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.
Hey guess what! My innernette room mate Justin, who’s half of the dudes from Left Handed Toons, launched new effin comic! It’s called Invisible Bread and it’s off to a strong start. I think you’d be happy if you added it to your webcomics reading list.
So, I took down today’s strip because of an email I received from an offended reader. And if the strip offended you too, I apologize. The joke in the strip wasn’t meant to poke fun at that community, rather the joke was meant to be in the misdirection of the reader. Leading the reader to believe the guy in the strip was giving a Mothers’ Day gift to his step mom, when it turned out to be his male to female transgender father. (in case you hadn’t read it) The female character was drawn the same as I always draw moms in my comic and there was no negative commentary. I assumed that anyone, including someone transgender, would find a laugh in my lighthearted joke. I’m still debating having it up in the channelate archives, but if it was offensive to the majority, I will leave it off. If you have your own thoughts on this, I’d love to read them in the comments section.
Been posting some of my reject ideas on my facebook page. Thought I would start sharing some on the site here.
Basically to come up with ideas I just fill my sketchbook with jokes I come up with on the spot. Most aren’t funny, some are great and others are just so-so. I still enjoy the so-so ones, but for what ever reason I don’t feel they are worthy of being a solid update.
Here are a couple recent ones. ↓ Read the rest of this entry…
Draw Until It’s Funny is ending in two weeks, so I’ll be joining Justin in finishing the last stretch. I’ll be posting every other week day starting today! http://www.drawuntilitsfunny.com/2011/05/03/hang-gliding/