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You can't always explain what's going on in this crazy world, but at least you can have a good laugh about it. That's basically why FMyLife was created. We have no idea why half of the published FMLs happen, but we sure do know one thing: the artists who take part in the traditional Saturday illustrations use their amazingly crazy imaginations to conjure up amazingly funny comics. And it magically works. I sure use a lot of adverbs today. Anyway, here comes Katie Tiedrich!

 

-Katie, how old are you?
-I'll be twenty-one in a little less than two months!

-Where do you live?
-Westchester, New York.

-Are you still a student?
-Yes, I'm studying Mechanical Engineering.

-Seems faaar away from drawing comics!
-Haha, it kind of is.

-Can you tell us more about your studies?
-Well I'm planning to concentrate on robotics. Right now that mostly boils down to a ton of math, and I draw comics whenever I'm not doing that. The people who know me from my comics are confused when I say I'm studying engineering, and the people who know me from school are confused when I say I also do artsy things. I guess it's a weird Venn diagram?

-I think people are just jealous. Robotics and comics? Come on, that's just nuts. Now you told us about your studies, what about your webcomics?
-Well, I do a comic called Awkward Zombie, which, in one sentence, is about video games. I've been doing it for a little over five years and it's kind of grown way out of where I expected it to go. I also provide the art for a comic called Aikonia, which is a fantasy comic and sort of darker than AZ is.

-How do you draw, which techniques do you use?
-My whole process is digital: I use a Wacom Intuos4 tablet and I do the whole comic from start to finish in Flash. It's, uh, not the best program for comics, but I like it because of reasons. I also tend to draw several comics at once, because working on one thing from start to finish without interruption tends to let weird little errors slip through. I like to come back to something after working on something else for a while, because that's when you notice things like "oh, his shoulder is coming out of his chin."

-Are you more into "one drawing" or into webcomics with a story and stuff?
-I like to draw comics! I like being able to tell a story or a joke. I don't think I really have the technical skill to pull off an interesting illustration, but a comic has so many other inputs that you can still impress people with the way you frame a sequence of events. I think timing is a huge portion of comedy, and there isn't much way to convey that in one panel or drawing. At least not that I've figured out!

-What are your inspirations?
-I think my very first inspiration to start creating stuff was my dad, who drew things for me when I was a kid, and it made art seem like a really fun thing to do (and as it turns out, it is). I grew up reading Calvin and Hobbes and The Far Side, and I think they both really leached into the way I draw comics. At the moment, I follow a ton of amazing artists on the Internet, whose secrets I am constantly trying to steal.

-Who, for example?
-I could list names all day, but I admire Yuko Ota (http://www.johhnywander.com) for her line work, Gigi DG (http://cucumber.gigidigi.com) for her coloring, Dave Shabet (http://deadwinter.cc) for his panel layouts, and KC Green (http://www.gunshowcomic.com) for his sense of humor. Among MANY OTHERS.

-Webcomics are like potatoes chips, one is never enough.
-Absolutely.


 

-How would you like to see your webcomic evolve?
-I'd like to say I want to find the best way to tell a joke, but it's hard to stop and think of a comic that does "the best" sort of humor, because it differs by joke-teller and humor is kind of a weird thing to try to quantify. I guess what I should say is that I want to get better at it in general, because sometimes I'll feel like I've nailed a comic and it's perfect, but other times I'll go in with a joke I liked at conception but find I really don't know how to put it together it and it comes out kind of defective. So I'd like it to be less of a hit-and-miss sort of operation, at least for me.

-Did you experience a FML moment yourself?
-I spent last fall at an internship in Connecticut, and at one point I had to leave my car at a mechanic's for repairs. It was in a town I'd never been to before so I didn't know anybody there, so I took a taxi to work in the morning (about five miles), and tried to call for one after work to get back home. I worked across the street from an airport, and I guess the taxi service preferred customers who had to be taken to other cities, rather than my five miles, so the guy on the phone said he wasn't going to send me a cab. Five miles might not be that far for a car but it sucked having to walk it in work clothes and dress shoes.

-I bet it does! Last question! Why did you choose this particular FML story?
-I wanted to do an "other side of the story" sort of an illustration, and I thought that particular FML was actually pretty weird from both sides. You never see the other party, whoever is taking this dude's mailboxes, so it could have been anyone. Even a giant eagle.

-I think you have something to do with this. But I'll keep it to myself. Thank you Katie for taking part!
-Thank you for having me!

 

 

 

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Katie's webcomic : http://www.awkwardzombie.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! 

 

#1281 - Illustrated FML - On 05/25/2012 at 4:25pm by Alice - 1 comments

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!

 

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ILLUSTRATED FML

 


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!

 

 


CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ILLUSTRATED FML

 


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


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