Over the course of its existence, FML has received a large amount of stories relating to the Star Wars franchise. This leads us to believe that the movies have not only left their mark on one initial generation of fans, but these fans are regenerating as the baton is passed down via some sort of merchandise-related DNA, which has created an addiction more powerful than sugar or booze. Millions of people all over the world are infected with a Star Wars bug that makes them crazier than any rabies-infected dog bite. And this is the result on their mind-brains. Check it!
Hi there! It’s Saturday, it’s thus the weekend, so it’s time to relax. First of all, here’s a few gifs. You know gifs, right? Animated images. The current star doing the rounds is Patrick from Spongebob Squarepants. You can see him with a cat or a tiger, playing dominos or scaring people. What a card!
This week’s guest brings us joy with a lovely illustrated FML, but first of all let’s gets to know her. She’s a 26-year-old young lady, she comes from a small town in France and she’s called Christelle Galloux aka Pich. But she points out: “Rule n°1: never call me “Pitch”. Never.”
OK, we’ll try and stick to that. Especially seeing that she’s a serial killer. Well, almost, she’s an independent illustrator, which is almost the same. And she illustrates kiddy stuff. “Youth albums, princess magazines, stickers for childrens’ bedrooms, I do a lot of things all at once and I’m spreading myself a bit thin but I can’t manage any other way. I like the world of children. I like drawing worlds where everything ends well, where life isn’t a bitch, where everyone is nice and smiling (I’m a Care Bear and I’m OK with that). I like drawing things that are so cute that I go gaga all by myself.” How cute is that?
Christelle has a nice drawing style but she reckons that she needs a few more years work and that she’s still “in training”. She considers that she started drawing seriously a bit late and that she can’t do what she wants yet.
Despite that, she’s working on illustrations for Fleurus, which will be in an album, which will come out in September.
When asked what her life has been like, her first answer is: “Haha, that’s always the question I like.” Then she explains that she studied medicine. For six years, even. “And then, as heart attacks and cancers aren’t really my thing and that I sucked at lumbar punctures, I thought I’d draw cartoons. So you could say that I’m self-taught. Speaking of which, the other day I was asked whether I was self-taught was because I didn’t want to take any courses. Ha ha ha…”
Pitch’s (oh yeah, I went there) projects have nothing to do with medicine. They have more to do with “great projects with great writers”, “a poster shop for decorating kids’ bedrooms” and wanting to become “Pokémon master”.
But to become Pokémon master, we first have to finish this interview!
Cats or dogs?
Cats, of course (dogs have a lot of work to do before they can conquer the internet).
What are the last things you enjoyed in movies, music, books and comics?
The last time I went to the movies was in June 2012, so I’ll pass. I’ve been listening a lot to Saez’s triple album Messina, enough to annoy my husband. As for books, I’ve been discovering Japanese writers such as Ryu Murakami, Haruki Murakami, Nosaka Akiyuki, and Yoko Ogawa, who are great! It’s a superb literature, very dark and difficult, but touching. I’ve been getting into Battlestar Galactica, ages after everyone else, and it’s fantastic.
Who are the main artists you like and whose blogs you check out all the time?
I’d say in no particular order Benjamin Lacombe, Adolie Day, Clément Lefèvre, Line Parmentier, Lostfish, Maly Siri, Aurore, Nephyla, Rachel Zimra, Cathy Delanssay, Orpheelin, François Amoretti, Ludovic Jacqz, Ood Serrière, Marguerite Sauvage, Loish, Margaux Motin, Petra Brown, you mention one and three more spring to mind, I’ll be here all night.
But “whose blogs you check out all the time” is overstating it, I just wait for things to show up on my Facebook timeline!
Tell us what you enjoy in life, your passions, pastimes, vices and everyday pleasures.
After drawing, my big passion is food. Food is life. I like to cook, I like to take picture of my dishes (I like red pimentos), I like to eat my dishes, I like to put my recipes on my food blog afterwards to make people’s mouths water. Another of my big pleasures is slouching around on the couch with my husband, in front of a good TV show, with a beer and some cheese. This is living. (Author’s note: I totally validate the beer/cheese/TV combo).
Tell us a crap joke. Possible joker: if you don’t have a joke, tell us your biggest FML.
A kangaroo walks into a butcher’s. He asks for a loaf of bread. The butcher says, “this isn’t a bakery” and the kangaroo replies, “that’s OK, I came via windsurf.”
(YES, it’s FUNNY. If you don’t like the absurd, I can’t do anything for you.
Do you have a phobia? If so, what is it?
Yes, I’m paraskevidekatriaphobic. I’m not really; I just wanted to write that word (that I learned to show off with in social gatherings, it’ll do).
To finish off, ask yourself a question that you would’ve liked to have been asked, and then choose to answer it or not.
What do your parents do? They are dentists. (Mom, Dad, if you’re reading this, this illustrated FML is NOT dedicated to you, please know that).
That’s all for this week! I’ll leave you with some videos, as per usual! There are still some people who haven’t understood that you should stop messing around behind TV presenters. Or that you shouldn’t trust any old guy dressed as Steve Jobs. Fake! See you next week.
If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice [at] fmylife.com 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!
If you were unlucky enough to have had a bad dad, don't get all depressed and emo on us, you'll be able to get your revenge by being a bad dad to your own kids one day. It's the circle of life, as they say in the well-known documentary The Lion King. But most bad dads aren't all bad to the bone; they're mainly harmless and sometimes hilarious. We've got a few in this video, so sit back and enjoy their antics.
Ah, you're here! Internet is such a fantastic tool don't you think? Be aware that, right now, people from the US, Canada, Brazil, Spain, Japan and Hyrule are reading this article at the same time as you are. Yes, the Internet is just fantastic; Julien and I aren't going to say otherwise. Last week we welcomed a kinky French artist; today we're exploring a brand new art style that we've never published before. The artist of the day is called La Nonette, well kind of, and she's a rising star of illustration. Her art is as touching as it is contemporary. In other words? We ♥ her.
-What are your name, surname and nickname?
-My full name is Manon Nanette Bijkerk. I work under the name La Nonette.
-Why did you choose this nickname?
-I came up with it when my father ate these cookies that were called 'Nonettes' (I think they were traditional French cookies). I found the name funny because it sounded like my two first names combined, so it stuck with me. After a while I decided to make it my nickname. It took some time to get used to, but now it truly fits me.
-How old are you?
-I turned 24 on March 26th!
-Where do you live?
-I live in Zwolle, the Netherlands. It's a small city in the center of the Netherlands where I used to study. I would really like to move to a bigger city like Utrecht, but living here is cheap and I can afford to rent a shared studio this way.
-What's your job?
-Officially I'm an illustrator. But what I do balances more between art and illustration. I make a lot of my illustrations for myself and not for clients, but I wouldn't call myself just an artist. So it's somewhere in between; I think you could call it 'conceptual illustration'. I also make my own merchandise (like silk-screened bags) and I like to make little comics about my daily life. Sometimes I feel more like a brand than a person. I also make bagels and coffee at a lunchroom on a part time basis, just to make sure I can pay my rent each month.
-What's your journey?
-My journey started in 2006 at ArtEZ Zwolle, where I went to study illustration. In my 3rd year in did an Erasmus (student exchange program) in Barcelona, Spain at Escolla Massana. This is where I found out more about what I wanted as an illustrator and it made me more comfortable with my own style. After graduating in 2011 I struggled a bit because it was really hard to find clients and it made me doubt myself, but I never gave up. I just decided to keep drawing, and if not for clients then for myself. Turned out I was looking in the wrong places and I slowly found my audience. I got my first exposition in the summer of 2012 and thing have been going up ever since. At the moment I'm really busy with lots of different projects. But I haven't started that long ago so I feel that I still have a lot to learn.
-What are your inspirations ?
-My inspiration can come from everything: overheard conversations, pictures in a magazine, exhibitions, life in general mostly. Images just keep popping up in my head. I mostly try to draw a feeling, make it visible and let other people re-feel it. A lot of my work is about things that go on in my own my own life and I hope people can relate. People who meet me after they've seen my work always tell me I look a lot like my characters, I don't do that on purpose most of the time, it just happens.
-Do you read webcomics? If so, which ones?
-I prefer comicbooks over webcomics so I can snuggle up with a blanket, tea and my cat and read them in the highest comfort possible, but I'm probably missing out. I love Pusheen the cat, does he count?
-Pusheen the cat ALWAYS counts. Tell us more about your blog!
-My website runs on cargo because I suck at webdesign, I had to make a website for school, and I decided to stuck with it after graduation. It's simple and nothing fancy but it works for me. I update it regularly and the look changes sometimes.
-How do you work?
-I work in layers, like you would if you make a silk-screen. I first draw the characters, then on a different paper color the clothes using a lightbox and so on. All the those layers are combined again in the computer. I try to do as much by hand as possible. I like to use my hands, and computers tend to make me dull so I also like to make actual screenprints and paintings.
-Why did you choose this FML story ?
-I didn't want to make a literal drawing of the FML so after reading them all I chose one that made me see something different; it just made me see someone who is being followed around by elves all the time, so people would be surprised.
As you may know, Josh Sussman is one of the fine actors from Glee (he's the guy who plays Jacob), and he was willing to take part in a few video FMLs. Welcome Josh! He teamed up with Ben and Ray, they then set about reenacting some famous FMLs that you'll probably recognize, or get to discover as you sit back and enjoy the video. Josh is the one with the puppy dog eyes and the shyness in his voice, halfway between Jimi at Monterey and Beaker from the Muppet Show. Conveying lots of humor and warmth with no extra BS makes him a great actor, and we're glad to have him on board.