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Welcome to FML's new app

Hi there! If you’re reading this, it means that you’re on the latest version of the FML Official iPhone app. As you may have noticed, the app has changed a lot recently and we’d like to walk you through what’s been going on.

Why is there advertising on FML? The app and each of its updates are free. Ads are our source of income, which allows our readers to use our app for free, all the while keeping our team fed and clothed and able to bring you your dose of giggles every day of the year.

We can confirm that there are fewer advertisements on this version of the app. Mainly on the page that you visit the most, the one that opens up when the app launches and contains the latest FMLs. Previously, an ad banner would remain static at the bottom of the page and would be constantly displayed. Now, this banner is displayed amongst the FMLs (once every 4 FMLs to be precise) and by moving your finger down to read, it can so happen that no ads will appear at all.

We should remind you that if you do not wish to see any advertising at all in the app, it’s possible to purchase the ad-free version (see Settings). It costs $0.99 which is the lowest price possible. A small investment that could be interesting if you’re a frequent FML user.

You’ll find the other big innovation of this version on the page that you land on when you open the app. As of today, it works like a timeline (the same way Facebook and Twitter do) on which you’ll find diverse things like blog articles, illustrated FMLs, tweets, information and “FML, the follow-up”, FMLs where the author has returned to comment.

You’ll thus find out that FML is not just about the FMLs. The rest is very funny too.

Of course, this new timeline feature comes with a sorting option. A button has appeared to the left of the FML submission button. You can personalize your page and everything that is displayed on it by selecting or unselecting elements.

So, that’s basically what we had to say about this new version of the app. Our team works every day to bring you the best of FML. Our greatest reward is your positive reviews on the App Store, so feel free to take a few moments to go to app’s page and give us a nice appreciation. For each 5-star review, somewhere in the world a kitten gets a belly rub. And we like that sort of thing.

#1347 - About FMyLife - On 01/31/2013 at 7:13am by The FML Team - 11 comments

Monsieur To's Illustrated FML

Yep, it’s time, let’s do this! 3…2… 1… GO! Dammit, missed my entrance. Oh well, let’s play the poke game instead. Messed that one up as well. Never mind.

Let’s meet this week’s artist. 33 and from France, Antonin Gallo alias Monsieur To is a freelance “unemployed illustrator.”

“Being unemployed is cool, it allows me to do other stuff, which is great because I work overtime trying to make it in the world of comics and illustration. I get up early and go to bed late. It has been said before but illustrating and comics are a cheap way to create whole universes. Well, theoretically anyway, because I work on an expensive Wacom cintiq. What I need: a bit more of a workload, for sure. Well, a paid workload, because in practice I work a lot.”

Our workaholic’s news of the week is a bunch of responses to job offers, positive ones if possible. And a comic book has just come out, “Etat des lieux”, which is available on Amazon. “A bittersweet story, about an idiot who can’t get over a mistake he made.”

Drawing isn’t always an obvious choice. This is why Antonin has diplomas in science/maths and literature/art. “Highly useless,” he points out, just in case we were wondering. He also has another diploma in art and started some philosophy studies but gave up very quickly due to the coursework being very rigid. He also worked for the national education system.

Projects? “Loads. At the moment I’m on a few comic book projects. One of them is about the lives of teachers, with Marlène writing the script. In it, a new teacher turns up at a high school where the colleagues are zombies, the principal a fire-breathing dragon, and where the pupils welcome the teachers by throwing weapons. Very realistic in fact. I’m also working with Minito, whose style I used for this illustrated FML, on a collection of vertical strips, which mix the absurd, the poetical, the cute and funny. I’d like to pay my respects to Marlène’s colours, without which this series would lose a lot of their attraction. I’m also on a website where I’ve published 2 digital comic books with Marlène (again?), one as a writer, the other as the artist. I’m thinking about two other comic books and working on two others that are published on the Internet and can be read via this profile. Other projects are underway, but need to be looked over, some collaborations, a story about a cherry tree, another with Jean Claude Van Damme, a Rom-Com, an adaptation of a Stefan Zweig novel and I must be forgetting some things. I won’t be slacking in 2013.”

Let’s see how well he does in the second part of the interview.

Cat or dogs?
Cats, definitely, who are elegance incarnate in all circumstances, except when they fall over which makes them exceptionally funny. But I do like dogs though, but at other people’s places. Cats too I suppose.

What are the latest things you enjoyed at the movies, in music, books and comics?
I haven’t been to the movies recently, so I couldn’t say. The last thing I really liked was “Love Actually”, which isn’t recent but I only saw it a year ago. I don’t listen to a lot of music, and only go by track, rarely by artist. And the last track I really liked was a long time ago. The last book that really shook me is “Letter from a stranger” by Stefan Zweig, the only man who could write so well about women. As for comics, I’m a big consumer. So I’d recommend Barrio by Carlos Gimenez, Habibi by Craig Thomson, Undercurrent by Tetsuya Toyoda and I can’t wait for the next volumes of Vinland Saga and Yotsuba&co.

Who are the main artists you appreciate and whose blogs you visit regularly?
There are very few. The one I visit the most is by Marlene, with whom I work. There’s also Jibé’s blog, who you already know. And finally I check out Eliascarpe’s blog, which is about to be updated. As a rule, I’m attracted to people who stand out without having to suck up to better-known artists.

Tell us what you enjoy in life, your passions, pastimes, vices, and everyday pleasures.
I like the smell of freshly ground coffee, misting my glasses with a hot drink. I like taking the time to cook because eating is boring so I might as well try and make the whole process as cool as possible. I like evenings with friends and trolling them about their musical tastes. I like telling stories and I’m a workaholic when it comes to drawing. And when I have the time I like taking the time to finish a video game. I’m getting back into reading after years without. I like bar peanuts with a good beer. I like the first step on fresh snow, and the noise it makes. And I like walking in Paris.

Tell us a crap joke. Possible Joker: if you don’t have a crap joke, we want to know your worst FML.
Do you know the joke about the guy with no thumbs? It’s great. Of course, without the gestures, it’s even worse.

Do you have a phobia? If so, what is it?
I’m afraid of leaving the gas on, the refrigerator open, stuff like that. I used to get up several times a night to check.

 

To see this week’s illustrated FML, click here.

 

That’s all for this week! So what about a video before we go then? Here we go, have the skateboarding dog. See you next week!

 

If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice [at] fmylife.com including a link to your website/blog/DA. 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!

#1344 - Illustrated FML - On 01/18/2013 at 11:07am by Julien - 15 comments

FML is 4 years old

Still recovering from your wild New Year’s Eve party? Come on, it’s almost the middle of January! Get a grip! Oh, and by the way, if it’s the middle of January, that means that it’s FML’s birthday, so where’s our present, huh? You forgot again. Typical.

Anyway, this time it’s our fourth birthday party. Four whole years have rushed by since FML was launched, a time in which we’ve experienced a shedload of laughter, tears, mayhem, fart jokes, bad Gangnam Style dancing and Vuvuzelas. If you think about it, things are happening right now somewhere in the world that are going to end up being published on the front page of FML in the near future. Sad but freaky, right?  It could happen to you as soon as you stop reading this sentence. Well did it? OK then, let’s carry on.

We get sent stories 24/7, not all of them get published of course, some even get banished to the eternal damnation of itdefinitelyis.com (check it out if you want to see what moderating weird FMLs can be like) but those that do often strike a chord with our users, either because they’ve been through a similar situation, or just because they feel so strongly about what they’ve just read.

What we’d like now is to hear from you, tell us how you found out about FML, how long you’ve been coming here and maybe what story or theme struck you the most. Or just tell us what you love about the website. Or us. Or donuts. Well, maybe not donuts, but you get the idea.

Leave us a comment under this article, it will be your birthday gift to us, but let’s make it about you, the reader, the user. As the great Frasier Crane once said, “I’m listening.”

#1342 - About FMyLife - On 01/17/2013 at 7:18am by The FML Team - 85 comments

Glue that FML

Let me wish you a happy new year dear readers! Last week, you were in good company as Julien was the first to welcome you in year 2013 with nothing less than spermatozoon, so let me continue this brand new year of illustrated FMLs with adorable creatures: the animals of Liz. When you're a webcomic reader, you often end up on webcomics starring chickens, bunnies, but Liz isn't that kind of artists, she loves every single animal on the planet (well, except those lazy hamsters, what's really the point of having/being an hamster?) so she draws them all on her fantastic Tumblr. Let's get the chance to know her!

 

 

-What's your name?
-My full name is Elizabeth Climo, but my married name is Elizabeth Heck. I go by Liz rather than Elizabeth because I'm an informal person, and I chose to go by Climo as my professional name rather than Heck because that was my name when I started my career, so it felt strange to change it when I got married. Also, I liked the idea of keeping the name that I share with my grandmother, Shirley Climo, who was a children's book author and a very inspiring person in my life.   

-How old are you and where do you live?
-I am 31 years old, and I live in Los Angeles  

-What's your journey?
-I have always loved to draw, and always knew that I wanted to be an artist. I took all of the art classes they offered at my High School, and, after that, attended San Jose State University and studied art there as well. I have always had sort of a "cartoony" style, meaning I oversimplify things in a way that is not always ideal, especially in an art class. When I was 23, I applied to my university's department of animation and illustration, and I was rejected. I was totally heartbroken. I thought my life as an artist had come to an end, and my future was really unclear. Around the same time, a longtime family friend of mine called to tell me that they had a position open at the The Simpsons, and asked if I was interested in applying. They sent me a character layout test, which is basically an animation test to check that you can draw the characters and move them around in space successfully. Amazingly, a couple of days later they offered me a job. That weekend I moved from San Jose to Los Angeles and I've been here ever since. 

 

 

-What's your job?
-My first job on The Simpsons was as a character layout artist, but I currently work as a storyboard revisionist. What that means is that I work with the storyboard artists to help make their boards a bit more clear by adding acting poses and cleaning up the characters. I've been working on the show about eight years now, and it's still a lot of fun and has been very good to me. Growing up, it had always been a dream of mine to work on The Simpsons (it was my favorite show) so being able to have been a part of it for this long has been really amazing. 

-What are your inspirations?
-I find the inspiration for my comics in the absurdity of everyday life. The little things that happen that are ridiculous but somehow still make you laugh. I keep a list of ideas on me at all times, and write them down whenever they come to me. Other times, if I don't have any specific ideas, I'll look at pictures of animals. Sometimes just a pose or an observation of behavior will inspire a new comic. I only draw animals because I hate drawing people (unless they are from Springfield).

-Do you read webcomics?
-Some of my favorite web comics are Hark! A Vagrant Kate Beaton, Gemma Correll, Marlo Meekins, Pusheen, Pleated Jeans, Sebastion Millon, and a couple of favorite blogs are Tastefully Offensive and The Frogman.

 

 

-Tell us more about yout Tumblr.
-I didn't start doing comics until about a year ago, when I started my Tumblr blog. Working in animation is great, but I wanted to do something that was just mine- my own work, my own ideas. I always doodled and drew little jokes on my own, but kept those drawings between me and my friends. My husband kept telling me that I should start doing web comics, and it took me a bit of time to work up the courage but I finally started as part of my New Year's resolution. The response has been awesome, better than anything I could have hoped for, and I feel extremely grateful. At this point, if I can keep working my day job, keep doing my comics when I get home at night, I will be a happy girl. 

-And last but not least, why did you choose this FML story ?
-I chose this story because I liked the idea of an animal in boxer shorts with his paw glued to his forehead. I thought it would look funny, even if the joke was kinda stupid. I always use that as my safety net- funny drawings in case the joke is dumb because, well, it usually sort of is.

 

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ILLUSTRATED FML

 

Liz Climo's Tumblr: http://lizclimo.tumblr.com/ 


If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice [at] fmylife.com including a link to your website/blog/DA. 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! 

 

 

 

#1343 - Illustrated FML - On 01/11/2013 at 10:15am by Alice - 10 comments

Bouss's Illustrated FML

So, here we are, 2013! Another year in the life of FML; some of us have been skiing; some of us have been perfecting our ninja moves. In any case, thanks for your loyalty through your telephone or computer screen! We’ll be checking out some more amazing artists this year and we’ll get started right away.

This week we’re welcoming 31-year-old Adrien Bousson, alias Bouss, from Marseille in France. “I’m a graphics designer for a metal label called Season of Mist. I take care of band artwork, from technical stuff to sleeves, when a band doesn’t have their own graphic designer. I also take care of creating adverts, web banners, box presentations, bundles, special offers…”

Adrien is having a lot of fun since he gets to meet bands (Saint Vitus, Rotting Christ, Morbid Angel, Tsjuder) he wouldn’t have got to meet as an independent designer. He thus gets to listen to albums months before everyone else and “when you’re a fan of this sort of music, it’s beyond fuck yeah.”

Of course, as with most people who enjoy what they do, he lacks “time, time and more time.”

His latest news? “I’ve just finished the layout for the latest Rotting Christ – a Greek extreme metal legend – (I created everything except the cover), and that’s really satisfying.”

A great job for someone who started his artistic studies with two years at art school, where he wasn’t really comfortable. The two years he spent afterwards doing applied art were a total contrast, and he felt like a cat on a radiator. He got back in touch with one of his first loves: cartoons. Newly graduated, he published some comics, created some cartoons for institutions, a screenplay and some artwork for records. Then he moved to Marseille to start working for Season of Mist.

His projects? “Finish “Ascensions”, a comic book project that I’ve already released a tome of in 2005 and that came to a halt when the publisher told me that he couldn’t publish the rest due to money problems. I’ve got the rights back, and I hope to be able to finish it off because it’s close to my heart. But I’ve got a full time job so it’s tough. I’ve got loads of projects that need to be developed that just need time to be worked on, like one about a pirate that I hope to finish. Another one I’ve got is called “Founky Sguegue” which is about the universal theme of sex in a daft/poetic way. I have a pixel art short film project that I hope to finish in the next few months. I love pixel art at the moment! (I’d love to make a full length pixel art movie…)”

If you like pixel art too, I recommend that you check out Adrien’s blog, there are some really nice things to be seen on it.

Next bit.

Cats or dogs?
Caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat. I’m one of the many people whose brains shut down into “I’m going to start speaking like an idiot, go gaga and fuck you – and I’m going home”  - mode when I see one of these magnificent creatures, who will one day rule the world. Cats are Good. Even if you have to open the door 342 times a day for them and that they mark their territory on you to show you that you belong to them – but they have a point. (I agree with this answer. Adrien, you are my friend).

Tell us what you liked at the movies, in music, books and comics recently.
I enjoyed the movie The Other Guys, which isn’t recent; the dialogue is magnificently funny and absurd, vulgar and classy, inventive and daft. The Grey impressed me, to which I’d add “Restless” by Gus Van Sant, “La terre outragée”, “Take Shelter”…
Musically, The Algorithm was a big slap in the face, a one-man band that makes music I can’t really define, fun, powerful and you can dance to it. “4247 Snare Drums” by Whourkr is great gring/breakcore. The magnificent last Sigur Ros album, the geniuses from Darkspace who’ve made the most intense music in the world, the excellent Aluk Todolo, Menace Ruine, Khonsu, Igorr, NOFX, Neo Inferno, Solefald (“Norron Livskunst” is great album).

As for comics, Larcenet’s “Blast” are amazing. “Aama” by Frederik Peeters… “En Silence” by Audrey Spiry… And a book that isn’t very new but is very relevant: “Eloge de la fuite” by Henri Laborit.

Who are the main artists you like whose blogs you visit regularly?
The only blog I visit frequently is the unique Boulet, one of the best at first person narrative.

Tell us what you enjoy in life, your pastimes, and vices, everyday pleasures.
The immense total power of drawing. The possibility of being able to create worlds with just a piece of paper and a pencil, and at the horizon no limits to your imagination. Getting lost in the line. The act of creation. My passion: drawing, then. My pastime: I’d say drawing. My vice: I’d say drawing, surprise surprise. My everyday pleasure? Hmmm… drawing. Oh yeah, I really enjoyed Portal 2, a masterpiece. Which means I enjoy videogames (file under pastimes). Another vice: not feeling like not creating (just for the double negative). For everyday pleasures, seeing as I’m answering all over the place: music of course (music is a fuckin’ drug). Waking up to music, working to music, eating to music, dreaming in music…

Do you have a phobia, if so what is it?
I’m afraid of human stupidity, because it knows no limits and you can’t do much about it. There are phobias you can do things about, heights, aging, illness. Against stupidity there’s only 2 alternatives: play along and be as stupid, or shut the fuck up because there’s no constructive dialogue to be had. You can only endure. Which is depressing and scary. Oh, and the fear of happiness as well. Hmmm, I’m being told that this was supposed to be a series of fun answers, sorry.

To finish off, ask yourself a question you would’ve liked to have been asked, and it’s up to you to answer it or not.
Why is the rabbit in “Monty Python and The Holy Grail” so mean?

 

And to see this week’s illustrated FML, click here.

 

Not bad for the first illustrated FML of the year, huh? Next week, we’ll be back with more, but for now we’ll leave you with some videos. As Adrien wrote a nice piece about cats, we might as well carry on this theme. That being said, the cat here called Sashimi, is far from being cute. The man in the video is explaining that it belongs to his sister and that the cat hates him. Check it. I’m sure you’ve always wanted to know what a big hungry cat look like when requesting food. Here’s the answer. 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/DA. 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!

#1341 - Illustrated FML - On 01/04/2013 at 1:11pm by Julien - 9 comments


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