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FML loves parties

We love Saturdays! Not only because it's illustration time, but because it's also party time! What's more pleasant than a well organized party? You know the kind, filled with friends, junk food, booze, potential dates, and a nice hangover the next morning. But what happens when the party isn't going as planned? That's what we'll try to figure out, with help from today's artist, Nicholas Luke Dowman also known as Nik!

NikNik is our first artist from New-Zealand! This young artist, because we think that 20 years old is pretty young, lives in Wellington, where he works in a theatre and a call center for a ticketing company. A pace of life that suits Nik who can use his free time to draw! And drawing is important for him, since April 2008, he's the proud author of the web comic "Transitionation", a web comic based on his life, but also on his friends' lives and funny stories he’s heard, seen or imagined. He sends out five posts a month, and has been doing so for a year now, and as one year is already a lot, this project might end in 2009.

New Year, new web comic! Nik wants to start a new web comic about super heroes! But he insists, it will be his own website. It seems that having a blog makes people hesitate to check the site! Nik doesn't stop there, he's a man full of surprises, and besides drawing he also likes writing novels and making short movies! His dream is to make a living from his films, but for now he has several ideas of scenarii bouncing around his head that he plans to launch in the year.

On the family side, he is engaged to his girlfriend that he met two years ago, and they're expecting a child in January! The kid will be lucky to have a father as creative as Nik !

 

So, we had a great interview with this guy who seems to have a very cool and peaceful life, but we can't help ourselves, we are curious, why did he choose this particular FML about friendless people?

"To be honest, this has happened to me, in reverse. I sent out an open invitation, three people turned up. Best. Party. Ever."

To be honest, we all know what you've been through. You know what? Sometimes you just plan the perfect party, with awesome food and fantastic cocktails, and people don't show up. Screw them. We're going to spend Saturday night alone, with a TV dinner and it's going to be just perfect. We love Saturdays ...

 Nik

Thank you Nik for your contribution!

 

Don't forget to check his blog: transitionation.blogspot.com

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

#71 - Illustrated FML - On 05/29/2009 at 10:18am by FML Team - 13 comments

Not only a book, but illustrations too!

BookGood day to all you lovely people! We hope you had a great week, and if not, we hope you sent us your FML! We are all very excited because something amazing is going to happen on the 9th of June. As you may or may not know, Fmylife is releasing a book! And besides the Bible, what's a book without illustrations? Not much, and that's why you'll see in the Fmylife book some never-seen-before illustrations created especially by Marie Levesque, also known as Missbean,
who is honoring us with her presence today !

 

 

MissbeanMissbean is 26, she’s an illustrator from Paris, France. Two years ago, after 3 years studying architecture in Paris, she decided to stop everything to apply herself full time to drawing. She started her own website, helped by her boyfriend Florent, who's not only helping her with the technical stuff, but who's also now her muse. That's right, "Ma vie à deux", meaning "Me and my relationship" in French, is an autobiographical website, mainly based on her love-life, which pretty quickly gained some popularity.

In September of 2008, this young artist was published for the first time on Viedemerde.fr, the French version of Fmylife.com. Of course, she had no idea this adventure would still be ongoing six months after that, at 3700 miles from her hometown! In New-York, March 2009, in the headquarters of Random House, a finger points at a file titled "Missbean". This finger belongs to Ryan Doherty, the editor in charge of the project. He just selected Missbean to be the illustrator of the FML book, out of three other potential artists.

"As soon as the FML crew mentioned the idea of illustrating the book, I replied 'Yes, yes, yes!' I was very excited about this idea! It was great news to hear that I'd been the one that Ryan chose!"

And the die is cast! A few weeks later, she received a copy of the FML book, and started reading it immediately. Her job was then to select some stories and illustrate them.

"At first, it was very hard for me to choose. All these stories were so funny, my boyfriend and I were laughing day and night. But I had to make a choice, so I picked my favorite stories and started illustrating them pretty quickly.”

Marie has had the opportunity to illustrate for both the FML and VDM websites. We asked her whether she saw a difference between the English and French stories.

“Well, by reading the book I noticed that the FML stories were more extreme than the VDM ones, the people on FML are not afraid to talk about weird situations and I absolutely love the way they talk about them, the way they play with words is fascinating."

And so Missbean set about creating her illustrations. Don't be fooled by her falsely naive drawing style, the subjects that she's dealing with are definitely not childish. In fact, one of her next projects is a book about ecology, which will be released in September of 2009. She's proud of this project because it's a theme she particularly cares about, in fact, tired of being in a big polluted city, she's going to move with her boyfriend and her two cats to live in the countryside, far away from noise, exhaust fumes and stress.

 

One last question for Missbean: why did she choose this particular FML?

"I chose this one because it made me laugh! That's it... what, do you need another reason? "

Missbean

Actually we don't! That's a pretty good reason! Thank you Missbean for today's illustration and for all the book's illustrations!

 

Don't forget to check her website: http://www.leszillusdemissbean.com/

Okay people, concentration needed here. We know it's a been a tough time due to Adam not making it to the top, but life still goes on, so stop voting to save him, it's useless now. But if you really need to move your fingers, and if you want to be our next published artist, you can send an email right now to alice@fmylife.com !

#64 - Books - On 05/22/2009 at 4:57pm by FML Team - 15 comments

FMyLife, the book!

You’re probably scratching your head and wondering why you should get this book? Good question. You should definitely get it because:

  • It contains a selection of the best stories taken from the website.
  • It’s a precious item, and all your friends will be jealous.
  • You can take it anywhere and share FMLs with everyone.
  • As a bonus, it’s filled with some great never before seen illustrations!
  • It’s a fantastic gift idea for the people you love.
  • It’ll enable us to keep the site running, pay the bills and stock up on beer.


288 pages, 850 of the best FMLs, all in all, it's a really great book and you’re going to love it (and if you can think of any other reasons to purchase it, feel free to make suggestions in the comments section below).

 

Here are the links to the online retailers:

*UPDATE* For non U.S residents, go to the version of Amazon attributed to your country and search for "f my life" (the spaces are important). If Amazon doesn't exist in your country, they do international deliveries!

#50 - Books - On 05/17/2009 at 6:44am by FML team - 122 comments

The FML ultimatum

Hey there everyone! Yay, it's Saturday! You can finally get some rest for at least 48h … Relax, no need to get all in a hurry about stuff. That's what basically sucks during the week, we don't have enough time to do things, always having deadlines to meet at school or work, there's always an ultimatum hanging over our heads. Except on FML. And that's not because we're not able to stick to one, it's just because we don't want to rush ourselves. Okay, we hear some of you laughing, so you know what? We'll give it a go: let's say we will do this article in less than 6min42s. Ready? So please welcome our "in a hurry" artist: Tucker Rzepecki!

BobTucker, also known as Bob, is a 26 years old cartoon-maker who lives in Olympia, Washington. He grew up, went to school and college in Brookings, South Dakota, where he had a variety of jobs including jewelry sales and food service. Despite the fact that Bob is currently unemployed, he hasn't given up hope, and as he says, at least he’s able to set his own hours! He's still planning to draw comics, and a career in art and cartooning has always been his goal, which is why he decided it was time for a change of scenery and moved to the Pacific northwest, with the hope that he could find a job once he got there.

Bob likes cycling and painting, but his very unique passion (and the reason why he's with us today) is cartoons. He loves talking about them, reading them and even drawing them. So three years ago, he decided to create his own blog to display his cartoons, and as he was dating a girl with a DeviantArt account, DeviantArt it was. The girl left the picture but at least his Deviant account remained, and it even grew in popularity! He could share his work, receive instant feedback, and that's what drove him to pursue his drawing.

What time is it? Okay, we still have 1min17s to talk to you about his DeviantArt account and why you have to take a look at it. Behind these falsely naive drawings, you'll find an absolutely irresistible acerbic humor dealing blows to our century. Progress, love, Ellen DeGeneres, Bob doesn't spare anything or anyone. What's even more amazing about it is the way his cartoons are set in real life, and what's cruel and funny about it.

Our last 30 seconds will be for this question: why did he choose this FML?

"As an artist I found it relatable, both from the student's perspective and from the teacher's. I also felt that this FML was a good opportunity to practice facial expressions! "


Our botoxed cheeks love it. Thank you Bob!

So, do you like it? Were we able to entice you with such a short and rushed article?

You have plenty of time guys, but don't forget to check his deviant account: http://bob-rz.deviantart.com/

 

Who's going to be our next published artist after Bob? You don't have to be from the Black Lodge to be published, all you have to do is send an email to alice@fmylife.com !

#57 - Illustrated FML - On 05/16/2009 at 7:20am by FML Team - 13 comments

Cheer up FML kid

Hello everybody! We hope the past six days were as good and as delicious as a chocolate ice-cream. Hey there... are those tears? Are you allergic to chocolate or something? What happened to your hair? It used to be long and blond, now it's short and black! And we can barely see your skin under all that make-up... Ok, we get it, you're welcoming today's artist, right? Nice! Ladies, gentleman, emos, without further ado here's Enzo Santos, author of the webcomic Cheer Up, Emo kid!

 

Enzo

After living in the Philippines and Taipei, Taiwan, this 20 year old artist is now settled in Vancouver, Canada, where he's studying web & graphic design. His passion for webcomics started when he was 14, thanks to The Perry Bible Fellowship and Sinfest; since then, he has always wanted to start one of his own. During 2008, the subject of his webcomic came to him like a tear at the corner of and emo's eye. After a break-up, he started Cheer Up, Emo Kid as an outlet of sorts. You want to give life to an artist? Dump him. Little by little, people started to check his website, the reactions were pretty positive, some people even told him that one of the most endearing things about the strip is the fact that they're able to relate to it at a very personal level.

 

"I guess in a way, CUEK is my FML!" says Enzo.

As with FML, his webcomic got it's strength from reality, and never stops being brutally honest. Most of the dialogue has been pulled from real-life situations, some people may find it offensive, but Enzo doesn't like censoring. And we understand him. The more a drawing is close to real life, the more the public can relate to the story, and that's what the artist is searching for here. There's also something very important in Cheer Up, Emo Kid: the humor, how to find humor in what would have otherwise been a humorless situation, and despite this difficulty, this is the point of the entire project.

 

Webcomics and school, that's what Enzo spends all his time doing for now, but despite his lack of free time, he already has a new project for CUEK, such as evolving it into an animation, but it's still a secret, so keep your black smudged lips closed until the big day.

And our traditional last question before we let Enzo go back to drawing pregnant emo boys: why did he choose this FML?

"I was initially thinking of choosing an FML that had something to do with relationships. But if I had to choose between drawing a girl getting cheated on, and a girl getting puked on, I'd choose the latter. Drawing puke is always fun."

 

 

 

 

Thank you for your illustration Enzo, now we can't wait to take the bus again !

Enzo's website is here: http://www.cheerupemokid.net/

Hey! Why haven't we received many emails from hoping-to-be published artists? "Since the pig I was dating sneezed into my face, I feel kind of tired" is not an answer. You know the email: alice@fmylife.com. Stop dyeing your hair black and send an email now.

 

#43 - Illustrated FML - On 05/09/2009 at 8:36am by FML Team - 18 comments


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