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FML’s lonely people

Loneliness is a curse. It’s only slightly less as bad as cancer; cancer earns you sympathy from complete strangers when you wear a tie-dye scarf on your wispy-haired head. Loneliness just garners scorn and odd looks from people down the post office when you start crying from having nothing but your phone to talk to. It makes you do stupid things like acquire 15 cats, sign up to dating sites in the vain hope of meeting that special someone and then end up having passionless sex with some toothless guy on a drinking binge after a 2 hour conversation about turtles and shopping trolleys in a crummy bar.  Here at FML, we celebrate the lonely, the disenfranchised, people who’ve been left behind by society, the socially awkward dweebs who have trouble striking up conversations with their own reflection. Embrace the curse. But seriously, get out there once in a while, talk to humans, eh?

Directed by: Logan Burdick
Starring: Ben Giroux and Ray Chase
1st AC / Gaffer: Alex Darke
Grip: Matthew Little
Location Supervisor: Aaron Ehberhart
Art Department: Karissa Barney
PA: Elissa Weinzimmer
Edited by: Logan Burdick
Creative Director: Didier Guedj

#1362 - Videos - On 03/18/2013 at 11:28am by The FML Team - 47 comments

Open the FML door

Welcome everybody! Please take a seat, make yourself at home and enjoy today's comic. Bénédicte, our artist of the day, fell in love with this story, and created this wonderful illustration before you even knew it. Now, let's get to the interview to get a chance to know her (and believe me, she's one hell of a gal).



-What are your name, surname and nickame?
-My name is Bénédicte Moret. My nickname is Bloutouf. It's a french pun, it almost sounds like "bluetooth" and at the same time, it means "blue tuft". And no, my hair isn't blue.

-How old are you?
-I'm 29 years old. I'm lucky, I'm still in the age bracket where I can answer this question without blushing - or lying.

-It's a good thing we're welcoming you this year. Where do you live?
-I live in France, near the ocean, and near Spain.

-What's your job?
-I'm an illustrator, graphic designer and webdesigner. I've got a preference for illustration, of course.



-What's your journey?
-I did an animation school in Lyon, France, but I didn't like animations (except when it comes to watching them). So I simply started to learn to illustrate. Then I did a web programming school, but once again, I didn't like it, it was so boring! So I simply started to learn webdesign. In short, I ended up doing what I really like.

-So what are your next projects, that you're planning to drop?
-Good question! About all my personal projects, there's a website, a book I'm doing with the love of my life, and a game about pathetic french behavior. Otherwise, when it comes to professional projects, I always finish them in advance. (Don't bother trying to understand, there's no logic.) But the BIG project, the next one to come is a comic about a chicken. 

-How do you work?
-I'm mainly using Photoshop. Sometimes Indesign and Illustrator, but I don't like those two. Before, I only worked with paper, pencils, and stuff like that, but then I started to work with a computer and I bought myself a huge graphics tablet with a screen included and it started to become magical! Oh happy day! On the other hand, I'm always trying to "ctrl+Z" in real life, but it doesn't work.



-Do you have a "connection" with your fans? Are they a source of inspiration for you?
-I've got a Facebook fan page, but it's not very active. I've got so many things to do, I don't have time to take care of it! But when I feel that the readers love my creations, it gives me the energy to do more. I especially love it when I make them laugh. Anyway, if, among you FML readers, there are new fans, let me know! I love you already!

-Last question now! Why did you choose this FML story ?
-I imagined 1000 ways to destroy this door (and I'm still wondering how they really did it). I really enjoyed doing this illustration, so thank you for having me today on FML.





Bénédicte'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!

#1361 - Illustrated FML - On 03/15/2013 at 12:42pm by Alice - 5 comments

FML's Birthdays

Every year we are faced with an awkward choice: do we grab centre stage and pretend that we’re actually pleased about getting old, or do we go along with the charade and get all jolly about passing time, and the fact that we’re one step closer to death? OK, that sounds a bit morbid, but hey, this isn’t Happy Shiny Pony I Love You Dot Com; this is FML, the website where we all know that bad things happen to good people. And to bad people. So let’s revel in the fact that birthdays are supposed to be anticlimactic, and expect the worst. And make the most of it. A pessimist is never disappointed, as they say. I’m not sure who “they” is, but it beats expecting a fantastic day, and ending up on FML with a story to tell.


Directed by: Logan Burdick
Starring: Ben Giroux and Ray Chase
Guest Starring: Teddy Vincent, WL Jenkins,
Alberto de Diego, Nick Thurston, Anna Rubley,
Jessica Bishop, Susan Berger, Juliana Tyson,
Jon Kennedy, Erica Mathlin, Kelly Huddleston.
1st AC / Gaffer: Alex Darke
Grip: Matthew Little
Location Supervisor: Aaron Ehberhart
Art Department: Karissa Barney
PA: Elissa Weinzimmer
Edited by: Logan Burdick
Post production: Noside Production
Sound Design: Gizmo Deluxe
Sound Engineer: S Joly /  JL Fauvel
Creative Director: Didier Guedj

#1360 - Videos - On 03/11/2013 at 8:15am by The FML Team - 51 comments

Erika Meza's Illustrated FML

O HAI THERE. This week, we have to start off with one of the best gifs in the world. Of course, it contains a cat. Oh, and people, please avoid drinking and driving. It really doesn’t work. (Or avoid being a girl and driving. All right, it was a joke, calm down, we love you really.)

I should really pipe down because this week we’re welcoming a young lady, and with great pleasure. She’s 26, her name is Erika Meza and she lives in Paris but is not originally from there.
Our guest, an illustrator, “which means that I work to pay my bohemian lifestyle of coffee, cookies and watercolors 24/7” is from Mexico. I wanted to find out how she ended up in France. So I asked her. “Well, the official story is that I came on holiday in 2011, and had my jaw down on the floor the minute I saw the AMOUNT of beautifully printed, gorgeously drawn, exquisitely articulated comics - the fact that there's actually several bookstores devoted just to it really, really impressed me. I knew right there and then that I wanted to work in this media, no matter what.”

Erika has also understood everything you need to know to fit in France: appreciate cheese. As well as her quest for cheese, she’s “looking for projects, even under stones. And under the tiny stones under the stones.”

If you are wondering how she is getting on in Paris, “Really well! I've been meeting genuinely amazing people left and right - and had plenty of interesting conversations. It's a bit surreal, after dreaming of living here for so long, one day I'm walking down the street and it's normal; the next I'm walking down the same street and suddenly it hits me and it's like 'OMG right. Paris.' Right now, my next challenge is to play some pétanque. I hadn't ever seen it, and it's so funny.”

Erika even has projects now that she is in Paris cheese hunting. She’s starting a totally silent comic book based on a creepy story that she thought of while driving. She also has two children’s books projects, one horror one and one about puppets. “The main project, though, is surviving in a foreign country, finding my way through its bureaucracy, mastering the language and getting into the market. Piece of cake.”

Cats or dogs?
For sleeping on, dogs. For sleeping with, cats.

What were the latest things you enjoyed in movies, music, books and comics?
I cannot share Ólafur Arnalds and Cloud Cult enough.

Who are the artists you like and whose blogs you check out frequently?
From the french side, Aurélie Neyret, Eleonore Della Malva, Benjamin Lacombe, Clément Lefèvre, Claire Wendling. My personal god, James Jean. And well, Pascal Campion, Brittney Lee, Alina Chau, Kei Acedera, Manuel Arenas, Victoria Ying, Kevin Kidney and Jez Tuya. Drew Struzan too. Too many, gosh…

Tell us what you enjoy in life, your passions, pastimes, vices, and everyday pleasures.
I obviously enjoy drawing and seeing other people’s drawings. On top of that, chocolate, coffee, jumping on the bed and in puddles. Sketching people on the metro. Hiding my sketches from the people in the metro. Playing hide and seek in the dark.

Tell us a crap joke. Or your biggest FML.
No joke, sorry – I suck at telling jokes, I always explain too much… but I once was arrested in San Diego for being on the trolley without a ticket, and the ticket was in the bottom of the bag I never clear out “in case I need this bit of paper one day”.

Do you have any phobias? Which ones?
Burned people and aliens. Please don’t mix those up.

To finish off, ask yourself a question that you would’ve liked to have been asked, then choose whether to answer it or not.
Well, I always seem to end up discussing both religion and politics when everybody says you shouldn’t. I just have it in me, I guess. But it’s definitely something I rather not answer here.


To see this week's illustrated FML, please click here.


So, Erika was nice, wasn’t she? That’s us at FML, we have nice people. And we have nice videos, like this nice compilation. And to end this week’s article, we’ll kick back with a bossa nova version of the Zelda theme. See you soon!

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!

#1359 - Illustrated FML - On 03/09/2013 at 4:33am by Julien - 12 comments

FML - You're Fired!

It’s a buyer’s market out there these days. No longer are the days when you could set up shop in the street with a wheelbarrow full of radishes and start selling them by bellowing at passers-by. No, you need a permit for that now. And a degree in marketing. And proof that you once swam across the width of an Olympic-size swimming pool. See, the harder it is to find a job, the easier it is to lose it. But if one day your boss kicks you out on your ass, just stick on a KISS record, rock out and say that something better is just around the corner. Take advantage of your severance package and/or unemployment allowance, go on a holiday in World of Warcraft, don’t tidy your room, and drink some beer. Drinking beer injects money into the system, and thus helps the economy. So it’s easy, next time someone says to you, “You’re fired”, just translate it in your head as “Happy Holidays.” And to quote a great song, enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think.


#1358 - Videos - On 03/03/2013 at 11:13am by The FML Team - 40 comments