I’ll be getting a comic up later today, but I wanted to make this post to announce a new production blog I started to track my progress on new Greg is a Garden Gnome episodes. I’m really excited about it. I’ve been working really hard on the show and will continue to do so, so I should have plenty to post about every week. It’s a lot like watching the special features disc first, since you’ll be able to see all the behind the scenes stuff before actually seeing the show.
We decided we didn’t want to do the contest.
We didn’t like the idea of pitting readers head to head. Maybe down the road if we can set up a fighting cage…
Instead, we are going to do a GIVEAWAY. For our first go we thought we’d take the easy route, and also give us a little test run for when we put up the shop again.
So, we want to hear from you.
Comment on this blog and tell us how you discovered Channelate. Did you follow a link on some other website or webcomic? Was it Stumbleupon or Reddit? Did you find a random homemade flyer on the bulletin board at your church? We wanna know!
We will randomly (using random.org) select a winner who will receive a pack of random Channelate buttons.
So be sure to use a valid email (because this is how we’ll contact you) and one entry per email.
Contest ends on WED SEPT 28TH @ MIDNIGHT MST
The winner will be announced/notified on FRIDAY SEPT 30TH
If this goes well, we might do giveaways on a regularish basis.
Sooooo, got some good news for you, if you’re someone who enjoys these comics that I make. As of today, this very day right here that we’re in, I will be doing Channelate full time. That means more comics, more content and soon, an actual store with actual stuff ! This means that along with more comics, I will also get back to posting warm up comics and other “behind the scenes” types of things. I also plan to get back to doing animated content, which has always been my passion, it’s just a passion you gotsta have plenty of time for. (which I now will have)
Gotta say, thank you so much for reading my comics, for this wouldn’t be possible with out you doing that very thing. And if you’d like to help in the free’est way possible, please tell your friends about Channelate! I bet they’ll effin love it!
If you’re interested in following along for updates and stuff, here’s where I am:
There seems to be a weird pop over ad on the site, supposedly from a site called facebinks. It claims to have an exclusive offer from channelate. DO NOT CLICK IT. We’re trying to get to the bottom of it. There should not be any pop over ads on my site and at the moment we’re not totally sure where it’s coming from. I have these disabled on every ad network I deal with. Sorry if you have had it pop up on you.
If you’re a regular channelate reader, sorry about the sporadic updates lately. I plan to get back to my regular schedule tonight. I’ve been preoccupied with a few things lately, but I gotta return to the comedic grind. If you’re a sporadic reader of channelate, it looks like we’ve been on the same page and chances are you haven’t noticed a thing.
Back when I bought the domain channelate.com in 07′ I had the vision of making it a cartoon channel of sorts. channel 8 and other variations were taken, so I thought ChannelAte could work on two levels. One, the Ate, with the original logo being a bite taken out of an eightball (nyuk nyuk). And two, it could be read ChanneLate, as in Late Night, since the humor would be adult oriented. I really was married to the way Channel 8 sounded coming off the tongue.
Anyway, the first cartoon idea I worked on was called Tested on Animals about a dude who lived with former test lab animals who could talk. A chimp named Wayne and an overgrown rat named Rat. My friend Nate and I wrote a handful of scripts, some short and others long. But in the end all that writing really just helped me learn what wasn’t funny and I think that was an important lesson. I animated most of an episode in 3d, which took forever (almost four months). It was agonizing, because half way through it I knew the jokes weren’t working, but I pushed through until all the animation was finished. I don’t know why, really. When the animation was finished, I scrapped it.
Anyway, I wanted to post these short clips so that all my work back then wouldn’t have been totally in vain. Just kinda in vain. Also, I thought it would be kind of interesting to show the direction channelate was heading in prior to when I was focusing on comics.
The first clip is an animation test I did to see what the character would look like with my friend Nate’s voice. Also to try out a style I was toying with. The second clip is a snippet from the episode itself. It’s what I think was the best moment in an episode of otherwise lame gags. There aren’t any SFX, just voice overs.