Philgreff's Illustrated FML
Holy birth control Batman, what a week it has been! The shutdown in the US, Parks and Recreation celebrated its 100th episode and Kitchens of Distinction have released a new album after a 20-odd year hiatus, and it's quite wonderful. Oh, and some other stuff happened all over the world where a lot of people disagreed with one another. Typical people.
Anyway, we’re here to present a new illustration to you, and this week it’s yet again another crossover with our French counterparts over at VDM. Let’s get down to business.
So, who is this guy? Well, his real name is Philippe Greffard, but goes by the moniker Philgreff. He’s 48 and lives somewhere in the sticks in France. He’s not currently up to much, being on “stand-by” as he puts it. He was formerly a letters painter for signs then a History and Geography teacher. He’s also done a ton of odd jobs. This situation leaves him lots of spare time to do what he has always done: draw. He would like some money thrown at him though…
What’s his latest news? “I’ve self-published three books through “Thebookedition”: a compilation of funny drawings called ‘That morning the traffic was heavy’, a comic book report about the 2012 Hellfest called ‘A day inside the festival from Hell’ and a compilation of short comics that appeared on my blog, called ‘Opus incertum’. At the moment I’m working on a children’s book.”
His school days? “I stopped high school early, but I went to college later in life, when I was in my thirties. Professionally I’ve had several lives, painter, teacher… I was a popular teacher but I still ended up cracking under the pressure.”
His main projects now all involve drawing, and finding a small job to pay the bills.
We'll now move on to the next part of the interview, the Q&A section.
Cats or dogs?
Cats! I’d like to be reincarnated into a big fat neutered cat in a posh house, spending my days scratching my head by a fireplace.
What are the latest things you enjoyed in movies, music, books and comics?
I haven’t been to see a movie for ages, but I really like the Coen brothers (my favorite film is “The Big Lebovski”). I read a lot; I loved ‘1Q84’ by Murakami. As for music I like blues-rock, at the moment I’m listening to a lot of Rory Gallagher and Blackberry Smoke. And I always have time to read the comic book “Back to earth” by Manu Larcenet and Jean-Yves Ferri.
Who are the main artists you like and whose blogs you check out regularly?
There are many, it’s hard to select any of them, but a big shout out to MC and Ztnarf, my colleagues at 30 days of Comics that I see like the Moebius and Franquin of the 21st century. And also Zugho and his very original universe.
Tell us what you enjoy in life, your passions, pastimes, vices and everyday pleasures.
I like rock, the sort that contains blues in it, a bit of basic “guitar, bass and drums”. Besides drawing, I also paint and play the guitar (very very badly). My little pleasures are also my vices: Belgian beer and American cigarette.
Can you tell us a joke, or failing that, your own personal FML.
Today (a few years ago really), I came home to see in the living room a twig, like a little statuette. Intrigued, I picked it up, and it was in fact a piece of cat shit. For my dwindling eyesight and sense of smell, FML.
Do you have a phobia? If so, what is it?
Actually, I’m afraid of everything… It’s quite unbearable!
To finish off, ask yourself a question you would’ve liked to have been asked, and then answer it if you wish.
“Would you like it if we gave you loads of money to stay at home and draw, listen to rock music and drink beer?” “Oh, yes please, thanks!”
Nice guy. Nice drawing. So that’s it for another week. Next week we’ll be investigating what is in Area 51 while asking ourselves whether we’ll ever all be able to get along, as humans living in perfect harmony. No, not really. But until then, be excellent to each other.
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!