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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.

 

 

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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

Michel Pelini's Illustrated FML

Hi gang! Welcome to the blog for the last ever illustrated FML to be published on this incarnation of the website. Yep, next Monday, things are going to be shaken up! You’ll see, it’s going to be quite surprising! And as we’re getting ready with last-minute details, I’ve been putting the finishing touches to my Christmas costume. What do you think? I was very successful at a recent party. People were looking at me a bit oddly but it was OK.

I’d now like to introduce you to this week’s guest. His name is Michel Pelini, AKA “Communist Scum”, a name his boss apparently gave to him. Of a “mature age, but not too mature”, he lives in “you see New York? Well, not there” and his blog is here. “According to carbon dating, it’s been dead for millions of years.”

What does he do? “At the moment, I’m typing in order to answer FMLs questions. After which, I’m going to take a shower.” So, he’s funny as well! So, what does he like in what he does? “I like the sound of the keyboard, it’s soothing.” OK, we’re a bit scared now, but we’ll ask anyway: what’s missing from his life? “Hands. Ever since my amputation, I’ve had to type with my nose (also known as the “chicken technique”). It’s annoying. I sometimes use the “Rocco Siffredi” method, but I’d rather not go into that, to not be labeled a showoff.”

As for his news, anything to say regarding comics? “I’ve just moved house and I’m going to get married soon. I know, nobody cares but that’s all I’ve got going on at the moment.”

In fact, even when talking about his career, drawing doesn’t come up much since Michel got a diploma in chemistry and became a chemist. This indicates a certain coherence of which he is proud, and it’s always nice to be proud of something.

Any projects to tell us about before going on to the next part, Michel? “A baby! I know, still nothing to do with comics.” Oh well, never mind. Congratulations though! Right, on to the rest!

Cats or Dogs?
It depends on the wine.

What are the latest things that you enjoyed at the movies, in music, books and comics?
Movies: The train arriving at La Ciotat station by the Lumière Brothers. Music: all Maurice Chevalier. Books, all of Aesop’s works, 1326 edition in Latin, created by the Brackenheim monks (the engravings are magnificent). Comics: the caves of Lascaux (where it all began).

Who are the main artists that you like and whose blogs you frequently visit?
Besides Laurel, very few people.

Tell us about what you like in life, your passions, pastimes, vices and every day pleasures.
What I like in life are my vices, which are also my passions, pastimes and small (and great) pleasures.

Tell us a crap joke.
What is yellow and flies in the air? Super Banana. (Hmmm, at three in the morning, completely drunk, that seemed funnier…)

Possible joker: if you don’t have a joke, tell us your biggest FML.
I was on the toilet, at work, doing a number two, when suddenly the door opened. I’d forgotten to lock it! I was face to face with a colleague, who was as surprised as I was. Reflexively, I threw myself on the door handle and yanked the door shut… so violently that I threw my back out. I was in pain for three days. It was the stupidest injury of my life.

Do you have a phobia? If so, which one?
I’m afraid of you. The readers have to know that I’m answering these questions while staring down the barrel of a gun.

To finish off, ask yourself a question that you would’ve liked to have been asked, and then choose to answer it or not.
-Did you seem them?
-Who?

 

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

 

There you go, that’s all for this week! I’ll leave you once again with some more videos. How about a dog working out with its master while listening to the Beatles, that’s got to be worth checking out. And to stay musical, here’s this brilliant cover of Somebody That I Used To Know, recreated by Walk Off The Earth. It’s one of the best videos of 2012, and I recommend that you check it out (again). 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!

#1338 - Illustrated FML - On 12/13/2012 at 5:35am by Julien - 15 comments

FML's on the phone right now

Crazy little thing called weekend, right? All the other days are about time passing by r e a l l y  s l o w l y, and suddenly nothing but freakin' free time going by toofrickinfast (nothing to do with Belfast). What does that have to do with today's illustration? I'm pretty sure it doesn't. Besides the fact that I'm trying to save time before getting to the interview. I don't want today's artist to leave when we'll be done here. She draws pin-ups, how can you top that?

 


-Okay, I'm done talking nonsense. Whaaaaaat's your name dear artist of the day?
-I'm Marine.

-How old are you?
-I'm 24.

-Where do you live?
-I live in Paris, France.

-OK, let's get to the real stuff, what's your job?
-I'm currently trying to become illustrator and/or Chara designer.

-Did you go to art school to become an illustrator?
-Yes, I went to an art school in Paris, l'Ecole Estienne. I was actually in a 3D animation class!

 

 

-Tell us more about your training.
-Well, after high school I went on an intensive arts training course, which is a necessary step to go further in an art scholarship in France, this lasted a year. Then I was selected in the école Estienne animation class. This lasted for 2 years and allowed me to get an 3D animation diploma. Then I was a bit confused about my future, and I decided to go to university, taking time to think a bit about it... There I graduated in cinema/audiovisuals. I stayed in university for 2 years, and decided to go back to my passion (which is drawing), and try to make my own way. And here I am today!

-On FML. What are your inspirations?
-I've got many! I'm a big day-dreamer, inspiration can pop up from anywhere... And talking about artists who inspire me, I can give you a long list. You just need the hint of an idea, and let your imagination do the rest.

-Don't be shy and show us that "long list" you've been talking about.
-I'll try to make it short but let's say that Disney and Tim Burton are in the front line, then I can also add Chris Sanders, Glen Keane, Aimee Major...  I love the line of Frankin, Bill Watterson, Al Hirshfield... I'm fond of Yslaire's work, so deep and passionate... I'm also fascinated by the paintings of Da Vinci. And lately I discovered the work of Man Arevas which is simply fabulous. I'm sure I'm forgetting a lot of people here! There's just too many!

 

 

-How do you work?
-I love working with pencils, alcohol pens (pantones), watercolors... and I also like working with Photoshop. 

-Do you read webcomics?
-I do sometimes... But I must admit the only one coming to my mind right now is Doctor Cat!

-Last question Marine! Why did you choose this FML story?
-Well... I wanted to draw something not dirty, and also a bit visual... There I totally enjoyed drawing the different poses and expressions. I think everybody can relate to this story: it's the kind of funny thing that happens to anyone, like looking for glasses when they're on the top of your nose.

 

 

 

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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! 
#1337 - Illustrated FML - On 12/05/2012 at 4:09pm by Alice - 14 comments


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