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Cyanide, FML & Happiness

How was your week? Good? Great? Disastrous? Well at least it's Saturday, and you know what goes on every Saturday, right? It's illustration time !


After two years of being faithful to their blog, We must say we were pretty overwhelmed when getting in touch with such an exciting team (they invented AR  after all!). Updated daily, this website is the website that never sleeps, and if you hadn't realised it yet, you'll figure out that it's pretty impressive the way clicking "next" can become so addictive. This addiction is kind of pleasant because humour helps us on the path to happiness. And what's also really important in happiness? Love Cyanide, of course. 


So, here they are, please welcome our brand new artists: Cyanide and Happiness!

Rob DenBleyker, Dave McElfatrick, Kris Wilson, Matt Melvin, there's four of them, they're young, they don't live in the same city, but they know how to please us with Explosm, and have been doing so since 2004.


"At first, it was nothing more than a hobby. We had been running another site with stick figure animations while we were in high school, but we wanted to do something new. So we made Explosm to be our new creative outlet!" says Matt Melvin, today's illustrator.


Matt is 25, he's from California; when Explosm started he was studying graphic design and was working as an in-house web developer for a company in San Diego. He likes to read and write, and he's also a big Palahniuk fan. He's passionate about music, he confessed that he would go crazy if he hadn't some new tunes to listen to, in fact he likes it so much that he learned how to play the guitar! He's also starting a t-shirt collection/addiction, so come on girls, don't be selfish, take off your shirt and send it to him.

Matt meets the other members of Explosm only at conventions or when they have time to travel around. Rob lives in Texas,  Kris lives in Wyoming and Dave lives in Ireland, but despite the distance, Explosm is their full time job, and they've got many projects for the object of their affection.


-So Matt, can you tell us what your projects are?

-Well, we've got several things in the works that we can't talk about just yet, but we're working on several new animated shorts and we're putting together our first collection of comics into a book. Exciting!


Exciting for sure! Now here's the last question before we let Matt go back to a normal life (just kidding), why did he choose this FML?

"Children acting inappropriately is always funny. It's a rule of nature. Moss always grows on the north side and pissy children are always hilarious."

Correct answer. Thanks a lot Matt, once again, cyanide is a big part of happiness.

Clic Clic !

Here's the way:
Here's the way to Matt:
Here's the way to Twitter-Explosm:
Here's the way to Twitter-Matt:
And here's the way to Twitter-Rob:


Hey! What are you doing? Hasn't Susan Boyle taught you anything? Whoever you are, you can give it a try and send an email to if you want to get the chance to be the next published artist. That's what it's all about.. and you don't want to upset Susan, do you now?

#22 - Illustrated FML - On 04/22/2009 at 6:50am by FML Team - 41 comments

Let there be illustrations

Today, I spent the all day reading FML. FML

Sometimes your life just sucks. And sometimes it's not quite sucking enough, so you're checking fmylife, looking for fresh new stories about someone else's crappy moment.
And some other times, something is still missing. Maybe we've found it. Maybe, deep inside your heart, your head or your most used organ -whatever it may be- you were thinking about it too. Once in a while, words are not enough, that's what it's all about, so what are we missing?
Illustrations, drawings, comics, besides words, are some of the most amazing creations that humans have invented since sliced bread. And that's what we're going to give to you. Every Saturday, may there be rain, sunshine, snow or Paula Abdul, we'll provide a never seen before illustration of an FML that an artist will select themself. And that's democracy baby.

And that’s my job. I’m Alice and I’ll be the one in charge of the illustration section. You’re an artist? You got a website/blog ? You want to create and display your stuff on FML? Don't wait any longer and email me NOW :


Thus, we present to you, our very first artist:

Laure Nitschelm, also known as Willow, a 19 year old girl living in France, near Paris. What's she up to? Well that's the funny part, despite her awesome talent, which is obvious from looking at her illustration, she's currently studying chemistry and she's leaving tomorrow for Toronto, where she's going to further her education.

"I love chemistry, trying all kind of reactions, making funny colors, ah ah!"

As you can see, she doesn't have some kind of machiavellic plan to conquer the world. Except maybe if she wants to conquer the world with colors. Like the Sony Bravia does.
Seriously though, this young lady is interested in helping people thanks to science. She can make you laugh and save your life at the same time. Despite her studies, Willow doesn't want to stop drawing, she still wants to be an illustrator and maybe, release a book in a few years time. That's why she's been running a blog for the past two years, which she created to improve her drawing, forcing herself to draw regularly. She never took any art classes but she's a hard working girl, willing to live on her two passions in life.

Speaking about passions, Willow has a life outside school and her blog. What is she doing when she's not drawing a square Pikachu? She's playing Pokemon of course! But be warned, Willow insists "I'm not a geek, I just really love video games" and we won't blame her. Also, this scientist-to-be is crazy about travelling, discovering new countries and meeting new people, that's why she jumped at the chance of being able to move to Toronto.

- How long is the flight to Toronto?
- 8h25
- Aren't you scared?
- Are you kidding I love flying! When I was young I wanted to have a pilot's license! My favorite part is when the plane takes off!
- You never watched Lost, have you?
- Nope, why?
- Never mind.

And here's the last question, before we let her go pack her suitcase: why did she choose this FML story?

" I chose this one because I wanted to illustrate a FML that was out of the ordinary. As an illustrator I wanted to make a comic-strip where I was able to bring something to the story. When I read this one, I immediately got the idea, without drawing what was written only. Anyway, I tried my best!"

And that's a great illustration, thank you, you did a great job girl !

Don't forget to check her deviant:
And her French-blog:

I would like to thank Alan who stopped moderating for 1 hour to help me write the article!

#16 - Illustrated FML - On 04/18/2009 at 2:17pm by FML team - 51 comments

A new deal? No, Two.

There's now several hundred thousands of you lovely people enjoying the FMLs from our website, whether viewed on your phone, on your home computer, with (or without) your boss, your friends, your spouses or even your pets. Is that enough for you guys? Not for us. The stories that we've received and published on the website will soon be put through another special filter that our team has cooked up, creating a collection of the finest FMLs. These greatest hits will then be edited into book form, which will cleverly be entitled "fmylife" (yes, we really went on a long mental journey to come up with the title). This means that you'll be able to read the best FMLs on the can, on the beach, during power cuts, or even share them with your grandmother who still can't tell the difference between a computer and a microwave.

We have decided to go with Random House Publishing Group who will take care of publishing the book, and we'd especially like to thank Ryan Doherty for his impassioned involvement in this venture. If all goes well, this summer will be all about fmylife, and further details will be given out at a later date.

As well as this amazing project, we're working hard at making the website even better, and soon we'll be implementing an internal messaging system so you can talk to other members, we'll be launching a newsletter, as well as a list of new applications created by a great bunch of developers, and finally, we'll start listing our most active moderators. But don't worry, we won't be changing the website in any way, these embellishments are only aimed at making fmylife even more fun to use.

Oh, and one last thing...

Say hello to our new logo!

#13 - Books - On 03/19/2009 at 6:57pm by FML Team - 98 comments

FMyLife has no price

Today, we chose to share FMLs for free. You'll soon understand why: it's now been over a month that the website has been launched in its current incarnation. Things have gone very quickly thanks to all you wonderful people, and we're very grateful. All of you who've shared together your lives stories in the whole world (US, UK, but also Peru, China, Slovenia,... OMG!), you're the coolest cats in town.

You know what? Everyday, fmylife gathers more and more amazing stories and anecdotes, and several people and organisations have offered us the chance to make money out these stories on other websites. No way. An FML is to be shared for free. Thus, we are now offering an API which will allow all developers to interact with the website, and to diffuse the site's anecdotes onto other formats. The only thing we ask in return for using this API is obviously that the point of origin of the FMLs be clearly stated and that everything remains totally free of charge and ads. You can find all the basics about the application and the way to put your ideas into form here.

Soon, a questionnaire will appear on the website. Please take the time to fill it out, it will help us to steer this website in the right direction. We've created this website with your help, so let's expand it together.

ps: thanks also to all the blogs, newspapers and radio stations who are as we speak spreading the FML virus all over the world.


#9 - About FMyLife - On 02/22/2009 at 10:51am by FML Team - 233 comments


You can now read FML stories on your mobile phone or on your iPhone !

And if you log in, you’ll also be able vote for the stories, read the comments concerning them and even share them with everybody.

A FML API project is also under way. All the developers who are interested will be able to use it for free (Yes, you heard us! For free!) You can sign up for it by using this link and will be informed once it’s ready.

We remind you that you can still moderate the FMLs with us on The FML moderation page. When you moderate, pending FMLs will appear. You can choose: if "Yes" or "No", you'd like to see that story on the website. By moderating, you help us make the best choice when it comes to choosing which FML should be published. You'll also be able to read the full extent of the FMLs that are submitted (but be warned, it's a jungle out there!)

PS : Thanks to all the people who have already started moderating, there’s already been more than 300 000 votes!

#8 - About FMyLife - On 02/08/2009 at 10:09am by FML Team - 38 comments

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