Hello you wonderful lot! This week we’re going to jump straight in and let this week’s artist introduce himself, because he has a lot to say. “I have many names. Populations know me under several identities, but for now call me exaheva. My blog is called Je suis Cerné, on which I put different styles of comic strips every week. I have lived many lives, but at the moment I am 21 years old, I think. I’ve lived most of my life at MEGACITY, but I’m currently living in GIGAVILLE (it’s a giga place to be). Great, isn’t it? I pretend to study the noble (and clearly the greatest) art that is comics, but the truth is that the school is a cover for a mafia-organized traffic of Pokémon cards (if someone has a shining Mewtwo, I’m interested). I also make music (an electro duo called ‘Je Brûle’) and I create video games at an amateur level (that can be found on my blog). So I also like to experiment stuff in comics, like interactive comics (yes, it’s possible) or animated, or musical… or other stuff.”
As you may have gathered, there are about 18 people inside our guest’s head. But they seem to all get along. What do enjoy in what you do, exaheva? What is missing? “Being able to manipulate people’s emotions for a short period of time via images I’ve created is an interesting power. I’m missing a shining Mewtwo card, as I’ve already said.”
In other news, exaheva tells us that he is on holiday, he’s had an FML published and that yesterday he took the bus. And he was alone in it. Wow.
Even crazier is how he got to where he is now. “Well, first I went to school, then, well, I went to high school, and now I’m in an art school.” I warned you it was crazy.
Before going any further, it gets even worse. “In the beginning, I wanted to pilot giant robots to fight monsters from outer-space, but then I learned that there wasn’t many careers in that sort of thing, so I’m trying to make it in comics, music, video games, or interactive-musical-comics.”
OK then, let’s go onto the next bit.
What are the latest things that you enjoyed at the movies, or in music and books and comics?
Koyaanisqatsi, a musical-minimalist-documentary-movie with music by Philip Glass which is really great. And the best animation movie in the world is Mind Game, it won the best-movie-of-all-time-which-cannot-be-beaten. In music, the last thing I really liked is a German electro-rock band called Warren Suicide, which is really good. And by “books” you mean “video games” obviously so I’d say that the video game you have to play is Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, an independent pixelart game which is SUPER CLASSY with an incredible feel and music, please play it. And as for comic books, erm, “Lupus” by Peeters is absolutely splendid, well told and very catchy (the complete works has been released) as well as “Sunday” by Jon McNaught, a small two color comic with small panels, very pretty and minimalistic.
Who are the main artists that you appreciate and whose blogs you visit regularly?
I’d say Chris Ware, Taiyou Matsumoto, Ruppert and Mulot, so we have an American, a guy from Japan and a French duo. As for blogs, there’s the classics that everyone already knows, but there’s also Fluoxyne, Invisible Hair Suit, and the pixel nut Paul Robertson. There’s also my two friends Mortis Ghost and Saturnome who do great work!
Tell us what you like in life, your passions, hobbies, vices, and everyday pleasures.
Hmmm, I can see you coming. You want some sort of scoop, don’t you? No, well, as I said before, I make a lot of music, I love it. And video games as well, I must admit I like them a lot even though I don’t have enough time to play all the ones I’d like to. Besides that, I have an incomplete list of things I like: giant robots, explosions, furniture, intense combats, the sound of footsteps in the snow, coffee and pasta.
Do you have a phobia? If so, which one?
No, but I have the phobia of having a phobia. For the moment everything’s fine.
To finish up, ask yourself a question you would like to have been asked, and chose whether to answer it or not.
Which Pokémon card are you missing? Shining Mewtwo.
And to see this week’s illustrated FML, click here.
So that’s it for this week. All that’s left is for me to leave you with a video until next week’s illustration. Here’s a video of Siri, the iPhone vocal recognition system. Apparently, Siri has trouble with the Japanese accent and can’t understand the word “work”! That’s all folks, hope you enjoyed yourselves, have a great week, be excellent to each other and enjoy your summer holidays if you’re lucky enough to have any!
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!