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Edmund Finney's FML

Hey there everybody! It's good to be back home after a fantastic week off. As some of you may have notice, in the manner of Jesus and Liza Minnelli, we organized a big surprise, featuring the new messaging service here on FML. Plus, our traditional Saturday illustration is back as well, so let us hear it folks: "Who is today's artist?". Well, we were kind of expecting a "welcome home FML" but never mind… Today's artist is the creator of a new web comic, hardly 6 months old, recounting the story of Edmund Finney, a young man modestly searching for the meaning of life. Helped (or not?) by strange people and creatures he meets during his way, Edmund's quest is simply delightfully offbeat, that's why the FML Team is very proud to present you today the creator of Edmund Finney's quest to find the meaning of life: Dan Long !


Dan lives in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, where he was born 27 years ago. He went to college at the University of Missouri, Columbia, where he majored in English with an emphasis in creative writing, and minored in Art with an emphasis in drawing. Dan tried to run a comic strip for the university newspaper, which he quickly learned was pretty hard to maintain. In any case, it was a start. It was his first time being published. After graduating, he moved out to Los Angeles, to see what the entertainment business had to offer, but unfortunately, Dan had no other options than working in a restaurant while trying to find his place as a cartoonist somewhere. Los Angeles was not as magical as it sounded, so he moved back to St. Louis and started his current job, where he works in a company’s Sales and Marketing department.

In the maintime, Dan created a few comic-strips that he submitted to all the major newspapers, but all three comic strip submissions were rejected for being “too different” including the last submission “Edmund Finney’s Quest to Find the Meaning of Life”.
" I liked the concept of Edmund Finney’s Quest way too much to shelve it, so I decided to post it online and continue the story. I have actually enjoyed creating the comic more now that I don’t have the space constraints of classic newspaper comics. I’ve taken advantage of this freedom in several strips already. "

As Dan has been doing comic strips his whole life, trying web comics seemed a normal thing to do. EQ started fairly recently, back in April of this year. In this almost-daily-updated web comic, you will find random thoughts, rejected comics (those rejected by MAD and others), random sketches, and anything else relating to art or comic humor. But above all, EQ is a web comic about Edmund's quest to find the meaning of life. Good goal don't you think? Well, it's from this global idea that Edmund travels the world and the seven seas, to discover strange creatures or amazing landscapes. EQ even began to prove fruitful, when a few years ago, an editor at the syndicate gave Dan's name to the editor of MAD Magazine, who then e-mailed him asking if he would like to send him some samples of his work. Since then, he has been published in MAD several times, including in their current issue (side note: issue #501, the cover is of Alfred E. Neuman sitting on a curb with a cardboard sign that says “Will Worry for Food”)

Dan is now proud to say that his current projects are new comics for possible publication in MAD, site improvements on EQ, and other freelance gigs he might pick up from time to time. He's also interested in story illustration, like Berke Breathed’s children’s books.

Now here are our final questions before we let
Dan go help Edmund in his quest: why did he choose this story, and why did he decide to send an illustration to FML?
"I think the concept of calling the person who stole your phone is rather creepy. Here’s this guy that now has all your personal information at his fingertips, able to use your plan, call your friends, anything he wants to do with it, and you can’t do much about it. So, why not make it even creepier? And kind of silly as well. Also, I saw other webcomic artists I really admire doing them, and I thought I’d pick one and see what I could do with it. My comic is storyline-driven (kind of), so it’s always good to work on something completely out of my usual element."

You're right, this concept is creepy. And your illustration is funny. GG Dan, thanks a lot for your contribution!

Edmund's quest is this way:


And now here's a little instruction manual on how to be our next published artist: send an email to 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. It's not that complicated is it? Don't waste any more time and send an email now!

#185 - Illustrated FML - On 08/22/2009 at 9:07am by FML Team - 6 comments

New: a messaging service on FML!

You can now get in touch with, or be contacted by any of FML's many members for any kind of reason (don't worry, there's also a "block the user" function to avoid any inappropriate stuff).

Is this new function free? Yes. Is this messaging service useful? You tell us. We're now part of a whole community of FML members who exchange points of view in the comments, who've become familiar with each other... which can lead some of you to want to get to know yourselves a bit better. How does it work? It's very simple, you can work it out for yourselves (all you have to do is place the mouse over the icons to find out what they mean - "respond", "block the user", "delete").
So there you go, it's free, fun and easy to use, so get cracking and use it to get to know each other personally. Enjoy!


The message service page contains 3 parts:

My contacts : this is your contact list. You can add the people you contact the most to the list, and unblock someone if you wish to forgive them for whatever they did to annoy you.


Write a new message : To send your messages of love, hate or passion to the person of your choice.


Received messages / sent messages : Read, answer and delete the messages you've sent and received.


#183 - About FMyLife - On 08/22/2009 at 5:13am by FML Team - 42 comments

The FML of Biff

Good morning everybody! Another week is over, bringing us closer to the end of holidays. But we don't care. Here at FML, we fully enjoy our time off, trying all the stuff that we can't do while we're working. Sometimes it's because we don't have enough time, we’re too worn out after a day at work or sometimes we just don't have any ideas of fun things to do. In this case, we have a remedy. Every day, we check a special website where some of the best ideas are published, and every day we enjoy watching them being carried out by the man owning the biggest set of eyebrows you'll ever see. In fact, this website is so well put together that we don't feel the need to look for crazy stuff to occupy our time, we can comfortably stay in our armchairs all day long. We love the internet. Anyway, ladies, gentleman, reckless people, please welcome the creator of "The Book of Biff" created by the amazing Chris Hallbeck !

Once upon a time, there was a young man named Chris who was in art school for a year in Georgia, and then for 3 years in Michigan, but sadly, neither of them had any sort of comics classes. Then, Chris got to the senior level classes, where you get to define your own projects, and so he decided to base his on comics. The downside was that none of the instructors had any background for critiquing the writing or humor aspects of what he was doing, they were mostly judging on the line work and composition.

But that didn't stop Chris who was making little mini comics that he would give to friends, and he started trying to self-syndicate the strip into alternative newspapers. Then this amazing thing called "The Internet" happened and Chris started posting the comics onto the web instead. In 2006, he put a new web comic up, and was surprised to discover that drawing comics and posting them on to the internet was now a much more common thing. However, The Book of Biff is not a common thing. Biff is the 11% yellow-toned character invented by Chris three years ago. Biff, besides his supersize eyebrows, is known thanks to all the things he tries out. Play golf with a guitar? Check. Hang  paintings onto the wall thanks to adhesive tape? Check. Each comic shows in one single panel that Biff's ideas are just way cool, but most of the time they're just way too weird to be done. That's how a new definition was born: "very weird (dangerous? Yes, but damn funny) ideas: Biffastic".
Biff had so many amazing adventures that Chris has already published his 4th book, and he’s spent all weekend signing and shipping it out. This same week-end, something happened to Chris. While he was watching one of the greatest movies that mankind ever made (not Twilight, which was made by some creature of the night or other) called Back to the future, a surreal moment happened. He simultaneously remembered what it was like to be a kid thinking about the future, and realized that he was living that same kid's fantasy. And that's one of the coolest feelings in the world.

"- Chris, before we release you, we would like to know why did you choose this FML and why did you decided to send an illustration for FML?
-Since I've spent so long writing single panel comics my brain has been wired to see humor in a certain way. This FML really fit that mold for me. It could almost have been a caption I wrote for one of my regular comics. Besides, I like the challenge of stepping outside the comfort zone of my usual comics. I always learn something new.


click on this preview!


Thank you for your illustration Chris!


And if you’ve been living in a cave for the past few years, and had no internet, here's the link to his website:  


You have bigger eyebrows than Biff and you would like to be our next published artist? Don't waste any more time, and send an email including your name, your age and the link to your blog/website at do it now, because I ain’t no Hallbeck girl, I ain’t no Hallbeck girl.

#177 - Illustrated FML - On 08/04/2009 at 3:57pm by FML Team - 14 comments

FML is not a Calamity of Nature

Good morning NASDAQ, Kabutocho, la Bourse and Footsie, how’s your inflation today? Hard times? Well, put your Dickens novel away and get comfortable in your armchair because today we're providing you with a brand new kind of stock-exchange graph that we'll call: illustration. We tried to call Bernard Madoff, but we keep getting an answering machine, so instead, we've contacted a real artist, and not some random one, we’ve got the actual creator of Calamities of Nature! Ladies, gentlemen, traders, please welcome Tony Piro!

Before we start, we would like to break open a bottle of champagne for Tony is officially our first adult artist. Tony is 30 years old; he lives near Berkeley, CA, with his wife and his daughter, who's expecting a little brother in the next few days. He works as a postdoctoral researcher, specialized in theoretical astrophysics. He's currently developing mathematical models to understand things like how stars explode. And as Tony says "what's better than things exploding?" Well, we have to admit that we kinda have a crush on things that implode. Anyway, his job seems pretty funny, we could almost forget that he's also the proud creator of the web comic Calamities of Nature.

Calamities of Nature
started in July 2007, which means it's a baby-web comic which, despite its young age, is already on the top 10 of our favorite websites. In 2007, Tony got Photoshop and was curious about creating some full-color artwork. He didn't know anything about blogs and web comics, but he tried to post his work online as it might give him some feedback that would be helpful for boosting his craft. In the meantime, he learned about online communities, which made him think that it would be fun to share what he was working on, and check out other people's projects. "There are so many talented people (both in terms of writing and artwork) online. It's both intimidating and inspiring."
Fortunately, Tony's shyness faded, and so he created his own website, where he displays a group of characters that he created when he was 10 years old. When he was in high school, he used to draw mini comics and was struggling just to get a handful of them sold so that people could read his work. Yes, times change, there may be a big financial crisis going on, but at least it's a great time to do art. Nowadays, thanks to the internets, anyone can post their artwork online and have their singular artistic vision seen by thousands of people, for better or for worse. Especially for worse. But not in Tony’s case. The comic gives him a great outlet for all the things that are rattling around in his head. It becomes a challenge to present the idea that he’s thinking about, but also to both make it funny and interesting to look at, the most important combination that some people seem to forget.

Time to let you go back to your morning financial TV show, but before here’s another question. Why did our trainee economist choose this FML?

"FML can be really hit or miss for me. Some of the quirky ones can be really funny or surprising. This specific FML was chosen because I thought it was a nice observation. The current economy is really affecting everyone, either directly or someone we know and I thought it would be fun to take it to the extreme. "

And for the very first time, here's a new traditional question that we'll be asking our Saturday artists:
"- Why did you decide to send an illustration to FML?
- I saw the other comics that had been posted and it looked like fun. Because I produce my comic online regularly, it doesn't give me much of a chance to experiment with format. FML gave me the perfect excuse to try something a little longer
. "


click on this preview !

You did a great job Mr.Piro! Thank you!


And now here's a little instruction manual on how to be our next published artist: send an email to 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. It's not that complicated is it? Don't waste any more time and send an email now!

#166 - Illustrated FML - On 08/01/2009 at 8:23am by FML Team - 23 comments

The 30th of July was Jackass Day!

Here at FMyLife, we always wanted to be journalists, but we suck at it, so these are the only questions we could come up with for the Jackass crew:

Who's your least favorite neighbor and why?
My next door neighbor. He never cleans up his yard, it looks like crap, and he's not very friendly.

What the longest you've gone without having a drink?
Hmmm, too drunk to remember.

My mum can't use a computer without panicking, any tips on how to teach her?
Tell her to head on over to, the kids there will explain it all.

What's the hardest, heartbreak of testicular torsion?
I don't have any personal experience, but I'd think un-twisting your balls would be the worst part.

Do you Google yourself?
Not as much as you do.

Do you have any pets, and do you talk to them when no one's around?
I'll ignore you and talk to them when you are around.

What's your favorite Christmas memory?
My mom and dad made pot brownies while I went to church with my grandmother on Christmas Eve in 1977. The house smelled like brownies when I got home and I demanded one immediately. Who can deny a kid a brownie on Christmas Eve?

Do you still own a VHS machine?
Yes, I like to watch my VHS copy of Thrashin’.  I hook it up to my video projector, project Thrashin’ on my wall, put on my demin jacket, and think how rad it would be to be a Dagger.

Is Facebook the first installment in the end of the world?
"F" that, is most definitely the first installment. Just check out the community members you'll see what I mean.

Is Billy Idol a forgotten genius, and should be reintroduced as a positive role model?
Don't know if he's a genius, but more of a gnarly dude in tight leather pants. Hotness. His Generation X material should be reintroduced to the public.

Where does wind come from?
The shifting of cool and warm air masses and your mama's butt.

Do think that we're all going to be okay, or will a meteorite kill us all eventually?
We'll be just fine. And if you don't believe me, just take three of these on a full stomach once you begin feeling nervous and worried. Let me know when you run out and I'll get you more.

What song got stuck in your brain recently, despite all efforts to avoid such an occurrence?
The emergency broadcasting system tone is a bitch.

If Elton John dialed a wrong number and ended up calling you, what would you ask him?
What number did you dial?

Why do people listen to Nickelback?
To find out what hell sounds like.

Is happiness at the bottom of a glass?
I don’t know about a glass, but when I was a kid there used to be this soda pop company called Jolly Good. One of its key marketing points was that at the bottom of every can a printed joke could be found. Despite the tried-and-true nature of many of these jokes, I was still a pretty morose kid. So don’t go looking for happiness at the bottom of an aluminum can. If anything you’ll probably just get Alzheimer’s.

If we gave you 50 dollars, what would you spend it on?
Well, if I didn’t already get this crap for free, I would log onto the online store where you can buy all sorts of hot shit merchandise with exclusive designs created by Johnny Knoxville and the other artistic a-holes on the jackassworld crew. You can customize everything from T-shirts to postage stamps (but not canoe paddles) and have shit like “Wolfie Noodles” and “Suck It” printed on them. America, what a country!

Are strippers overrated?
Human beings in general are overrated.

Are people who own iPhones cool or assholes?
Discounting the fact that most all of my friends are assholes and own iPhones, I would have to say they’re no better or worse than the people who express concern over such things in the first place.

Do you know the way to San José?
No, but you know how there are all those sites like and Low-grade porn they may be, but I find there’s a certain amount of sociological relevance in the pictorial questions posed. First and foremost: Never judge a book by its cover, no matter how wholesome it may appear to be. That said, I’ve always wondered if Dionne Warwick gave “nosejobs” in addition to blowjobs. Damn those nostrils are fierce.

How soon is now?
Wait no more! The Disposable Skateboard Bible is out now and available from Gingko Press. It took me over two years to compile and produce, but it was well worth the amount of work that went into it and I’m more than happy with the end printed result. For further information:

Who's your most popular hate figure?
When it comes to hated clowns, no one beats the KKK. Grand Wizards? How can they take themselves seriously? That sounds as silly as a bunch of middle-aged men sitting around and stressing over what players to pick for their Fantasy Football draft.

Do you have any irrational fears?
Yes. I cannot order anything off of a menu that has an obscenely cute or clever name. Denny’s is an absolute nightmare for me.

Do you have a current project that you'd like to talk about to the FML users to generate some publicity, make some money, and spend it all on margaritas?
Margaritas aren’t necessarily my cup of tea—I’ll take a top shelf vodka and cranberry, thanks—but yeah, here you go: The all-new jackassworld pranks application is available now! Download this Facebook compatible app for free at:

What's the nicest compliment you could make about FMylife so that people will think we're really cool people?
Look, just because you’re scratching our back doesn’t mean we have to give you a courtesy reach around. Just be glad you didn’t name your site PMSLife. Period blood can be a real drag.



The all-new jackassworld pranks application is available now!

#171 - Special guests - On 07/29/2009 at 6:02pm by FML Team - 48 comments

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