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Cyanide & Happiness' month: part two

Hey guys, we're glad to be back! Today we're welcoming another member of the awesome Cyanide and Happiness team. Stop what you're doing right now, turn off that Miley Cyrus' "song" you're listening to, stop being boringly nice and be prepared to once again enter a wonderful world of unique (and cruel) humor.

 

- Hey mister, can you present yourself to the FML world?
- Rob DenBleyker. My stage name is Wobblez DenBonkers.

- How old are you?
- I'm 24! But it might be better to say I was born in 1986, since this article will be up forever and people reading it 10 years from now might get the wrong idea! Not that being perpetually 24 is so bad.

- Clever move. Where is your computer (a.k.a: where are your bed, fridge and television; a.k.a: where do you live)?
- I live in Dallas, TX. It's pretty alright.


-What is your job?
-Full time "cartoonist" and more recently, animator. Sometimes I answer interviews.



- Brilliant interviews, you can say that. What is your story?
- I've been drawing comics for as long as I can remember. I used to draw full comic books in 4th grade and get my parents to take them to Kinko's, and then I'd sell/give copies to my classmates. I eventually went to college to study animation, but luckily Cyanide & Happiness took off before I graduated so I didn't have to find a job as an animator (which is apparently pretty hard these days!)


- Do you have any projects?
- Right now I'm one of the four dudes who writes/draws Cyanide & Happiness, and I play a large part in producing the animated shorts. Apart from Explosm, I'm starting a new site dedicated to something I call "Interactive Stories", where the reading audience guides the narrative by yelling at me in all caps. The new site is StoryDump.com and will be up fairly soon. I'll also be writing a new occasional comic at StoryDump.



-   Cyanide&Happiness, thanks to which you and the guys are our special guests. Can you tell more about your role in all of it?
- It all started with Kris in late 2004 (he can tell you more about that when it's his turn). He started doing them for fun, and then I started making tributes to them. When we created Explosm in 2005, Kris and I decided to keep the comics going daily for as long as we could. Shortly thereafter, Matt and Dave (two of our long time collaborators) joined the team. We kept at it even though there were just a few dozen people reading it. Eventually a lot of people started reading it, for some reason. And that's where we are now.


- And now, what inspires you?
- When it comes to writing, being silly with friends is more inspiring to me than watching or reading anything comedic. When I watch good comedy I just feel jealous instead of creative. I think the funniest stuff comes from everyday life and how people treat each other. I'm definitely inspired by other cartoonists though. Right now some of my favorites are Amazing Super Powers, Antics, Chainsawsuit and Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. There are many, many more though.




- What makes you laugh the most?
- Dogs. Animals in general, really. They're always pulling stupid faces and have no clue what's going on around them. That's funny to me. I don't know why.


- Why did you choose this FML?
- I'm just hoping the author sees this comic and feels terrible all over again.


- Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
- Nope. My life is awesome.




.... Right, of course. Anyway, thank you Rob, this cyanide shot was just perfect.
Et voilà. Kris will be here with us next week, you don't want to miss it!


If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice@fmylife.com including a link to your website/blog. If you don't have one, attach some of your drawings. But DON'T send your illustration right away! You need first to get in touch with Alice, blahblah , who will tell you what you have to do!
#449 - Illustrated FML - On 05/05/2010 at 3:29pm by FML Team - 17 comments

Cyanide & Happiness' month: part one

Yes, it's Cyanide & Happiness month on FML. Every Saturday we'll be featuring a (brilliant) guy from this (awesome) webcomic. We hope you like your humor dark and bitter, hang on tight to your chair and get ready to experience something you never tasted before: funnier than charades, sexier than sex itself, Matt Melvin's interview!

 

-What's your name and surname?
-Matt Melvin.

-How old are you?
-I just turned 26, which is such a boring age. At 21, you get to drink. 25, you get to at least rent cars. At 26, you just get more cynical about your age.

-Where do you live?
-San Diego, California.


-What do you do for a living?
-I'm a writer/cartoonist. I get to make people laugh for a living. It's kinda great.



-Chapter one: Matt's life :
-About five years ago, I was going to school for graphic design and working as a web designer. At the time, some internet friends and I were doing a daily comic strip as a fun little hobby. Over time, it started getting more and more popular, and I found myself focusing less and less on school/work and more on the comic, until one day I quit my job and stopped taking classes to focus on the comic full time. Today, the comic is our full time jobs. I've since gone back to class to finish my degree. One more month to go!

-What are your projects?
-Ever since C&H sort of kick-started this weird little career, I've started to branch out a bit. I started another site, RobotsWithFeelings.com, where I do single panel comics, reviews of movies I haven't seen, articles and more. It's basically where I get to do everything I can't do with C&H. Also, I just published my first book, "Dracula is a Racist" (click here for more informations) , a mock-informative guide about vampires. It's been a long process, but it's great to see it come to fruition. Being able to walk into my local bookstore and see it sitting on a shelf is just amazing.



-Can you tell us about your role in Cyanide&Happiness?
-It began as just a hobby, but over the years it got started getting more and more popular. We always had high aspirations for it, but it's surpassed those by miles. We all write and draw the individual comics. I also run the site and handle a lot of the business stuff. From a visitors point of view, there might not look like much goes on behind the scenes, but it's actually a lot of work. Especially since we've been putting a lot of focus into animated shorts.


-What inspires you ?
-I adore Keith Haring's work. He really epitomizes the power and beauty of simplicity. His work was so simple, but also has so much meaning and strength behind it. As for comics, it may seem counter-intuitive, but I was never a big comic book person. I have, however, always been a big fan of The Far Side by Gary Larson and Life in Hell by Matt Groening. I think other webcomics inspire me a lot too. I've been a fan of Toothpaste for Dinner and Natalie Dee for a long time. I'm also a huge stand-up and sketch comedy nerd. I really like Louie CK, David Cross, The Kids in the Hall, UCB and a whole lot more.


-What makes you laugh the most?
-I think live performances do it for me. Like I said, I love stand-up and sketch comedy. While you can listen to records comedians put out or watch sketch comedy on TV, there's just something that the live environment brings to the performance that really just hits you somewhere deep inside.


-Why did you choose this FML?
-I liked being able to invent this horrible backstory to an otherwise innocent accident. From the poster's perspective, it really was an accident. But I like to think this horrible teacher just had enough of his student and lit him on fire.


-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?"
-Today (not really, it was a while ago), I was rear ended on the freeway. I pulled over to inspect the damage and talk with the other driver, but she just kept driving right past me. She was fleeing the scene! I tried to get back into the lane, but nobody was letting me in. Why? My turn signal was now broken. FML.

 

 

 

Thank you for your participation Matt, Cyanide never tasted so good !
That's it for today guys, next week we're welcoming Rob DenBleyker !

 

Matt's website you need to visit if you want to laugh:

http://www.explosm.net/
http://www.robotswithfeelings.com/

 

If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice@fmylife.com including a link to your website/blog. If you don't have one, attach some of your drawings. But DON'T send your illustration right away! You need first to get in touch with Alice, who loves you, , who will tell you what you have to do!

#442 - Illustrated FML - On 04/30/2010 at 2:46pm by FML Team - 19 comments

The 1st year of illustrated FMLs

One year, 50 artists and a website that decided to become patron of the arts dedicated to when shit happens. And shit does happen a lot on FML. Thanks to your stories, your support, a bunch of artists took a look at the website and never declined our proposals.
-"Hey, wanna illustrate something for us based on an FML?"
-"OH GAWD YES"
This was basically their answers. Some of them have already published their 4th book, some of them are not even artists, and just created an illustration for fun, but all of them succeeded along the difficult path of making us laugh. Here's a little retrospective, served up with some of their impressions.

 

Lois van Baarle: I definitely had a good experience with my FML illustration, although I was disappointed to find out that FML readers are more perceptive than I thought and noticed a character-flipping mistake in my illustration right away. You people are brutal! I also had to explain to a few people that the events in the illustration didn't actually happen to me, but for the rest, it was tons of fun.

 

Nik Dowman: Having my illustration up on FML was a great experience. In retrospect I probably would havechosen a funnier story. However I have been far too busy to look back. Since publishing the illustration I have concluded my webcomic for now and have had the greatest experience in my life witnessing the birth of, and raising my daughter, Sienna who is now three months old.

Andrew Bargeron: While, personally, I don't think my contribution to FML was the best illustration I’ve ever done, I do think it's a fun image that matches the story. So ultimately I do think it works, so not at all a negative experience.


Philippa Rice
: I'm excited for the illustrated FML section's birthday! It's a special occasion indeed. FML is always a joy to read, but the illustrated FMLs are really something else. Such a treat. I enjoyed taking part no end! I spent all morning reading the FMLs, laughing at other people’s misfortunes. As soon as I saw the word 'nuts' I knew I had found the FML for me. I spend the afternoon eating peanuts and collecting the shells. When I had found two perfect peanut shells I was ready to make my collage.



Sang Han: I had a blast working on the illustrated FML. It was an awesome experience to be a part of the FML community. To see some of my other work, check out threepeasoup.com

 

Henry R. Frew: I thought that my FML experience was great.  It's fun to draw something different and to get my particular brand of bull, I mean art, to a new audience.  There was a lot of great feedback from the F My Life community and I have to admit, I've been hooked on the website ever since.


Mukpuddy
: We had a great time making the piece for FML, was cool to be a part of something so different and we got some cool feedback! We now have a fancy new site so feel free to check it out... www.mukpuddy.com

 

Jessa Rempel: During that time FMyLife was a big thing at school, and for the next few weeks everybody was coming up to me.... they were all "HEY BRO I SAW YOU ON FML YOU'RE FAMOUS" and I was like "BABY YOU KNOW IT B)" To this day I don't know who was nice enough to colour my comic, so let's assume they are reading this so I can properly thank them! For serious, man, it's much appreciated! (Side note: it was Becky!)

 

Justin White: FML is full of so many hilarious stories it was quite easy to draw up a fun illustration for the site. It was cooool.


Sara Bloem: As a student, I really loved getting the bluntest, most immediate feedback possible on my work in the comments. Lesson learned: avoid mocking the girlfriend. Thanks for everything, FML!



Brian Brown
: Illustrating FML was super fun!  The FML crowd are diehard fans and if they don't think your FML is bad enough they will let you know!

Carter Fort: A person I hadn't seen in maybe ten years found our illustrated FML, recognized my name and started reading our comic. They've been reading it ever since.



Tom Brazelton: Regarding my illustrated FML experience, I thought it was great. I actually got to double-dip a little bit (although completely by accident!) Since my comic is about movies, I wanted to find a FML that was movie-related. I decided to submit an illustration about the boy who was dumped because his girlfriend wanted someone more like Edward from the Twilight book series. Unfortunately, that FML was already claimed by another artist. But you were nice enough to let me pick another one! Fortunately, no one had laid claim to the one I chose about the guy who ended up getting a haircut like Spock from Star Trek. What was great about the experience is that FML ran my Twilight comic anyway in my artist profile (http://www.fmylife.com/blog/85!) So it was a double win for me!

 

Joe Combs: I really enjoyed the opportunity to illustrate another person’s heartache.  After throwing so much of my own life and experiences into my webcomic, Business Casual, it was great fun to use someone else’s material as inspiration for once.  I appreciated all of the positive feedback that I received, and the extra traffic to my site was a nice bonus.



Shouri: I loved drawing the FML just as much as I love reading them daily... with the plus that I get to share it with a lot of people!


Evan Diaz: Congrats on the birthday coming up, that's awesome! My experience with FML was a tenuous one, it took a few tries to get "the one" but when we finally did I think it was worth it 'cause vending machines are rad. All in all, a good experience for everyone involved thanks for giving me the opportunity! I have just released an iPhone game loosely based on my webcomic if you want to plug that :D http://pajamaforest.com/super-awesome-kite-flyer-extreme-to-the-max/

 

Dennis Liu: Creating the FML comic was an interesting experience. My inspiration came from reading the many hilarious entries posted on the website, as well as thinking about being in the author's shoes. The process was fun, the outcome was satisfying, and I hope others get a kick out of it as well.

 

Sharlene Leong: Um, well I'd have to say the illustrated FML experience has been a blast. A few of my friends read FML and were looking through the illustrated ones and were like, holy crap that's you!  It was great to contribute to this project of communal catharsis and judgment :).  I know it's all in good fun.  I'm currently trying to show up at a couple conventions with my art and my poster about pop culture (Final Fantasy 13 is LOST), but other than that, still pluggin away at the comics!  Thank you very much FML!

 

Marie Levesque: Illustrating one FML for the website was a cool experience, and illustrating 30 FML for the book was a really exciting experience but a little difficult because the american's sense of humor is very different from the french one.


Paul Westover: Doing an illustrated FML was a fabulous experience! The FML's are such a great source for humorous storytelling in illustrated form. The piece I did was so positively received that, given a chance, I'd drop everything to do another.

 

Dan Long: Of course I liked the FML experience.  I had several people who are now regular readers tell me that they found my comic on FMyLife, and I forced myself (at my own risk) to read the comments on the illustration, which turned out to be mostly positive, luckily for my easily-bruised ego.  I would definitely do it again if I were asked!

 

 

 

And guess what? You English-speaking people are not the only ones lucky enough to get to discover a new illustration every Saturday. Overseas, in France, Julien is the one in charge of the illustrated section. Thanks to his amazing job, French-speaking VDM readers have their bunch of laughs too. Here is a sample of what is featured on VDM:

Illustration by Ciia


Those were the published artists. But guys, do you really think Alice (you know, the girl who pokes you at the end of every article to send her an email to alice@fmylife.com to become the next published artist on FML) didn't receive some… odd comics? To celebrate FML’s illustrated section’s first year of existence, we decided to share two of those... odd (yes, we think this word explains it properly) things that were sent in :

:)
:D
:s

oO

Now, do you understand what you were lucky enough to avoid? Here at FML, we raise our budding artists in the best farm available, they are only fed with pencils, graphic tablets and of course humor, that's how each Saturday we're able to present you a brand new recruit who's got nothing to hide. That's our part.


Now, let's talk about YOUR part in FML’s illustrated section. All through the year, comments were posted all over the website, from the very beginning when it was a brand new concept that you probably weren't prepared for, up until today, where you don't hesitate to spread the love about what you see. As we’ve talked about the illustrations, it's completely normal to now talk about your best and worst comments. The nominees in the "WTF" category are …

"I agree I think the person who sumbitted the fml should submit a picture :)" by A. : yes, and we think the teacher who teaches kids to read should have to create the book they're using, should have to cut the trees, make the paper, print it, etc...
"i dont get" by B. : we nei
"Why is the guy in the picture black? It kinda makes the FML make no sense, since Edward Cullen is white and the girl would be blatantly racist..." by H: about this illustration. Yeah. Right.
"The headline "FML meets your parents" is sort of misleading. The article itself details a short biography of the artist who drew the cartoon at the bottom, and only briefly touches on why he chose the FML that he chose to draw. I was expecting the article to be something like, say, a list of ways to avoid certain meet-the-parents FMLs.": by S. who thought FML was her psychoanalyst.


Sadly, there's much more comments that we could add, but thanks to you, there's also the category "best love-spreading comment" but there's too many of them to make a selection. So keep commenting guys, that's why each Saturday for the past year we’ve been presenting you great artists, to try and make you laugh, to get you to discover brand new talents, to try and please you all. What is that? Oh right, we didn't interview the Cyanide&Happiness guys because May will be a C&H month here on FML !

NOW SPREAD THE LOVE, COMMENT, DANCE, GET DOWN, MAKE LOVE !
SEE YOU NEXT WEEK !

 



Alice would also like to thank her very unique and sexy Alan, who's brave enough to read over and over her articles to be sure she didn't write "ilusstrasion", but also Guillaume who gave her the chance to be the lucky one who gets to write the articles, the FML crew because you guys are awesome, the FML audience *bows*, but also Christophe for his support, and Yousra, just because she's love.

#435 - Illustrated FML - On 04/20/2010 at 1:29pm by FML Team - 6 comments

Today's illustration is HERE !

"Today, I walked to the shower of my college dormitory. All the stalls were occupied except for one; I opened it and found out why. One of the girls decided to leave us a "present" in there. FML"

- Why did you choose this FML?
-I picked this story 'cos it happened to me. Yep, it's a crazy world.





And that's how this special illustrated FML started. And now here is the artist's interview!


-First of all, who are you ?
-Ein Lee

-How old are you and where do you live??
-Just turned 19! Currently, I'm in Taiwan. Who knows where I'll be next :P


-What can you tell us about you ?
-Despite being a native of Taiwan, I've spent much of my life overseas, studying in the US and also in Thailand. I've attended 7 schools in my lifetime, which I think is a fair amount considering I'm in my first year of college, but I don't plan to settle down anytime soon. I'm studying foreign language at the moment, and for anyone who's wondering why I'm not in art, well...I don't really know either. Just waiting for the right moment I guess. I've gotten this far in my artistic development with only a bit of high school instruction, so I'll see how much further I can go before I plateau and need to go back and build up from the basics again.
As for my hobby, I've been drawing since I could hold a pencil. While none of my earlier drawings were particularly impressive, I drew constantly--oblivious to all flaws and errors--simply because I loved to. It was only recently that I had really considered becoming an artist by profession, and thankfully I've had some luck finding freelance work!

- So freelance work pays your bills and Reese's?
-I'm still happily leeching off my parents' salaries (I'm a student) but I've been dabbling in some freelance art-related work yes, which has earned me a steady allowance.

-Why do you like drawing this much?
-I enjoy drawing pretty things for satisfaction. Unfortunately that's not what I always get to draw when it comes to work, but you can't always pick and choose! I'm always learning regardless of what it is I'm drawing though, and that's cool. Work for me so far has kind of been like a paid internship.  As for my own stuff, I like to create characters and their stories (other way around is good too) because all artists are creators, right? And what's better than telling a story? I love manga and comics and I'm starting to learn how to draw comics, and I'm determined to improve.


-Are there any big projects you can tell us about?
-Commercial projects: An illustrated storybook of mine was recently published in France, entitled Princesse Pivoine (Princess peony)--great to finally see the fruits of my labor. More recently projects include a comic for an anthology and artwork for iphone applications, both of which are as of yet unreleased. Personal projects: I'm kicking around several comics in my head that I really have to start--sometimes they feel like they're gonna overflow! So yeah, look out for my webcomics.

-What about your website?
-I created my website (which includes my blog) last year in August, because I had some extra time on my hands and wanted an online portfolio to showcase my works (something that wasn't as social networky as dA). My blog is currently just for sharing my random thoughts, but I'll have to find some time to reorganize it and make better use of it. As for my dA account, I created it back in early 2008, and I have it to thank for changing my life, pretty much.

-www.mylife.com/Ilove/EinLee:
-To be honest, I can't say there are many things I'm passionate about except art. I used to be really outgoing and lively, now my brain's just...full of cr--I mean art. Seriously though, I like a lot of the little things, like hanging out, being able to wake up early, playing soccer, watching sunsets, but it's hard to even find time to do those things nowadays with drawing taking up all my spare time. I also like to read blogs, collect artbooks (where most of my money is spent), and shop for shoes.


We love your illustration Ein, thank you for your contribution !

DA: http://einlee.deviantart.com/
Website: http://www.einlee.net/
Email: justkidding@gaymail.com


If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice@fmylife.com including a link to your website/blog. If you don't have one, attach some of your drawings. But DON'T send your illustration right away! You need first to get in touch with Alice, who is in vacation, hooray, , who will tell you what you have to do!
#428 - Illustrated FML - On 04/17/2010 at 5:24am by FML Team - 70 comments

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Every day we get sent a whole bunch of FMLs, and we rely on your help to decide which ones to publish when you guys vote "Yes" or "No" on each one via the Moderate the FMLs form.

We'd like to thank all the moderators who already help us, day in day out, through rain or shine, to select the best stories. It's thanks to you people that the website got to where it is today and is still going strong. And as there are hundreds of you taking part, we are now able to give you a "moderators rank" chart which will show you your ranking amongst the other moderators (if you are logged in when doing so). It's just for fun really, and we sincerely want to thank each moderator, whether they are first or last in the chart, 'cos it's really them guys who make this website so alive and brings us so many lulz each day.

 

PS: as for how the chart placings are calculated, it's a complicated mathematical formula that only Guillaume understands (and we're not even sure that he does:) - so please don't ask us to explain it, otherwise it'll give us another headache.

 

#421 - About FMyLife - On 04/13/2010 at 10:08am by The FML Team - 44 comments


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