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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

The 30-Second Bunnies Theatre is here !

Hey hey hey! We're very excited today, not because Renée Perry is one hell of a housewife, but because The 30-Second Bunnies Theatre is on FML today! It can be pretty boring can to see a movie to find out in the end that there were only a few worthy minutes in it. Jennifer Shiman (http://www.angryalien.com/) has decided to help us save some time, and re-created some of the greatest (or worst) movies of all time, in 30 seconds. And it works. Otherwise she wouldn't be here and we wouldn't be that excited. Let's go for a non-30 second interview!

 

-What's your name and surname?
-Jennifer Shiman


-How old are you?
-41


-Where do you live?
-Los Angeles, California USA


-What do you do for a living?
-I'm a cartoonist, content developer, Flash animator and digital designer. My company (consisting of one employee, me) is called Angry Alien Productions.


-What's your story?
-I went to university and studied business and media studies. But I've been drawing cartoons since I was 6.



-What are your projects?
-My longest-running project has been 30-Second Bunnies Theatre, in which animated bunnies re-enact and summarize movies in roughly thirty
seconds.

-Can you tell us about your blog/website?
-I started angryalien.com as a portfolio for my cartoon and illustration projects. Now the site is filled with 68 bunny episodes.


-Why bunnies?
-They work really hard.



- (And that's what she said, literally.) What inspires you?
-I love watching movies and reading books. I love storytelling. Some of my favorite creators include Hayao Miyazaki, Bill Plympton, Neil Gaiman and Stephen King.

-What makes you laugh the most?
-When the joke takes me by surprise.

-Why did you choose this FML?
-I hit the random button and found this FML. I can identify with the story.

-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
-I have so many, it's hard to pick one. But I'll choose one from kindergarten, when I was 5: I asked a boy if he would marry me, and he looked me straight in the eye and flatly stated, "no." Harsh! FML



Clic to see the illustration on FMyLife.com !


Well, we would have said yes, we simply can't say no to a funny woman. That's our Seinfeld chromosome. Thank you very much Jennifer for your participation!

On theater right now: http://www.angryalien.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's currently waiting for the bride to say "yes", who will tell you what you have to do!

#659 - Illustrated FML - On 09/28/2010 at 1:03pm by FML Team - 4 comments

Maow this FML

There's nothing cuter than a cat. It can be noisy, it can scratch your leg or puke on your pillow, but it's always cute. And cute, or "kawaii", is something today's artist sure does know about, as he created a blog full of "aaaw" creatures that he called Boximals. As we totally had a crush on those adorable little ones, we had to share it with you. Please everybody welcome...


-Jeffrey Jang !

-How old are you?
-20 years old.

-Where do you live?
-Coquitlam, British Columbia

-What do you do for a living?
-I currently freelance as a graphic designer and illustrator, but otherwise work at a warehouse doing repetitive things all day.

-What's your story?
-I actually wanted to be a concept artist coming out of high school, but decided to give graphic design some thought as I could still work on my illustration skills on my own while learning how to be commercial through design school. I realized I had a much better flair for design than illustration, and haven't looked back since then.

-What are your projects?
-When not occupied at my day job, the major projects I devote time to involve revising my portfolio, my personal website, and Boximals. 

-Can you tell us about your blog/website?
-Boximals came about after I designed a line of characters for a client. Disappointed that I couldn't use them myself I decided to go and design my own characters and brand. I'm mainly focusing on building more designs first, but have been communicating with shirt printers and will redesign the current website to incorporate a shop soon.

-What inspires you?
-It's probably odd being an artist that I only have one person as my inspiration. Kristen Perry is one of the talented concept artists at ArenaNet (think Guild Wars), and has been my friend, mentor and teacher for a few years now. I owe her everything, even though she'll deny it if went and asked her.

 
-What makes you laugh the most?
-Humor like that of Family Guy or The Whitest Kids You Know will make me laugh quite a bit. Most of the time I am just pretending to laugh at things to be polite, but I'd never let you know that.
 
-Why did you choose this FML?
-When looking through the FMLs I was mainly looking for one that involved animals as I wanted to use my Boximals characters for it. This one not only had a cat, but a very cute twist that I was able to work with.

-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
-It's not as crazy as some of the FMLs here but every day I think about how I haven't found a graphic design job and go "FML". To be fair I haven't been at it for very long, but I figure it's good form of motivation until I get one.

 

 

Many thanks for your illustration Jeffrey !

 

Boximals: http://boximals.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!

#652 - Illustrated FML - On 09/23/2010 at 8:47am by FML Team - 8 comments


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