Yes, the holidays are over but that's not a reason to cry is it? There there, grab a tissue and take a look at today's illustration, it'll help you feel better. Plus today we're doubling the fun as we're welcoming not one but two artists. Amish people, don't go anywhere, I might talk about you lucky bastards.
-ThypoidMarty (I hope that's not your real name) and Pici welcome ! Who's hiding behind these odd nicknames?
-TyphoidMarty - Marten vanZwietering - originally English, part dutch, all insane. Pici (pronounced Peachy) - Emily Pici - originally from NY state, theater major and lifetime artist.
-How old are you guys?
-I am 36 and Emily is 25.
-Are you in a relationship/brother and sister/both?
-We are married since 11/11/11 at 11:11 at the Buffalo State Planetarium - I like the extra care you took to not offend potential incestuous relationships you displayed there - it is that little extra effort that makes all the difference.
-Congratulation! Now this article will be nothing but sweet love, attentions, and hearts (and not about amish anymore). How did you too meet?
-Online, just another couple of victims of online dating. We were friends on an online chat service first and decided to meet up - it blossomed from there. We only lived about 3 hours away at the time... far enough to be inconvenient but not enough to be a barrier to true love.
-How is it, working with your lover?
-Actually surprisingly wonderful... every once in a while I get butthurt about some small imagined criticism from Emily but then the result almost always ends up better. I know it can be scary to work with your partner but if you can manage it I highly recommend it. We are always cooking up new crazy schemes together so rather than the comics being something that keeps us apart it actually makes us spend even more time doing something cooperatively. Which is just as well - we put out 11 comics every week. If it was me writing it for someone else I would never see Emily any more!With all the zany scheming I sometimes forget we are doing webcomics and instead imagine us as a new and dynamic super-villain duo.
-Tell us more about the webcomics, why did you make 3 of them?
-We started off with Hell Inc, which updates daily. It scratched the creativity itch pretty well. It being the oldest it has the greatest following for now. About 6 months later I was writing a book which I had been working on for a while and Emily said it would make a great webcomic. We started talking about it and it became My Unlife, which has a very different look and feel. The running joke is I try and persuade Emily that it should go out twice weekly but honestly it takes a lot longer to produce so it is just as well that it is Tuesdays only. Lastly, we are both huge fans of fmylife and failbook and seemed to constantly be coming up with our own stories, so one day Emily said she was going to do something about it - so she started making Failytales out of our combined experiences (plus a few from other friends) which updates 3 times a week. The look comes from Emily being huge into classic fairy tales, which is why it become princes and princesses telling the fails. Failytales is mostly Emily - I just do the website goodness for it.
-Ahah, right. Are you both "artists' who are living thanks to your webcomics or do you have like real/annoying jobs?
-Definitely the latter - as much as I would love to be writing webcomics and books full-time we aren't exactly rolling in the dough from it yet. I am a programmer for Green Mountain Coffee and Emily is a Senior In-Home Care Giver for Armistead. She also sings for a local touring group and has a really beautiful voice. She was singing an Italian Operetta last night and it was just beautiful. She was also singing Mr Trollolol which I think shows range. I am off work today because it is a travel day to this convention and boy did they give me hell for it. We are an Exhibitor - We have a fun booth planned with Emily doing digital avatars for people and a raffle tomorow. We even *gasp* have limited quantities of merchandise!
-That is quite fantastic, you're starting to get famous (and we're lucky enough to have you on FML!)
-We are lucky to be here! I wouldn't call it famous so much as infamous.
-What are your next projects? A book? A baby? Both?
-I am working on a My Unlife book which is also handy because I can then script it out for the webcomics - which need plenty of pre-scripting because it contains live cast. And to have a beautiful (artist, yeah, I can feel it) baby
-You're such an amazing couple (and I can feel some of our readers are jealous now, thanks a lot) I bet it was easy for you to choose this story as BOTH of you wanted the same one, right ?
-I think I was the one who originally chose it and came up with a brief idea - Pici expanded on it and then BAM tada! That tends to be our process - I do the basic ideas, we brainstorm and smooth off the rough edges. It's a good process and works well for our mentalities.
-Thank you very much guys, it was fun to do !
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If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice [at] fmylife.com including a link to your website/blog/DA. But DON'T send your illustration right away! You need first to get in touch with me, and I'll tell you what you have to do!