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XMAS competition: the results

You were more than 5000 to take part in our fantastic Xmas competition, and finally over a thousand to find the 10 FMLs from the book which were hidden all around the website. Thanks to all of you for taking part!

We put all the names into a hat, and these are the people we drew:

- Kinpower
- Wolfie07
- WonderChef
- teenie1407
- elli81216
- Mookdaruch
- Kaldra
- weeble_wobbles09
- sscoles
- itprosam
- AndyNicole
- caitlinmc14
- ntwnangel06
- xxmollyxx
- kstirling689
- beatlegirl123
- LadyLieDie
- shayne1911
- prosik
- rminesinger

All the winners will be contacted very soon via email. We will ask you for your postal address, so we can send you your prize. You should receive your book sometime in January!

#302 - Competitions - On 12/21/2009 at 10:29am by FML team - 64 comments

FML and the ice-crime

What sort of shitty trouble happened to you today? You let your phone fall and crash on the middle of the street, seeing the screen fluttering in the gutter and the keyboard hitting the streetlight? You missed your bus and had to walk 25 minutes to your workplace and THEN realized you'd forgotten your briefcase? You had to come up with an introduction for an article with no idea on how to do it? Oh wait, that's us. Anyway, today, once again, it's FML illustration day, well-served this time by Sharlene Leong, also known as Sharmander on the wonderful world of the internet!

 

Our charming Sharmander is 23, and listen carefully boys and girls because she's bi...coastal! Right now she lives in New York City and has been there for the past 5 years but now that she's got used to the cold, she's working on returning to California. For the first time in weeks, our artist of the week doesn't take art lessons; Sharmander is in fact doing Psychiatric/neuroscience Research. She works in the Molecular Imaging / Neuroscience Department (M.I.N.D.) at a psychiatric institute. In other terms, she looks at brains in jars, which is going to be practical when we'll get the zombie apocalypse situation everyone's talking about, because she'll have delicacies to lob at them so they'll leave her alone. If everything goes as planned. Comics and music has been a real outlet for her during work and studies, that's why two years ago, she created her web comic called "Sparklydoom", due to the fact that she was reading so many web comics that she figured out that she could do one of her own. Well, almost on her own, a few months back, her sister joined her on this comic project, Brontë style.


After growing up in southern California, Sharmander decided she needed a change and invested all of her efforts into getting into NYU.  When she graduated from there she wanted to hold off on grad school and enjoy being independent for a while.  Luckily, this job is pretty relevant to her field and gives her lots of downtime to draw.  That's the joy of this job, but most of her comics are hand sketched on the backs of notes and recycled documents and then scanned when I get home. These past couple years have been important for her, for finding herself and understanding "Sharlene", she even confesses she wouldn't trade them for the world.

The project Sharlene's working on right now is a tough one as it's to find preventative measures for suicide. She does enjoy that she works for that cause. Her long term goal is a clinical psychology degree so that she can help people on a personal level and a molecular level. A good knowledge of both is super important to her so she knows what's going on all around. But of course it will take a lot of time so she needs to work on other projects at the same time.

 


Almost time to let our future Freud work on the importance of being earnest. But first, let's get into her intimacy.
"Art is my hobby and helping people is my passion.  I also play world of warcraft with my friend which keeps me from sleeping.  Oh and I'm obsessed with kingdom hearts (ok so I like videogames a lot).  All in all I'm very busy with things that keep me bouncing on the coasts of the US. In summation: I like videogames, music, martial arts, dancing, fruity drinks, being inappropriate, and puppies."

 

"-We love puppies too, specially grilled on our BBW. Why did you choose this FML dear Sharlene?
-Because you don't mess with someone's ice cream!  I just pictured the hilarious image of ice cream causing someone to question the existence of a higher being because that would be how I reacted in that situation.  I got my purse stolen once and lamented the loss of my chapstick more than anything else in the bag...and the pacman pins I had on it...stupid thief.
-Life can definitely be cruel. Why did you decided to send an illustration for FML?
-Because I've been reading a lot of them and I enjoy all of the art styles that are being submitted.  At first I was like, I can't compare with them, they are real artists!  Eventually I was like, oh what the hell, if I have an idea, I have an idea."

 


And finally, here your are! Thanks for you participation Sharlene!

 


Sparklydoom is here: http://www.sparklydoom.com/
Piece of Mind is here too: http://pieceofmindlog.blogspot.com/

 

If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice@fmylife.com which starts with a hello and ends with a goodbye, including your name, age, and 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 finally resolved the James Vaughan's grave mystery, who will tell you what you have to do!

#281 - Illustrated FML - On 12/18/2009 at 10:32am by FML Team - 7 comments

Crazy FML

Hey there crazy person, do those bloody eyes dangling in your hands belong to you? Yeah, we didn't think so. See, we're used to crazy people. And we're sure you're used to them too. Sometimes it's the old lady with nothing but some fishnets covering what's left of her feminine body that you meet in the supermarket, sometimes it's your one-legged neighbor who is convinced that his microwave is haunted by aliens, and sometimes it's your most beloved-one. FYL. And to talk about this awkward phenomenon, today we're welcoming Justin White, also known as Jublin!


Justin is 24, lives in northern California and he's a freelance illustrator and designer. He also watches cartoons, eats food, hangs out and sleeps, but he doesn't get paid for doing those things. Jublin went to school at SDSU in San Diego and graduated in Multimedia. He's still not sure what that means, but he had fun. He has always been very much in love with drawing and art, but never considered actually making any money out of it until he stumbled upon the website Threadless back in 2005. That's when he started getting involved with freelance work.

Our awesome artist of the week loves to draw and be creative. So any time he's able to do so, he's happy. He'd love to one day get involved with television and animation. He'd also love to just wander around the world with a tiny little sketchbook. He could pay for everything by drawing dollar bills, Euros, and all sorts of exotic currencies and because the drawings would look so realistic everyone would be like, "Whoa you're a billionaire!" and He would hold his finger to his lips and whisper to them "Money isn't everything". Then he'd slip them a hand-drawn $20 and they would go buy a delicious Christmas goose for their family.


Maybe you know Jublin thanks to his very unique and cool pokemon portraits project. Remember Nurse Joy and his cute white and pink outfit, who used to take care of your pokemons when they were in a coma? Jublin created a new dimension where this pinky nurse doesn't exist, and where K.O'd pokemons seem more like scraggly animals. It's gory indeed, and it's funny. In other terms, we love it. Psyduck in straitjacket, Chansey with a broken egg, Drowzee filled with sleeping pills and so much more, all kind of dazzling interpretations that make us want to hit ourselves repeatedly over the head with the keyboard, as a kind of homage to his genius.


ANYWAY. This year, Jublin finally fixed up his website. He has always been pretty active on the internet and all the social networking sites. It's a great way to see what other people are working on and simultaneously be inspired and filled with jealousy.

"-Now, it's time for our traditional last question before we let you go, why did you choose this FML?
-I thought the idea of a guy latching on to his girlfriend's back and chomping at her hair was ridiculous. And I really wanted to draw a koala.
-Oooh Koala... and why did you decided to send an illustration for FML?
-It's a fun site!"



And it's a fun illustration. Thank you Jublin !

Jublin's website is here www.jublin.com
His flickr account is overtherewww.flickr.com/jublin

 

If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice@fmylife.com which starts with a hello and ends with a goodbye, including your name, age, and 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 has always been madly in love with Columbo, who will tell you what you have to do!


#274 - Illustrated FML - On 12/10/2009 at 4:00pm by FML Team - 19 comments

FML’s Xmas COMPETITION

Find the 10 FMLs that were published in the fmylife book by hunting for them amongst the website’s pages, and win one of the fmylife books up for grabs.

Before explaining the rules, your mouse can already start hating us because it’s going to have to go into overdrive. Quotes from the book’s FMLs are hidden in the pages of Fmylife, and you’re going to have to find them.

How to enter the competition

Step 1: Sign up on FML and log in. This is mandatory if you want to take part in the competition. Click here to create an account. Everyone can enter the competition. No matter where you live or how old you are.
Step 2: Find the link called "FML Competition" in your member's panel on the right hand side of the site.
Step 3: Click on it (yeah OK, seems obvious, but you never know with some people).
Step 4: Follow the instructions to start the hunt. None of the members will have the quotes in the same place. To find them, use the page numbers at the bottom of the home page and… click away (and you can then start hating us). The quotes will only be in the website’s archives, nowhere else. There’s thus no point going into the Top, the Flop, the Random FMLs… All you have to do is go and look in the previous pages. Once you’ve found one of the texts, a link will allow you to update your participation.

This is how a hidden quote will look like (the size has been reduced a little voluntarily):

On the 20th of december at midnight, the competition will end. All the people who’ve found the 10 quotes will then be part of a draw, which will select the 20 winners, who will get a copy of the book. The results will be announced on the 21st. Good luck, and happy clicking to all!

#267 - Competitions - On 12/08/2009 at 5:51pm by FML team - 282 comments

FML on the wrestling ring

Hi suckers! How are your broken bodies today? Still feeling the chair that we cracked on your back, deep-set in your jaw? Wusses, after 42 ankle locks, 21 cross face chicken wings and 56 pulled hairs, we're still alive, in good-shape and ready to fight! Nothing will stop us 'cause nothing can stop a professional wrestler! Except maybe today's artists. Because there are four of them, they have tattoos and they seem to be brawny. Yeah, never mind, we weren't that into professional wrestling. Gentlemen, bodybuilders, Hulk Hogan, please welcome the Mukpuddy Animation Team!


Collectively they are named Mukpuddy Animation but individually they're 4:  Alex Leighton, Ryan Cooper, Tim Evans and Jeremy Dillon. Collectively they're 123 years old, and they're still looking pretty good. They live in Auckland, New Zealand, in a collective way. Collectively, they make cartoons! They run their own animation studio, Mukpuddy Animation, where they do a variety of stuff from comics and kids books to short films and music videos, amongst other things. Collectively.

It all started when they were studying traditional/classical character animation in Auckland, they started hanging out and coming up with ideas for comics, cartoons and animated skits. At the time, the animation industry in New Zealand was tiny, and the only stuff getting made was serious stuff for overseas “clients”, and they wanted to make their own cartoons and be outrageously rich. So after their course, they set up shop in Tim Evans’ parent’s house’s basement and started their empire of smiles and laughs. Things were pretty slow to start with, their plan of making a living off web cartoons was quickly squashed when they couldn’t figure out how to make any money off of them. So they carried on doing others jobs, music videos, illustration, web design, titles, anything to get their name out there, but all the while developing their own stuff that they pitched around the world.

 

In 2006, they got their first big break in local New Zealand television when they pitched an idea to a kids variety show called ‘What Now’. The idea was to turn the presenters of the show into kid cartoon versions of themselves in a series of shorts, they then added a strange viscous creature called Gungi into the mix and the public totally loved it. Thus ‘Sparkle Friends’ was born. Cut to 4 years later and they’re about to head into their 5th series!

In 2007, they won a local short film competition where participants have to make a film in 48 hours; it was the first time an animated film had won with their short ‘Camp Fear’. They randomly drew the 'horror' genre and had to include the following elements: a hypochondriac character and a rope. You'll find it right here: Camp Fear

 


Having fun and having a laugh is what keeps them going. There are a lot of jobs they could be doing, but according to them , the 4 of them would probably end up drunken old hobos if they couldn’t come to their small studio every day, and muck around for our great pleasure. But don't be fooled by those smiling animals that come alive thanks to them, it's not easy as it seems to do animation, Mukpuddy is a full time job.
They have their blog for 4 years now. They created it as a way to get their stuff out to a global audience. They also saw that a lot of artists they looked up to in the animation industry had blogs, so they followed their lead. They’ve made friends with a lot of the other artists blogging, so it’s been a great way to network, and we can only recommend that you, yes you artist-reader, do the same.


Now, lucky readers, here are some links to short movies that our heroes created:
Sparkle Friends, the TV show kid including a puking monster, and believe us, you don't want to miss that.
Terry the bi, bi-polar, polar bear, a simple character with some no- simple issues, and believe us you don't want to miss that either.
The Stallion, and just because it's not porn, you will still watch this, swear. Ok people?

Now here are our last questions for our artists of the day, why did they choose this FML, and why did they decide to send an illustration to us?
"Fat chicks and wrestling… nuff said! Well, we were actually invited! FML is a really funny site and never fails to crack us up so it’s a real blast to have our work showcased there!"

 

click on this preview!

 

The real blast is mutual fellows, thank you for your participation!

 

Mukpuddy's blog is this way: http://mukpuddy.blogspot.com/

 

If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice@fmylife.com which starts with a hello and ends with a goodbye, including your name, age, and 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!

 

We saw the next illustration in our flash forward, there was a koala. No kidding. See you next Saturday guys!

#260 - Illustrated FML - On 12/03/2009 at 5:47am by FML Team - 7 comments


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