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F(orget) M(e) L(ot)

"Oh, you're here, we didn't see you, sorry." Horrible feeling, huh? Don't worry folks, you know the FML team isn't like all those co-workers or schoolmates who have a certain taste for humiliating you. It's mean, it's cruel, yes, but, it's also really funny when you're not in the firing line, and that's why today's artist Joe Combs chose to illustrate this particular story. Let's have some fun being mean, shall we?

-How old are you?
-33 (side note: years? liters? we'll never know.)


-Where do you live?
-Twin Cities, Minnesota


-What do you do for a living?
-Programmer.  I hope to one day do illustration and design full-time, but until then, those mortgages don't pay themselves.


-What's your story?
-I was born and raised in Kentucky so I bring a lot of country to the city. On the flip side, when I visit my hometown, people say that I'm too city these days.  It's a lose-lose.


-What are your projects?
-My main project is my long-running webcomic, Business Casual.  It focuses on business, technology, and the pure inanity that lives in all of the offices around the world.  I also create a webcomic called Rusty The Wonderdog   that's an odd, single panel webcomic with no real theme.  Business Casual currently updates 3 times a week while Rusty The Wonderdog is a comic that I just do in bursts.  I also occasionally create mini-comics, sketch cards, and do some freelance web design and illustration.


-Can you tell us about Business Casual and Rusty The Wonderdog?
-Business Casual started in 2003 as an outlet for some frustrations that I was having in my job at the time.  I created some simple comics poking fun at co-workers and the things that went on at my company.  After sharing them with others around the office, I threw together a quick webpage and put the comics out where anyone could read them.  As of September 2010, the archives now contain over 550 strips.
The idea for Rusty The Wonderdog actually started around the same time as Business Casual.  I would doodle cartoons on the whiteboards at work all the time and Rusty started showing up more and more often on them. After a while, he became kind of a mascot for myself and the office.  And when I wanted to do a new comics project a few years ago for a 24 hr comic event, I immediately thought back to that odd little dog I used to draw all the time.


-What inspires you?
-Daily life is probably my largest inspiration for what goes on in my comic. While I do have artistic and humor influences that I can point to, actual life provides me with most of the situations that I lampoon in Business Casual.  As for other influences, I enjoy reading and am always inspired to create more after finishing a good story, comic, or a collection of comic strips.



-What makes you laugh the most?
I really enjoy witty humor and sly wordplay in the style of the Marx Brothers and Monty Python.  However, I'm not above laughing at the simple-pleasures in life like people falling down.


-Why did you choose this FML?
-Since the Work category plays to my strengths, I wanted to choose another FML from that category as I did with the last FML I submitted.  This particular one caught my interest because it reminds me of some former co-workers of mine.  I've worked with both the quiet, shy ones that you can hardly tell are at the office and also the ones who would lock the door and turn the lights out on a coworker as a prank.


-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
-Today, my youngest son just started walking and getting into everything that not's either locked or nailed down in my house. FML

 

Click to see the illustration on FMyLife.com


Many thanks for your second illustration Joe, we're not going to forget you anytime soon.

  "Oh, you're here, we didn't see you, sorry." Horrible feeling, huh? Don't worry folks, you know the FML team isn't like all those co-workers or schoolmates who have a certain taste for humiliating you. It's mean, it's cruel, yes, but, it's also really funny when you're not in the firing line, and that's why today's artist Joe Combs chose to illustrate this particular story. Let's have some fun being mean, shall we?

#638 - Illustrated FML - On 09/10/2010 at 5:53am by - 4 comments

Our FML party

Men, women, join us for our new Saturday illustration. Grab a beer, take off your clothes, and now we're ready to welcome today's artist. See, when our moderator Rachel told us she had an idea of an artist we could call, we were still young (well, most of us were) and innocent (KIDDING, do you really think we could still be innocent after reading all the stories you've sent to us?) but we swear to whoever created the world and Dita von Teese that we’ve never played for both teams. But that was before we knew about darcomic.com and meeting Erika Moen. Now, we love Arthur and Martha, and we know now that Britney's hit "Peter, Paul and Mary" is such a great song. Let's go for a new interview full of love.

 

-Who are you Polly Magoo?
-Erika Moen

-How old are you?
-27 (June 25, 1983)??

-Where do you live?
-Portland, Oregon with my handsome, British husband Matthew Nolan.

-What do you do for a living?
-Full-time cartoonist and freelance artist at Periscope Studio (http://www.periscopestudio.com) This is my dream job and I'm grateful every day for it.

-Once upon a time...
-For over a decade now I've been making comics and putting them on the internet, though it's only in the last two years that I've been fortunate enough to make this my full-time gig as a member of Periscope Studio, the largest comic book studio in North America. In 2006 I graduated from Pitzer College with a self-designed degree in Illustrated Storytelling (which is a fancy way of saying "comics"). From 2003-2009 I produced a weekly autobio comic called DAR! (darcomic.com), which was about being a lesbian who falls in love with a man and a whole bunch of dick and fart jokes. Hilariously, I met my husband because he'd been a fan of my comics and art for years online. Drawing comics gets you laid!

 

-What are your projects?
-Currently I am working on two different graphic novels that I hope to start serializing online towards the winter of this year. One is written by my studiomate, Jeff Parker (Agents of Atlas, Mysterious the Unfathomable, Underground), and is a dick'n'fart joke murder-mystery about a boy called Bucko. The other is a young-adult fantasy story about a girl's sketchbook that comes to life and she has to battle her own drawings to bring reality back, which is written by my good friend, Brendan Adkins and the working title is Grimm. They're both incredibly talented writers and I'm having a complete blast working with them.

-Since when have you been running a blog?
-Since 1996, I've been making websites to showcase my interests and artwork! I guess I just wanted attention and never grew out of it /:) This last year I've kind of been taking a bit of a break from maintaining my sites as I focus my energies on my new comics projects. Of course I'll have to get off my ass when it's time to debut these stories online, but until then everything else is kind of out-of-date and sporadically updated. Although I am keeping up with my Twitter pretty well (@erikamoen)??

-What inspires you (artists, movies, etc...)?
-My husband, Matthew Nolan, is my biggest source of inspiration. He's full of wonderful story ideas and suggestions for me and a really good eye for making compositions work; all my best comics have been his fault. Comics-wise, my biggest inspirations are Dylan Meconis, Lucy Knisley, Meredith Gran, Steve Lieber, Jeff Parker, Danielle Corsetto, Jill Thompson, Hope Larson, Raina Telgemeier, Ellen Forney, Colleen Coover... so many more I'm forgetting to mention. Artistically, I'm very influenced by religious medieval illustrations and Renaissance paintings. I'm also a huge fan of Alphonse Mucha and L'art Nouveau. More currently to the times, Jason (Stuntkid) and Elizabeth Levesque, Elisa Lazo de Valdez (Visioluxus) and Dwam/Ipomee have been making me want to create a whole bunch. I’m very drawn to images that focus on and celebrate the human body, as well as sexuality. I like beautiful, well-rendered, elegant illustrations that show off people.

 

 

-What makes you laugh the most?
-My husband, no question. After that, it'd be my friends and studio mates, the comic Girls With Slingshots and the movie Scott Pilgrim was pretty awesome.


-Why did you choose this FML?
-Because the poster's solution is not only obvious but totally hot! Two dudes making out? ::fans self:: (side note by Alice: ::fans self:: ). Get in on that sweet action, writer! If not for yourself, then do it for meeee (side note by Alice: and for me too!)??

-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
-Today (last night) I let out such a toxic-smelling fart in my sleep that it not only woke my husband up from a dead slumber but he actually threw up in his mouth a little. FML.

 

Clic to see the illustration on FMyLife.com

 

Your illustration is so hot, all the FML moderators starting singing "Aquarius", and taking off their clothes, while touching each other, so thank you for that.
Oh, and for your comic, of course.

 

Erika's G spot: http://www.darcomic.org/

 

If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice@fmylife.com including a link to your website/blog/DA. 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 Aaaaaaaahlice, who will tell you what you have to do!

#631 - Illustrated FML - On 09/03/2010 at 1:41pm by FML Team - 3 comments

FML dB / 100.ft

GOODMORNING READERS, PEOPLE, STUFF, HOW'S THAT SOUND? LOUD? Good because we all received our vuvuzelas to help us write the article and it's LITTERALY BREAKING OUR EARS and our nerves. It's Maxime Dupont's fault but we're not blaming him since he illustrated a FML story again, just for you. It is a good thing he's back, since the last time we featured him, he was about to travel all around Africa; now he's in France and he's ready to tell us about his wonderful trip. Get waka waka guys, Maxime is here !

-Tell us about your trip ?
-It was a little humanitarian trip to Africa, more precisely to Ouagadougou (in Burkina Faso). I went there with my girlfriend to discover Africa as we had it in our hearts, in a kids treatment center, called "Kheur guney"= "the children's house.” We spent 3 months there sharing the life of fabulous kids who delighted us with theirs smiles, laughs and immoderate joy of life, in spite of the horrible living conditions they were dealing with. We worked with them to help them succeed in school, and we created thousands of games with them. In addition to that, during the first month I had the hard task to create a 60-meter long illustrative fresco with three young people from 18 to 25years old. To help me achieve this project, went on some great motorbike road-trips without a helmet through the marvelous landscapes of Ouagadougou, not that it was like on tropical islands with heavenly views, but we were all alone in those almost arid areas, completely preserved from any civilization. It was a huge heartbreak when we had to tell all those orphans that we were going back to France, and a very emotional moment the day we left when we lost all those little brothers that we took care of during our journey. Amazing journey during which I made about thirty portraits of the kids and 1200 pictures that will help me create a comic book about the center some day.

-What are your projects?
-I registered for multimedia training courses, hoping to be in a company that works principally on web design so I can learn how to build web sites and be a polyvalent graphic designer/web designer/illustrator, but I know that someday I'll end up doing comics illustration exclusively. I already have some comic books plans and hope that someday I’ll contribute to a project that gathers lots of artists to create stuff such as dofus and wakfu.

-What inspires you?
-Artists inspire me a lot concerning the different styles of drawing or coloration techniques, movies inspire me more for their storytelling but also for the camera angles, dialogs, style effects, etc. My teachers used to compare me to a sponge, I absorb anything I can make use of, I'm open to whatever I come across, movies, comic books, illustrations, mangas, anything will do, and give myself the chance to learn whatever I can from everybody.


-What makes you laugh the most?
-FML makes me laugh a lot, so does the sharpness of some movie dialogs, I'm often the only one laughing at that, but otherwise I laugh all the time with everybody so everybody makes me laugh a bit. I even find myself laughing at my dad's old-fashioned jokes that are not really funny…



-Why did you choose this FML?
- I never know why I choose an FML in particular; if I had the time I would illustrate all of them. I choose very quickly, the first one that makes me laugh and that constrains me to try a new technique, or a specific drawing that interests me.

 

 

 

 


-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
-Today I was doing cocktails in the bar where I work as a barman, while using peach cream (the one with alcohol in it) instead of syrup. All of my coworkers got drunk. FML

 

Clic to see the illustration on FMyLife.com


YOU'RE A GREAT BARMAN MAXIME,

 

Maxime's chili con carne: http://or--ange.deviantart.com/gallery

If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice@fmylife.com including a link to your website/blog/DA. 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 (thank you Yousra, seriously), who will tell you what you have to do!

 

#582 - Illustrated FML - On 08/27/2010 at 1:12pm by FML Team - 2 comments

FML would never cheat on you

Good morning cheaters! How’s your extracurricular relationship? Did you remember to erase all the texts and emails he or she sent you before your wife or husband could read them? If not, you’re a lazy cheater and you should be banished from the wonderful Professional Cheaters Corp. It’s not something you improvise, it takes years and years before being able to tell your wife you’re going to a greyhound racing while you’re actually doing another kind of dogging. Tony Piro provides us today a comic inspired by the failure of cheating, and we provide you with his interview!



What's your name?
Tony Piro

How old are you?
Tony Piro : 31

Where do you live? (If you moved for example)
Tony Piro : Berkeley, CA

What are your projects?
Tony Piro : My main project is Calamities of Nature, my online comic. I also do some astrophysics from time to time, but that doesn't involve much drawing. ;)

What inspires you (artists, movies, etc...)?
Tony Piro : Ideas inspire me. I'm always looking for interesting and new ideas, because this is usually what informs my comic strips. Whenever I have writers block I'll go check out some books on popular science or read some philosophy or whatever else I can get my brain working. I think it's pretty fun that I've developed my comic in such a way that just by learning, I'm creating material for
new comics.

What makes you laugh the most?
Tony Piro : Uncomfortable truths.

Why did you choose to come back?
Tony Piro : I might have said this in my previous interview, but FML is pretty hit and miss for me. I like the ones that show a simple honesty about life's foibles. Other FML entries can be pretty embarrassing and mean, and I don't enjoy those as much. The particular one that I found was just a simple event, but it opened up my imagination to all sorts of other interesting implications. So it was fun to just run with it, and that's how I got the comic I eventually created.


Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
Tony Piro : My own FML? With two kids there are many times per day where I think FML, but it's usually in an OMG way, not a vengeful FML!!! Things happen, like you check a diaper and get a hand full of shit, or your kid projectile vomits on you from 6 inches away, or you ask your kid for help and you get back a super-sassy answer. At the time you think FML, but really, later you think back and just laugh. It's all part of the fun of being a parent.


Clic to see the illustration on FMyLife.com



That’s why we have 40 anecdotes in the FML kid’s section we guess.
Thanks Tony for taking part a second time, we still love you thiiiis much! (And we’re already planning on cheating on you next week, with Maxime Dupont)

 


Tony’s bacon: http://www.calamitiesofnature.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 will tell you what you have to do!

#575 - Illustrated FML - On 08/21/2010 at 12:38pm by FML team - 4 comments

Sara Bloem's comeback

Hi everyone! We hope you had a great week because August has just started and it can only mean one thing: for some unlucky people, school has started again, and for others, the summer holidays are nearly over, time to go back to the office and pretend to be working on that project when in fact you’re building stuff out of paper clips.
September is just around the corner, so if you’re still on holiday you’d better try to have some fun before you’re back listening to (and trying to understand) your maths teacher or your management’s expectations. Here at FML, to forget this painful thing that we like to call “the world where alarm clocks ring before noon”, we’ve decided to not only provide you with illustrations and comics, they’ve been lovingly created by artists that we’ve already featured, that you loved, that we love.

We start off today with Sara Bloem!

 
What are your currents projects?

Sara : Every summer, the video productions company where I work right now has its summer interns write, direct, produce, and shoot a dorky intern training video. Right now I'm doing the storyboarding, and later I'll be putting in some cool special effects in After Effects in post-production. It's sort of James Bond/Karate Kid-themed, so I also get to play the wise Asian mentor who whaps the star with a cane, speaks without l's, and drives poorly. I guess it's not racist because I'm Asian!

What inspires you?

Sara : I love Berlin-based Chiharu Shiota's thread-wrapped pieces, Rene Engström's comic-ing, and James Turrell's light installations. Yesterday I was illicitly absorbing the latest issue of Hi-Fructose in the Borders across the street from where I work, being a cheap person, and I really loved their feature on Beth Cavener Stichter, who sculpts beautiful and profoundly unsettling animals in stoneware (rather NSFW). Much of the aesthetic I'd like to emulate, actually, comes from fields outside of illustration. I like reading tech and design blogs like Gizmodo and Dezeen. I want to try to integrate that kind of modern concern with simplicity and pure form into illustration. In my very humble opinion, I think that the more one looks out of one's own particular field, the greater the freshness and originality one brings to the table.
 
 
What makes you laugh the most?

Sara : Probably just the silly things my friends and I talk about. And videos like this one.


Why did you choose this FML?

Sara : I thought it was a sweet and poignant, if horribly sad story! It sounded like a chick flick about to take off except it ended with still more disappointment and regret. I hope OP has had better luck with the ladies since - but if not, that's totally okay! You don't need a relationship to lead a fulfilling, purposeful, goal-driven life studded with Nobel Prizes and international accolades!

Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share with us?

Sara
: For several years before college, I went to these very staid and awkward church-sponsored dances every month as one of the youth dance coordinators. These dances were designed to bring together church-minded 15- and 16-year-olds from all over the county to chastely socialize. Speed-dating, line-dancing, and amateur moonwalk contests were extremely popular. I was required to attend these events; the thinking went that if the coordinators didn't show up, no one would. In retrospect, this was a cannily self-aware policy!
One month I invited a couple school friends to a dance hosted in a particularly rural part of the county. This dance was uniquely awful; for one thing, it was held in what was obviously a gym, and decorated with Christmas lights and tablecloths. Most of the ceiling lights were dimmed except for one side of the room where parent chaperones sat in a row under blindingly bright lights and watched everyone like hawks.
Around 11 the dance wound down and there were only a few people on the floor. This was when the DJ announced the last song of the night: the chicken dance! Apparently the chicken dance was extremely popular in this rural area, or maybe it was some kind of in-joke, but the whole party started up again. Everyone who was sitting got up and ran to the floor and started shaking their rear ends and making little duck mouths with their hands. Kids were running into the hallways to get their friends. Several people literally sprinted out of the bathroom when they heard the music, already flapping their arms en route. As I watched everyone having the times of their lives from the side of the room, slumped in a chair, pretty certain that my friends would never accept an invitation from me again, I thought - not for the last time - "I... need to get a different job."
Aaand a shorter one: Today, I was brushing my teeth when a spider dropped on a line of web out of my hair. FML. I actually think there might be similar ones to this already up on FML already, which makes me feel better because apparently I am not the only one with hair that spiders like to nest in; well, such is the hope!

 

Clic to see the illustration on Fmylife.com!


It seems like to us you are the perfect protagonist to illustrate an FML. Many thanks Sara!
 
Sara’s website: http://risd.digication.com/sarabloem/Home/
 
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 will tell you what you have to do!

 

#568 - Illustrated FML - On 08/14/2010 at 11:44am by FML team - 2 comments


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