It was created on December 9, 2004, and started running daily on January 26, 2005.
It has appeared on social networking sites such as Myspace, Quora, Live Journal, and Facebook, where, in April 2006, it had generated more than a million visits per week.
In fact, I’m willing to bet an extremely large majority of people who are outraged by this data capturing and spying revelation have a Facebook account; one of the most in-depth personal information gathering services ever known to mankind.
He’s the US analyst who is currently stuck in a Russian airport looking for asylum because he exposed that – surprise, surprise – the US government/NSA had been spying on pretty much everyone. It’s actually a lot more expensive than the FREE price tag on the box.
This case has helped bring to the surface a vocal part of the internet that is – rightly so – pushing and promoting this issue as much as possible in an attempt to let people know: ‘Hey, these guys are getting information on you without you knowing!
One of the earliest Cyanide & Happiness comics, #15, was posted by Wilson on on January 26, 2005. Melvin said, "We collaborate here and there on them, but the comics are most often individual efforts.
A variant of the comic's title is first mentioned in #121, in which one character sells cotton candy, and explains that it is made of "Cyanide & Happyness" [sic], after which the other character replies: "Happyness!?!? The animated shorts, however, are big collaborative projects, often bringing in people from outside our little, core group." Melvin did not read comics as a kid, but enjoyed Larson's The Far Side and Matt Groening's Life in Hell; he preferred live-action sketch comedy shows such as The Kids in the Hall, Monty Python, Upright Citizens Brigade, and Mr. Den Bleyker added that the stick figure style "makes the characters seem very transient, as if they only exist for a given comic.