Official Press Release
The New York Comic Con (NYCC) today announced that Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer, creators of The Venture Bros., will appear at its 2008 event — April 18-20 at the Jacob Javits Center. Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer will attend NYCC 2008 as Featured Guests sponsored by World Leaders Entertainment, producers of the animated series. New York Comic Con is the second largest popular culture event in the United States and features guests including Neil Gaiman, Mike Mignola, Grant Morrison, and T.M.Revolution.
Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer’s The Venture Bros. is the story of teen adventurers Hank and Dean Venture, their caustic and self-centered father, Dr. Venture, and family body guard and secret agent, Brock Samson. The series pays homage to the classic Hanna-Barbera series Jonny Quest as well as themes and characters from books, movies, comics, and cartoons including Scooby Doo, The Hardy Boys, Fantastic Four, and Star Wars. Jackson and Doc compose the series from Astrobase Go!, a space station in orbit around the moon. The Venture Bros. premiered on Cartoon Network’s [adult swim] in 2003. Season Three is scheduled to premiere this June.
“We’re honored Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer could take time from their busy schedules aboard the Astrobase to join us for New York Comic Con 2008. The Venture Bros. is filled with a unique energy, and we’re looking forward to Jackson and Doc bringing this brilliance to NYCC,” Show Manager Lance Fensterman said. “Go Team Venture!”
ABOUT JACKSON PUBLICK:
Jackson Publick III was born in 1971. The only son of Jackson Publick, Jr., author of the popular Rusty Venture series of boys’ adventure novels, he forsook his literary birthright to pursue comic books and a degree in the liberal arts. He was successful at neither, and after a period of sky country hoboing and soul-searching, he decided to put his limited skill-set to use in the Creative Warfare department of the Marine Corps; Psi-Ops division. His most notable achievements during his short tenure were designs for something called “The Mindcopter,” and a squadron of giant, flying metal lions which, when reconfigured and joined together via electrical current, formed a giant, flying metal man. Neither project was ever put into production and, upon learning that he had plagiarized the latter, the Marine Corps discharged Publick summarily, but honorably. It was to be the most important day ever. Drawing on the powers and influence of his amazing Bilderberg Group superpals, he then made up The Venture Bros.
ABOUT DOC HAMMER:br>
Doc Hammer was born in 1626 in Hamar, Norway under the name Erik VonHamer. Being the son of a humble cobbler, not much was expected of the young man other than to cobble, and to not complain about all the cobbling. But Doc was destined for greater things. “Greater things” being not cobbling. At seventeen, with nothing more than really well made shoes and a dream, he made his way to Antwerp to study oil painting under the great Rubens. Within a year the two were at odds. Rubens spoke (infrequently) of Doc as “that creepy skinny kid,” and Doc spoke of Rubens’s work as “kinda unattractive if you really look at it.” By 1648, Doc had relocated to Leiden, where he found his master in Rembrandt. It was there, in his 23rd year, that Doc met “She Who Was To Deliver The Kiss Of Eternal Youth.” After a spicy courtship, “She Who Was To Deliver The Kiss Of Eternal Youth” and Doc were married. By 1650, Doc had grown weary of immortality and committed an unsuccessful suicide by burying his never-corpse in the basement of a Dutch cottage. In 1870, Doc again resurfaced. Using the name Vilhelm Hammershoi, Doc resumed his painting career with mild success. After thanking his bride for “the immortality thing” and nicely reminding her that he had “heard every one of her stories like a billion times,” “She Who Was To Deliver The Kiss Of Eternal Youth” and Doc split up in 1916. Again, Doc literally went underground ’til the 1920’s, when Doc (now using the name Armond Hammer) resurfaced and made a whole mess of money selling overpriced meds to the Russians. Sick of all the baking soda jokes, Doc faked his death yet again. Biding his time ’til the MC Hammer thing had blown over, Doc again resurfaced as “Doc Hammer.” Today, Doc still paints in oils and writes, voices, and does other menial tasks for The Venture Bros. (A show you can watch on cable TV, were you to have cable TV.)
ABOUT WORLD LEADERS ENTERTAINMENT:br>
World Leaders Entertainment, a whimsically irreverent diversified multimedia company, specializes in animation and is devoted to the sacred mission of brining the wow! The studio’s directors, designers, animators, writers, and programmers create and produce television series, commercials, motion graphics, and interactive media. For more, visit wleaders.com.
ABOUT NEW YORK COMIC CON:
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