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FML video: Cry Baby

Here's another FML video from our friends at 10secondtraumas.com. Enjoy!

 

 

During the shoot, Caitlin (the little girl) kept running into the scene and dancing. She then would run off screen barking. It was difficult working with kids, but you can be rest assured that 10ST got some good bloopers for us on the way! More videos are being created as we write this, and you'll be able to see them soon, thanks to Anna Akana, Deidre Devlin, Alexis Dickey, Shaun Jones, and all their actor and technician friends.

 

#950 - Videos - On 05/20/2011 at 5:39pm by The FML Team - 179 comments

Scooby-FML-Doo

It's a new day, full of mysteries, ghosts, 60's dresses and fearful dog. Yes, there's some Scooby-Doo hidding in today's illustration! To those who didn't watch the tv show, we recommand you to go and rent a DVD now, because if you don't know who cool is this show you'll just be a moron, and for our precious one who followed religiously tose dog's aventures, just enjoy Fernando Sica's interview.

 

 

-Hello Fernando, you're our 100th artist! That's huge. How do you feel being that particular lucky man?
-Being the 100th artist it´s good because i feel like it´s a good luck sign for me and my work, plus I really enjoyed doing an FML illustration

-Where do you live?
-In México city! Ajjuuuuuuaaaaa!

-Oh let me put on my sombrero. There. So tell us, what México is really all about ?
-México is not only tacos, burritos and sombreros, it´s a mixture of crazy things taken from past and present culture, it´s a colorful and exciting surrealistic monster! thats my definition about my country, and particularly this citiy.

-What's your job?
-I´m a graphic designer and illustrator, but recently I have done animation and photography, I like to work in different disciplines to expan my creative possibilities.

-How did you become a graphic designer?
-Since I was a kid I spent hours drawing and doing all kind of stuff with cardboard, then I started to paint at the age of 10, and since then I knew I wanted to be an illustrator, I did the graphic design career, ended it 3 years ago, I work independently since then to have enough time for my personal proyects.

-What's great and lame about being a graphic designer?
-The greatest thing about being a graphic designer is that I love my profession! It gives you a lot of visual culture and knowledge to be later applied in many creative areas.

-And the lame side is..? (Oh, you know there's one)
-Maybe the lame part is that clients refuse to pay what it really costs! And you have to fight for your rights! It's a very competitive area, so you have to be the best one to reach what you want, but it's not a problem since I love what I do, so the lamest part is time! We have a lot of pressure and sometimes its really annoying to work like that, you dont really enjoy some projects.

- And what are your next projects?
-I will continue working as a freelance, but i have a new personal project called Rehägustovich ( www.rehagustovich.com ) that is my illustrated travel journal to an imaginary, quiet, subtly magical land that few people know how to reach! Later I would like to dedicate more time to write and illustrate children´s stories and start personal animation projects. Little by little.

- Ok, do you swear you're not using drugs to do this project?
- Ahahah, it seems to be like that! But the real aim of this new project is to magnify simple situations and give them a little twist of mystical colorfull magic! There will be many interesting characters and funny situations.

 

-So you like mysteries, that's why you choose this particular story?
-Yes, and also because of Scooby Doo! I used to watch it when I was a kid before going to school, so I thought it could be interesting to play with the cartoon from a different point of view, and with an older Fernando! Also it´s funny the mixture between a mistery cartoon and a pervert joke. I have no doubt that things like this FML story could happen in the Scooby Doo world, all the characters had masks and costumes, so in the background Scooby Doo was pervert.

-Yeah you just ruined some of the reader's childhood. Many thanks.

 

 

 CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ILLUSTRATED FML


Fernando's website: http://fernandosica.com/ 


That's all folks! And before you leave, don't forget to sing the theme song with us, right here !
See you next week, and move the kids away from the computer, because there will be some nudity. Oh yeah.

 

 

 

If you want to be the next published artist, send me 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!

#944 - Illustrated FML - On 05/13/2011 at 4:09pm by Alice - 4 comments

FML video: Nice kid

Here's another FML video from our friends at 10secondtraumas.com. Enjoy!

More videos are being created as we write this, and you'll be able to see them soon. The people responsible for these bittersweet slices of life are Anna Akana, Deidre Devlin, Alexis Dickey, Shaun Jones, and all their actor and technician friends. To tell you the truth, we've never met them in real life; all our exchanges take place over the internet. But we hope to go over to L.A. to meet them one day, they seem to be having a lot of fun during the video shoots!

 

#938 - Videos - On 05/10/2011 at 5:26am by FML Team - 177 comments

Comments on the FML comments

 

Here at FML headquarters (a basement under a pet shop), we get to read a lot of comments made after a story is published. We have to do this to make sure things don’t turn into a mud slinging match, racking up Godwin points all over the place. This is a small collection of what we’ve noticed trending amongst some users. Most comments are well thought out and reasonable, but sometimes it's all a bit WTF. This article should however start with a sort of disclaimer: this is obviously not a rant designed to have a go at some FML members. We’re just in the mood to gently mock certain recurring themes, because we’re a bit like that, mocking insolent arsecandles. So, here is a list of themes we’ve noticed in the past two or so years Fmylife has been going:

 

The “FIRST!!” people: 

As the name suggests, they wait for FMLs to be posted just to be able to be first to post a comment. Where do they come from? Why do they do it? What’s the point? We have this Venn Diagram which probably sums it up the best:

 

 

There’s a subspecies of this sort of poster, the people who just write random things just to get to the top of the list, stuff like “ha”, short enough to just get in there. Woohoo. Well done.

 

The Creepers

They will take any chance they have to comment on some poor innocent girl’s profile picture (rarely girls hitting on guys, weirdly), usually saying really attractive things like “ur hot”. Yeah, that’s going to work. Try it out in a bar, see how far it gets you.

 

The Grammar Nazis

These guys do have a bunch of valid points, but attacking people for poor spelling, grammar, education and for lacking a basic understanding of the way words are usually put together in a coherent fashion is like punching bankers : it’s very satisfying on a basic human level, but doesn’t make anyone a better person. A subgroup to this lot would be the self-righteous brothers, who enjoy pointing out that no, in fact, you are wrong about that, and here's why you are wrong and that I'm right, so there, and that's obviously fake, not because I have any proof, but because it's what I believe, so I must be right about that as well.

 

The chatroom posse

The comments section is supposed to be about discussing the FML at hand, empathizing, or, in the case of some unmanaged anger issues, kicking someone when they’re down while cackling. But sometimes it turns into a giant chatroom, not unlike an internet youth club, where discussions about whether or not their profile pictures look either “hot” or “not”, question someone else's sexual orientation, whether their parents were blood relatives or not, or if they even know them on a personal basis, and sometimes go on a long mental journey and rehash well worn out jokes (the women/kitchen reference seems very popular, even though it's not 1975). Oh, and they often use txt language, which can be infuriating to most people with eyes.

 

The moral guardians

This lot are a bit odd; and we don’t really know why they’re on such a profane website as Fmylife. Usually teenage girls, but can be teenage boys, who can't get any and feel the need to lash out at a world that is doing "it" on regular basis. As soon as someone posts a story about sex or pregnancy, they will say things like “serves you right for having sex outside of marriage”. Seems a bit antiquated to us, but we respect everyone’s beliefs, no matter how anachronistic.

 

The theological debate society

For some reason, debates often spring up about the existence of God, the teachings of Jesus and whether some cults are a better alternative to having any money in your bank account. This is obviously a sort of regular occurrence across the entire Internet, and we try and delete this sort of thing, simply because it’s not the place to have a go at believers or non believers. We, as a team, believe in the power of song and dance, better represented by Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl”.

 

The obvious trolls

We’ve saved the best for last. And by “best” we mean the most annoying. Trolling is a fine art, it requires finesse, a sense of humour, and the intricate knowledge required to insert a minute and seemingly innocent comment into a discussion to start the ball rolling. But there are also the really obvious ones, no finesse, and straight in with a blunt machete; bad bad bad. Luckily, there are some astute members who can detect them straight away, defeating the purpose of the trolling mission. We are grateful for these members.

 

We could probably find more examples of what goes on in the FML comments section, but as comments are possible under this article, it’s up to you lot to get the last word. It’s now time to let loose and tell us what you think, and maybe tell us if you’ve spotted some other categories!

#932 - About FMyLife - On 05/07/2011 at 3:14am by Alan, FML community manager - 118 comments

The usual FML cheat

So, last week we were all Norwegian and stuff and it felt pretty good, according to Doortje and Edvard Munch. Oh yes Edvard just loves FML. Come on, where do you think he got the inspiration for "The Scream" from? That's such an FML face.
Anyway, today we're going Dutch.

-Who are you ?
-My full name is Oskar van Velden

-Where are you from?
-I'm from Dordrecht, a town nearby Rotterdam in the Netherlands

-How old are you?
-I passed the 30 benchmark last November ;)

-Wasn't it too hard?
-Nah... when you are young, you think 30 is so old... but it's true what they say... 'you are as old as you feel'. And i still feel like I'm mid-20 ... so that's the best age.


-At least, you are honest enough! Now what's your story?
-That's a bit longer than the answer above... but OK...
-(Of course, you have 30years to tell us about)
- Hm hm! Let's start. When I was just a little boy, I wanted to become a comic artist. I drew daily, but when I got older, I came in touch with computers and at some point I found more pleasure in playing games and programming on the computer... instead of drawing comics. Eventually it became my work and I started to miss the drawing and comic creating part of my life. So a couple of years ago I decided I wanted to try to follow that childhood dream I had... in becoming a comic artist for a living. I just had to start my own webcomic to push myself further. And so at the beginning of 2010 I started my own webcomic, Mojo. And ever since I've been drawing and creating comics every week. And still loving it. My biggest inspiration is Bill Watterson with Calvin & Hobbes. Really, that guy is amazing and I'd give my left leg to be as good as he is/was. His writing was amazing, the world he created is stunning and his drawings were so simple, but so clear. (The End)

 

-(Credits roll) What's your job now?
-I'm still working in the computers business I work as a Flash Developer at an interactive online advertisement company. To make things easier, I work as a programmer, I create Flash websites.
-Oh! So you're the guy who creates awful websites full of music and animations that sometimes take hours to load?
-Hhm, oooh! If I do my job right you can skip the music enjoy the animations and the loading is all done in the background, while you enjoy the rest.I know how people feel about Flash websites, but they are way better than 10 years ago... !

-Great, we can continue this interview.
-*phew*
-What are your projects?
-Currently I'm completely focused on maintaining the webcomic. I'm also in the progress of updating the website, adding some more pages, I'm working on a how-it's-made page, where I show how I create the webcomic. The thing is that my webcomic isn't generating any money (yet). And another project is my newborn son, Tobias. He's now 2 months old and a lot of my spare time is going to him.

 

-Does he read FML?
-I read the stories to him every night before going to bed... the problem is that he's too young for most of the stories so I filter out the ones which are rated R.... which are almost all the stories...
-You're the greatest dad ever, now record him while he's dancing in front of a Beyonce's movie-clip or laughing because you're tearing papers up or even after the he visited the dentist, post it on youtube, end up with millions of views and he'll become the greatest son ever.
-I don't think I want to force him into such stardom. let him discover the world step by step by himself.
-(That's not what they did http://www.davidafterdentist.com/ ...)

-What makes you laugh?
-The best laughs I've had were about funny absurd moments... or word jokes. Sometimes they were so silly or you had to be there to understand. That really makes me laugh, being creative with words. Or jokes which are totally absurd. For instance my fellow comic creator and FML illustrator, Dan Long. He sometimes has such an absurd kind of humor, really makes me chuckle.
-~♥Dan Long♥~ ! (Yes, forget about the Biebs, Dan's lock is in the place). And now last question! Why did you choose this FML?
-I really enjoyed how the boyfriend was all naive and thought his girlfriend had cheated on him as well. I could just imagine how he felt... and how she felt after that. It just made me laugh instantly... like a lot of FMLs. And of course I love maths!
-Of course, you're a programmer. A flash programmer. *shiver*

 

 CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ILLUSTRATED FML

 

Well that was fun, for real this time! Thank you very much for both the interview and the comic Oskar, may the force be with you.

 

Oskar's website: http://www.mojocomic.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 her, and she'll tell you what you have to do!

#914 - Illustrated FML - On 04/30/2011 at 12:29pm by Alice - 2 comments


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