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FML's Sports Correspondent

Today, I had to call the cops to break up a fistfight at my mother's funeral. It turns out my two brothers care more about having a pissing match over their favorite football teams than they do honoring our mother's memory. FML

You can tell from reading this story that we get a lot sport-related aggravation on FML. People take it seriously. Painting your face like a Juggalo and shouting at a man chasing a ball is a serious business. It’s something you either get or don’t get, and I don’t get it. I can see the appeal of wanting to belong to a team to glean some sort of self-validation and purpose in life when you’ve got nothing besides a tin of beans and a vague sense of national pride that your parents instilled in you like some sort of benign tumor, but once sport starts appearing as top stories on the news, it makes me feel like something is wrong. Charlie Brooker said, “Sport belongs in a news bulletin about as much as a mummified cat's head belongs in a Caesar salad.” However, I’m crap at sport. I’m unfit. I can’t catch things. I have the lung capacity of a clam. So I’m probably just jealous of all those lycra-clad gods and goddesses. So I just sit back and watch the stories float in here at FML towers about sporting mishaps, such as these:

Today, life gave me lemons, delivering them straight to my nuts via my neighbor's tennis ball shooter. FML

Today, at a mixed-family game of rugby, my dad resorted to calling me a "goddamned accident" and eventually body-slamming me, just so I'd stop playing long enough for his team to score. FML

Whether during professional or amateur sports, most accidents are non-fatal. We’ve all seen chilling videos of those guys whose legs go off at funny angles. Just thinking about them makes my spine tingle. Or is that the massive caffeine-infused cola drink I had earlier? A diet cola drink of course, because I like to delude myself that I drinking something healthy to compensate for not doing any sports, or even taking the stairs for two floors when there’s a deathtrap horror-movie elevator. But sports can be hazardous if you think that people can die of embarrassment. There have been documented cases, but nobody wrote them down at the time.

Today, I finally scored a goal in a soccer game. Too bad it was in our own net. FML

Today, my tennis coach showed up to practice in an all white outfit. I exclaimed, "You're looking very white today!" He's African American. FML

As you know, most people take part in sports as spectators. That bit I could do. It involved minimum physical participation, unless you count yelling at the television with a beer and some processed food in your hand. But some spectators actually put on some clean-ish clothes, leave their homes and go to watch real-life sporting events take place before their very eyes. This can also be very tricky, especially if you’re not really good at using your hands, legs, and other body parts:

Today, I went to a baseball game. On the way in, I managed to trip and get stuck in the turnstile. It took five minutes of flailing and twisting around in front of hundreds of people before I managed to pull myself out. FML

Today, during a basketball game, I fell into metal chairs, which then decided to fold in, causing me to fall to the floor in a very dramatic and painful fall. When I stood up, so did everyone else and they were all clapping, including the other team. FML

And some things are just plain wrong. When weird people go out in public, get caught up in the excitement of a point being scored by someone on “their” team, they just do… something:

Today, I went to an amateur baseball game with some family and friends. When our team hit a home run, my grandpa took it upon himself to start screaming wildly, removing his prosthetic leg and waving it jubilantly in the air. FML

Many more sports stories are to be found in the annals of FML, you just have to use the squirrel-powered search engine to find them. The popularity of sports, whether football teams (real football, not that hand-egg thing that the Americans play) or individuals sports like tennis or listening to the world curling championship on the radio, will never wane. Meaning we’ll never run out of sports-related FMLs, where either face-painted spectators or people chasing odd-shaped balls get hurt. Bring ‘em on.

#1389 - Ramblings - On 06/17/2013 at 8:59am by Alan - 5 comments

FML braces

Ah, you're here! Last week, and the week before that, we welcomed two amazing artists from the Netherlands to fit with our "artists from the Netherlands" theme this month. Great, isn't it? Well, today we're still travelling around this amazing, though still relatively unknown country. Well, thanks to FML, you do know what the Dutch have to offer when it comes to illustrations and comics. And it's dope. 

-What is your name and surname? Do you have a nickname? 
-My full name is Max Devica Grünfeld. For clarity, I am female, don't be misguided by my first name - don't know what my parents where thinking (but I do love it). I haven't really chosen a nickname for myself, as an illustrator I work under Max Grünfeld. I've thought for a long time about a potential illustrator name, but it all felt a bit forced, so I decided to stay with what suits me. 

-How old are you?
-I'm 23 years old. Hooray! 

-Where do you live?
-For the moment I live in Hamburg. My boyfriend moved here from New York as getting a Visa in The Netherlands is near to impossible, so we decided to settle in Hamburg. It's an amazing Harbor city, though the winters are pretty though! Otherwise 
I'm from a city called Amersfoort, 20 min by train from Amsterdam.

-What's your job?
I'm a full-time illustrator. It varies whether I make work for myself, an exhibition or for clients. I love to do all of them, and the variety keeps it interesting for me. It's important for me to find time to work on pieces of my own, to have the freedom to experiment and tell stories with them. Besides illustrating, I work one day a week in a little art shop here in Hamburg. Which is great, because it makes sure I get immersed in German culture a bit more and get to improve my German as well.

-What's your journey?
Since I was little I knew I wanted to do something with drawing, though at the time I did not know there was such a thing as an Art Academy. At the age of fifteen I followed a year long course to build up my portfolio and prepare myself for the Art Academy. I applied to only one school, ArtEZ Institute for the Arts, because I really wanted to get into that particular school. At that time it had a really good reputation for its Illustration department. Happily I got in and started when I was seventeen. In my third year I did an Erasmus (student exchange program) in Barcelona, Spain. This was one of the best things I could have done, as well for myself as for my development in style and art. I got the chance to learn from the Spanish art and culture and got to feel more free to experiment and find out who I was as an artist. After graduating in 2011 I had the luck to get to know some great contacts that got me work and exhibitions. Even though every month is different - months of struggle and lots of work - and you never know what will happen next month; generally it's going in an upwards line and that feels great. So far I've had the pleasure to work or to collaborate on some pretty amazing projects (!) and exhibit in Barcelona, Copenhagen, Aarhus, Hamburg and multiple places in the Netherlands. Right now I'm working on multiple projects, and we'll see what the future brings!

-What are your inspirations?
-My inspiration comes from so many things; it can be some obscure unnoticeable detail in life or a conversation, or something grand that has passed by. Usually I get inspired by the way people are, the way we interact with each other and our social behavior in general. How ever cliché this might sound, life has a lot of inspiration to offer. I love to sit somewhere, with a coffee or a thee and just people-watch. Traveling and living in different places is directly linked with getting inspired, to be able to see different cultures, cities, animals and people, it all gives me a fresh outlook on life. Besides this, contrast also inspires me a lot. It can be anything from nature related to cities or other things. The contrast between things makes it interesting and creates a tension that is amazing to draw out.

-Do you read webcomics? If so, which ones?
-I prefer having something in my hands than reading of a screen. I do love comic-books. The last one that I've read was Habibi from Craig Thompson, which was amazing! 



-Tell us more about your website.
-I created my website in the first place because it was an obligatory must to graduate, second place because I knew I needed one to actually work as an illustrator. But since I didn't know the least bit about web-designing it was a bit of a struggle! Luckily though I found cargo-collective to run my website on, which is quite easy to handle. 

-How do you work?
I think about what I want to communicate first, either in my head or I start scribbling it down with small example drawings and words that pop into my head. I always prefer working with my hands than with the computer, so I do as much as I can by hand (sometimes, that's everything). Before or after I start sketching the idea out loosely, I think of the basic materials I most likely want to use. Material choice and color choice influences the character of my work. Once the base is there I just start working on it, and adding materials or changing the drawing a bit on the go.

-Why did you choose this FML story?
-I was doubting between four stories, but in the end picked the one that sparked my imagination for some illustrating that wasn't literally the story. If you ever had braces, than you know the amazing feeling of stuff getting stuck in there. I wanted to portray the other side of the story, not the person with the braces but actually the stuff that gets stuck in there. 





Max's website:



If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice [at] 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!

#1387 - Illustrated FML - On 06/15/2013 at 4:04am by Alice - 3 comments

FML's Personal Messages

Members of FML unite!

As a member of the fantastic FML club, one of the perks is having access to the personal messaging service. Everyone can guess what it is from the name; it’s pretty self-explanatory. It’s not like it’s got a built-in function that’s going to make you more appealing to the person that you find so funny in the comments section and that you’ve been trying to interact with. However - drumroll and Mambo Number 5 trumpets - with this thing you can actually write to them and exchange views. Ideas. And maybe body fluids, if it has to come to that. If you’ll pardon the sort-of pun.  Anyway, this system is there for people to talk to each other, and so we can avoid personal discussions in the comments section. Watching two people trying to hit on each other in the comments section can be quite excruciating, like two half-blind cats squabbling over a dead beetle. If they take it to the PM system, we can all breathe a sigh of relief, and get on with commenting on the actual FML instead of having to try to ignore them.

So start clicking and sending those messages!

#1388 - About FMyLife - On 06/13/2013 at 3:49am by The FML Team - 19 comments

Is your iPhone plotting against you?

Sometimes, when your phone won’t send a text message, when an error message is displayed, take it as a sign. A blessing. Your phone is doing you a favor. You shouldn’t have been trying to send that message. It was rubbish. A piss-poor idea. You should be thanking your phone for looking out for you. Give it a little kiss. Call it Cooper (Not in public though). It might just have saved your bacon, numbnuts. Drunk texts especially have the power to screw your life up. Public opinion is divided on drunk texting. Some think that if you’re capable of writing and sending a text that could ruin your career/reputation/sex appeal, then you should be capable of knowing that what you’re about to do is a bad idea. Others think that being drunk is an excuse for anything and that, hey SWAG YOLO man, send that damn text to your ex to tell them that you want to make sexy bang-bang with them right now on a trash cart. iPhones are supposed to be the pinnacle of cool, if your idea of cool is something shiny that costs a fortune and that is used mainly by braying twerps. Yes, we’ve all got one. In this installment of our video series, we delved into the world of phones and iPhones to bring you some of the stories that we thought were the most amusing. Sometimes we like to blame technology for everything. How many times have you heard auto-correct being blamed for a crisis? As you’ll see, human error is the most rampant cause of FMLs there is. Humans are idiots. Don’t believe us? Check it out!

#1386 - Books - On 06/10/2013 at 1:32pm by The FML Team - 9 comments

Inside out FML

Hallo iedereen! As promised, we're continuing our 'Artists from the Netherlands' month, and today we're welcoming someone very special. Her illustrations are as dainty as inspiring. She'd like to create wallpapers to embellish anyone's home and frankly, I'd love to have a room decorated by her. Her imagination is the reason I fell in love with her and I'm proud to introduce her to you today. Ladies, gentlemen, Sue Sylvester, please welcome...

-Hello everyone, my name is Chantal van Mierlo. Also, my nickname is Skandaloe !

-Why did you choose this nickname?
A friend of mine used to call me Skandaloes, so I got it as a present by accident.

-How old are you? 
28 years old.

-Where do you live?
-Antwerp, Belgium but 
I am from Zwolle, Overijssel, the Netherlands. So I am 100% Dutch!

-What's your job?
Besides illustrating I work part-time in a magazine store and besides that I'm doing evening education in communication. I hope in this way I'll also be capable to increase my conceptual skills.



-What's your journey ?
Thinking and getting there. But where is not completely clear jet. So I'll surprise myself. Also my journey is to find out what my capacities are. What am I capable of with illustrating? And my biggest dream is to design wallpaper and other products people can use in their homes.

-What are your inspirations?
My inspirations are patterns, jokes and illustrations from the '60s and '70s. This includes the cool retro patterns and stuff. For example Alain Gree, an awesome illustrator.

-Do you read webcomics? If so, which ones?
-Not really, but if someone really wants me too, I will.



-Tell me more about your creations.
-I like working with a theme or subject given by a client or whatever. I create it because of people can see it of course. It is an easy way to show my work. I like enjoying people with my images. At the school of arts theory were looking for "deeper" emotional stuff, but I have to admit that that is not really what I am looking for. I just want people to be happy.

-How do you work?
-Normally I start sketching in my sketchbook. And thereafter I'll scan it and work on it on the computer, flipping out on patterns, colors and stuff. I try to make happy cozy things. Light subjects and "funny", perhaps in the future things will become some heavier, I have to admit, I cannot predict the future. I will see which path I will walk down.

-Why did you choose this FML story?
-I got it from you, Alice, and I liked it :)





Chantal's website:



If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice [at] 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!

#1383 - Illustrated FML - On 06/08/2013 at 3:17am by Alice - 2 comments