt. “It practically demands them. And this book more than enriches your repeated visits.”
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, and is now available for preorder at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, IndieBound, Things From Another World, DarkHorse.com, and more!
The Art of Over the Garden Wall, a comprehensive look at the production and development art behind the award-winning animated television miniseries Over the Garden Wall, featuring never-before-seen sketches from creator Patrick McHale and written by Paste magazine’s Sean Edgar.
The Cartoon Network miniseries Over the Garden Wall centers on two half brothers who travel across a strange forest in order to find their way home, encountering odd and wonderful things on their journey. The show features the voice work of notable talent, including Elijah Wood, Christopher Lloyd, and more, and received critical industry acclaim, including an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program in 2015.
“I’m so happy Sean and Dark Horse got this book to happen! It’s been really interesting going through all my old sketchbooks, notes, and file folders in search of lost bits and pieces from the show’s development,” said Patrick McHale. “This handsome volume will contain a nice mixture of beautiful drawings and paintings from the series, amusing anecdotes about the process, unseen and unused artwork that didn’t make the final cut, other mysterious odds and ends, and a whole lot of horrible ugly early development sketches that should inspire people to say, ‘Hey, I could do better than that!’”
From Pottsfield to Cloud City, venture up and over and dive right into this colorful hardbound art book. A complete tour through the development and production of Over the Garden Wall, this volume contains hundreds of pieces of concept art and sketches, along with a comprehensive look at the show’s breathtaking production art, including art from the acclaimed 2013 short film Tome of the Unknown: Harvest Melody, which served as the series’ pilot. Also includes commentary from creators Patrick McHale and Nick Cross, interviews with the cast and crew, and more!
These are the days that my wife dreads oh so very much. But how can I resist? How about you?