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Meet the FML

Hello readers! Did you meet someone new this week? How was it? Enchanting, terrible, no reaction? Meeting people can be a dangerous game, a bit like mountaineering. On the tricky slope of life, there can be a rock to cling to, and others that will just crumble and plunge you into the void. Sadly, you can't decide which kind of person you're going to bump into, that's what our dear friends Jack and Kate learnt to know under the name of "Fate". That's also what Samantha decided to work on this Saturday. Shall we start the interview?


-What's your name and surname?
-Samantha Leriche-Gionet, but I’m also known as Boum.

 
-How old are you?
-25

 
-Where do you live?
-Montreal, Canada

 

-What do you do for a living?
-I'm currently a freelancer, working in animation and illustration. I've delved into varied projects—short films, feature films, ads, series, live action, documentary...

 

-What's your story?
-I always liked drawing; I've wanted to do animation ever since I visited the (now extinct) animation studio over at DisneyWorld—I was seven years old. I remember it quite clearly: they were working on Aladdin, and as I watched them flip the sheets, I said: "I want to do just that when I grow up." I spent most of my time as a kid drawing, writing stories, reading comics and watching animated movies. At seventeen, I got into Traditional 2D Animation in college, directed my first animated short, graduated, felt the need to learn some more, started a BFA Major in Film Animation at Concordia University, directed some more animated shorts, and before I knew it I was a twenty-five year-old bachelor of Fine Arts whose films toured the globe in festivals. The freelance thing pretty much happened on its own as soon as I got out of school because my teachers have been talking about me, and I can't say enough how lucky I am. I wasn't even the best student technically speaking, I was just over-enthusiastic about animation in general and I worked so damn hard all the time and I was always at school until the wee hours of the night—I suppose I got labeled with the term "efficient" and they remembered that. See, kids? That's why you should be nice and do well in school.

 

-What are your projects?
-My goal would be to keep on making films in-between contracts. I really like freelancing, but I miss working on my own stuff (I barely ever get the time for that nowadays). The problem with making films is that if you don't get grants for them, the only way to keep going is to do them in your free time, doing sit-ins at your desk during the night hoping it'll be worth it. I don't have enough free time to even consider that right now, which sucks greatly. I still try to participate in smaller projects like comic collectives, artbooks, exhibitions and such. It keeps me sane.

 



-Can you tell us about your website?
-I built my first website when I was twelve (on Geocities, like most people my age), it was a rather stupid video-game-related-fan-site that I eventually turned into an online portfolio. It's changed name and location about a dozen times now, but a couple years ago I finally settled for some sort of brand name—« Boumerie »—which is a made-up French term that could imply you’ll find lots of Boum-ish stuff there. I only use it to showcase my very best work so updates are sporadic, but I’m fairly regular on my blog, so people should be checking often. I also tweet like crazy, especially when I’m working... come and say hi! @boumerie

 

-What inspires you?
-Random stylish people I run into can strike me with inspiration, but mostly it’s the folks I hang around with that get my creative juices flowing. Most of my close friends are artists, so we pretty much inspire and motivate each other all the time (special mention to Cab and Paule T.B. because we’ve known each other for a while and live in the same neighbourhood). Outside of my friend circle, I like to ogle at pretty drawn things by Charmaine Verhagen, Vera Brosgol, Jen Wang, Der-shing Helmer, Louise Bagnall, Ciaran Duffy and Alessandro Barbucci—just to name a few. I also have a thing for retro-styled typography posters, minimalistic cartoons, and pretty girls with attitude.

 

-What makes you laugh the most?
-It’ll sound corny—my boyfriend. We play the craziest, most juvenile games sometimes, I bet we look like preschoolers stuck in pubescent bodies to some people we meet, but I just love it. I also get a kick out of going out with my friends. Oddly enough, I’m the kind of person who doesn’t laugh the slightest during movies or TV shows or stand-up comics or whatever, even if I’m amused. I’m just weird like that.

 

-Why did you choose this FML?
-There are so many, I didn’t know where to look. Then my boyfriend remembered that his former roommate had shared a particularly gross one via e-mail a while back, so he dug it out for me. I immediately pictured it in my head for some reason, and it was decided.

 

-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share with us?
-Who doesn’t? At an award ceremony in high school, I got called on stage to pick up a prize. As I was climbing the stairs to the stage, somebody yelled something at me, so I looked at the audience to find out who it was... I ended up missing a step and falling face down on the stage, in front of a jam-packed auditorium, with projectors screening the whole ordeal live on two gigantic panels on each side of the audience. FML



That's is the perfect punch line to the interview, thank you very much Samantha for your participation!

Samantha's Boumerie: http://www.boumerie.com/

 

 

If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice@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 Alice who will tell you what you have to do!

#701 - Illustrated FML - On 11/05/2010 at 10:27am by FML Team - 1 comments

I'm lovin' FML

We're so hungry we're dreaming of only one thing: super-sizing it. French fries, cheeseburger, soda, and the little toy, that's what we're talking about. Morgan Spurlock sure doesn't get the meaning of fastfood, of course it's bad for our health but, seriously, who cares, it's just so good we don't want to think anymore, we just want to eat. While we're finishing our strawberry-chocolate flavored milkshake, let's interview Dean!

 

-Who are you?
-Dean Fraser

-How old are you?
-31 (ugh)

-Where do you live?
-Alberta, Canada


-What do you do for a living?
-Graphic Design/Artwork


-What's your story?
-Not much really. I worked at a grocery store years ago and got really bored with it. I moved on from that so I could let out my creative side and do what I really enjoy, so I started doing graphic design - things like t-shirt designs for different bands and singers, logos, character artwork etc. I haven't run in to huge money from it thus far, but I'm glad to be doing what I like.

-What are your projects?
-Well there is the Springfield Punx blog of course, and on my personal site  I post various work I've done, and just whatever art I get inspired to do as fan art or something just for fun.



-Can you tell us about your blog/website?
-The Springfield Punx blog is a lot of fun. I'm pretty big Batman fan, so a couple years ago I started drawing characters from the 60's Batman show in the Simpsons style, having seen Adam West appear as Batman on the Simpsons (fighting Krusty the clown) and really liking it. I did up Batman, Robin, Batgirl, and some villains, and put them up on my website. It was pretty fun so I tried other characters. I got some good feedback from friends and soon had a small collection up there on my website. Then one day I found that my site had gone down due to a huge amount of traffic within a couple of days. I was able to trace it back to my Simpsons characters. It was at that point that I decided to put up a dedicated blog, Springfield Punx, for these characters. I started receiving suggestions on different characters and personalities to 'Simpsonize' and whenever I thought "Yeah, that could be a fun one to do!" I tried to do it. The whole thing has just sort of snowballed from there.


-What inspires you?
-Well nostalgia plays a big part in it. I really like paying tribute to the things I grew up with and things that have brought me joy, even up to today. I've always had a love of comic books, so artists like Jim Lee, Bruce Timm, Scott McDaniel and Norm Breyfogle are guys really I've admired and been inspired by. The cartoons I loved in the 80's and 90's (like TMNT, Transformers, Inspector Gadget) remain close to my heart as well. There are a number of movies that made a big impression on me (Back to the Future, for instance) and they have probably influenced the things I think about and the things I draw as well.


-What makes you laugh the most?
-People. We say and do the funniest, most bizarre things. Kids especially. To me, no comedy on tv compares with the sight of my neighbor chasing her 9-year-old little brat down the street with underwear on his head.



-Why did you choose this FML?
-1. It had a lot of great room for interpretation.
2. I think most of us have felt a similar type of rejection at one time or another.

-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
-Recently, one of the Chicago Blackhawks players came to our area to meet people and let them take pictures with the Stanley Cup. The waiting line was insanely long and I was near the back. Just ahead of me in line was a family with a handicapped girl in a wheelchair. The idiot do-gooder in me took control and I walked up to the security guys and asked if that family could be bumped up in the line. I came back to let this family know I got them bumped up. The mom came up to me and asked "So why did you choose us?"  I was far too embarrassed to give any answer seeing that I had obviously offender her and her handicapped daughter. FML.

 

Great comic Dean, we love it as much as the barbecue sauces!

 

Dean's website: http://www.deantfraser.com/

If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice@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 Alice who will tell you what you have to do!

#687 - Illustrated FML - On 10/30/2010 at 4:43am by FML Team - 1 comments

The Great White North comes to FML

Hello everyone! How was your week? Terrible? Great, because it's Saturday (night fever ?!) and once again, all we need is (love ?) to provide you a new comic and an artist to go with it. Today’s no exception and so we're welcoming Sandy from the great white north. We hope you're not maple syrup intolerant because here comes Sandy's interview!

 

-What's your name and surname?
-Sandy Debreuil

-How old are you?
-45

-Where do you live?
-Miami, Manitoba, Canada

-What do you do for a living?
-Freelance artist / game developer

-What's your story?
-I’m old, so my story is long.  I did a year of university, didn’t much like it, traveled for five or six years, spent four seasons tree planting, bicycled lots of interesting places and generally discovered the world.  I got married, we had four kids, I started a small Flash games / animation company with my brother Robin the UberProgrammer (http://blog.debreuil.com/) and I’ve been doing that for the last ten years or so.  We basically swing between contract work (programming, animation, illustration, etc) and working on our own projects (Xbox indie games, webcomic, electronics).  We had a brief moment of fame doing a few series of animations and games for theRomp.com back in the day, and one of our earliest efforts has been viewed almost 30 million times on Newgrounds alone (http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/2318) It’s pretty dated now, but it was cutting edge back then. (NSFW, as was all Romp content).

-What are your projects?
-Xbox Live game development (this is our first release, we have a bunch more in the hopper, two very close to completion)  This game, Sleepwalker, was mostly done over a weekend at TigJam in Winnipeg, although we spent another two weeks making levels and playtesting.
http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/games/media/66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802585505a3/?bt=0&sb=1&mt=32&gu=66acd000-77fe-1000-9115-d802585505a3&p=1&of=0
http://www.crowbarbenson.com/– It’s the webcomic I do, which I really like doing, even though it drives me nuts sometimes.  I’d like to sound fancy and say it examines male relationships, brotherhood, and so forth, but really, it doesn’t examine anything.  It’s just supposed to be mildly funny.

-Can you tell us about your blog/website?
-I started Crowbar Benson because A) I’ve always wanted to do a comic strip, B) I wanted to do more actual drawing and less ‘computer graphics’, and C) I thought it would make me rich (HA HA!  Just kidding about C. )

 


-What inspires you?
-I get inspired by other graphic artists who can really draw.  I’m a huge fan of some older coomics as well, Doug Wright, Bill Mauldin and a few others.  I like movies a lot, but more for escapism and less for inspiration.

-What makes you laugh the most?
-Sitting in a hockey dressing room and listening to teammates BS.  Helps if we’re drinking beer.


-Why did you choose this FML?
-Mostly because it always amazes me how hard people will fight for a used puck.

-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
-I was at my daughter’s soccer game, and there were some kids fooling around with a soccer ball.  One of them said ‘Make sure you don’t hit that old guy’.  I turned around to see who the old guy was.  Needless to say, there was nobody behind me.

 

Thanks for your participation Sandy!

 

Sandy's website: http://www.crowbarbenson.com/

 

If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice@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 Alice who will tell you what you have to do!

#680 - Illustrated FML - On 10/23/2010 at 3:29am by FML Team - 0 comments

Over the FML Rainbow

What a bea****ul day don't you think? The sun is rising, birds are sing**g, you have plans for today, you're going to hang out with your fr*ends. But don't forget to check today's illust**tion okay? Don't tell your mum and dad about it (and maybe keep your little brothers or si*ters away because once they see it, they might repeat the words in it to your parents). We don't want to tell you too much but... there's the "F" word in it. FML is getting so n*ughty.
And now, to celebrate the day when we decided to pu***ish one hell of an artist, full of tattoos and anger, let's r**d her interview!

-What's your  name and surname?
-Meghan
Murphy


-How old are you?
-33

-Where do you live?
-Rochester, NY USA


-What do you do for a living?
-Draw stuff and make comics (pretty sweet, right?)

-What's your story? (school, job..)
-Went to an arts high school. Got a Bachelors in Visual Arts from SUNY New Paltz and a Masters in Computer Graphics Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Now I draw talking farts for a living. So money well spent.

-What are your projects?
-The webcomic Kawaii Not (www.kawaiinot.com), and various freelance illustration jobs (www.murphypop.com).


-Tell us more about your website?
-I started Kawaii Not just to see if I could create and continue a webcomic, kinda like a personal bet. I think I won. But I can't tell myself that, 'cause I'm a sore loser.

-What inspires you (artists, movies, etc..)?
-I don't think I could narrow it down if I tried. There is so much shiny stuff out there.

-What  makes you laugh the most?
-When I outsmart myself.

-Why did you choose this FML?
-How could a rainbow be offensive?! How? It was a challenge I couldn't turn down.
-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
-A few years ago I accidentally chopped off the tip of my left hand middle finger with my bedroom door. I had to put it in a plastic bag with a cherry popsicle because I was all out of ice. Which slowly melted as I waited for two hours in the emergency room. Luckily there was enough nail left on that finger so it doesn't look too weird now - it's just a little shorter than it should be. And I got a fun cocktail party story out of it - which might explain why I am not invited to too many cocktail parties.
Thank you so much Meghan for your great illustration !
Meghan's website full of "Kawaiiii":

If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice@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 Alice who will tell you what you have to do!

 

#673 - Illustrated FML - On 10/16/2010 at 3:28am by FML Team - 3 comments

Peter, Tristram & FML

It's a love story that started a long time ago. Maybe you noticed but we love webcomics, and we love to get the chance to show you some of the best we can find out there. Benson Comics is one of those secret lovers you can't stop texting (or sexting, depending on the mood). After weeks and weeks of seeing each other secretly, we’re giving you a ‘coming out’ today, and it's not because Benson Comics' fathers are two men, don't be so judgmental. FML readers, here come today’s artists!

 

-What's your name and surname?
-Peter Durston and Tristram Baumber.

-How old are you?
-34 and 32 respectively.

-Where do you live?
-Wollongong, Australia and London, UK respectively.

-What do you do for a living?
-Both working in TV, slaving away behind the scenes.

-What's your story?
-We both grew up in Wollongong but went to different schools and didn't know each other.  We met through a now-defunct group of filmmakers and writers and started drawing comic strips together as a way to pass the time in a soul-destroying call centre job.  (More details here: http://www.bensoncomics.com/p/how-benson-exists.html)

-What are your projects?
-We've worked on a couple of television pilot scripts together, which are in varying stages of development.  Peter is illustrating a childrens' book and Tristram is currently writing feature screenplays.

-Can you tell us about your blog/website? (How did it started, etc..)
-It started back in '06, as we realised that the 3 years worth of comics we had in various manila folders needed a home free of fingerprint smudging and sweaty fidgeting.  Where but the internet is free of those things?  We tried out daily strips, then Tuesdays and Fridays which is where we felt most at home!
 
-What inspires you (artists, movies, etc..)?
-There's so much it boggles our tiny minds!  A lot of comedians like Louis CK, Zach Galifianakis, Patton Oswalt, Ricky Gervais.  Programmes like Arrested Development, 30 Rock and Eastbound and Down.  Also a lot of UK series like Peep Show, The Thick of It and Alan Partridge.  In terms of comics, Peanuts and Calvin & Hobbes have been huge influences.

-What makes you laugh the most?
-We write Benson by switching panels between each other; that way we are always surprised by how they turn out.  Our biggest laughs always come when we see the latest panel from the other artist - we're never prepared for the story's new direction!

-Why did you choose this FML?
-When we first read this we thought, "Wow, that's one of our main characters right there."  Thumby is always put-upon; he's the straight guy to Benson's wackiness.  It felt like a natural fit.

-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
-Once we were drawing a comic strip lampooning Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il, only to turn around and see he was standing right behind us and had read the whole thing!

 

Ah Kim Jong-Il, what  a naughty boy. You know, we're pretty sure he's a huge FML fan. Anyway, many thanks to you guys! (And see you on Monday, don't forget the Chantilly cream.)

 

 

Peter and Tristram's website: http://www.bensoncomics.com/

 

 

If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice@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 Alice who will tell you what you have to do!

#666 - Illustrated FML - On 10/09/2010 at 10:04am by FML Team - 2 comments


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