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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.

 

 

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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

Download FML's Christmas book for free

Here's one of the best gifts you'll receive this year.  

Why? Because we're not only giving you a free, downloadable book full of this year's best illustrated FMLs, it's also because it's a gift you can share.  

You really don't want to buy your cousin that godawful One Direction CD she's been asking for? Send her this ebook.
You don't have enough money to buy your colleague a little something, but you want to because, frankly, he's been nice enough to finally start brushing his teeth this year? Send him this ebook.

 

 

Click here to DOWNLOAD

 

We hope you enjoy the book! As always, be excellent to each other, and have a Merry Christmas everyone!

#1340 - Books - On 12/21/2012 at 4:35am by The FML Team - 15 comments

You have reached the New FML

Happy New Year with the New FML! Sometime in the middle of next January, FML will be blowing out 4 candles on its metaphorical birthday cake. Yep, it's been four years since we launched what we often refer to as "our baby". The thing is, the baby has grown up a bit since those early days and has developed in a wild way (and here you can choose your analogy based on your age group) a) as if we were playing Pokémon with codes, or b) as if we'd fed a Gremlin after midnight.  As time has spun on, our progeny has gathered a rather large amount of godfathers and godmothers who come and check on its well-being every day. There are now almost 3 million of you who own an account on the website.

The main evolution is in the way FML is visited. Many of you now read us via your phone, and we have to take all of our users into account when doing something major. So today, Monday 17th of December, our team would like to unveil (with something approaching warp-speed excitement) what we've been working on for several months now. So here it is, get this: we would like to announce that today, on Monday the 17th of December, we are launching the new version of the iPhone app, the new version of the Android app and the new version of the website.

Let's have a little look to see what all the fuss in our brainboxes is all about.

Yes, a new design. And that's not some way of saying we've moved a button several pixels to the right and added a picture of a flashing kitten; no, this is a whole bunch of small but effective modifications that should make your visits even more enjoyable. The main new thing is the menu bar, which will stay at the top of the page and will give you easy access to the main areas of the website.

This version of the website has a whole bunch of extra features, one of which is obvious to everyone straight off the bat: the best comments are now displayed on the website's pages (the home page, page 2, etc.). It’s a new way of congratulating our users for their wit and humour.

All the other new features are reserved to the users who had the great idea of creating a (free) accountThe private messages have changed and are now grouped by conversations. Finally, two other features that you can find at the right of the website: Facebook has been integrated (the big blue button) to help share your activity with your friends, as well as your reading progression, and testing your commitment and loyalty.

The badge hunt is back with added heat! No fewer than 14 new badges have been added to the current collection. Public badges, secret badges; some are easy to get, and some are harder than a 400000-piece puzzle of a snowstorm at night while wearing boxing gloves. There’s a bit of something for everyone and for any level of bravery. SO GET HUNTING!

If you're reading FML on your smartphone, we've got lots in store for you today. To avoid any jealousy, everything is being overhauled to prove that we love you, whether your cult worships an apple or a little green robot. To take advantage of all the new stuff, for your iPhone you'll have to download a brand new app to be used instead of the old one, and for your Android phone it's just a case of getting an update, which is available right now.

   

Amongst the improvements, you'll notice that the design has been totally overhauled and that the badges and private messages have now appeared on your phone. And, wonders of wonders, both of these apps are totally compatible and optimized to be used on tablets. Yep, FML is finally on iPad and adapted for the iPhone 5. 

Get yourself up to date right now by clicking on the link below that corresponds to your phone.



You've now seen what's new. Waiting to introduce you to all these great new developments got us so excited that a bit of pee came out. We just hope that you like what you see. In any case, make the most of it, go nuts, use the website and apps as much as you can because according to a bunch of oddballs and their advent calendar, we're all going to die very soon.

If you have a technical issue, don't hesitate to give our team a shout here: support@fmylife.com. Please be as specific as possible so we can sort it out as quickly as we can.

#1339 - About FMyLife - On 12/16/2012 at 10:04am by The FML Team - 87 comments


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