It has been two years in the making, but the creators of the incredibly politically incorrect Cyanide & Happiness comics/shorts have officially unveiled the first episode of their Kickstarter-funded web series.
The show is based on the incredibly popular Cyanide & Happiness web comic, which appears on Explosm.net. They have since spun the web comic off into a YouTube channel, where the team publishes hilarious animated shorts based on the web comic. But it was clear the fans wanted more, and creators Rob DenBleyker, Kris Wilson, Dave McElfatrick and Matt Melvin set about finding a way to deliver long-form content to their fans.
After unsuccessful talks with multiple television networks, DenBleyker, Wilson, McElfatrick, and Melvin announced they’re going to self-publish their own content, and opened a Kickstarter to raise the funds they need to produce the show. They originally planned to raise $250,000, but in the end more than 14,000 people showed their support and raised more than three times their original goal ($770,309) to bring more politically incorrect videos to YouTube.
Since the Kickstarter, Cyanide & Happiness co-creator Matt Melvin has parted ways with the rest of the team. He hasn’t revealed any details, and it seems none of the other creators are free to talk about what happened, but according it a post announcing the move, he is “pretty depressed over the turn of events.”
According to their Kickstarter page, there will be a total of eleven episodes in this first season; after which they will continue to upload regular animated shorts year-round to their YouTube channel, which has already amassed 3.6 million subscribers.