AVC: It feels like the show gives viewers a lot of freedom to choose who they respect or sympathize with.
JP: Right, right. [Laughs.] It’s a little bit of a pop-cultural, generational thing, too. My generation has a hard time being genuine and enthusiastic. There’s a lot of irony in our culture. In a way, some of it’s toying with that kind of aspect of the culture. The characters who are genuine and get a little too excited about something geeky are made to feel foolish for it, but they’re also seen in a better light than some of the characters who think they’re too cool for everybody. For us making the show, there’s that push and pull, too, because we’re goofing on Johnny Quest and Marvel Comics and bands and stuff like that in the dialogue, but there’s a genuine love for most of these things that comes out of us. We don’t make fun of anything we don’t love, for the most part.
One of the creators of The Venture Brothers spills the beans on his creative process, his characters, and connections to his own life. One of my favorite parts: