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Doug Savage, round 2

You don't want to miss our artist of the day's interview, because he's been working with chickens for six clucking years now and that's clucking impressive (and a little obstinate too). Ladies, gentlemen, Chicken Little, I give you Doug Savage.

Hey Doug, we're glad to have you back, so, are you still into chickens?
Yes! I'm still drawing mostly chickens! But I have been branching out lately, into cows and pigs and dogs. And drunken llamas, of course.

Doesn't PETA cause you troubles, because you're always making fun of such lovely, but useless, animals?
Heheh yeah I haven't heard from them yet! But I do keep hearing from chicken farmers who say that my chickens are very much like the real thing. So maybe I'm unintentionally portraying chickens accurately. Who knew? I suppose they are inherently goofy-looking birds.


Is your job as an artist enough to pay the bills?
It's starting to pay a good percentage of the bills, but I still have a day job too. Working as an artist is always tough because it's so unpredictable. But I can now more easily imagine a time when this will be my full-time gig.

Wouldn't it be more cost-effective to raise real chickens and sell their eggs?
Maybe! And Vancouver recently changed the local bylaws to allow people to raise chickens in the city, so it's an option now. And I could train them to write their own jokes. Not sure if I could handle the smell though.

What are your projects?
The big thing that I've been working on these days is my book, which was just published by Perigee Books, an imprint of Penguin USA. It's called Savage Chickens: A Survival Kit for Life in the Coop, and it's a collection of work-related cartoons and activities to help you make it through the workday. It was so much fun to work on, I can't wait to do another book! Then there's the daily cartoon, of course. And I'm looking into painting and new animation projects too.




How doyou feel being one of the few lucky artists to get featured twice on FML?
It is a great honor! And to do it with a vomiting llama makes it even more special!

Do you think Shakespeare would have been proud of you?
I hope so! Shakespeare was amazing at being highbrow and lowbrow at the same time. He could say something insightful about the human condition in one line and then follow it up with a goofy pun in the next line, so everybody ended up enjoying his work. He's definitely a role model for me; I try to include a little something for everybody in my cartoons.

You did include a huge something for all FML readers. And I'm not being pervert, I'm talking about the laugh you gave us with your vomiting lama. What, you haven't see it yet?




You only need to visit Doug Savage's if you want to have a good laugh (and some tips on how to draw farm animals without buying the useless but modern "Art Academy" on Nintendo DS): 



If you want to be the next published artist, send me 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!

#842 - Illustrated FML - On 03/19/2011 at 4:22am by Alice - 3 comments

Swallow this FML

Hello beloved readers, how was your week? Oh, for once you'd actually like to know how OUR was week? Well, it was pretty spectacular because we knew we'd be featuring Roman Muradov today. See, when in June 2010 he contacted us we immediately knew he was going to be one of those artists we'd love to promote so much that our heart goes boom just by looking at his website. Nine months later we're giving birth to his awfully awkward genius comic. Beloved readers, please enjoy Roman's interview and comic.


-What's your name and surname?
-Roman Muradov

-How old are you?
-25, mentally middle-aged since 4

-Where do you live?
-Currently in San Francisco, originally from Moscow, Russia.

-What do you do for a living?
-Full-time starving & whining about it. I hope that may change soon. Sigh...

-What's your story?
-I have a science degree from Moscow Oil & Gas University, at the moment I'm finishing my Master's at the Academy of Art in San Francisco.

-What are your projects?
-Mainly illustration. I try to play with different styles and themes, usually it turns out pretty dark no matter what. Lately I've been drawing with a brush most of the time. I also draw & write tragicomic comics, short stories and strips. Searching for humor to ease the horror of being alive.

-How can you be that talented?
-Oh dear, you're far too kind! I don't really know, but shoving various drugs up your behind every day is a good starting point.


-Can you tell us about your blog/website?
- is where I keep some of my illustrations, comics & stories, I try to maintain it as simple & minimalistic as possible. I have a tumblr here where I post almost everything from sketches to rants and occasional picture of myself looking decadent & dreamy: and I contribute to Honk Fu blog along with five illustrators & friends:

-What inspires you?
-My favorite writers at the moment are Stephen Fry, Raymond Queneau, Vladimir Nabokov, Alfred Jarry, Mihail Bulgakov, Boris Vian, Henry Fielding, Kingsley Amis, I'm mostly influenced by their novels and stories I think. In art/comics I was at different times inspired by Jamie Hewlett, Nicolas Nemiri, Nicolas De Crecy, Koji Morimoto, Jason, Daniel Clowes, Jiro Matsumoto and many many others. I'm not too keen on movies, it's awfully hard for me to sit through a full movie, though I love all Kubrick & Jeunet films to death. Music is a huge inspiration too, Magnetic Fields, The Fall, Tenniscoats, etc.

-What makes you laugh the most?
-I adore absurd comedy, Monty Python, everything by Chris Morris, particularly Blue Jam & Brass Eye, more mainstream shows like Alan Partridge and Black Books, comedy is definitely my favorite thing in the world. Books & plays by Ionesco, Ames, Waugh, Wodehouse & Wilde of course.


-Why did you choose this FML?
-It seems utterly sick & revolting and my original idea for it was far too gruesome to describe. Also, I'm a typical only child, so I have my memories of my parents' sibling disposal, but I'd rather not elaborate.

-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
-Oh, my entire life is one endless FML, no wonder I'm depressed all the time. I have far too many, I try to keep track of my more monumental failures and draw them every now and then, but they just keep piling up. I'm pretty much a Failure Artist, my misfortunes have a pathetic, almost poetic quality.
I guess one of the most disastrous FML happened not so long ago, I was walking with a friends down the street and enthusiastically discussing how much I hate my roommate when after 2-3 minutes I discovered that he was walking right in front of me all the while. Needless to say, the was some considerable tension afterwards and eventually I had to move out. My next roommates hated me as well by the way. It's not funny in any way, but my mouth caused me quite a bit of trouble that time... And many other times.




Thank you so much for your disturbing illustration Roman! 

Roman's website:


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 Alice (no, I'm not your aunt) who will tell you what you have to do!

#835 - Illustrated FML - On 03/12/2011 at 10:40am by FML Team - 4 comments

Chicken in your bed

Today's special, today we're trying something new. By new, do we mean that we're welcoming a lame artist? No. So, by new, do we mean publishing one of Charlie Sheen's tweets instead of an illustration? No. By new, do we mean that there's no "FML" in the title? Come on guys, a revolution needs to start somewhere, right? Even if it's a tiny little step. Oh, and do you know where Durham is?



What's your name and surname?
Doryan Algarra

How old are you?

Where do you live?
Durham, NC

What do you do for a living?
Web Designer / Illustrator

What's your story?
I grew up in New Jersey where I would draw on everything I could get my hands on. Later on, I realized that I could use my artistic skills along with technology and I started nerding out on digital mediums such as design and illustration. As technology moved forward, so did the ability for me to pursue my personal dream of creating and displaying my own comic to the world via the web.

What are your projects?
I am currently working on my personal webcomic at I also do poster illustrations and website designs at

How can you be that talented?
A lot has to do with my support - mainly my wife, son and family. Also, there was a stretch of time when I stopped drawing and during that time I literally felt like I was missing something, so now my motto is - keep creating, constantly.


Can you tell us about your blog/website?
I started a webcomic this year called Ittydog. I like to describe it as a webcomic with ittydogs in them. Ittydog is a term I use to describe little dogs with big attitudes. The recurring character, Moz, is based off of my year old pomeranian. Although I do delve into humorous and weird things that are specific to ittydogs, I will also go into sometimes surreal and fantastical themes that have nothing specifically to do with dogs, they just act it out.

What inspires you?
That's a very big question. I am constantly inspired by other artists, most of which are "unknown". I have a humongous list of site feeds that i read through daily that I use both for entertainment and inspiration. But if I had to list off some artists off the top of my head I would say Banksy, Mike Mignola and Robert Crumb. Music is also a big inspiration for me - I am a huge Smiths fan and named my ittydog Moz after the former lead singer, Morrissey's nickname.

What makes you laugh the most?
Definitely my 10 year old son, his wit is leap years ahead of mine when I was his age and he constantly makes me giggle.

Why did you choose this FML?
Apart from it being funny to me, it hit home because I am Colombian and my wife is from England, so she is constantly trying to learn Spanish and I could envision something like this actually happen.

Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
I have one via my wife -- One day I was leaving college to catch the bus home. I saw it coming down the road, deciding I could make it to the bus stop on time, I began to sprint - checked over my shoulder to see where it was at which point I ran straight into a lamp post, knocking myself to the ground. Needless to say, I missed the bus - FML




Thank you Doryan for your tasty illustration!


Doryan's website:
's DA:


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 Alice (who will celebrate her birthday next week so you better get me a present) who will tell you what you have to do!

#828 - Illustrated FML - On 03/04/2011 at 12:50pm by FML Team - 5 comments

FML under the sheets

PETA we are sorry about today's comic. Yes it involves cats being farted on but it's not what it's really about. What it's all about is the French resistance during the Hundred Years' war. It's about how Frank Epperson invented the Popsicle by leaving his soda with a stick in it, outside on the porch, one cold cold night. Today's comic is about Justin Bieber's hair.
No we're kidding, it's just about a cat being farted on.

What's your name and surname?
-My name is Aleksandra 'Adelaida' Chabros.

How old are you?
I'm 24.

Where do you live?
I live in Radom, Poland, Europe.

What do you do for a living?
I have recently finished university (MA in Art) and right now I mostly make illustrations to children's books.

What's your story?
I always loved to draw. When I was little my parents took me to an art school and it was a bit of pain - painting all those still lives when I had so many fantastic ideas in my mind. I've treated creating as a hobby until the end of a high school and then I suddenly thought I might find a way for it to become my life career. And if not, I at least wanted to be taught to make art properly. So I went to Art University. It was where all the fun started. I've learnt almost everything I know there :)

What are your projects?
My projects are book illustrations mostly. But I have an author collection of children's stationery too! With fluffy animals :)

How can you be that talented?
It was a lot of hard work! :) In my family talent comes from my dad - he has got artistic soul but he has never been taught how to use it. However, me and my 2 sisters know it exactly. I am the one children's-and-cute oriented, my younger sister is an architect and my youngest sister shows a lot of abilities for sculpting.

Can you tell us about your blog/website?
I started my blog in 2008 in a hope to show there more things that I do, more than can be shown in my DeviantArt gallery. Fabulous Blog (that's its name) is a place to show sketches, photos of my works in progress and my everyday life - it's a way of knowing me better through things I do. 3 years and almost 300 posts later I still try to keep this idea up.

What inspires you?
Everything can inspire me. But when I'm in a great need of an inspiration I usually read books, go to a bookstore or to a cafe for a cup of Latte. It always helps. And when I feel totally down I go to Pu?awy - a small town where I was born. It has got a great park area known for its beauty in the whole country.

What makes you laugh the most?
Silly things make me laugh, like pictures of cats and humans' dumbness.

Why did you choose this FML?
Because I love cats :)

Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
I would have one but it's too stupid and embarrassing to share not anonymously :D




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Aleksandra's DeviantArt gallery:


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 Alice (no, I'm not your aunt) who will tell you what you have to do!

#815 - Illustrated FML - On 02/19/2011 at 5:29pm by FML Team - 6 comments

FML's Matchmaker

Now, we can match you up based on your favorite FMLs. As you may or may not know, you can favorite FMLs by clicking on the heart icon under each one. This collection of hearts is then displayed on your account profile. What we're planning to do is to let you choose your favorite stories (at least 5 - but no more than 65) on the first 10 pages of the website, and then match you up with someone who has selected the same stories, based on a percentage of choice similarities (please be sure to fill out your profile via "my profile/edit" if you want the other members to be able to fully appreciate you).

Here's how it works:

1. Log in with your member's account (or create one, it's totally free).

2. Choose at least 5 of your favorite stories (but no more than 65) contained within the first 10 pages of the website, by clicking on the little heart next to the FML.

3. Click on "Calculate your matches" and you'll immediately see all the FML members whose sense of humour matches with yours. You'll then be able to send private messages to the members you like the most. Since you have the same tastes, you'll probably have lots of stuff to talk about. Wax lyrical, get creative!

And off you go! CLICK HERE. You can even refresh your favourite FMLs every day to discover new matches.

#808 - About FMyLife - On 02/12/2011 at 4:41am by FML Team - 42 comments

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