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"Oh, you're here, we didn't see you, sorry." Horrible feeling, huh? Don't worry folks, you know the FML team isn't like all those co-workers or schoolmates who have a certain taste for humiliating you. It's mean, it's cruel, yes, but, it's also really funny when you're not in the firing line, and that's why today's artist Joe Combs chose to illustrate this particular story. Let's have some fun being mean, shall we?

-How old are you?
-33 (side note: years? liters? we'll never know.)


-Where do you live?
-Twin Cities, Minnesota


-What do you do for a living?
-Programmer.  I hope to one day do illustration and design full-time, but until then, those mortgages don't pay themselves.


-What's your story?
-I was born and raised in Kentucky so I bring a lot of country to the city. On the flip side, when I visit my hometown, people say that I'm too city these days.  It's a lose-lose.


-What are your projects?
-My main project is my long-running webcomic, Business Casual.  It focuses on business, technology, and the pure inanity that lives in all of the offices around the world.  I also create a webcomic called Rusty The Wonderdog   that's an odd, single panel webcomic with no real theme.  Business Casual currently updates 3 times a week while Rusty The Wonderdog is a comic that I just do in bursts.  I also occasionally create mini-comics, sketch cards, and do some freelance web design and illustration.


-Can you tell us about Business Casual and Rusty The Wonderdog?
-Business Casual started in 2003 as an outlet for some frustrations that I was having in my job at the time.  I created some simple comics poking fun at co-workers and the things that went on at my company.  After sharing them with others around the office, I threw together a quick webpage and put the comics out where anyone could read them.  As of September 2010, the archives now contain over 550 strips.
The idea for Rusty The Wonderdog actually started around the same time as Business Casual.  I would doodle cartoons on the whiteboards at work all the time and Rusty started showing up more and more often on them. After a while, he became kind of a mascot for myself and the office.  And when I wanted to do a new comics project a few years ago for a 24 hr comic event, I immediately thought back to that odd little dog I used to draw all the time.


-What inspires you?
-Daily life is probably my largest inspiration for what goes on in my comic. While I do have artistic and humor influences that I can point to, actual life provides me with most of the situations that I lampoon in Business Casual.  As for other influences, I enjoy reading and am always inspired to create more after finishing a good story, comic, or a collection of comic strips.



-What makes you laugh the most?
I really enjoy witty humor and sly wordplay in the style of the Marx Brothers and Monty Python.  However, I'm not above laughing at the simple-pleasures in life like people falling down.


-Why did you choose this FML?
-Since the Work category plays to my strengths, I wanted to choose another FML from that category as I did with the last FML I submitted.  This particular one caught my interest because it reminds me of some former co-workers of mine.  I've worked with both the quiet, shy ones that you can hardly tell are at the office and also the ones who would lock the door and turn the lights out on a coworker as a prank.


-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
-Today, my youngest son just started walking and getting into everything that not's either locked or nailed down in my house. FML

 

Click to see the illustration on FMyLife.com


Many thanks for your second illustration Joe, we're not going to forget you anytime soon.

  "Oh, you're here, we didn't see you, sorry." Horrible feeling, huh? Don't worry folks, you know the FML team isn't like all those co-workers or schoolmates who have a certain taste for humiliating you. It's mean, it's cruel, yes, but, it's also really funny when you're not in the firing line, and that's why today's artist Joe Combs chose to illustrate this particular story. Let's have some fun being mean, shall we?

#638 - Illustrated FML - On 09/10/2010 at 5:53am by - 4 comments

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Doggies!

#1 - On 09/12/2010 at 2:33am by iicaptain

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Minnesota FTW!
I actually really like Joe! I've been to his websites before!
Keep up the good work neighbor.

#3 - On 09/12/2010 at 1:45pm by FFML_314

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