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Channel-tans are anthropomorphized versions of television channels and media broadcasts, mainly those dedicated to cartoons. Since its conception in 4chan's cartoon and comic board /co/ in mid 2016, it has gained a substantial fanbase of artists and writers that has inspired an expanded universe.


The earliest concepts of channel-tans come from a /co/ drawthread submitted on June 4th, 2016, where an anonymous user requested anthropomorphized versions of Cartoon Network, Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. Later in the thread, artist aipiepo[2] submitted as an anonymous user the art request, featuring three girls with their designs inspired on the three channels (shown below).[1] In the same thread, more requests for channels were submitted. The same day, aipiepo submitted the art on their personal Tumblr account, gaining over 26,000 notes in the following 10 months.[3]


The same day the art was posted, a thread dedicated to creating more anthropomorphized channels was created.[4] This started a series of threads where several designs were created, not only for TV channels but also for networks, broadcast companies and animation studios. This led to the creation of the /ctg/ (Channel-tan general) threads, submitted every Saturday and Sunday so artists and writers could upload their material.[7]

/CTG/ 7 viacoM TimeWarner [adult swim) FOX FX sprout Discovery ALANE OCBS ion SUNDANCETV HBO hulu NETFLIX NiOHT Sine
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On June 9th, 2016, a danbooru-like image board was created in order to store the fan art created in the general threads, gaining over 4,000 posts in the following ten months.[6] Channel-tans also have presence on other 4chan boards[5] and Tumblr.[8]

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Become my patron on Tas] ERANG Look out for our On-Demand service coming this Spring! Boomerang! It's all coming back to you! ROGER Ni Woo? GVE US A NEW SEASON SHOT IT TAKE THE SHOT!

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External References

[1] Desuarchive – CO/ GENERAL DRAWTHREAD

[2] Tumblr – aipiepo

[3] aipiepo.tumblr – cartoon network, disney channel, and nickelodeon

[4] Desuarchive – Channel-tans

[5] Desuarchive – Search for channel-tan

[6] Channel-Tan Booru – Index (Warning: NSFW)

[7] Desuarchive – Search for /ctg/

[8] Tumblr – Search for channel-tan

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