Well. I must admit when I first received today's illustration, seeing the massive pliers pop out kind of freaked me out. Then I reached the last panel and I'm not sure if it's out of anxiety relief or what, but I laughed so hard I might have choked a little. Anyway, I'm still alive (unlike Robin Gibb... aw, I'm evil), so now it's time to reveal the interview. And just so you know, at the end there's a little bonus, an FML of his own that he also illustrated for us. LOTR and hood piercing fans, you're more than welcome!
-Henrik Tomenius, how old are you?
-Hi! I'm 35 years old.
-Where do you live?
-I'm born and raised in Sweden. I live in Uppsala. It's a university town just north of the capital Stockholm.
-What is your job?
-I currently work as an illustrator for educational material (science and such). I have a background as a research scientist. But comics are my biggest interest and I run two webcomics : Twistedspeedo.com and poorlydrawndinosaurs.com
-Science was your first love, before comics?
-No. I actually quit doing comics to become a researcher (do a PhD). It's so intense that one can hardly do much else. Anyhow I finished my PhD and noticed I missed doing comics so I picked it up again.
-What are your inspirations when it comes to drawing?
-Well story-wise I take inspiration from news in technology, gaming, science and international politics. Whatever catches my interest could be of use and I usually end up twisting it in one way or the other to make it more interesting for comic readers.
-Do you read webcomics yourself?
-Yes I regularly read Saturday morning breakfast cereal (that we welcomed here), Space avalanche, Maneggs and Perry bible fellowship. All great comics!
-What's your future?
-Right now I'm assembling the comics I made so far into books that will be available on Amazon this year. Other then that I will just continue updating as often as I can which is far too seldom.
-So tell us more about Twistedspeedo.com and poorlydrawndinosaurs.com! When it comes to webcomics, it's like a real jungle, what make your webcomics stand out?
-They are fairly similar in the setup but poorlydrawndinosaurs focus on dinosaurs (obviously) and twistedspeedo on everything else I find interesting. I try to keep the amount of text low in both comics and tell the story using pictures. Both comics can have subjects that are sad...
-What would you say to people who'd like to start their own webcomics? What tips can you give them?
-That's a hard question... I guess it's important to find a subject that you really like yourself and then make comics that revolve around that. If you like the subjects the comics will be relevant for other people with similar interests and you get readers that way. And the usual: practice a lot. Draw everyday etc... and have fun!
"Today, two midgets destroyed everything I ever worked for. FML"
-As you're Swedish, why did you choose to write a webcomic in English?
-I mainly read comics in English and the webcomic scene in Sweden is non existent. I want as many people as possible to read and enjoy my crazy stories thus English was the only option.
-And last question! Why did you choose this particular fml story?
-Haha... I actually don't know.. My subconscious wanted to do that one so i did it.
-Oh, and you actually did TWO comics, would you say a word about the second one ?
-Both of them were the work of my subconscious. I usually take in a lot of information and what gets stuck gets made into a comic. I read a lot every day. When I read through the list of FML the one with the piercings just "got stuck" in my head (pun intended). And the other one, with Sauron, is a FML of my own (obviously).
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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!