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FML the hard way

Good morning lovely readers, I swear that today I'll write an introduction (I already used the SOPA excuse, so now I'm out of good ones). Today we're welcoming the author of a webcomic that's all about the joys of parenthood, and he knows what he's talking about as he's a young dad. Forget everything you thought you knew about kids, diapers and social services (my bad, that was last week) and let's start this interview:

-Dustin hello, it's great to welcome you onto the FML boat, where do you live?
-I live in Portland, Oregon. Been living here for about 1 1/2 years now and loving it. I actually grew up in Portland, moved away for a bit and came back when my daughter was born.

-What's your job?
-I am a freelance graphic designer and a full time stay-at-home dad. Which means I generally work when my daughter is sleeping, when Momma gets home or in the whee hours of the mourning.

-Tell us more about your webcomic.
-I do a webcomic called Plus One, which is the adventure of two friends and un-planned pregnancy. It's a progressive story, so it starts out with the woman saying "I think I'm pregnant" and includes the pregnancy, dirty diapers, telling family, moving to a new home and so forth. Right now, the daughter, Anna, is about 1 1/2 and is walking and learning to talk. It's a humorous story about being a parent (even when you aren't expecting it) and all the fun things that come with that.

-So, this story is inspired by your life?
-Loosely based on my life. I do have a daughter (that wasn't planned) with my best friend. There are details here and there that are different that I added for the sack of telling a good story.

-What (or who) are your inspirations?
-Growing up I read a lot of Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield and Far Side strips. I also read X men and Sonic the hedgehog comics. I remember learning how to draw from my older brother though. When we were little, we'd sit at the kitchen table and I'd imitate his drawings. Nowadays I love reading Kazu Kibushi work, my favorite being "Daisy Kutter". I also enjoy Jan Elliot's "Stone Soup" and pretty much any art from Mike Maihack.

-What is the future of "Plus One"?
-Plus One is an ongoing story, so I'll just keep making it until I run out of ideas. Since I'm using my life as a loose base for the story, I don't really see stopping it anytime soon. I do have an overall arc that will bring the story to a close when Anna turns 18. So by that calculations, I have about 16 or so years of left. Roughly speaking of course.

-What's better, being a graphic designer or a webcomic artist?
-Right now, graphic design simply because it's paying the bills and gives me enough free time to draw comics. My goal is to eventually make a living on comics and slow down on the graphic design part.


-Why did you choose this FML story?
-I chose this one because it made me laugh. I don't get to write too many boner jokes in Plus One, so this was a nice step outside of my normal joke realm. Not that I have anything against penis jokes, it's just that normally the boner comes first, then the baby comes second. And after that, you don't really have a lot of time for more boners. Sigh... the life of a busy parent.

-Ah boners, it's hard not to make a joke about them. Thank you very much Dustin for taking part!






Dustin's website :



#1193 - Illustrated FML - On 01/27/2012 at 11:36am by Alice - 1 comments

The FML wings

I really wanna do this introduction SOPA/PIPA style.

There. It's weird having the internet censored, right? Plus it's really a shame, I wrote some pretty cool jokes. Anyway, let's get on with the interview folks:



-Marcel Guldemond (what a strange name) welcome to FML! Due to the awesome illustration you made, I really want to make this sound as if I was a member of the social services. So that's what I'm going to do. What's your age?
-Oh dear, sounds like I've gotten myself into trouble.

-You think you could draw a comic for FML without suffering the consequences? Cute. How old are you?
-I'm not sure I want to divulge my age, so let's just say I'm on the downhill side of 35! Or another way to put it is I went to high school in the 80s.

-Oh, you want to play the mysterious guy, okay I'll unravel your secrets, where do you live?
-I live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

-As you may know, 80% of our readers are American, give us 3 reasons that proves Canada is a real country.
-Ha! Awesome question! Let me see...
1) Our money is all different colours
2) Our old people successfully invaded Florida
3) We have poutine and hockey! FYI, poutine is a food that originated in Quebec: french fries with cheese curds piled on top and then covered in gravy.

-Wrong, the right answer was "we invented Trivial Pursuit, burned!" Let's get to the next question. What's your relationship status?
-I'm married with one daughter and another on the way.



-Does she drink Redbull too?
-Dear god no! She's 2 and is 110% all the time, so she doesn't need any extra stimulus!

-"110% of the time", I see . Does she take drugs ?
-Nope, it's all natural

-... So do you take drugs?
-Uh, no, of course not... 

-Then why did you choose this FML story?
-Good question. There were a lot of good stories to choose from, but this one seemed to have good humourous potential, and I felt I could relate to it more because of my advanced age and being a father. A lot of the stories feel like they're written by teenagers, and I can't even remember being a teenager, and all that embarrassing stuff I did back then probably wasn't even me, and I'm sure I have an alibi.

-Speaking of teenagers, let's talk about your situation: "Artist", is that your only job?
-No, I do have a 'day job', which is working on computer programming/software development. It pays most of my bills and it's only 3 days a week, so I have time to develop my skills as an artist.

-I'm pleased you have a real job (if some lazy readers have only started reading from this point, I want to specify that I'm playing a member of social services here. Role-playing, I know, hot.) Tell me more "abot" (yeah, I had to do this) this passion of yours?
-Which passion? The one for setting things on fire? Oh wait, not that one. I mean, that's not one I have. At all. ... Ohhh, you mean for art. Well, I seem to have had that one since I can remember. I've always been drawing and making comics, telling stories with art. When I decided to go to school for computer science, I did that because I figured it would be a good way to pay the bills while still affording some time to do art.



-You're more of an artist than a comic artist is that correct?
-Yes, I made a transition from indie comic artist to gallery painter a few years ago

-Why is that?
-That's a good question. I really love comics, but the comics I was making were more philosophical and not very accessible, which made the market for them even smaller than the normal comics market. And then one year I made some paintings as Christmas gifts for my friends, and decided that I missed working with paint. Things kind of shifted from there, as I did some shows and realized that there was a market for my paintings.

-What are your next projects?
-I'm currently working on new paintings to send to some galleries. I haven't really planned any shows because we have another baby due soon, so that will keep me occupied for a little while. As well, I'm working on doing a short comic story with a friend of mine who's a professional theatre director and playwright, but that's still early stages, so we have no idea what's going to come out of that collaboration. I want to do a series of paintings with robots as the main characters too.

-Well, thank you Marcel, that was fun to do!









#1189 - Illustrated FML - On 01/20/2012 at 4:55am by Alice - 4 comments

Naked FML

Some shocking news has been revealed this week. It broke my heart, and I must talk about it. You guys deserve to know: Robert Pattinson is no longer sporting a dead raccoon on his head. I know it hurts, but please don't cry. It's the end of an era, but a new... wait, what? Oh you're not crying! You're laughing because of his new look? I can't blame you for that, folks. Now, let's get to business; grab your chopsticks and bring a gas mask, because we're visiting the most polluted place in the world. No, we're not in the United States; we're talking about China, where today's artist Kristina Stipetic lives!


-So good morning/good evening/I don't know what time it is for you/ Kristina! How are you?
-It's evening here, about 5pm. I'm pretty good, just finished a day of work and going to make dinner soon.

-Where do you live?
-I live in the gorgeous garden city Suzhou, in China

-Your name doesn't sound that Chinese... where are you from?
-I'm from America, actually, but I've been living in China for over a year. I wanted to have some adventure and this seemed like a good way to find it.

-Wanted to know how to eat with chopstick?
-Haha, I've already been eating with chopsticks since I was little. Plus there's a lot of Chinese restaurants in America

-Oh, so you're just feeling at home. Did you want to go to China because of your work?
-No, just for adventure. My husband is a teacher, so he was able to find a job teaching English here. I can use the internet to find illustration work, so it doesn't really matter where in the world I am.



-How old are you?
-I'm 25. How old are you? Or should I refrain from asking the interviewer questions?

-Oh my lord, it's the first time someone being interviewed has asked me a question! I wonder if I should lie to the readers or not. Oh what the hell. I'm 126 years old. How's life in China?
-It's either up or down. I'm always either having a great adventure or having a nervous breakdown. Some days it's really hard to be away from all your friends and family and not be able to speak much of the native language. Other days, I'm overwhelmed with the beauty of the gardens in Suzhou, or enjoying the excitement of the open-air markets. One thing for sure is, I'm never bored.

-And how does it feel to live in the next first world-power?
-I get pretty jealous, actually. The transportation infrastructure in China is something I wish we had in America. You can get on a train from Shanghai in the morning and be in Beijing that night. Even small villages are connected by a network of cheap and easy buses. It's very easy to live without a car because everything is in walking distance. Although if I was Chinese, I wouldn't be able to publish the sort of comics I like to make. It doesn't look like China will have the sort of freedom of speech that the US has, not any time soon at least.



-What are your American-orientated  and open-minded projects?
-Currently I'm writing/drawing a webcomic called 14 Nights which is about two men in a relationship, one of whom is afraid of sex. It's got around 130 pages so far, and I think there will be maybe 300 pages total.

-Thanks to you, and Saeko Doyle, it's boys love on FML. Now last question Kristina! Why did you choose this story?
-I loved the detail about sending the naked photo to Pizza Hut. That really made the story come to life for me.

-And now I want to eat pizza. Thank you Kristina for your participation!
-Thanks for having me! Man, now I want pizza, too. And it's very expensive in China. Damn.






Kristina's website :


#1185 - Illustrated FML - On 01/14/2012 at 3:28am by Alice - 6 comments

FML's birthday surprise

Has it been 3 years already?! We can definitely say that it's all Cyberdeeder's (Maxime Valette) fault. He started all of this by messing around on the Internet. Yep, FMyLife started out on an IRC channel that allowed a few friends in Europe to exchange their FML stories with each other. When it was launched in January 2009, you were a few hundred, then a few thousand, then over a million of you visiting Fmylife every day to share your FMLs. In 2009, the expression "FML", popularized by the website, became the second top trend amongst the 110 million US Facebook users.

Since January 2009, there have been...

— 5,734,866 FMLs submitted, of which 17,435 were published
— 511,159,448 "I agree, your life sucks" votes and 228,240,323 "YDI" votes
— 3,134,719 comments were posted, and thumbed 10,159,168 times
+ The same 5 attention whores who keep posting "FIRST" in the comments

Speaking of comments, to celebrate the 3 years the website has been up and running, we have a little surprise for you: in an all new section called “FML, the follow-up”, we’ve decided to honor all the original posters who, as well as making us laugh with their stories, return to comment on their stories to entertain us with all sorts of amusing details and precisions about their FML.

Click here to discover "FML, the follow-up"

There you go. We want to thank you for taking part in this adventure over the past three years. Our greatest birthday gift is your support. If you want to let loose like a bunch of crazy-cute pandas and post a bunch of nice comments about how FML changed your life and makes your hair shiny and sleek every day, spill the beans and we'll read them with pleasure.

#1181 - About FMyLife - On 01/11/2012 at 6:25am by FML Team - 29 comments

Follow the FML sheep

Yes, the holidays are over but that's not a reason to cry is it? There there, grab a tissue and take a look at today's illustration, it'll help you feel better. Plus today we're doubling the fun as we're welcoming not one but two artists. Amish people, don't go anywhere, I might talk about you lucky bastards.



-ThypoidMarty (I hope that's not your real name) and Pici welcome ! Who's hiding behind these odd nicknames?
-TyphoidMarty - Marten vanZwietering - originally English, part dutch, all insane. Pici (pronounced Peachy) - Emily Pici - originally from NY state, theater major and lifetime artist.

-How old are you guys?
-I am 36 and Emily is 25.

-Are you in a relationship/brother and sister/both?
-We are married since 11/11/11 at 11:11 at the Buffalo State Planetarium - I like the extra care you took to not offend potential incestuous relationships you displayed there - it is that little extra effort that makes all the difference.

-Congratulation! Now this article will be nothing but sweet love, attentions, and hearts (and not about amish anymore). How did you too meet?
-Online, just another couple of victims of online dating. We were friends on an online chat service first and decided to meet up - it blossomed from there. We only lived about 3 hours away at the time... far enough to be inconvenient but not enough to be a barrier to true love. 

-How is it, working with your lover?
-Actually surprisingly wonderful... every once in a while I get butthurt about some small imagined criticism from Emily but then the result almost always ends up better. I know it can be scary to work with your partner but if you can manage it I highly recommend it. We are always cooking up new crazy schemes together so rather than the comics being something that keeps us apart it actually makes us spend even more time doing something cooperatively. Which is just as well - we put out 11 comics every week. If it was me writing it for someone else I would never see Emily any more!With all the zany scheming I sometimes forget we are doing webcomics and instead imagine us as a new and dynamic super-villain duo.


-Tell us more about the webcomics, why did you make 3 of them?
-We started off with Hell Inc, which updates daily. It scratched the creativity itch pretty well. It being the oldest it has the greatest following for now. About 6 months later I was writing a book which I had been working on for a while and Emily said it would make a great webcomic. We started talking about it and it became My Unlife, which has a very different look and feel. The running joke is I try and persuade Emily that it should go out twice weekly but honestly it takes a lot longer to produce so it is just as well that it is Tuesdays only. Lastly, we are both huge fans of fmylife and failbook and seemed to constantly be coming up with our own stories, so one day Emily said she was going to do something about it - so she started making Failytales out of our combined experiences (plus a few from other friends) which updates 3 times a week. The look comes from Emily being huge into classic fairy tales, which is why it become princes and princesses telling the fails. Failytales is mostly Emily - I just do the website goodness for it.

-Ahah, right. Are you both "artists' who are living thanks to your webcomics or do you have like real/annoying jobs?
-Definitely the latter - as much as I would love to be writing webcomics and books full-time we aren't exactly rolling in the dough from it yet. I am a programmer for Green Mountain Coffee and Emily is a Senior In-Home Care Giver for Armistead. She also sings for a local touring group and has a really beautiful voice. She was singing an Italian Operetta last night and it was just beautiful.  She was also singing Mr Trollolol which I think shows range. I am off work today because it is a travel day to this convention and boy did they give me hell for it. We are an Exhibitor - We have a fun booth planned with Emily doing digital avatars for people and a raffle tomorow. We even *gasp* have limited quantities of merchandise!

-That is quite fantastic, you're starting to get famous (and we're lucky enough to have you on FML!)
-We are lucky to be here! I wouldn't call it famous so much as infamous.



-What are your next projects? A book? A baby? Both?
-I am working on a My Unlife book which is also handy because I can then script it out for the webcomics - which need plenty of pre-scripting because it contains live cast. And to have a beautiful (artist, yeah, I can feel it) baby 

-You're such an amazing couple (and I can feel some of our readers are jealous now, thanks a lot) I bet it was easy for you to choose this story as BOTH of you wanted the same one, right ?
-I think I was the one who originally chose it and came up with a brief idea - Pici expanded on it and then BAM tada! That tends to be our process - I do the basic ideas, we brainstorm and smooth off the rough edges. It's a good process and works well for our mentalities.

-Thank you very much guys, it was fun to do !





Hell Inc.  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 me, and I'll tell you what you have to do!

#1177 - Illustrated FML - On 01/05/2012 at 11:50am by Alice - 1 comments