Jan 20th 2016 by robdenbleyker • 19 Questions • 4669 Points
Hello Reddit! We’ve done quite a lot of stuff since our paths last crossed.
We crowdfunded Season 1 of the Cyanide & Happiness Show, and got picked up by Seeso for Season 2 (available as direct downloads instead if you’re outside the US). We’ve released a short every week for almost two and a half years on YouTube and Vessel (pro tip: they release a week early on Vessel), and in the process went through the whirlwind adventure of building an animation studio from scratch in Dallas, TX.
Ask us anything about comics, conventions, creating animation, the business side of things, our innermost feelings, and any deeply disturbing questions you think we’re too afraid to answer. Let’s get real, reddit. Let’s get deep in the trenches here. Fire away. Metaphors.
And here’s a list of our shameless promotions, because let’s be honest, this is an AMA:
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EDIT: Thanks for another fun IAMA!! We've had a blast and are going to continue answering questions casually here and there, but we may not get to everything obviously! Thanks everyone!
I love your work and have always found myself laughing at C&H while scrolling through various social media news feeds. I have two questions:
1) When did you first discover your passion for making comics?
2) How much of the work is done on pen/pencil and paper, and how much is done using a computer?
1) I've been drawing comics since I was 11 or 12. My parents would bring home large format legal-size paper, which I'd fold in half and staple, and then draw comic books inside of them. Then I'd show them to people at school. I wasn't very popular.
2) Mine are entirely done on a computer. The only physical C&H comic I've made is this one back in 2007. I am saving it for when I crash and burn and need the eBay money.
Do you love me? I love your comics so I think it's only fair
I'll have to think about it, I love a lot of things already. Do you have a resume?
In 2006 I made this comic and showed it to Dave. I told him I thought it was more quietly depressing than actually funny, and asked what he thought. He agreed and said we should do an entire week of upsetting comics, creating this one the next day. The rest is history.
It's my favorite week of the year, because writing sad stuff is such a different challenge than writing jokes.
Too much TV / not enough vegetables
How long does it roughly take to create 1 Episode from the C&H show, everything included?
Excellent question! From locked script to final product, a single episode takes about 9-10 months and 40+ people (I'm estimating because every episode has different needs, and we often rely on freelance animators, who come and go)
I wanted to come see you in London this past year, but I unfortunately couldn't. I have no shame, what's it going to take to get a signed comic sent?
We sell autographed prints of some of our comics from our store. Shipping to London is really expensive though, just to warn you.
Hope we make it back to London again soon!
Kris began the strip in 2004 and posted them on the forums of a website I ran with Dave and Matt. I really liked them and in January 2005 joined forces with Kris to make them daily. Dave and Matt joined in a couple months later, and Cyanide & Happiness became a thing.
What is your favorite insult you use? My personal favorite is chucklefuck used on your fb page.
How did you get started with comics?
My favorite is "knob end" (if you're not getting it right away, it's the end of your dick that looks like a knob). It's a British insult I picked up in London, when someone squeezed onto the wrong train at the last second, and a girl turned around and said "You James Bonded onto the wrong train you fucking knob end." I'm still laughing about that to this day. Knob end is firmly planted in my vernacular.
I started drawing comics when I was a kid, on paper. I'd just show them to my classmates and friends. My mom has boxes full of them.
My favourite right now is "fuckboi". It instantly degrades anything it's flung towards.
Yeah that's a great one. There's no possible response to being called a fuckboi, it immediately puts you at rock bottom. It's over.
I don't get it, is that like a reference to a Cyanide & Happiness comic
What drugs, if any, help inspire you the most to make comics?
ALCOHOL! I can't recommend it enough. So many comic and short ideas have come from us sitting around and drinking, or just one of us drinking with friends. Losing inhibitions is very good for creativity.
The trick is to go back and edit your ideas afterward, because you were shitty drunk and a lot of it probably isn't funny.
Also I'm not suggesting prospective cartoonists develop drinking problems. I'm just saying it worked for me.
I'd beat you up TBH, and get Kris and Dave to help me. 3 against 1 bitch.
My dick while creating it!!!
edit: To give a real answer the hardest part is reinventing your writing process constantly. It's never one thing that works, it's always different and always changing. Writers block is a real, sinister thing.