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Good morning earth. I hope you had a good week and that you didn't lose any important files due to an unsteady computer, that subsequently led you to depression and hot, screaming tears. Because that was the case for me. But thanks to this wonderful job that allows me to search the internet to find the most talented and funny webcomic artists, I discovered Ry, that you maybe already know thanks to his amazing Deviant Art gallery. And It's a small world, Ry is a friend of Willow-san, our very first published artist! Now let's start the interview, to get a chance to Ry.

 

 

-What is your name, surname and nickname?
-The long version of my name is Ryan "Ry-Spirit" Shiu, but people know me as simply Ry. Over time there has been many puns played on my name by fans, like Ryce Ball, Ryce Cake, Sweet and Sour Pork with Ryce,... TOO MANY PUNS! But I enjoyed them ^^ . I thought Ryan was two letters too long so I had to cut it down to Ry, so that it is just Ryght. 

-How old are you?
-I am 26 at the moment, this number tends to freak people out because I've been told I look like I am 20. Hmmm well there IS kind of an explanation for this.... I am Asian.

 

-Where do you live?
-I was born in Hong Kong, and moved to Sydney Australia when I was 8. But I travel around Australia to different states a lot to attend conventions.

 

-What's your job?
-I literally just draw at home, that's my job now. Initially I wanted to pursue a career in Graphic Design until I realised I ain't good at that and my strength falls more into illustration. I then wanted to get into a big Design studio or an Animation work place where I can showcase my art style and be myself while also helping a company grow, but I couldn't find a job that allowed me to do that. Then as my popularity started to grow, I started getting more and more freelance jobs till I reached a point when I'm like 'You know what? I think I will just do this for a living.'

-You're living a dream that thousands of people share! What's your journey ?
-My journey is to one day have my own comic. A comic that will be read and appreciated by millions, it will then be made into an anime and even a live action film starring Lee Jun Ki and Amandla Stenberg. Because that way I will be able to get on Wikipedia. So yes my goal in life is to get on Wikipedia. I'm not even joking XD.

 

-What are your inspirations?
-Oh too many! I love a lot of artists from popular ones such as Akira Toriyama, Miyazaki, Satoshi Kon, Shinji Kimura, Street Fighter artist Bengus, Pokemon artist Ken Sugimori. As well as artists on Deviantart such as Cuson, Chamba, Chan-cake, Willow-San, tomiokajiro, Nasuo etc etc. I like to look at their art and pick up their styles and then incorporate them into my own. I also like to appreciate little details in drawings, like Shinji Kimura's drawing of cities, he would add so much details, you just look at the artworks and can't take your eyes off it because there's so much to see in that one picture. So yeah I like to do that too with my artworks, so people can find hidden treasures in there. 

 

-Do you read webcomics? If so, which ones?
-I don't really read webcomics, call me old fashion but I prefer to have a book at hand. Maybe because I like to feel the texture of the paper or the fact that I like to collect comics/art books. But I do read short webcomics or memes when I am bored, like stuff on Tumblr or 9gag.

 

-Tell us more about your websites.
-My website http://www.ry-spirit.com is only a portal to a few other art sites I'm on and updates more regularly, such as my Deviantart http://ry-spirit.deviantart.com or my Facebook fan page http://www.facebook.com/ryspiritart or my Tumblr http://ry-spirit.tumblr.com or my Youtube www.youtube.com/ryspirit . They are all connected to one another so people from all different websites can see my work. 

-Are you selling your creations?
-My work creations will depend on what the client want, I am lucky to be able to use my own style in my client's work, mainly because my clients are usually people who appreciates what I do and wants me to do my own thing. I am quite happy and blessed by that. :) 

 

-How do you work?
-I mostly work with a graphic tablet + Photoshop, I will then continue drawing non stop because I know once I stop I will lose my groove. At times I would line work it traditionally first on paper then scan it, but for coloring I HAVE to use Photoshop. I am so bad with traditional coloring... I need dat control Z.

 

-Why did you choose this FML story?
-This FML story has caught my attention because it is both so cute yet trollish. It is unexpected and the story is not as 'intimate' as the others, don't get me wrong I do love the more adult jokes ones but I chose one that I don't need to draw any sex scenes lol. I don't think I have drawn a sex scene before in my whole life and I'm sure if I do it would just look like two person wrestling... Anyway I chose a clean story for that reason. I also added a lot of 'Ry stuff' in there. The baby is kind of like a human version of a Green Bear character that I always like to draw (In fact Green Bear can be seen resting next to the baby in the first scene), and the mother is kind of like a female version of myself. I don't know I just felt like making this kinda Ry-Spirit style while keeping the story faithful to the original. And I hope fans can enjoy the little nods to my stuff in this FML comic.

 

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ILLUSTRATED FML

 

Ry's DA: http://ry-spirit.deviantart.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/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!

#1355 - Illustrated FML - On 02/22/2013 at 5:18am by Alice - 11 comments

FML's break-ups

We’ve all broken up with someone, at one point in time. Life is like that, it all ends badly; it’s not being pessimistic, it’s being a miserable sourpuss. As the old saying goes, there’s plenty more fish in the sea. Except there isn’t, due to deregulated fishing practices in international waters. FML

Now that St Valentine’s Day is over and that everyone has eaten their flowers and put their chocolates into vases, it's time for some spring-cleaning. Dump each other and then come at me bro; FML will be happy to share your story. Watch these, and try and do worse.

Directed by: Logan Burdick
Starring: Ben Giroux and Ray Chase
Guest Starring: Kelly Huddleston, Emily Goss, and Scott Burman
1st AC / Gaffer: Alex Darke
Grip: Matthew Little
Location Supervisor: Aaron Ehberhart
Art Department: Karissa Barney
PA: Elissa Weinzimmer
Edited by: Logan Burdick
Post production: Noside Production
Sound Design: Gizmo Deluxe
Sound Engineer: S Joly /  JL Fauvel
Creative Director: Didier Guedj
Special thanks to Morgan Prêleur and Steve Maisel.

#1354 - Videos - On 02/18/2013 at 4:09am by The FML Team - 36 comments

M.Roda's Illustrated FML

Hi gang! It’s Saturday, and Saturday is illustrated FML day! We hope that everyone had a great week, that you had some lasagna, wrote the Pope a goodbye note, escaped the Russian meteorite and that you got some sleep.

This week’s artist seems to be doing OK. He goes by the nickname M.Roda. He’s 30 and has several websites: Selective Memory, a blog where he puts his illustrations and comics (“There’s colors and sometimes it hurts your eyes.”) BD + RAP, a blog where he illustrates rap tracks (“It’s in black and white, so it’s a bit more serious.”) and his ultra book to check out his best stuff.

What does he do? “I teach plastic arts. I also illustrate and create comics with my association Nekomix. But soon I’ll be quitting all this stuff to become a successful singer. I’ve already done two concerts in a pizza parlor.”

How did he get to where he is now? “Kindergarten, primary school, high school, art school. During the entire time, I would draw in class. Then I became a teacher. It’s better being a teacher because you get to decide what everyone does. And as I’m a plastic arts teacher, everyone can draw without getting yelled at.”

What does he enjoy in what he does? What’s missing? “I like finishing a drawing, I can then play Mario at last. I’m missing 20 stars and it’s not easy to catch all those purple coins.”
As you may have gathered, his latest news is a gig in a pizza parlor. He’s now going on tour, and hopes to see you all somewhere along the way.
His projects are all well defined at least: “Get an award for my music, write a screenplay for the X-Men and finish Dragon Quest 8 (I’ve played for 2 hours, another 118 and I should be done).”

Next!

Cats or dogs?
Cats. I hate dogs, all dogs. In life, you have to pick a side. And the logo of my association Nekomix is a cat. Cats rule!

What are the latest things you enjoyed in movies/books/comics?
All the Hercules and Xena episodes, the WWF Royal Rumble from 1988 to 1999, the X Men from 1963 to 2013 and French rap from 1990 to 2013.

Who are the artists you like and whose blogs you check out frequently?
I really like Yao and Erwann Surcouf’s blog. They’re really good (especially at Street Fighter and the E.T. game).  I appreciate Phicil’s work. He has a cute way of drawing animals. My favorite colorist is Drac. She can color without going over the lines. Oh, and I’d like to say that I really hate Mickael Roux. He’s bad at drawing pirates and he has the same initials as me.

Tell us what you enjoy in life, your passions, pastimes, vices, and everyday pleasures.
I like playing with the Nes, the Super Nintendo, the Nintendo 64, the Game cube, the Wii, the Game boy, the Game Boy Advance, the DS, the 3DS, the PS1, 2, 3, the PSP, the Megadrive, the Dreamcast and the Xbox. And when I’ve got some time left, I like drawing people.

Do you have any phobias? Which ones?
Umbrellas! I often imagine that I’m walking in the rain in the street with nothing to protect me when suddenly, WHAM!  A downpour blinds me and then WHAM! Someone in front almost pokes my eye out with their umbrella. Awful!

To finish off, ask yourself a question that you would’ve liked to have been asked, then choose whether to answer it or not.
M.Roda, which is your favorite X Men? Oh dear, not an easy question, I love loads of them, erm, I’ll say Cable because he’s older than his father and that’s classy.

 

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

 

So, here are some videos to go, you can take them with you and consume them this weekend while they’re still hot. The first one is a bit disgusting, but it made me laugh a lot. A guy dares to eat a load of spicy stuff, and the results are pretty bad. Check it out here. In other news, a classic, the Mattstache version of Turn Me On by David Guetta and Nicki Minaj. 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/DeviantArt. But don't send your illustration right away! You need first to get in touch with Alice, and she'll tell you what you have to do!

#1353 - Illustrated FML - On 02/16/2013 at 8:50am by Julien - 5 comments

Cyanide & Happiness show their balls

After turning down several offers to make TV shows, due to the fact that the contracts they were being given to sign would’ve suffocated their creativity to the point where Hollywood could’ve been called Houdini, our friends at C&H have now decided to create their own show on the interwebs.

Doing it on your own means no censorship, which is mainly what makes C&H’s sense of humour so special, you can feel its radical taste of freedom and breath mints coming at you. Using all the weapons they have at their disposal (an arsenal of pens and crayons), the people at C&H are one of the last bastions of hope in the face of the excesses of the politically correct army. The most valuable weapon they have is the elegance of their humour.

But to do all this, they need you and your generous donations. They’ve been pouring themselves into this project for a while now, but this makes it official. Their Kickstarter is officially here:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/explosm/the-cyanide-and-happiness-show

Dear Kris, Rob, Matt & Dave, The FML Team, as well as some of FML’s users will help you out. Because you have skill, talent, passion. And balls.

                          

#1352 - Special guests - On 02/15/2013 at 8:56am by The FML Team - 14 comments

FML’s Anti-Valentine’s Day

"Today, I was informed that my boyfriend's mother would be joining us on our Valentine's dinner. I'm not sure if this momma's boy thing is going to work out. FML"

 

Go on, admit it, you hate Valentine’s Day. Even if you don’t, you do.  No one needs a calendar to remember when to tell your significant other that you love them, and to buy them some shitty flowers. And if you do, you don’t deserve to be in a relationship with another human being. Try a pot plant. And if your significant other needs to be reminded to do so by a calendar, push them into a canal.

"Today, I pointed out to my boyfriend how Valentine's Day, my birthday, and our one-year anniversary were all coming up in the next few weeks. He then promptly broke up with me. FML"

 

The origins of the name are much disputed, some say he was a martyr, some say he was a priest who secretly married couples, and my next-door neighbour reckons he was the guy who was the captain of TV’s Love Boat (but my neighbour thinks that giving her cat her bogus homeopathy tablets will help its leg grow back, so she’s no use in a pub quiz team anyway). 
Anyway, here at FML, we’ve decided Valentine’s Day should be called out for what it really is: a celebration of the tacky side of love, the gaudy holiday for couples to prance about in front of single losers and rub everyone else’s nose in their lurve. Yeah, we’re not buying it.

"Today, for Valentine's Day, my boyfriend gave me the half-eaten chocolate bar that I left in his fridge two weeks ago. FML"

 

I know what you’re thinking: this guy’s a single loser, he’s bitter, he’s writing this because he’s angry about having to spend Valentine’s Day on his own watching Golden Girls reruns, yadda yadda yadda. You’re wrong. I’ll be watching The West Wing for the 56th time. I’ve got my whole evening planned out, but at least my plans aren’t as sad as this one:

 

"Today, I arranged to have some flowers delivered at work for Valentine's Day so that my colleagues will think someone likes me. FML"

 

Some gifts are pretty awful too:

 

"Today, my grandma sent me a Valentine's Day card. For years she's been hinting at me to lose weight. The card: a picture of cookies on the front and a gym membership inside. FML"

 

Or reasons for lack of gifts:

 

"Today, my boyfriend of 6 months told me he was not going to celebrate Valentine's Day because it was a 'capitalistic consumerism holiday'. He works in a bank and helps 'capitalism consumerism' 364 days a year. FML"

However, we strive to be open-minded, despite the bitterness. So I’m going to say that I do wish you a wonderful Valentine’s Day with your loved one. Or ones, if you’re into that sort of thing. As Woody Allen once said, “Sex between two people is a beautiful thing - between five, it's fantastic.”

 

The illustration was made by Rara, we've already welcomed her in july. Check out her blog!

#1351 - Ramblings - On 02/13/2013 at 4:28pm by Alan - 24 comments


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