Butch Hartman is a very busy man.
Having just recently finished a comic book and with a hand in app development, it seems almost impossible that Hartman could find time to dedicate toward building a presence on YouTube. That’s exactly what he’s been doing for the past year, however, taking his channel from 3,000 subscribers to over 100,000. From videos where Hartman ponders what his popular characters from Danny Phantom or The Fairly OddParents look like 10 years later to reimagining the Guardians of the Galaxy and popular Pixar movies, Hartman has found an audience that wants to see what he gets up to next.
It only makes sense, then, that the bouncy, exuberant, Tigger-like cartoonist would find a way to give back to the community that has been following him consistently on YouTube. Sitting at the Nickelodeon booth at San Diego Comic-Con, waving to fans who stop to take his photo, Hartman leans over to tell Polygon that he has something special in store for everyone.
“I’m working on a series right now that will only be available on YouTube,” Hartman said. “It’s going to be a little bit of anime, a little bit in the Danny Phantom range. It won’t be Danny Phantom, of course, but it will be a show like that. It’s still a ways away and we’re putting the pieces together, but the Butch Hartman channel is going to be where I’m bringing more of my series.”
That doesn’t mean Hartman is severing ties with Nickelodeon. The creator says he has a very good working relationship with Nickelodeon, which is still airing The Fairly OddParents and his new series, Bunsen is a Beast, but like so many other creators, Hartman sees the importance of having an online presence and building up an audience on YouTube — and elsewhere.
In July 2015, Hartman launched the Noog Network on iOS. Those who downloaded and signed up for the app were treated to exclusive videos, games, cartoons and live shows. Hartman has spent a large portion of his time developing the app over the years, and his experience working on different art forms has led to a couple of ideas for other projects he wants to work on. Hartman just finished his first comic book, Three O’Clock Club, and tells Polygon that he has ambitions to work on a video game. It’s just a matter of time and finding the right team.
“It’s been a goal for me for a while now,” Hartman said. “But video games take huge teams to create and I don’t know the first thing about building one. I would love to write the narrative for a game, one for kids, but right now my attention is on YouTube.”
Hartman also confirmed that he’s working with popular anime streaming service Crunchyroll on new videos that will be available on his YouTube channel, which Hartman said he’ll be able to talk more about soon. Even with his attention on YouTube, Hartman said that if Nickelodeon were to greenlight a Fairly OddParents or Danny Phantom movie special, he would of course drop everything to focus on that.
For now, the best look at what Hartman has to offer in the coming months will be on his YouTube channel.
“I’m addicted to the freedom YouTube affords me,” Hartman said. “I’m only going to start producing more and more videos in the coming months. There won’t be any shortage of videos on my end anytime soon.”