James Urbaniak


It’s quickly become a yearly tradition at Dragon Con and it’s an event I never miss: the official Venture Bros. party and costume contest hosted by Venture Bros. Blog. In years prior the party was always hosted in the Pulse Lounge which overlooks the Marriott lobby, but this year due to growing size and demand the party was moved to its own room in the bowels of the Hyatt. It sure made the party harder to find, and there was some outrage over being forced to lineup as if the party was a panel, but once inside (and once the bar showed up) tempers were calmed and everyone got down to business. I mean partying, everyone got down to partying.


Having more space definitely allowed for the party to get wilder than when we were all cramped in the Pulse Lounge, and since it wasn’t out in the open there weren’t any confused congoers wandering in and wondering what’s up with all the butterfly suits. The lights were turned down low and with music provided by black Sunshine the atmosphere was perfect for a party. And since we were tucked away in our own room there were “bouncers” managing who entered in order to keep the room from exceeding capacity. Something I completely understand and appreciate, but what I didn’t appreciate was the fact if I left the room to use the bathroom (which after a few drinks did become a necessity) I’d have to then stand in line and wait to get back in. Eventually, after frequently popping my head out to bug those watching the door if I could just run to the bathroom, I was allowed a quick potty break and reentry without having to stand in line. But still, I shouldn’t have had to press this issue as much as I did.


All right, so there were some growing pains this year, but it in no way hindered the fun as I still had an absolute blast at the party. And even with the low lighting I managed to snag plenty of cosplay pics. Here’s what I grabbed during the party,


Last Night at Dragon Con… Day One

So, last night, at Dragon Con…

Well actually, before I get into last night, let’s all take a moment to appreciate the fact folks were already wearing stellar costumes like this,


And this,


And partying like this,

On Thursday night when Dragon Con hadn’t even officially begun!There’s so much happening at Dragon Con not even the four days the convention has allowed for can contain it. The party has been spilling over into Thursday evening for years now, but this Thursday easily had the largest crowd I’ve seen ringing in Dragon Con New Year’s.

Yes, Dragon Con New Year’s; a countdown to midnight celebrating the official start of Dragon Con.

Now that the con has officially started the real top notch cosplay has begun coming out. In the slideshow below I’ve included a few of my favorites from the first day of the con as just a tease of what’s going on,

Plenty more to come, too, what with the parade and the massive DC and Marvel photoshoots!


I’m sure some of you spent your Labor Day weekend outside, at a barbecue, maybe attending a nice fair or festival. Whatever you did I hope you enjoyed one of the last holiday weekends before we move into the seasons of less sunshine and more obligations. Me? Oh I raged for four days straight at the biggest nerd party of the year: Dragon*Con. Honestly, the weekend has been coming back to me in bits and pieces, especially as I scan through my Twitter account and think, “Huh? When did I tweet that?”

For those unlucky souls unable to attend Dragon*Con this year we here at Nerd Bastards tried to bring as much of the experience to you as our little smartphones would allow. I made sure to live-tweet panels I attended and our #DragonCon tweets – those I had room to tag anyway, for full panel live-tweets you’ll just have to search @nerdbastards during 8/31-9/1 – are available to check out, but here are a few of my favorites.

Yes, you read that right. John Barrowman kicked off his panel by mooning us. This was at 11:00 am, so good morning Dragon*Con, indeed. It’s really of no surprise, but Barrowman is one raunchy fella, his panels should come with an explicit warning. All the hijinks aside – of which there were many including Barrowman screaming, “Buff man!” running out into the audience and fondling a mostly naked man dressed as a Spartan from 300 – we did get some interesting info about upcoming projects. For instance, Barrowman knows who his secret, millionaire character on Arrow really is and says, “it’s AWESOME.” He also shared he is totally on board for more Torchword once he gets the call. And of that upcoming Doctor Who 50th anniversary, Barrowman added as an actor he’d understand if he wasn’t included, but as a fan he’d be “exceptionally disappointed” and “gutted” to not be involved. I think I speak for just about everyone when I say I’d love for him to be in Who‘s 50th and I really hope they don’t overlook him.



We first heard about the upcoming Halloween special of The Venture Bros. at Dragon*Con, first announced at the comedy concert, Gonzaroo, and later confirmed with the footage revealed during Doc Hammer, Jackson Publick, and Jame Urbaniak‘s panel, Let’s All Smoking! I should know, I was there, and live-tweeted it all. (Psst, I also covered The Venture Bros. costume contest.)

Now creator Jackson Publick has graciously shared a few stills from that Halloween special allowing the non Dragon*Con-going, Let’s All Smoking!-attending to get a taste of what’s to come.

Here’s some details about where the new season is, production wise, from Publick,

… we’re just wrapping up pre-production on season 5 of The Venture Bros. We ship our last episode (which is actually the second half of what will be the premiere episode) to Korea this week. All other episodes have shipped, and all of the art staff (except for few stragglers in the Color department) have gone home. We’re received take one rough cuts of the first two episodes from the overseas studio already and are expecting the third this week. Which means we’re about to start post-production. The Halloween episode is obviously the first one we’ll edit and deliver, since it has to make it’s October airdate (the official date has yet to be determined). JG Thirlwell has already completed his genuinely spooky score (we drew some inspiration from the soundtrack to Klute when we first met about this episode a few months ago) and we’re just waiting on some animation retakes from Korea before Doc works his magic on the titling and transitions and adds his special sauce to select sequences.

Doc’s currently on a train back from Atlanta, but when he returns to the AstroBase, we’ll no doubt start talking more earnestly about writing our planned long form special, to be produced some time between seasons 5 and 6. We’ve already had a lot of “big idea” discussions about season 6 as well, so I’m hoping we get to work on all of this stuff sooner rather than later and we don’t make you people wait 2 years between seasons again.


Source: Geek Tyrant

When I wrote Tips and Tricks for a Dragon*Con n00b I said if you like it, chances are someone else at D*C will like it, too. This statement could not be more true than when speaking of The Venture Bros. It’s a quirky, outrageous, hilarious bastardization of all your childhood heroes straight from the insane minds of Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick. Venture Bros. is a show with a small, but ever growing, rabid and devoted fan base. I figure you can count on one hand how many people you meet day in and day out that are fans. You were probably the one who introduced them to the show, amirite?

Basically, Venture Bros. is a niche, but at D*C that’s okay. In fact, for Venturoos it’s frickin’ fantastic! Being are own little niche of weird, butterfly-lovin’, Jackie O. impersonators means when we meet it’s like finding a lost, kindred spirit. Welcome to the,