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ValMo's Illustrated FML

Hello illustration fanatics, it’s Saturday again. Yes, I know, inspired intro. I was watching stuff on TV. It’s nearly Halloween, so we have to get ready and think about pumpkins. And I don’t know about you but I think that Pimp My Ride has changed quite a bit.

This week we’re taking you to Quebec in Canada, with a young lady who goes by the name of ValMo. She works in video games, but she also creates comics and illustrations, and has done ever since she’s been old enough to hold on to a pencil.

“I like to draw, tell stories and most of all, the feeling of having finished something. Creating a game or an illustration is satisfying visually, but it also needs to be amusing and the clients need to be happy. This means creating quality illustrations from time to time. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! And I’ve accepted it for the past ten years. Yes, I still have all my hair. I still require a few thousand dollars more to be able to have a decent beer in Brussels, or a nice glass of wine in Bordeaux with my boyfriend. Or take a year off where my rent would pay itself, so I could work on a whole comic and illustrations.” There, that’s that.

ValMo says she has the same story as most people at her level. She wanted to study cartooning, but unfortunately at the beginning of 2000 there were no classes in Quebec in this domain. “So after my high school diploma in graphic design, I went to study advertising illustration in Montreal for a few months and since then I learn things by myself by working with different illustrators or working with groups. I’m self-taught, but I would like to meet my Mister Miyagi one day who would teach me everything. Is anyone interested?” (And please avoid the smutty proposals. Our guest has a “chum” as our friends from Quebec say).

What are her projects? “I’m currently working on a few projects here and there with writer/cartoonist from Quebec and another in Montreal. But unfortunately I can’t say more for now.” Grrrrr, it’s always the same with artists, so many secrets. Never mind, we’ll wait.

To do so, we can read the next bit.

Cats or dogs?
Dogs. They’re a bit stupid, but we like them anyway. A bit like the village idiot. We get so attached to them. I HATE cats. The purr and then WHAM! They scratch you like there’s no tomorrow. Nasty creatures.

What are the latest things you enjoyed in movies, music, books and comics?
I loved The Avengers. As for comics, it’s difficult to choose because I love a lot of stuff. Lately I got to meet Mézières, which I LOVED, I enjoyed the “clash” about the creation of comics. With the use of cintiqs, computers, pads and blogs becoming more common, we quickly forget the more “human” side of it, or even the anecdotal tale versus the literary tale, or the sensual contact of a big book fresh off the presses. Which reminds me that it’s starting to get cold around here so I’m probably going to discover some new stuff at the library.

Who are the main artists that you like and whose blogs you visit regularly?
I love Pascal Campion, Boulet, Obion, Gally (with their funny and saucy Love Blog), Mouk who always makes me laugh, Anette Marnat, Claire Wendling and many more. In Quebec there’s Pascal Colpron, Francis Deharnais, Djef, Mikael, Michel Farlardeau, Jimmy Beaulieu, Pascal Girard, Delaf and Dubuc as well as Geneviève Koté for her pretty illustrations.

Tell us what you enjoy in life, your passions, pastimes, vices, every day pleasures.
Besides beings at a few centimetres from a computer screen, I like being outside and walking around the old Quebec and seeing the tourists. It’s like travelling with them. I have a BIG weakness for food and I dream of a food-based holiday in France or California to taste lots of great wine and meet nice people.

Tell us a crap joke. Possible joker: if you don’t have a joke, you can tell us your biggest FML.
I’m terrible for jokes, but for FMLs, I could write a book… I’m a bit temperamental, so not a week goes by without a mishap or two.
Once, I went into a store to find a black dress, and being distracted, and because I was already wearing a black dress, I managed to leave the store wearing the new dress leaving my own dress in the changing room without setting off the alarm. When I realized my mistake, I went back into the store, but this time the alarm went off. But try looking honest when explaining what had happened to the storeowner… FML

Do you have a phobia? If so, which one?
I HATE being in car. If you live in Canada, it’s not the most practical phobia, seeing as the closest big city to Quebec is a three-hour drive away. So I compensate by cycling or taking the bus. This isn’t always classy when it’s 35 degrees in summer or -40 degrees Celsius in winter. But it allows me to draw without holding on to a steering wheel.

To finish off, ask yourself a question you would like to have been asked, and then choose to answer it or not.
What would like to do in the forthcoming year?
I like to publish a whole comic book or to have even more illustration contracts and children’s books! I hope to meet other comic book creators and illustrators and perfect my technique and tell loads of stories. Thanks to FML for this window to the world. (Our pleasure Val!)


And to see this week’s Illustrated FML, click here.


And that’s a quality illustration. It’s at least of the same quality as the videos I’ve got for you this week. Do you know the Pentatonic Scale? No? Well, this funny experiment will tell you all about it. Otherwise, it’s never too late to check out, or check out again le Internet Medley which covers 40 Internet phenomenon in one song. Take care and see you next week!


If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice [at] 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!

#1329 - Illustrated FML - On 10/20/2012 at 6:22am by Julien - 1 comments

The FML education

I've already started plenty of articles with "hello", "good morning" and "hi everybody" so I'm running out of opening salutations. What do cool people say when they see each other? In other words, how do British people salute themselves? Let's find out thanks to today's artist. She's young, she's from London and she likes FML. As you can figure out, she's got a lot going for her. Let's not wait a minute more, especially since I have like a ton of jokes that require a British accent, but I'm having a hard time translating it into this article, so let's get to the interview!



-What's your name?
-On my blog I don't really have a name, I wanted to stay more of an everyman. I'm sure if you could be bothered to do any digging at all you would be able to find out in about 10 seconds though. It's not that I have an embarrassing name like Bunglefarck on something, I just hoped I could relate to more people by being nameless.

-How old are you?
-I am 16 and will be 17 in January - which is why my drawing style isn't very polished.

-Where do you live?
-I live in London but go to the countryside a lot as well.

-What's your job?
-I'm in sixth form at the moment where I spend most of my life doing maths (which is always thrilling), hopefully I'll go to uni or art school when I leave, I haven't decided which yet (but hey if you follow my blog you'll know when I do!).



-What's your journey?
-I have always loved drawing and never thought of putting it into a blog until recently. I read about a girl a little older than me who has a make up blog ( which she illustrates for, I was so excited to see it but quickly realised it wasn't as illustration based as I thought it would be (although she does have some really lovely pictures and it's a great blog). I started looking for other illustration blogs after that and then eventually realised I could try one myself. I am not very good yet, but I'm hoping I will improve with practice.

-What are your inspirations?
-There are loads of illustrators whose work I love, but I think my all time favourite is Sempé. He just seems to capture every persons character so perfectly with his drawings. Sue Townsend's Adrian Mole series inspires me when writing for my blog, as does Louise Rennison's Georgia Nicolson series.


-Tell us more about your blog!
-My blog is about being a slightly awkward teenager living in the 21st century. I make a fool of myself quite a lot, which although can be embarrassing for me, is entertaining for many others. I found a lot of other teenage blogs/TV shows to be really moany and annoying - I don't want to write and draw about Tommy liking Susie and not me which means I probably won't get asked to the winter dance... etc (For the record, there is no Tommy.) Or draw pictures of something dying with a stupid quote to go with it to try and express my harsh feelings. I try and write about how being: hormonal, in public, and kind of a lemon-head sometimes, is a bad combination when you're trying to act cooler than you actually are.

-Why did you choose this FML story?
-I have a lot of younger relations and babysit a bit so I have a good idea of what it is like putting little kids to bed, and multiplying that by three and it all going wrong I thought was hilarious.






If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice [at] 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! 


#1328 - Illustrated FML - On 10/12/2012 at 10:13am by Alice - 0 comments

Jul's Illustrated FML

Hello there! I’m glad to be here to greet you once more. I was just at the zoo with Paris Hilton checking out the kangaroos when suddenly… Well, I’ll let you work that one out.

I’ve now got a guest to introduce. He’s 30 years old, he’s from France and he’s called Julien Rocca, AKA Jul, Forza Pedro or officially Forza Jul for the upcoming comic books in the stores. A young man then, but what does he do? “I sleep a lot, or I play with my games consoles. I like making little cartoons, I like playing video games, and I like making music… I just miss the peacefulness that I can’t find in Paris, but I’m soon going to fix that by leaving the capital next year.”

His latest news is “a lot of things” he says. “A big new game. I’d even say my first ‘real’ video game called Finding Teddy! It’s coming out on iPhone and PC. As for comics, the blog is on stand-by because of work. Even if I haven’t announced it officially yet, the first Tapeworm Boy volume should appear in 2013, and that’s great.”

Great news then, achieved through many years of hard work. “I started work quite young. I liked school, high school, all that, but I needed money! I did all sorts of things, I worked in a bookstore, salesman, even metalwork for the aviation business. Then when I’d had enough, I became a graphics designer for a games company, and then opened my own company with a friend. This is where I still am, and that’s fine by me.”

Project wise, games, comic books, music (an album to be listened to!) and a collection of pixel art illustrations. Jul also takes part when he wants to the Strip Science project. “I have projects all the time, the only problem is finding the time.” Come on man, having too much work is never a problem. Right, next.

Dogs or cats?
Cats, no contest. Even though I must admit I love Chihuahuas, you can’t really say that they’re dogs, they look odd.

The last things you liked at the movies, in music, books and comics?
In music, it’s Disasterpiece (a composer for many games, such as FEZ), with whom I’m working for Finding Teddy. Movie-wise, The Avengers. For books, I’d say Pandora by Peter F. Hamilton. As for comics… I don’t read that many, but I’ve been rediscovering the Calvin & Hobbes ones recently, they never get old.

Who are the main artists you like and whose blogs you visit regularly?
All my crew, Jean Paul Pognon, Jibé, Antoine, Pierrot, Luchie, Louna, Dragib, Tristan and his blog Autostrip… All my friends. After which, I visit whenever I think to do so which isn’t often.

Tell us what you enjoy in life, your passions, pastimes, vices, everyday pleasures.
Besides gaming, music, comics and drawing… I’d say science, ancient cultures and civilizations. I really like insects, the way they operate, everything that concerns animals… Boring things really. 
As for everyday pleasures… I love getting to work, when I make my coffee and I check out my emails or the latest news on the Internet. When I’m at home with my family in front of the TV, under a blanket. And finally, I really enjoy annoying my nearest and dearest and my cat.

Can you tell us a terrible joke? Possible joker: if you don’t have a joke, you can tell us your worst FML.
A joke I heard in a Gamerside podcast: “What do you call three gay guys fucking? The one in the middle’s birthday.”

As for an FML: During a new year’s eve, I went home sick because of too much booze + a big sticky cake. In the subway, there was a woman in front of me and I threw up a big shit-brown thing on her feet. She ran away screaming a big disgusted “aaaaaaaah.” I was so embarrassed I got off at a stop that wasn’t mine; I threw up again in a trashcan, and then waited for AN HOUR for another train (it was at night). When I got home, I went to bed still in my clothes. The next morning, my grandmother knocked on my apartment door for coffee. When I opened the door, she said; “Oh you’ve been up to no good again, haven’t you?” I still had vomit on my shoes.

Do you have a phobia? If so, what it is?
Water, in large quantities, is synonymous with death. Which means I can’t swim.


And to see this week’s FML, click here.


Not bad, huh? I’ll leave you with some videos, first off with this one that I didn’t want you to miss (even if you’ve maybe seen or heard it today). There are also the solid dependable morons and their stupid ideas to make us laugh, as demonstrated here. Have a nice week, weekend, and see you next Saturday!


If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice [at] 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! 

#1327 - Illustrated FML - On 10/05/2012 at 6:30am by Julien - 2 comments

The FML friend request

Goooooooooooooodmorning! So how was your wall this week? Full of not-so-private messages? Yeah, us too. As you already saw, today's comic is all about Facebook. And before you ask, the illustrations we publish are made weeks before their publication, so no need to call Fox News too tell them it's a conspiracy. Sow, our artist of the day, and I have NOTHING to do with it. If we wanted to mess with Facebook, we would have created a fantastic tool that would automatically change any pictures of booze with kitties. Then you could be friends with your mom or your boss without suffering the consequences. But that's a whole other story. Let's get to the interview shall we.



-What are your name, surname and nickame? 
-I am Sow Ay, I don't like saying my real name since many people really think my name is Sow, so I won't spoil it. 

-And why did you choose this nickname?
-Sow Ay because "So Why".

-How old are you?
-I'm 21 ( but people usually think I'm 16.) 

-Where do you live?
-I live in France, but I'm thinking of moving to the UK.

-What do you dor for a living? 
-At the moment, I'm a graphic designer, but after my fixed-term contract I'll see..



-What's your journey? 
-After my A level, it was kind of chaos, I couldn't find a public school which would accept me so I did as I could, internships, little jobs, workshops, short graphic design training, imaginary friends and worlds. And working by myself on many projects and collaborations on and my blog.

-What are your inspirations? 
-Hmm.. My inspiration comes from all and nothing... I spend a lot of time on the internet watching many things, TV shows, comics, listening to music, reading some blogs, reading some stupid and useless news. I have to admit that I love trolling some stupid girlies (we call them "kikoolol" in French) on facebook, which are the subject of some of the notes on my blog. And listening to music again and again. I like thinking of new worlds and atmospheres with music in my ears... My inspiration is very extensive and I would like my creative universe to be extensive too.

-Do you read webcomics ? If so, which ones?
-If I follow paper comics instead of author on the internet, is it okay ? I still like having the real comics in my hands. The webcomics I read are especially short comics.


-Tell us more about your website?
-My blog is a place in which I show many of my works, many different projects, share some funny stuff (real or not). It is a part of my world. I am the manager and my characters are helping me. But my projects are not only there, I am actually wondering what I am gonna do of with projects... I don't even know where I will be in 2 weeks! There are many ideas in my mind, comics, music, some weird atmospheres I would like to make happen. I don't know at all what the result will be... But I want it to be really HUGE... Just Wait and See... So much progress to make... (Damn, I'm going on about my life, I hate that!)

-Ah, last question before we let you go eat Camembert again. Why did you choose this FML story? 
-Maybe it's my facebook addict side... It also reminds me a stupid anecdote, I asked a dude who he was on facebook (he had one of my works as a cover picture), and 2 months afterwards, I finally understood by seeing his name that it was my father... FML!






Sow's website, and yes, it's in English Sow-Ay

If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice [at] 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! 



#1326 - Illustrated FML - On 09/27/2012 at 1:43pm by Alice - 6 comments

FML's Awkward Bodies

     Today, I had an upset stomach. I lay down in bed with a bucket nearby just in case. Later on, the urge to vomit overcame me, and I puked into the bucket. I realised too late that my cat had chosen to sleep in it. He jumped out and spread vomit all over my apartment. FML
     No matter how old we are, we all go through phases in our lives when our bodies let us down. We droop, we smell, we break, we sprain, we trip over ourselves, gases seep out when we least expect them to, nature calls when we clearly want to be left alone, our nerves make us sweat, bumble, mumble, blurt, spurt and fumble. We want to do our best, but out bodies wont let us, our minds and our organs are constantly fighting a battle, and our minds are losing big time. The brillant Louis C.K. said of his first sexual encounter with a girl, “As soon as she touched my dick, I came and started farting.” You can imagine that on FML we have a large selection of this sort of occurrence, so if you’ve ever felt like taking your body back to the shop to exchange for a better model, or just hoping for an upgrade, read on because you’re not alone.

     Sometimes, we’re just hapless victims, illness has taken over our bodies, we’ve been prescribed some sort of voodoo medication, or we’ve just had shitty luck.
     Today, I got to work feeling slightly unwell. A couple of hours later, an extremely attractive customer came to my till, at which point my body decided it would be a good idea to vomit last night's dinner all over myself and the customer. FML
     Today, I was given new meds, and apparently my body doesn't understand the difference between "may cause stomach upset" and "you will crap yourself as you have an orgasm while having sex with your boyfriend." FML
     Today, after a particularly difficult late night workout at the gym, I decided to shower in the locker room. I must have passed out, because I later woke up naked, surrounded by police after someone called to report a dead body in the shower. FML
     Today, I decided to use hand sanitizer to mask the smell of my armpits at work. Not only did it intensify the stench, my boss thinks I have a drinking problem, because I vaguely smelled of alcohol. I was too embarrassed to explain. FML

     Other times, it’s our entire fault, brought on by drinking and eating too much, being an idiot and generally behaving like a total numpty.
     Today, I was walking home with my boyfriend. There's a short cut to my house by jumping a fence but he insisted that we take the long way because, "Girls don't jump fences." To prove him wrong, I jumped the fence. I fell and broke my leg. FML
     Today, I had a hard time taking a dump. Before flushing, I noticed two pennies and a dime incrusted in my turd. It seems that yesterday, while drunk, I swallowed some change. FML
     Today, my family of five and I decided to have homemade sushi. We did not prepare the fish correctly, and now we all have excruciating food poisoning. The worst part? We only have one bathroom. FML

     Many body issues are age-specific.
     Today, while looking in the mirror at my full-blown grease-spewing acne-riddled face, my father came up behind me and said, "Don't worry son, I had acne like that when I was your age". I replied, "No you didn't", and his immediate response while laughing was, "No, I didn't." FML
     Today, I found out my wife isn't cheating. She says she's just getting older and sex isn't important anymore. She's 27. FML
     Today, I received an email from my girlfriend listing 10 ways to stop premature ejaculation. Subtle. FML
     Today, I was with my 6th grade class. During recess, we were talking about growing up and getting older. I said that one day, they'd start to look like me. Two of my students started crying. FML
     Some of us wish to improve ourselves; we strive for success and try our hardest to make our bodies work properly. Or at least without them creaking so much. But it doesn’t always work out like in the movies, where the training sessions are a 30-second clip set to a rousing power ballad. In real life it’s 30 minutes set to the sound of your heart popping out of your ears and sweat pooling in your crotch.
     Today, my girlfriend called me a lazy pig. To prove her wrong, I decided to go lift some weights. A few reps in, my arm cracked and my first reaction was to squeal like a pig. FML
     Today, I went for a jog. I was 5 km away from home when I had a sudden urge to poop. I didn't want to use the bushes, so I thought I could hold it in. I was wrong. FML
     Today, feeling out of shape, I went for a jog. I got mugged. FML

     But we have to admit that most of us, me included, are just out of shape. Our bodies are run down, and are in dire need of a jump-start, a new fitness regime. Or not. You can just let it slide, sit back and accept that you’re lazy and carefree. Who wants to be one of those lycra-clad people in the gym anyway? They look like pod-people training to become humans and take us over.
     Today, I woke up, only to find my arm was still asleep. I tried to move it just a tiny bit, but somehow ended up punching myself in the face. FML
     Today, I pulled a muscle. Not in any kind of sport or exercise, but while reaching for my computer mouse. FML
     Today, the "My body is beautiful" t-shirt that my therapist gave me didn't fit. FML
     There are many more categories and FMLs that could’ve been included, and I’m guessing that while reading this you probably thought of that time that you did that thing that still makes you groan with shame. But now you know that we’ve all been there, done that and got the mental scars to prove it. When I remember something really embarrassing that I’ve said or done in the past, no matter how long ago, I do actually make a noise, almost like sticking my fingers in my ears and going “lalalalala” as if I’m trying to consciously erase the memory from my mind. It never works; these things still haunt me, especially at 3:15am for some reason.

     Anyway, here’s to our bodies enabling us to enjoy many more embarrassing, shameful and awkward moments, without them we wouldn’t know what feeling good would feel like.

#1325 - Ramblings - On 09/25/2012 at 3:45am by Alan - 4 comments