Ryan Hudson, who is from Salt Lake City, UT, is the mind behind the web comic Channelate, which is a weird mix of adult comics that are always funny.

Ryan’s comics started out ten years ago as small drawings with three or four panels that were full of dark humor. Recently, they’ve grown to include live-action cartoons on YouTube, which allows the cartoonist to spend more time on what he loves. But where did it all start?

JoeCartoon.com is a flash cartoon site that Ryan found when his family first got the internet in 1998 or 1999. I knew right away after seeing that I wanted to make web videos, but I had no idea how to do it. While I was first starting to post dark humor drawings, I got ideas from web comics like Cyanide and Happiness, The Perry Bible Fellowship, and Thingpart.

His drawing style is simple and clean, but his sense of fun is anything but that. It’s safe to say that Channelate will make you laugh in a dark and bitter way, making you laugh so hard that you can’t stop. We all know that these are the funniest things ever! It makes you think of South Park, doesn’t it? Ryan said, “South Park gave me a lot of ideas.” “Trey Parker and Matt Stone are really cool to me.” As a child, I loved The Simpsons so much that when South Park first came out, it blew my mind. I thought it was funny. “Something I had never seen before.”

When it comes to Ryan’s adult comics, he says that his process is very easy compared to other cartoonists he’s talked to. However, making Channelate animated has been a fun challenge. He said, “I use a Wacom Cintiq to draw in Adobe Animate CC (Flash).” A sketch layer is the first thing I do. After adding a new layer of ink on top of that, the picture is sent to Manga Studio 5 to be colored. Before, I only made comics in Manga Studio. But I had to learn Flash for work, and I learn best by doing, so I chose to start making comics in Flash as well. It made me learn it quickly.

” This site has helped me in many ways, but it’s not my main source of income. The comic has been my video clip and resume in many ways. Without my comic, I wouldn’t have been able to work on some great independent jobs. On the other hand, Chase Suddarth and I worked together not long ago to make Channelate animated.

Although some of the technical parts were hard, the writing and art were very easy for me because they were similar to what I did for the comic. When I worked for Cyanide and Happiness on the first few seasons of their cartoon show, I learned A LOT about how to make web animation. It was amazing to be able to work behind the scenes after watching their shows for ten years. A lot of what I learned on the job is something I will always use in my own work.

You can see some of Ryan’s work below.

H/T boredpanda

#1

Channelate Comics

Image source: Ryan Hudson

#2

Image source: Ryan Hudson

#3

Image source: Ryan Hudson

#4

Image source: Ryan Hudson

#5

Image source: Ryan Hudson

#6

Channelate Comics

Image source: Ryan Hudson

#7

Image source: Ryan Hudson

#8

Image source: Ryan Hudson

#9

Image source: Ryan Hudson

#10

#11

Image source: Ryan Hudson

#12

Image source: Ryan Hudson

#13

Channelate Comics

Image source: Ryan Hudson

#14

Image source: Ryan Hudson

#15

Channelate Comics

Image source: Ryan Hudson

#16

Image source: Ryan Hudson

#17

Image source: Ryan Hudson

#18

Channelate Comics

Image source: Ryan Hudson

#19

Image source: Ryan Hudson

#20

Image source: Ryan Hudson

#21

Image source: Ryan Hudson

#22

Image source: Ryan Hudson

#23

Image source: Ryan Hudson

#24

Image source: Ryan Hudson

#25

Image source: Ryan Hudson

#26

Image source: Ryan Hudson

#27

Channelate Comics

Image source: Ryan Hudson

#28

Image source: Ryan Hudson

#29

Image source: Ryan Hudson

#30

Image source: Ryan Hudson