Artist of the Day: Ryan Quincy

Ryan Quincy

Ryan Quincy worked for well over a decade as part of the South Park production crew as an animator, animation director and supervisor. On the side he also created several music videos over the years which can be seen on his website.

Ryan Quincy

After a long period of development and pitching that began in 2008, which included three shorts produced for FOX, Ryan’s show Out There recently premiered as IFC’s first animated series.

Ryan Quincy

Ryan shared some artwork and photos of whiteboard doodles from the production which is written and boarded by Ryan and a small team in Los Angeles, and then sent to Bento Box Entertainment’s satellite studio in Atlanta, which draws from the talent pool established there by the various Adult Swim productions.

I was considering using some business-jargon to describe this bi-coastal production to a draw contrast with shows that ship animation to Asia–“in-sourcing” came to mind–but while trying to verify if I was using the terminology correctly I came upon this gem on Wikipedia, and decided to call the whole thing off:

The prefixes to “-sourcing” and “-shoring” remain in flux: Outsourcing gave rise to the term in-sourcing, and offshoring resulted in on-shoring. However, onshoring is sometimes called in-shoring. Insourcing is sometimes named “backsourcing”. Insourcing may be done by “onshoring”, “offshoring” or just “remotely”.

Anyway, the animation is done in Atlanta.

Ryan Quincy

Ryan says that he drew from his childhood experience growing up in the midwest U.S. when he created Out There. The quirky designs of the characters also stem directly from the type of doodles that Ryan says he has been drawing since he was a kid, drawing inspiration from the work of Dr. Seuss, Maurice Sendak, Ub Iwerks, Jim Henson and a stew of others.

Ryan Quincy

Ryan Quincy

Ryan Quincy

Ryan Quincy


  • http://twitter.com/AltAnimPodcast AltAnimation Podcast

    Hey we just released a podcast were we interviewed Ryan!
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    • http://scannedlife.com/ Sean Godsey

      Wooo! Your podcast is one of my favorite podcasts.

  • http://scannedlife.com/ Sean Godsey

    Out There is really great, I hope it’s doing well ratings wise because I’d love to see it keep going.

  • Marv

    I want to see Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons of these character designs.

  • david essman

    Great show! Does anyone know what animals the characters from ‘Out There’ are?

  • Inkan1969

    “Out There” is mildly amusing, in the style of “King of the Hill” instead of the more common “Simpsons”/”Family Guy” style. “Out There” makes me smile a couple of times.

    But I don’t really see anything special about the show. I don’t get the character designs. They’re supposed to be talking animals, but their designs are confusing and ugly. I keep thinking that Chad looks like Gossamar. And sometimes I get fed up with the cluelessness of the three lead teen characters. Chris especially, who sometime seems so stupid and selfish that I would love to see someone kick his rear end to mush.

    • Funkybat

      I haven’t seen the show, but I for one am glad there are “adult” cartoon shows premiering that are more toward the “King of the Hill” type of humor than another Simpsons or Family Guy clone. “Bob’s Burgers” is probably the only thing on TV these days besides this show that at all resembles KotH. Still, I would love to see more 2D adult animation that wasn’t like either of those shows. One with a somewhat more dimensional art style would be nice, too, everything seems so flat right now…

    • otterhead

      Chris can indeed be an awful, self-centered, egotistical asshole, and I had friends just like him when I was 15.

      • Inkan1969

        Sure there’ve been kids like that. I wonder if anyone will ever call Chris on that, though.

  • blackguy5000

    I hope this opens up more doors for more animation on IFC and other channels. I just can’t seem to un-see the 2 glaring tangents in the pick up truck screenshot…

  • otterhead

    “Out There” is the first show since “King of the Hill” to feel like it’s genuinely pulling from the creator’s own childhood and life, rather than be simply snarky and/or weird. It feels very real and honest, and I see a lot of myself in the kids of the show.