Hello everybody! You've been waiting for this all week and here it is, the traditional illustrated FML. It's actually been four years since we started to illustrate your day-to-day crap. Time goes by so quickly! Anyway, this definitely means we're planning a big surprise. But don't be in such a hurry, June will be here soon enough.
There. I've teased you quite a bit and I'm not saying anything more about that special month, nope, not even... no I definitely can't say. Right now, we're welcoming April's final artist. Let the interview BEGIN!
-What is your name, surname and nickname?
-My name is Christopher Williams, but I mainly just go by Chris. I didn't choose this nickname, it chose me.
-How old are you?
-As of this writing I am 31.
-Where do you live?
-I live in Frederick, Maryland in the US.
-What's your job?
-I work as a facility technician at sewage treatment plant (I swear I am not making this up). It's a crappy job, but it pays the bills. I guess you could say that making a webcomic is my part time job.
-What's your journey?
-Other than just trying to be a good father and husband, my journey is to ultimately break out of my current career and into a more creativity-driven career. One of the reasons I started my journal comic is because I felt like it was something that I could show to my kid when he was older, and be able to prove to him that he can do anything if he works hard enough.
-What are your inspirations?
-My wife and son are constant inspirations to me, I mean heck, without them, I wouldn't have a comic! Hah. I'm also constantly inspired by my friends and colleagues in the comics world by how hard they work and their individual creativity, which only makes me want to work that much harder to constantly get better.
-Tell us more about your website Christophercomic.com.
-My website is my journal comic that I cleverly named after myself: Christopher which can be found at http://www.christophercomic.com. I started it because my wife and I had gotten pregnant, and I couldn't think of any better way to announce to our friends and the rest of the world than with a comic. As time went on, I found it was a good way to document things happening in my son's life, sort of like a really overly ambitious baby book. It's also been a constant way for me to relieve stress, and help me deal with an abusive childhood (I had made a series of strips that reflect on that period of time in my life that I called "Memory Lane") better than I was ever able to before. As for the things I have for sale, I have a full on book for sale that contains the first 250ish strips of my journal comic, buttons, and an eBook! I've got a couple other new comic/illustration projects going on as well and hope that they see the light sooner than later. And of course you can purchase them through my website!
-How do you work?
-I work almost 100% digital these days, unless I happen to be at work where I usually keep a small sketchbook with me for quick doodles. In a nutshell, my process starts off with writing/scripting, then panel layouts, sketching, to penciling, then inking, then colors and lettering. The whole process can take up to 6 hours per strip depending on how involved I'm getting with it or how much I hate what I'm drawing and have to start all over.
-And last but not least Chris, why did you choose this FML story?
-I chose this one just because kids are so unintentionally hilarious, even if they're being little turds!
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!