Hello everybody, we hope you're all in a good shape. So, what happened this week that we could mention in this introduction? Spain won the World Cup, we will never eat octopus again, Andy's going to college and Fergie is getting over you. Now let's get back to our art related stuff. In June, we were contacted by a young artist, we didn't know her before but we instantly liked her. A month later, she’s now on FML, and here is her interview:
-What's your name and surname?
-(Side note: She's still, she's still Emily from the Block!) How old are you?
-Where do you live?
-I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, but I'm currently living
and working in Beijing, China.
-What are your projects?
I've got an ongoing illustration gig for sessionsfromthebox.com where I do a band illustration every two weeks or so, and I'm also working on a major comic project for another band in Portland. I've got a full-time job and a new house to furnish, so I don't have much time for anything else, though I do try to keep my blog updated with sketches or autobiographical comics about my life here in Beijing.
-What inspires you?
-Everything about Miyazaki films, Craig Thompson's brushwork, Doug TenNapel's brushwork, the Scott Pilgrim comics, Octopus Pie, Kate Beaton's comics... light-hearted stories with great characters and hints of drama... and I always have the urge to document in comic form all the strange and wonderful things I encounter daily here in China or back home.
-What makes you laugh the most?
Anything from Bill Cosby’s stand-up to Robot Chicken's montage of guys getting hit in the crotch, honestly! I am easily amused.
-Why did you contact us and why did you choose this FML story?
-My decision-making process went like "Illustrated FML? Why not?" I chose this FML because A) it wasn't about your parents walking in on something embarrassing, mis-sent text messages, or waking up next to the wrong person for once, and B) it gave me an opportunity to inform the world that people in giant face-covering suits can't really be trusted.
-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
-Not mine, but a coworker's: My coworkers and I were ordering some spicy noodle soup at a small, hole-in-the-wall restaurant. The waiter came to the table with our bowls. He had his thumb in mine. My coworkers spent the entire lunch speculating how long it had been since he'd washed his hands, and asking me how my "poop noodles" tasted. FML
Yami. Thank you for this great anecdote and for your awesome comic!
Emily's website: http://www.fortunecookiecomics.com/emily/
Emily's livejournal: http://eblocky.livejournal.com/
If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org including a link to your website/blog. If you don't have one, attach some of your drawings. But DON'T send your illustration right away! You need first to get in touch with Alice, who's in London with Simon, who will tell you what you have to do!