Swallow this FML
Hello beloved readers, how was your week? Oh, for once you'd actually like to know how OUR was week? Well, it was pretty spectacular because we knew we'd be featuring Roman Muradov today. See, when in June 2010 he contacted us we immediately knew he was going to be one of those artists we'd love to promote so much that our heart goes boom just by looking at his website. Nine months later we're giving birth to his awfully awkward genius comic. Beloved readers, please enjoy Roman's interview and comic.
-What's your name and surname?
-How old are you?
-25, mentally middle-aged since 4
-Where do you live?
-Currently in San Francisco, originally from Moscow, Russia.
-What do you do for a living?
-Full-time starving & whining about it. I hope that may change soon. Sigh...
-What's your story?
-I have a science degree from Moscow Oil & Gas University, at the moment I'm finishing my Master's at the Academy of Art in San Francisco.
-What are your projects?
-Mainly illustration. I try to play with different styles and themes, usually it turns out pretty dark no matter what. Lately I've been drawing with a brush most of the time. I also draw & write tragicomic comics, short stories and strips. Searching for humor to ease the horror of being alive.
-How can you be that talented?
-Oh dear, you're far too kind! I don't really know, but shoving various drugs up your behind every day is a good starting point.
-Can you tell us about your blog/website?
-http://www.bluebed.net is where I keep some of my illustrations, comics & stories, I try to maintain it as simple & minimalistic as possible. I have a tumblr here where I post almost everything from sketches to rants and occasional picture of myself looking decadent & dreamy: http://bluebed.tumblr.com/ and I contribute to Honk Fu blog along with five illustrators & friends: http://blog.honkfu.com
-What inspires you?
-My favorite writers at the moment are Stephen Fry, Raymond Queneau, Vladimir Nabokov, Alfred Jarry, Mihail Bulgakov, Boris Vian, Henry Fielding, Kingsley Amis, I'm mostly influenced by their novels and stories I think. In art/comics I was at different times inspired by Jamie Hewlett, Nicolas Nemiri, Nicolas De Crecy, Koji Morimoto, Jason, Daniel Clowes, Jiro Matsumoto and many many others. I'm not too keen on movies, it's awfully hard for me to sit through a full movie, though I love all Kubrick & Jeunet films to death. Music is a huge inspiration too, Magnetic Fields, The Fall, Tenniscoats, etc.
-What makes you laugh the most?
-I adore absurd comedy, Monty Python, everything by Chris Morris, particularly Blue Jam & Brass Eye, more mainstream shows like Alan Partridge and Black Books, comedy is definitely my favorite thing in the world. Books & plays by Ionesco, Ames, Waugh, Wodehouse & Wilde of course.
-Why did you choose this FML?
-It seems utterly sick & revolting and my original idea for it was far too gruesome to describe. Also, I'm a typical only child, so I have my memories of my parents' sibling disposal, but I'd rather not elaborate.
-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
-Oh, my entire life is one endless FML, no wonder I'm depressed all the time. I have far too many, I try to keep track of my more monumental failures and draw them every now and then, but they just keep piling up. I'm pretty much a Failure Artist, my misfortunes have a pathetic, almost poetic quality.
I guess one of the most disastrous FML happened not so long ago, I was walking with a friends down the street and enthusiastically discussing how much I hate my roommate when after 2-3 minutes I discovered that he was walking right in front of me all the while. Needless to say, the was some considerable tension afterwards and eventually I had to move out. My next roommates hated me as well by the way. It's not funny in any way, but my mouth caused me quite a bit of trouble that time... And many other times.
Thank you so much for your disturbing illustration Roman!
Roman's website: http://www.bluebed.net
If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice [at] fmylife.com including a link to your website/blog/DA. But DON'T send your illustration right away! You need first to get in touch with Alice (no, I'm not your aunt) who will tell you what you have to do!