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exaheva's Illustrated FML

Hello you wonderful lot! This week we’re going to jump straight in and let this week’s artist introduce himself, because he has a lot to say. “I have many names. Populations know me under several identities, but for now call me exaheva. My blog is called Je suis Cerné, on which I put different styles of comic strips every week. I have lived many lives, but at the moment I am 21 years old, I think. I’ve lived most of my life at MEGACITY, but I’m currently living in GIGAVILLE (it’s a giga place to be). Great, isn’t it? I pretend to study the noble (and clearly the greatest) art that is comics, but the truth is that the school is a cover for a mafia-organized traffic of Pokémon cards (if someone has a shining Mewtwo, I’m interested). I also make music (an electro duo called ‘Je Brûle’) and I create video games at an amateur level (that can be found on my blog). So I also like to experiment stuff in comics, like interactive comics (yes, it’s possible) or animated, or musical… or other stuff.”

As you may have gathered, there are about 18 people inside our guest’s head. But they seem to all get along. What do enjoy in what you do, exaheva? What is missing? “Being able to manipulate people’s emotions for a short period of time via images I’ve created is an interesting power. I’m missing a shining Mewtwo card, as I’ve already said.”

In other news, exaheva tells us that he is on holiday, he’s had an FML published and that yesterday he took the bus. And he was alone in it. Wow.

Even crazier is how he got to where he is now. “Well, first I went to school, then, well, I went to high school, and now I’m in an art school.” I warned you it was crazy.

Before going any further, it gets even worse. “In the beginning, I wanted to pilot giant robots to fight monsters from outer-space, but then I learned that there wasn’t many careers in that sort of thing, so I’m trying to make it in comics, music, video games, or interactive-musical-comics.”

OK then, let’s go onto the next bit.

What are the latest things that you enjoyed at the movies, or in music and books and comics?
Koyaanisqatsi, a musical-minimalist-documentary-movie with music by Philip Glass which is really great. And the best animation movie in the world is Mind Game, it won the best-movie-of-all-time-which-cannot-be-beaten. In music, the last thing I really liked is a German electro-rock band called Warren Suicide, which is really good. And by “books” you mean “video games” obviously so I’d say that the video game you have to play is Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, an independent pixelart game which is SUPER CLASSY with an incredible feel and music, please play it. And as for comic books, erm, “Lupus” by Peeters is absolutely splendid, well told and very catchy (the complete works has been released) as well as “Sunday” by Jon McNaught, a small two color comic with small panels, very pretty and minimalistic.

Who are the main artists that you appreciate and whose blogs you visit regularly? 
I’d say Chris Ware, Taiyou Matsumoto, Ruppert and Mulot, so we have an American, a guy from Japan and a French duo. As for blogs, there’s the classics that everyone already knows, but there’s also Fluoxyne, Invisible Hair Suit, and the pixel nut Paul Robertson. There’s also my two friends Mortis Ghost and Saturnome who do great work!

Tell us what you like in life, your passions, hobbies, vices, and everyday pleasures.
Hmmm, I can see you coming. You want some sort of scoop, don’t you? No, well, as I said before, I make a lot of music, I love it. And video games as well, I must admit I like them a lot even though I don’t have enough time to play all the ones I’d like to. Besides that, I have an incomplete list of things I like: giant robots, explosions, furniture, intense combats, the sound of footsteps in the snow, coffee and pasta.

Do you have a phobia? If so, which one?
No, but I have the phobia of having a phobia. For the moment everything’s fine.

To finish up, ask yourself a question you would like to have been asked, and chose whether to answer it or not.
Which Pokémon card are you missing? Shining Mewtwo.


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


So that’s it for this week. All that’s left is for me to leave you with a video until next week’s illustration. Here’s a video of Siri, the iPhone vocal recognition system. Apparently, Siri has trouble with the Japanese accent and can’t understand the word “work”! That’s all folks, hope you enjoyed yourselves, have a great week, be excellent to each other and enjoy your summer holidays if you’re lucky enough to have any!


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!

#1309 - Illustrated FML - On 07/13/2012 at 11:42am by Julien - 1 comments

Beautiful FML

Love is in the air thanks to today's artist from Indonesia. No matter how your lover looks, if you love him/her, he/she's the most beautiful person in the world. Noooooo I'm kidding, what's really important is that he/she's tanned, good looking, tall and has blue eyes. Everything else is just accessorizing. Now that I've spread the good word, let's get to the interview!



-What are your name, surname and nickame? 
-My name is quite long actually, Raditha Laras H. Paramesta. I'm Indonesian & we don't really have a definite surname (I use Djamil in public cuz it's my dad's "last name"). I'm not sure why, but that's just how it goes.

-Why did you choose this nickname?
-I prefer to be called Rara or R2, but online I usually go by Chocoreaper, Loserificus or Chocarus91 (and those are lame usernames if you ask me, I want a better online identity IMHO). 

-How old are you?
-I'm 21, my birthday was just last May. 

-Where do you live?
-Currently in Tangerang, Indonesia, though my hometown is Jakarta. 

-What's your job?
-Actually I'm still looking for a job. I just graduated last year and have thankfully found a job opening in Brunei, but it's not confirmed if I'm accepted there yet. I'd like to work freelance but my friends & family said I'm better off working in a real office first, just for experience. 



-What's your journey?
-If you mean traveling, I've only been to three countries so far and I had to stay in the location I'm currently in for personal reasons. If you mean career path, I'm still stuck and deciding what I'm gonna work as (I took BA(Hons) in Creative Multimedia, made a 2D animation final project but I don't know why I wanted to work as a voice actor or a backup vocalist in a band). If it's spiritual journey... I dunno, I'm pretty religious myself, but not that much. 

-What are your inspirations?
-My inspirations are my favorite music bands, which vary a lot. I'm a listener of alternative rock and some indie bands, but I'm open to any genre. I like parody songs too like Weird Al Yankovic, The Key Of Awesome, etc. Other than that, some random short animations on the internet and some movies & TV series. I dunno. Inspiration can come randomly from anywhere. Especially when you're hyper or high on soda, candy, other sugary stuff or jokes with friends. 

-Do you read webcomics?
-Yeah, I do read webcomics, like Evil Diva, The Meek, Cheer Up Emo Kid, Pajama Forest, Strays, Hipster Hitler, My Cardboard Life, Hanna Is Not A Boy's Name and Miss Morbids.



-Tell us more about your website?
-I don't have a personal website yet. I'm quite known on deviantART cuz that's where I post most of my artworks. (but I recently got bored, maybe I'll come back once in a while). I do post some of my artworks in though, only for art dumps & doodles. As for the webcomic I'm currently working on, Jealous Cats Copy Cats it's just there because I'm remaking my old comics back when I was a kid (there's a lot, but they're not posted online due to crappy quality). It's about cats that get jealous and copy  other cats just to cure their envy, that's about it. Have to -shamelessly- admit, I am sort of a copycat actually, since I was a kid, and I like making stories with this pattern: friends showing off, envy, copying, success, in-yer-face-haha. It's repetitive, but somehow addictive.

-Why did you choose this FML story?
-I chose the FML story because... well... after reading the rest of the stories in the list, my mind has already projected a scene, a color scheme and a few characters which suit the story. And badabing badaboom, the comic is done. 







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! 


#1305 - Illustrated FML - On 07/06/2012 at 2:22pm by Alice - 0 comments

Djausdr's Illustrated FML


Hi gang! Many of us on here are finally realizing that summertime has arrived, and we’re hoping that this time it’s for good. To fight the heat, you have two solutions. Either by keeping out of the heat, especially your head, it’s very important. Or make the most of the heat by trying out a new style of cooking. I’ve already made my choice. I’ll be right back; I’ve got things in the oven.

I’m glad to see you again anyway. Let’s get straight to it with our guest, who has a very strange pseudonym. Ladies, Gentlemen, straight from the blog The sky is fallin’, here’s Djaúsðr. “To make it easier and for various accounts and addresses on the Internet, it can be written djausdr but never djausor. It can be pronounced but shouldn’t be attempted. It hurts your tongue.”

Djausdr is 28 and claims to live in a small village of 200 inhabitants where he runs a semi-combat club. This subject may be covered in a future article, it certainly seems like it deserves to be.

“I think I love everything that I do. Except when it doesn’t work out. What I need at the moment is times when things actually go to plan.” He’s quite the philosopher.

At the moment, Djausdr is trying to find a way to move to Paris (this is probably the only serious information in this not so serious article) and he’s learning underwater telepathy (it didn’t remain serious for very long).

As for the last two answers, here they are in full, sorry. Where did today’s artist go to school, and then do for work? “I took part in the Vietnam war. Which meant that I was crap in high school so I switched to a more manual education where I discovered body hair and philosophy. I wanted to study psychology at college but I tripped and ended up in a graphic design school in Paris. They raised dragons by feeding them mushrooms to see if they’d spit out grass, which appalled me. So I moved to Toulouse where I finished my studies all the while trying to avoid becoming an alcoholic. Since getting my diploma, I’ve been looking for a stable job.”

Hmmm, could’ve been worse. What about his projects. “I’d like to set up a graphic design studio with a mandatory naptime, in a near future where there would be flying cars. I’d like to finish writing a book and write two others, write a storyline for a comic book and get an artist to draw it and destroy the black holes with his talent (I can’t name names because I don’t know who the artist is yet), start a band, make a really polished short movie with good equipment and (semi) professional actors, have children to transform them into robots which would probably cause a split with the mother except that she wouldn’t know that I’d already also turned her into a robot during her sleep, and finally, I’d like to enter the national table curling team."

Right then. On to the next bit.

Cats or dogs?
I’m afraid of dogs and cats are too mainstream so let’s say: A TAPIR.

What are the latest things you liked at the movies, musically and in comic books?
I went to see Moonrise Kingdom that I really liked, as with most of Wes Anderson’s stuff (by the way, last night I dreamt that I crept into his studio to discover that he’d fused with Wim Wenders and had turned black).
At the moment I’m constantly listening to the latest Gravenhurst and Liars albums. I have to listen to the latest Sigur Ros album but I keep forgetting.
I’m not really up to date with what’s occurring in the literary world, I take books off shelves a bit randomly. I couldn’t tell you what really got me worked up the last time. The one I do remember is Spinoza fucks Hegel by Jean-Bernard Pouy. I read it in a night.
As for comic books, my dad bought me Blast for Xmas; it knocked me on my ass. I’ve noticed that a second book has come out, I must get it.

Who are the main artists you like and whose blogs you visit regularly?
JanineOdettBarbuForza PedroRoxanne B.KJFNoël RasendrasonGeffroy MondeJuliette Boutant...

What do you enjoy in life, your passions, and your vices, your everyday pleasures?
I like waking up with nice dreams to write down on paper, not to analyze but just to keep a trace of. I discovered quite late in life that I like hiking. There’s nothing better than arriving in a deserted area and sitting on a warm rock in the sun to play a bit of game boy.
I also stuff small animals and put electroluminescent diodes on their nipples to scare old ladies who are feeding pigeons.

Can you tell us a bad joke? You have a joker: if you can’t tell us a joke, you can tell us your biggest FML.
OK, here’s a riddle I made myself then.
Do you know what’s the difference between 7 and 4? (Here you can answer whatever you want) No, they’re numbers.

To finish off, ask yourself a question you’d have liked to have been asked, and answer it (or not).
Do you know who invented looking? To tell you the truth, I know nothing about it.


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


There you go. Happy? Wait, have a few videos before you go. When Joey quits his job at the hotel where he was badly treated, he does it like this. And when a kitten pretends to be dead, he does it like that. So, happy now? 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 her, and she will tell you what you have to do!


#1301 - Illustrated FML - On 06/29/2012 at 11:44am by Julien - 0 comments

FML on two wheels

Hello everybody! Today we're back in the USA with an artist from Illinois. You sure do know his webcomic featuring lovable rabbits living crazy-funny-sad lives. So grab your pet, whatever it is, and start reading his interview, some rabbits may be hidden below!

-Hello everyone, my name is Ryan Pagelow!

-How old are you?
-I'm 33

-Where do you live?
-I live in Chicago.

-What's your job?
-I'm a photojournalist as a day job. I also have a comic strip Buni which is syndicated online through Universal Uclick.

-Concerning the photojournalism, are you freelance or do you work for a special client? Also, do you take pictures of anything specific?
-I am a staff photographer for Sun-Times Media which owns a bunch of papers around The Chicago area. I shoot news, sports, features ... Anything and everything that comes up

-Does your job somehow affect your comic strip Buni?
-Not really. But meeting new people every day and being in strange situations helps the creative process. Also photography helps with composition and telling a story without words. I was a cartoonist before I was a photographer

-Tell us more about your webcomic then, what is it about?
-Buni is a we comic about an optimistic, loser bunny with terrible luck. Always positive, Buni doesn't understand that the cute world he lives in is really out to get him, whether at the hands of mafia teddy bears or garden gnomes. However he remains undeterred, even when it comes to the girl he loves who clearly has a boyfriend and is uninterested in Buni. The comic's simple dialogue-free format is designed for an international audience.


-How long have you been running this webcomic?
-I created it in 2009 for the comic strip superstar contest. I started running it online in 2010.

-Why are you working with bunnies? Are you a Roger Rabbit fan?
-I originally created the strip with a Hello Kitty sensibility in mind. Cute, simplistic characters. But I wanted it to be sad funny, not haha funny. Depressing in a funny way. However, I quickly realized that a static character like Hello Kitty which doesn't express emotion or move would be very difficult to use in a comic strip with no dialogue. So I added expression to Buni. I'm not sure why I chose a bunny. I liked Bongo from LIfe in Hell. He's a little bit like Bongo. Buni was originally all white, but I added black arms and legs and ears to stand out when it's printed in black and white in newspapers.

-What are your inspirations?
-I have read comics since before I could read so everybody is my inspiration. However for Buni specifically, I would say Life in Hell and Perry Bible Fellowship. Also early Peanuts strips with Charlie Brown were really dark and depressing. Buni is kind of like an early Charlie Brown.

-How do you work?
-I write comics every morning before work for an hour or so and every night after work for about an hour. At the end of the week I pick the best three or four comics and pencil them with non-photo blue pencil on bristol paper. Then I ink them using a rapidograph pen. I scan the art then in Photoshop I add borders, touch-up any mistakes, and save a black and white version for newspapers and a color version for the web.

-Have you experienced a FML moment yourself?
-I believe everyone has. That's pretty much every day in Buni's life, but he doesn't let it bring him down.

-Last question! Why did you choose this particular FML story?
-I chose this story because it didn't really require dialogue and I felt like I could add to it. A lot of the FML stories are pretty self-contained, beginning, middle, end, so it's hard to expand on them. This story was more of a set-up. Originally I was going to draw a single panel frame with a cop on a motorized scooter chasing down the old man on a motorized scooter who had just run someone over.

-Your comic is awesome. Thanks for taking part!





Ryan's webcomic :

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#1297 - Illustrated FML - On 06/22/2012 at 12:19pm by Alice - 0 comments

Martin Singer's Illustrated FML

Hey people, peace! Hang about, let me go park my car. Wait a minute, it’s a bit too dangerous around here, and I’m going back home.

But first, let’s get to know this week’s artist. It’s not every week that we can say that our guest is 42, lives in Calais and is a teacher called Martin Singer. But we can this week. Yes, Martin is a teacher. “I teach in my town’s art school, and have done since September 2000. I get to work with kids and adults of all ages, over various subjects.”

What is that you enjoy in what you do, and what do you miss? “I like teaching because I have to come up with new subjects, and this great unknown component is very motivating. As for my own personal work, I’ve done loads of different things: painting for about ten years, then movie drawing work for 8 years and lately cartoons with the “Bigger Than Life” blog that I created to advertise my albums, after noticing at a festival that people with blogs were more popular than people who didn’t have one. I try to post a drawing a day. What I miss is having talent, I have none! So I’ve had to work twice as hard to learn how to draw…”

The effort has paid off because today’s guest has a real nice way with a pencil, and can also boast a great sense of humour. At the moment, things are definitely moving in the right direction, a second book of his cartoon series “Fox, no fixed abode” will be released in September and “Be stupid and shut up” will be released at the start of 2013.

Mister Singer went to art school for five years before embarking upon a series of little jobs, then settling on the only job he didn’t really want to do: teaching. “What’s good about this job is that it gives me time to cook. Erm, no… to draw I mean.” Between cookery and drawing, are there projects linking the two? “Yes, a story that I started at the beginning of the year: ‘Whipped cream’ (provisional title), an SM thing which takes place in an aristocratic setting with masters, slaves and whips.”

Well, that’s the serious stuff done with, on with the rest.

Cats or dogs?
Dogs are needy, they lick you, bark, sometimes bite you, you have to take them outside, wash them, nothing but trouble. So I definitely prefer cats… they’re needy, they lick you, they meow, they sometimes bite you, you have to take them outside, wash them, nothing but trouble. So I definitely prefer women! Then again… they’re needy, they lick you, they meow, they sometimes bite you, you have to take them outside, wash them, nothing but trouble.

What are the latest things you liked in movies, music and cartoons?
“The Artist” made me want to create a book in the same style: a completely silent cartoon. I really enjoyed “Traboule”, a cartoon by Pochep. The last book I read and enjoyed was “Un jour sans” by Remy Benjamin and Pero, a story about a Lord in the middle ages who goes on a crusade, a really good cartoon. As for standard books, I really enjoyed the optimism of “Nausea” by Jean Paul Sartre. The latest Bill Haley record blew my socks off and the Beatles, they’re groovy maaaan.

Who are the artists you appreciate and whose blogs you visit?
I have my list, I visit them frequently: PochepLaurelKekZelbaObionGallyCharlie PoppinsGad, etc.

What do you enjoy in life, your passions, your pastimes, your vices, your little day-to-day pleasures.
I like to cook pasta in the microwave. Opening the door for the cat every 5 minutes. Only read the headlines in the newspapers. Lighting a match. Hanging ties on the wall. Playing soccer with Schopenhauer. And finally, drinking a glass of rum and smoking a cigarette while a nostalgic tune plays in the background.

Tell us a joke. Or if not a joke, tell us your own personal FML.
Today, I went to an ATM. I was so inside my own head that I forgot to pick up the cash and just carried on my merry way. FML

Do you have a phobia? If so, what it is?
A phobia? I have loads! I hate reading a book upside down. Travelling is torture, if I had to be reincarnated, I’d be a tree.

To finish off, ask yourself a question you would like to have been asked and then answer it.
Do you have a phobia? If so, what it is? A phobia? I have loads! I hate reading a book upside down. Travelling is torture, if I had to be reincarnated, I’d be a tree.


There you go, another successful interview done. It will also be so for this week’s videos. Using a bicycle can be dangerous, especially in Africa. When you have two Labradors and one of them is deaf, who do you call them? You get the other Labrador to go and get him. Isn’t that cute? 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 her, and she will tell you what you have to do! 

#1293 - Illustrated FML - On 06/14/2012 at 1:40pm by Julien - 0 comments