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Crazy week, don't you think? I see some readers paying absolutely no attention to this introduction. You just want to know more about today's artist, right? I understand. But how would you feel if I told you more about seahorses instead? Not interested? Okay; let's start the interview then.

 

-Hellooooooooooooooo Jessie, you're our today's artist. How does it feel to be an FML artist?
-Pretty awesome. I've checked out FML many times and get a good laugh from it. Feels good to be a part of it.

-Let's get a chance to know you. Where do you live?
-Monroe, Michigan - pretty small town south of Detroit

 

-How's life over there?
-Pretty mediocre really. The economy hit Michigan pretty hard but I can't imagine it's much worse than anywhere else. I've got my family and we are doing well, so can't complain.

 

-Are you living with your family? How old are you?
-I'm 32, married 12 years to a wonderful woman and we have 3 children together.

 

-How's your family's reaction to you being an artist? Are they proud, or do they just wait for you to pay the bills?
-Well in hopes it will help pay the bills.W hen my wife and I got married I pretty much gave up on any creative pursuits I had to provide for us. After about a decade of hardly putting pen to paper my wife talked me into going back to school. She is nearing the end of her college career and should be able to support us financially so I can pursue my lifelong dreams. My children love it. Every time I finish another page of Dax my kids rush in to read it.

 

-You don't even let them read it before you publish it? That's mean.
-This has also sparked their creativity, my daughter (who is 11) has begun seriously writing a short story. They see it in progress but the love seeing it completed. My 8 year old is my proofreader. 

 

-Are you planing to do a webcomic with one of your kids? (That would be awesome.)
-I've told my daughter when she gets going on her story I would love to help her illustrate it. If it could be made into a graphic novel we would definitely add it to the Dax site. I only illlustrate Dax, about 98% of it is written by my long time friend Aaron Balogh.

 

 

-Are you going to publish the Dax stories as books?
-We would like to once our readership reaches a level that would warrant it. Since webcomics don't normally reach that level for a few years, we are doing our best not to rush into things.

 

-We know so little about Dax. Tell us more.
-Well, earlier this year I asked my friend Aaron if he would be interested in doing a webcomic with me. He came back with a character based on a drawing I did back in 1996. Being a space story it would give us plenty of freedom story-wise ... and since he is a huge Sci-Fi buff, would give him a lot of ways to give all of his favorite movies and TV shows a healthy nod. The Girl in the story is sort of a blend of my 3 kids. She is rambunctious, very intelligent, and can be pretty sassy. She is my daughter's favorite because I based "Girl's" look on her. Dax has entered it's fourth month online and we already have a lot of story changes in the works for 2012, mostly because I am learning how to use all the drawing tools available to me.

-Being a fan since issue #6, I can guarantee it's getting better and better. Last question before we let you go be an awesome dad again: why did you choose this story ? (I mean, besides the fact that farts are fun.)
-Well, after I read through the entire list a couple times, it was the one that I got a really instant visual on. There were a couple others I liked, but I didn't think I could give them the punch they really needed. But mostly I knew farts are funny. My kids were rolling when they saw it. At first the guy with the baseball cap was going to be the culprit - but then changed my mind that the "mom" would make it that much funnier.

-I bet your wife loved it too. Thank you, Jessie, for taking part!

 

 

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Robyn
's website : http://www.daxcomics.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! 

 

#1137 - Illustrated FML - On 10/30/2011 at 12:53am by Alice - 0 comments

92 years old FML

It's been three weeks since that I've been searching (and finding) for w ays to make the traditional introduction as short as possible. I think I did well here.

 

-So, good morning Robyn, please, introduce yourself to our audience, which maybe doesn't know you yet.
-Hello all! I am a cartoonist, illustrator and tornado of awesome at least 80 percent of the time.

-What about the other 20%?
-I'm a dino wrangler. It's a slow industry right now. Tragic, really.

-Ah, because of the financial crisis, everything's changed... How old are you ? (Even thought I'd like to think you're 8 because of your love for dinos, or 230 millions years old because, you know, you know dinos.)
-24.

-Oh, I was close. Where do you live ?
-Missouri! If you immediately thought of corn and cows, you are dead wrong. We also have bait/tackle shop and restaurant combination businesses.

-What about tourists?
-Oh, I suppose we get those too, what with laying claim to St. Louis and the Arch.

-What's your job ? Something to do with fishing ? Are you trying to sell us fishing rods or something ?
-Nope! I currently work in IT (Information Technology, computer stuff, basically) and find fish to be super gross. I guess if dino wrangling doesn't work out, I can just give out fishing rods to fatherless Pokemon masters. Gotta have a backup.

-What about your artist?
-As an artist, I have a webcomic, The Watcher of Yaathagggu, and I'm also working on some printed comics through a small publisher.

-Tell us more about those projects?
-The Watcher of Yaathagggu is an ongoing horror comic about the last surviving city in a world that has fallen to Lovecraftian beings. I'm also working on a 3-issue comic, a surreal noir one-shot, for Broken Icon Comic's "Nightmare Unknown" series. The project's currently up on Kickstarter and looking for funding! The third is a one-shot comic that's in a larger "Urban Legends" Anthology, which will be printed in the UK in 2012-ish.

-Congratulations! Now last but not least question, why did you choose this story ? Attracted by old ladies ?
-Haha, no, but they are glorious. I can't wait until I get old and can get away with being absolutely weird. This story in particular was just an awesome chance to get to draw an old lady making duck lips. I'm easily entertained and this story made me laugh.

-And your illustration make us laugh, it's a good game, really. Thank you very much Robyn !

 

 

 

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Robyn
's website : http://www.noodlyappendage.com/watcher/

 


 
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!

 

#1133 - Illustrated FML - On 10/21/2011 at 9:14am by Alice - 6 comments

FML's hairstyle

This week was really awful, but not as much as your aunt's mustache. But you're here today to read Joel's interview and that's all that really matters. Plus, Reese's exists. And teddy bears. And Xanax.

 

 

-Joel, introduce yourself to the FML audience!
-I live in the capital of Canada, Ottawa Ontario. I'm originally from a small town called Cornwall Ontario and I moved here going on 12 years ago for college and never went back

-We've welcomed a few weeks ago Jean-Frederic Koné, an artist from Quebec. According to you what are the main differences between Quebec and Canada when it comes to art/webcomics ?
-There are many talented artists from Quebec! I know that Montreal is a city that's very rich in artwork. However, it's very hard to compare Quebec to the rest of Canada because they do have their own unique culture, so do people from Atlantic Canada or the prairies. I grew up in Cornwall, which is directly on the United States border, so I was very influenced by American culture growing up. I'm not so sure that American culture influences French-speaking Quebec as much as it does me, an Anglophone Canadian, because the language gap has to be crossed. So I think they definitely have their own thing going on.

-Jean-Frederic told us about his favourite webcomic, "L'ostie d'chat" (http://legolaslove.canalblog.com/) which according to him reflects pretty well life in Quebec. What would be your favourite webcomic when it comes to Canadian life ?
-I'm afraid I don't read any about Canadian life in particular but I'm always on the lookout for work by other Canadian artists. Canadian life is hard to pin down, though because Canadian is a name for so many different people living under the same "roof". The neighbourhood I live in has so many different ethnic groups living in it and our lives are all very different. The thing that makes us all the same is we share the same freedom and rights to live the way that we want. If there's any Canadian webcomic artists out there that read this, I would like them to reach out and share their work with me. I'm so amazed by the stuff that's just floating out there on the web waiting to be discovered.

-Canadian webcomic artists, you know what you have to do now! Tell us more about you Joel, how old are you, and what is your job ?
- I'm 31 years old and I'm a graphic artist for a local tabloid newspaper. I do spec work for our advertising department. I make demo advertisements for the sales people to bring out to our clients and sell the advertising space. Most of the time my work ends up in the newspaper, though the excitement of that has worn off a little. I often joke about how I see my work trampled all over the floor of the bus the next day. I still think it's satisfying when a client is blown away by my work and wants to run the ad as-is.

 


-Does this work on women? Like "look how big my ad is"?
-I think I would brag more about my real art work as opposed to my ad work. I've been on a mission to get myself into an ad since I've started and so far I've been successful only once. I do have an ad waiting to be sold to a bowling alley where I used a picture of myself bowling and my butt is sticking right out at the camera. I'm hoping I can say "Hey did you see my ass on page 12?" (The ad where I successfully got myself in the paper, I needed a hand clutching lightning bolts so I used my own hand for the image)

-I can't understand why you haven't sold it yet, how can showing a butt not be effective? Well, it's a crazy world we're living in... Tell us more about your funny, amazing, awesome (no need to cross out the unnecessary as they're all necessary) webcomic
-I've been making comics since I was 10 years old. In 1990 Marvel put out trading cards with pictures and information about their character all the kids were trading them on the playground. The variety of different characters made me curious about comics and that led me to buy my first comic which was Daredevil #295 wherein Daredevil fights alongside Ghost Rider. There was ninjas and fighting and it just blew me away. My whole imagination exploded and I immediately went to work making my own characters. I'm trying in my 30s to recapture a little of that childhood enthusiasm I had for superheroes but put my adult experience into it, feed it my accumulated knowledge of pop culture and grow my own Superhero Universe. I have 5 webcomic series on the go including The Pigeon King, Mer-Lad, Sly-Borg, The Badger and Madam Trigger which have storylines all taking place in the same city and just recently the storylines have started to overlap. My goal is to create my own version of the Marvel or DC Universe, but in my own style and operating by my rules.

 


-Do you publish it as a book or are you planning to do so?
-Originally I had planned to print an anthology book that would contain the first episodes of all five of the comics, the second volume would have all the second episodes and so on. I'm a student of print, I went to college to learn how it is done, how to operate printing presses and how to design specifically for print. I thought it would be wiser to put my comics on the internet and grow a fanbase and most importantly develop my craft further before I try and sell them. Someday I will sell them, but for now they're really just a fun way to keep growing my craft.

-Now last question! Why did you choose this story? Are you hairdresserophobic?
-I went through the list one by one and tried to imagine how I could visualize the story and making it interesting. This one in particular I immediately had a clear vision of a decapitation/blood spray. That probably makes me a sick individual but I'm okay with that.

-It was awesome Joel, thanks a lot!

 

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Joel
's website : http://strippedcomics.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!

 

#1129 - Illustrated FML - On 10/13/2011 at 11:10am by Alice - 0 comments

FML video: Unintended Co-Worker Bashing

Here is a new FML video from the guys at AwkwardUniverse.com. Enjoy! And below you can also watch an episode of the web series "Ben and Burman" that our friend Ben Giroux made with his partners.

 

Imagine if your best friend was also the bane of your existence... 

 

#1125 - Videos - On 10/11/2011 at 1:29pm by The FML Team - 348 comments

WTF does FML stand for?

Hi guys,

We had this daft idea of playing with the true meaning behind the initials FML to create a bunch of new t-shirts (yeah, we'd like to sell some of them here to help pay for our servers and some chocolate-flavoured chocolate bars). If you have any funny ideas that we could add to the list, don't hesitate to give us a hand.

Here's what our brainstorming sessions have produced so far:

FML: Feed My Llama

FML: Froot My Loop

FML: Find My Liver

FML: Forgot My Lunch

Don't be afraid of suggesting the silliest things you can come up with - all ideas have some sort of value, and the absurder the better, that's what makes us giggle. Thanks in advance for your help.

#1117 - About FMyLife - On 10/11/2011 at 9:21am by The FML Team - 62 comments


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