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The Legend of FML

Sorry Flicker, your pride is in another castle. Don't worry, you can win it back, just cross Hyrule field, go see Impa and tell her about the blue rat's ring you've been collecting for a while, she'll give you a barrel ticket to Donkey's place. oh right, he's still searching for his bananas, he won't be here to welcome you. Here's a tip, the Team Rocket stole his bananas, so go and catch'em all. Oh, did you hear this music? It's the game-over theme, you didn't make it in time. It's okay, press reset and try again. Select character: Steve Napierski. Here we go-oh !

Steve is 30. He's living somewhere in Virginia, USA. Officially, his real job is a web designer, but he's also a freelance artist, doing some web design, animation, illustrations, etc. As curious as ever, we investigated Steve's life by interviewing him of course, but also by hiring a private detective, going through his garbage, questioning his neighbors, etc.  The usual routine. In our defense, we did all that because Steve is as secretive as your next door fast food restaurant's nugget recipe. But we assume Steve has more chicken in him.


Never mind, we'll talk about his current, and most famous, project: Dueling Analogs, a semi-weekly color  web comic that lampoons the culture and subtext of modern gaming culture. He also has another web comic that is about to end, it's called The Outer Circle. And lastly a super secret (because is such an expert on keeping secrets that he has been asked by the CIA to create a new internal secret language) third project that he has been working on for years and will be launching very soon.

Dueling Analogs was launched on November 17th, 2005. Steve wanted to do another gaming web comic because he felt there weren't enough of them on the internet. Joke, laugh please. Honestly, he had been doing The Outer Circle for a while and decided he wanted to do another web comic that was not story driven. Dueling Analogs was that.
Dueling Analogs is even more than that, it's all that a web comic can dream of. It's funny, often updated, it's about videogames, sometimes it's gory, but it's always well drawn; five reasons to check his web comic immediately.

"-Steve, now that the interview is finished, we reckon that we can tell you that we're huge fan of Dueling Analogs, so how did you manage to be such a videogame web comic icon?
-I'm a self-taught college drop out. But, I make more money than most of the people I know with college degrees. F--- Their lives.
-Oh, okay. Why did you choose this FML?
-Because FML is friggin' awesome. Schadenfreude is definite what makes most of the world feel good about themselves. And this is the schadenfreude nexus of the internet.
-Why did you decided to send an illustration for FML?
-Because I really didn't have a good story to submit. Fuck my boring life. Besides I look forward to the rest of the world commenting that the jerseys referenced in the FML are real football jerseys, a.k.a. soccer, and not American football are I drew."

Comments, we're waiting for them. Thank you for your participation Steve, and remember: "Videogames ruined my life, good thing I have two extra lives!"


Steve's awesome website is here:

If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to [email protected] 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 still has her super NES, who will tell you what you have to do!
#288 - Illustrated FML - On 01/02/2010 at 10:42am by FML Team - 7 comments

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