O HAI THERE. This week, we have to start off with one of the best gifs in the world. Of course, it contains a cat. Oh, and people, please avoid drinking and driving. It really doesn’t work. (Or avoid being a girl and driving. All right, it was a joke, calm down, we love you really.)
I should really pipe down because this week we’re welcoming a young lady, and with great pleasure. She’s 26, her name is Erika Meza and she lives in Paris but is not originally from there.
Our guest, an illustrator, “which means that I work to pay my bohemian lifestyle of coffee, cookies and watercolors 24/7” is from Mexico. I wanted to find out how she ended up in France. So I asked her. “Well, the official story is that I came on holiday in 2011, and had my jaw down on the floor the minute I saw the AMOUNT of beautifully printed, gorgeously drawn, exquisitely articulated comics - the fact that there's actually several bookstores devoted just to it really, really impressed me. I knew right there and then that I wanted to work in this media, no matter what.”
Erika has also understood everything you need to know to fit in France: appreciate cheese. As well as her quest for cheese, she’s “looking for projects, even under stones. And under the tiny stones under the stones.”
If you are wondering how she is getting on in Paris, “Really well! I've been meeting genuinely amazing people left and right - and had plenty of interesting conversations. It's a bit surreal, after dreaming of living here for so long, one day I'm walking down the street and it's normal; the next I'm walking down the same street and suddenly it hits me and it's like 'OMG right. Paris.' Right now, my next challenge is to play some pétanque. I hadn't ever seen it, and it's so funny.”
Erika even has projects now that she is in Paris cheese hunting. She’s starting a totally silent comic book based on a creepy story that she thought of while driving. She also has two children’s books projects, one horror one and one about puppets. “The main project, though, is surviving in a foreign country, finding my way through its bureaucracy, mastering the language and getting into the market. Piece of cake.”
Cats or dogs?
For sleeping on, dogs. For sleeping with, cats.
What were the latest things you enjoyed in movies, music, books and comics?
I cannot share Ólafur Arnalds and Cloud Cult enough.
Who are the artists you like and whose blogs you check out frequently?
From the french side, Aurélie Neyret, Eleonore Della Malva, Benjamin Lacombe, Clément Lefèvre, Claire Wendling. My personal god, James Jean. And well, Pascal Campion, Brittney Lee, Alina Chau, Kei Acedera, Manuel Arenas, Victoria Ying, Kevin Kidney and Jez Tuya. Drew Struzan too. Too many, gosh…
Tell us what you enjoy in life, your passions, pastimes, vices, and everyday pleasures.
I obviously enjoy drawing and seeing other people’s drawings. On top of that, chocolate, coffee, jumping on the bed and in puddles. Sketching people on the metro. Hiding my sketches from the people in the metro. Playing hide and seek in the dark.
Tell us a crap joke. Or your biggest FML.
No joke, sorry – I suck at telling jokes, I always explain too much… but I once was arrested in San Diego for being on the trolley without a ticket, and the ticket was in the bottom of the bag I never clear out “in case I need this bit of paper one day”.
Do you have any phobias? Which ones?
Burned people and aliens. Please don’t mix those up.
To finish off, ask yourself a question that you would’ve liked to have been asked, then choose whether to answer it or not.
Well, I always seem to end up discussing both religion and politics when everybody says you shouldn’t. I just have it in me, I guess. But it’s definitely something I rather not answer here.
To see this week's illustrated FML, please click here.
So, Erika was nice, wasn’t she? That’s us at FML, we have nice people. And we have nice videos, like this nice compilation. And to end this week’s article, we’ll kick back with a bossa nova version of the Zelda theme. See you soon!
If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice [at] fmylife.com including a link to your website/blog/DeviantArt. 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!