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FML will get her off for you

Well. I must admit when I first received today's illustration, seeing the massive pliers pop out kind of freaked me out. Then I reached the last panel and I'm not sure if it's out of anxiety relief or what, but I laughed so hard I might have choked a little. Anyway, I'm still alive (unlike Robin Gibb... aw, I'm evil), so now it's time to reveal the interview. And just so you know, at the end there's a little bonus, an FML of his own that he also illustrated for us. LOTR and hood piercing fans, you're more than welcome!

 

 

-Henrik Tomenius, how old are you?
-Hi! I'm 35 years old.

-Where do you live?
-I'm born and raised in Sweden. I live in Uppsala. It's a university town just north of the capital Stockholm.

-What is your job?
-I currently work as an illustrator for educational material (science and such). I have a background as a research scientist. But comics are my biggest interest and I run two webcomics : Twistedspeedo.com and poorlydrawndinosaurs.com

-Science was your first love, before comics?
-No. I actually quit doing comics to become a researcher (do a PhD). It's so intense that one can hardly do much else. Anyhow I finished my PhD and noticed I missed doing comics so I picked it up again.

-What are your inspirations when it comes to drawing?
-Well story-wise I take inspiration from news in technology, gaming, science and international politics. Whatever catches my interest could be of use and I usually end up twisting it in one way or the other to make it more interesting for comic readers.

-Do you read webcomics yourself?
-Yes I regularly read Saturday morning breakfast cereal (that we welcomed here), Space avalanche, Maneggs and Perry bible fellowship. All great comics!

-What's your future?
-Right now I'm assembling the comics I made so far into books that will be available on Amazon this year. Other then that I will just continue updating as often as I can which is far too seldom.

-So tell us more about Twistedspeedo.com and poorlydrawndinosaurs.com! When it comes to webcomics, it's like a real jungle, what make your webcomics stand out?
-They are fairly similar in the setup but poorlydrawndinosaurs focus on dinosaurs (obviously) and twistedspeedo on everything else I find interesting. I try to keep the amount of text low in both comics and tell the story using pictures. Both comics can have subjects that are sad...

-What would you say to people who'd like to start their own webcomics? What tips can you give them?
-That's a hard question... I guess it's important to find a subject that you really like yourself and then make comics that revolve around that. If you like the subjects the comics will be relevant for other people with similar interests and you get readers that way. And the usual: practice a lot. Draw everyday etc... and have fun!

"Today, two midgets destroyed everything I ever worked for. FML"

 

 -As you're Swedish, why did you choose to write a webcomic in English?
-I mainly read comics in English and the webcomic scene in Sweden is non existent. I want as many people as possible to read and enjoy my crazy stories thus English was the only option.

-And last question! Why did you choose this particular fml story?
-Haha... I actually don't know.. My subconscious wanted to do that one so i did it.

-Oh, and you actually did TWO comics, would you say a word about the second one ?
-Both of them were the work of my subconscious. I usually take in a lot of information and what gets stuck gets made into a comic. I read a lot every day. When I read through the list of FML the one with the piercings just "got stuck" in my head (pun intended). And the other one, with Sauron, is a FML of my own (obviously).

-Thanks Henrik!

 

 

 

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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! 

 

#1277 - Illustrated FML - On 05/25/2012 at 4:22am by Alice - 2 comments

FML's falling

Good morning guys! Today's interview has been done in some extreme circumstances. It was about 36° Celsius, and half of the Completely Serious Comics crew was working while the other one was cooking. Well, it was a bit crazy as you can imagine. So maybe the answers are a bit odd. But the questions are definitely supercalifragilistically interesting and intelligent. Trust me.

 

-HELLO everybody, my Name Is Jesse Nylund.

-How old are you?
-I am 22 and a half years of age.

-What's your job?
-Well I'm pretty sure I'm payed to be miserable but my actual title is Call Center Supervisor. I don't think I'm allowed to say more than that.

-Ah you're the kind of guy who calls us just to bother us?
-Haha I WISH! It would make the day more interesting. No I just have people call us and complain all day. Loads of fun.

-Oh you have to tell us ONE anecdote.
-Oh boy OK... Well it's hard to really give any stories without giving away where I work exactly but people will call in and will yell, and I mean YELL, at us for so long over a few dollars that they don't want to pay. The swearing and the yelling was so much that I accidentally laughed on the phone really hard and the person was so mad I could hear them throw the phone and it disconnected. I then laughed so hard I had to take a break.

-I KNOW WHERE YOU'RE WORKING, it's for a porn website right?
-DON'T TELL ANYONE. Oh right. Internet interview.

-Did you get some famous people calling you?
-I think Mathew Perry called once. So no. No one famous.

 

-So, tell us more about your webcomic!
-WELL it's really just something I've always liked doing. Me and Leo have always had a weird sense of humour and I've always liked doodling and drawing, so we made the comic. It's just a bunch of jokes that make us laugh and some characters I throw in every once in a while. It's probably the greatest thing to happen to the internet since fmylife.com (shameless ass-kissing). But really we didn't expect as much attention as we get and I find it awesome that others find this stuff funny too.

-You even ended up on 9gag front page. So, Leo is your roomate-buddy-partner-in-the-shower, but he's sadly not here, so you have to present him to us!
-His Name is Leo Nickle, He is also 22 and a half (4 days older than me, the jerk) and he works as a backroom stocker at Walmart. He's also very pretty. Oh, and forgive me if I run from my computer in a few minutes. I've got chicken in the oven.

-All I can think of right now is this
-Okay, I'm back, where were we? 

-You were saying how pretty your roomie is, trying to convince me you weren't gay.
-Yes. Probably not very convincingly either. I'm just saying he's a good looking dude for all those ladies reading this interview.

-So, are you saying comics artists are normal people who can easily be in a relationship?
-Oh heavens no! The artists such as myself are hollow shells of people, grabbing at societies ankles at a vain attempt at humanity. Comic website designers and writers such as Leo are totally fine and normal.

-OK, I'm relieved. What are your inspirations?
-My inspirations are usually other comics in terms of where I can take the jokes or the stories. I read a lot of gunshow.com and nedroid, those guys have such awesome imaginations and weird jokes that it lets me think of the weirdest stuff and put it on paper. The jokes/stories themselves come from what I think will make my friends laugh and I'm happy to see others enjoy it too.

-What's the future of your webcomic?
-Honestly I don't know. I just want people to like it and to have a good laugh whenever possible. I never expected it to get this far and it's amazing what support we get over the internet.

 

 

-Are you going to be in a comic con or something soon?
-I would love to but there's only 2 comic-cons even close to me and we're only now starting to look into merch for the site. I think once we start selling shirts and what-not we'll be at a comic-con in the future but being a dirt poor webcomic team, it's hard to make it work. But you never know and I advise people who like the site to keep their ears open

-Did you experience a FML moment yourself?
-Oh yes I have and I should probably send this into the site because it's a good one. We were hosting a party in our house and I was the one that decided to not drink and make sure the house is still standing by the morning. Halfway through everyone seemed OK so I went to bed as I worked in the morning. When I woke up, the kitchen was covered in soda and booze, there was a knife sticking out of my hallway wall and someone had punched a hole through my kitchen wall so big I could put my head through it. FML.

-And you dare to blame your friends, you're a terrible host Jesse! Last but not least (yes, this interview is ending now, don't cry, I know we had a special connection but everything must come to an end.) Why did you choose this story to illustrate?
-Well I guess I thought that not only was it really funny but really sad too, which for me makes it even funnier. Her fiancee is there to marry her and laughs at her when she falls down in front of her whole family on, probably, the best day of her life. Too good to pass up.

-Thank you Jesse for taking part!

 

 

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Completely Serious Comics is right here : http://completelyseriouscomics.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! 

 

#1273 - Illustrated FML - On 05/15/2012 at 8:49am by Alice - 5 comments

Put your FML hands in the air!

Nooooo, I'm not interviewing Candy Staton, and nooooo I'm not going to talk about the Avengers but guys this isn't 9gag so let me introduce you to the fresh new artist we're welcoming today! She's a lovely lady who lives in Vancouver and she's the author of ChinChatComics. You love chinchillas? This webcomic is for you. You love animals in general? This webcomic is for you. You love to laugh? This webcomic is for you. You are breathing right now? This webcomic is for you. 

 

 

-Jennifer welcome onto the FML boat, what's your name, surname, or nickname if you have one?
-I go by Jenn ChinChat, or just Jenn.

-How old are you?
-I'm 23, but 24 in July. And 12 years old at heart.

-What's your job ? (or imaginary job as you're 12.)
-I am a junior User Interface designer in Vancouver

-Ow, seems serious. So what job could you do after graduating?
-I recently finished my degree so I just started my UI position this Friday at LMWerks.

-What's LMWerks?
-It's a wonderful design consulting studio, and they are great about supporting ChinChatComics

-Tell us more about your webcomic then!
-ChinChatComics is a delightfully addictive comic with unforgettable characters! We publish twice a week and you'll fall in love with us.

 

 

-"We"? Are you schizo or do you work with someone else?
-Haha I do all the drawing and most of the writing, but Shakespeare and Rolo (my chinchillas) give me inspiration all the time. They are also characters in ChinChatComics! I have an IT guy who helps me with my site as well!

-What's the future of ChinChatComics? Can you give us some special news?
-Lots! Of course it's exciting to be part of the FML boat! Thank you very much. If you like ChinChat you can become a fan on Facebook and get access to exclusive ChinChat content! We will be a part of ExporAsian art exhibit in Vancouver at the International Village Art Gallery (May 5-25), so if you are in Vancouver please come take a look! As well if you have an iPad or iPhone, try our game Chinbounce in the App store! So I'm excited to say that the future of ChinChat looks very bright

-And we're pleased as well. What are your inspirations (besides Shakespeare and Rolo) and which webcomics do you read?
-Peanuts by Charles Schultz, Garfield have always been my favorite comics. Some web comics would be ZombieBoy, LoadingArtist and VG cats, Buni. I recently found ZenPencils and they are a fun web comic to follow,

-Are you planning on publishing a Chinchat book?
-Actually yes, I have been looking into doing an eBook and see how it goes, we would love to give an actual book or eBook to our fans to own.

-Does living in Vancouver somehow affect your way of creating?
-Vancouver is a beautiful city and full of interesting people from different places in the world. My friends and experiences have definitely affected how ChinChat is created.

-And last question Jennifer! Why did you choose this FML story?
-When I read it I was in class and I laughed out loud! I was embarrassed but that's how I knew it was the one!

-Thank you very much for taking part Jenn!
-Thank you Alice and FML! And thank you to my ChinChatters for your love and support!

 

 


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ChinChatComics is right here :  http://chinchatcomics.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! 

 

#1269 - Illustrated FML - On 05/10/2012 at 5:06am by Alice - 2 comments

Dorian Danielsen's Illustrated FML

Hello! Or should I say… HI THERE KITTENS. I’m very happy to speak to you again, and this of course has nothing to do with the fact that I’m flying to NYC on Tuesday, not at all. I’ve got a meeting set up with Michael Jordan’s cat. He’s going to teach me how to play basketball, he knows all about baskets. (Kittens, baskets… I’m so ROLFCOPTER).

Anyhoo, I’m not just going to waffle on about my personal life and tell you what I’m going there for, so I’ll now introduce you to a young man who runs a very funny blog. He’s 27, lives in Paris, but is from further south in France. He’s called Dorian Danielsen, and his blog is called Facecam, and the concept is to tell the world stuff that is often funny, only him and his webcam, a bit like a video diary. “I share my troubles and elations, and it all becomes a joyful down-to-earth blog that the whole family can enjoy.”

What does Dorian do? “The short answer is foxhunting, deep-sea fishing and retirement home cheerleader, but to really earn a living, I’m a graphic designer for youth orientated publishing. In my spare time I procrastinate on the Internet.”

I think this interview is going to scare some people, but I’ll take a chance and ask two further questions about his life. What does he like? What does he miss? “What I really enjoy is human interaction. Unfortunately, due a judicial error, I’m forbidden from going within 150 meters of a school. So I just scream out against the injustices of this world in the only free space left: the Internet.”

His education started with a diploma in Taxidermy, then he started a flower delivery business. He was then mistaken for a graphic designer while delivering flowers to a publishing house, due to the fact that he was playing around with a drawing pad. “I’ve been there ever since. But I intend to go back to flowers one of these days!”

Such a rich life which makes me envious. I guess the next FML artists will feel a little jealous. And you haven’t seen everything yet!

Cats or Dogs?
Cats, definitely. They’re more convenient, they fit in a pie.

Your last favorite movies, records, books and comics?
The Avengers is very good, but I recently discovered Chronicle which came out not too long ago and which is well worth a look. Musically, besides Skrillex, nothing has recently caught my attention, so I’m listening to Tom Waits at the moment. As for comics, the list is long… very long, so to sum up, the latest BRPS is cool, Rabagliati’s Paul series is very sensitive and in a lighter style, Gen by Hiroshima is good too.

Which are the main artists you admire, and whose blogs you visit a lot?
YodaBlog, Bastien Vivès, Jaime de Paris, 20th Century Cowboy and in a totally different style, the latest Les3Gras.

What are your passions, hobbies, vices and favorite things in life?
Cf. Question 5: The short answer is foxhunting, deep-sea fishing and retirement home cheerleader, but to really earn a living, I’m a graphic designer for youth orientated publishing. In my spare time I procrastinate on the Internet.

Tell us a joke. If not, your own personal FML.
So, it’s the story of a nun… No wait, a crazy painter. Well, not really, he’s painting a wall. No, that’s not it. He’s painting a ceiling and Batman walks in and asks him the time, so the guy knocks his fries over. Or the other way around, I can never remember.

Do you have a phobia? If so, what it is?
I have two, dead birds and whales. But living in Paris, I only encounter the first category…

To end it off, ask yourself a question you would like to have been asked, and answer it.
-Do you think Scully should’ve got off with Mulder?
-No, she should’ve got off with me!

 

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

 

Ok, that’s it for this week, but before I go, here are three videos because I’m happy and I’m off to pack my suitcase. Don’t get involved in stupid games with drunk guys from Eastern Europe. Never react like this when you get eliminated from a reality TV show. And finally, be careful, looks can be deceiving. See you soon!

 

You’ve got talent and would like to take part in an upcoming illustrated FML? Send me an email to alice@fmylife.com and supply your blog’s address or some of your work.

#1265 - Illustrated FML - On 05/04/2012 at 8:14pm by Julien - 1 comments

The FML cookie

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome today's artist! Today is special, because the artist is maybe a he, maybe a she, maybe his name is Harry, maybe her name is Paula, the truth is that I don't know much about him or her. I think it's a ghost. At least, if he/she's a ghost, he/she was kind enough to stop haunting the old manor he/she lives in, to answer my questions. Disrespectful kids from the suburbs, take your elders for example. 

 

 

 

-Shoe, welcome on FML, I guess Shoe Lace is not your real name... am I right?
-Oh no no, that's just some of my Internet account names, I usually just go by "Von" in the real world.

-So are you a lady or a gentleman?
-Haha! I like to keep it a secret. Then people can only judge me by my artwork and personality.

-Such a girly answer. Or boy's. Ah, I don't know! So you'll be Lorenzo Von Matterhorn to me. How old are you?
-Very obscure! I'm 23 now.

-Where do you live?
-The south of England, where the sea is brown and unwelcoming.

-What's your job? Or are you still a student?
-Ah neither, looking for a job, quit uni a few years ago.

-In what field are you searching? Maybe there's a potential employer reading this interview, go ahead and sell yourself!
-Haha, anything really! Need the money support my artwork, I'd like to just do freelance work, I also enjoy animating, not enough to do my own stories though. I'll basically take on any field of art but with normal jobs, I'd have to choose something stimulating as I get bored very easily. Though that's not exactly selling myself! Though if anyone needs a chocolate tester, I can make time.

 

-Oh and if you need an assistant, I'm here to help. Tell us more about your website!
-I'm just figuring out my art style. So I'm just putting most of my work up until I can figure out what's happening. Hopefully when I do have a secure style people can go through my website and laugh at all my old work and how bad it is. The black soup though, the name, its just meant to mean anything can come out of it. Which is a good excuse for me to not restrict myself and do as I please. The making of it was pretty special though as me and my partner, Joshua, were thinking of names for it and said it at the same time, in perfect scary sync. So it had to be done.

-Partner as you're working together?
-Yes yes.

 

-What are your next projects then?
-I'm remaking a plush at the moment, a kind of mascot for the site, and I'm waiting for an image of mine to be published in the pictoplasma character compendium. Which is out in about 2 days I think, but that's more present, for the future? I don't know, I like to work very quickly, so when I get ideas I usually get it done within a day or two, I'm very impatient but it makes me learn quicker so I can churn out work as it were. I never really have future stuff!

-That's kind of awesome. Which webcomics do you read?
-None! Though the FML strips do keep me entertained, I'm glad I could be part of that.

-And last for not least, why did you choose this FML story?
-It seemed funniest to me, it was the one that was open-ended enough for me to draw horrifyingly, haunted biscuits. Which is always fun to draw.

-Always. Thank you Lorenzo Von Matterhorn for your participation!
-Thank you Alice Cooper for letting me!
-SHHH don't reveal my secret!

 

 

 

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Shoe's website : http://www.theblacksoup.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! 

 

#1261 - Illustrated FML - On 04/28/2012 at 8:30am by Alice - 1 comments


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