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Erika Meza's Illustrated FML

O HAI THERE. This week, we have to start off with one of the best gifs in the world. Of course, it contains a cat. Oh, and people, please avoid drinking and driving. It really doesn’t work. (Or avoid being a girl and driving. All right, it was a joke, calm down, we love you really.)

I should really pipe down because this week we’re welcoming a young lady, and with great pleasure. She’s 26, her name is Erika Meza and she lives in Paris but is not originally from there.
Our guest, an illustrator, “which means that I work to pay my bohemian lifestyle of coffee, cookies and watercolors 24/7” is from Mexico. I wanted to find out how she ended up in France. So I asked her. “Well, the official story is that I came on holiday in 2011, and had my jaw down on the floor the minute I saw the AMOUNT of beautifully printed, gorgeously drawn, exquisitely articulated comics - the fact that there's actually several bookstores devoted just to it really, really impressed me. I knew right there and then that I wanted to work in this media, no matter what.”

Erika has also understood everything you need to know to fit in France: appreciate cheese. As well as her quest for cheese, she’s “looking for projects, even under stones. And under the tiny stones under the stones.”

If you are wondering how she is getting on in Paris, “Really well! I've been meeting genuinely amazing people left and right - and had plenty of interesting conversations. It's a bit surreal, after dreaming of living here for so long, one day I'm walking down the street and it's normal; the next I'm walking down the same street and suddenly it hits me and it's like 'OMG right. Paris.' Right now, my next challenge is to play some pétanque. I hadn't ever seen it, and it's so funny.”

Erika even has projects now that she is in Paris cheese hunting. She’s starting a totally silent comic book based on a creepy story that she thought of while driving. She also has two children’s books projects, one horror one and one about puppets. “The main project, though, is surviving in a foreign country, finding my way through its bureaucracy, mastering the language and getting into the market. Piece of cake.”

Cats or dogs?
For sleeping on, dogs. For sleeping with, cats.

What were the latest things you enjoyed in movies, music, books and comics?
I cannot share Ólafur Arnalds and Cloud Cult enough.

Who are the artists you like and whose blogs you check out frequently?
From the french side, Aurélie Neyret, Eleonore Della Malva, Benjamin Lacombe, Clément Lefèvre, Claire Wendling. My personal god, James Jean. And well, Pascal Campion, Brittney Lee, Alina Chau, Kei Acedera, Manuel Arenas, Victoria Ying, Kevin Kidney and Jez Tuya. Drew Struzan too. Too many, gosh…

Tell us what you enjoy in life, your passions, pastimes, vices, and everyday pleasures.
I obviously enjoy drawing and seeing other people’s drawings. On top of that, chocolate, coffee, jumping on the bed and in puddles. Sketching people on the metro. Hiding my sketches from the people in the metro. Playing hide and seek in the dark.

Tell us a crap joke. Or your biggest FML.
No joke, sorry – I suck at telling jokes, I always explain too much… but I once was arrested in San Diego for being on the trolley without a ticket, and the ticket was in the bottom of the bag I never clear out “in case I need this bit of paper one day”.

Do you have any phobias? Which ones?
Burned people and aliens. Please don’t mix those up.

To finish off, ask yourself a question that you would’ve liked to have been asked, then choose whether to answer it or not.
Well, I always seem to end up discussing both religion and politics when everybody says you shouldn’t. I just have it in me, I guess. But it’s definitely something I rather not answer here.

 

To see this week's illustrated FML, please click here.

 

So, Erika was nice, wasn’t she? That’s us at FML, we have nice people. And we have nice videos, like this nice compilation. And to end this week’s article, we’ll kick back with a bossa nova version of the Zelda theme. See you soon!

If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice [at] fmylife.com including a link to your website/blog/DeviantArt. 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!

#1359 - Illustrated FML - On 03/09/2013 at 4:33am by Julien - 11 comments

FML - You're Fired!

It’s a buyer’s market out there these days. No longer are the days when you could set up shop in the street with a wheelbarrow full of radishes and start selling them by bellowing at passers-by. No, you need a permit for that now. And a degree in marketing. And proof that you once swam across the width of an Olympic-size swimming pool. See, the harder it is to find a job, the easier it is to lose it. But if one day your boss kicks you out on your ass, just stick on a KISS record, rock out and say that something better is just around the corner. Take advantage of your severance package and/or unemployment allowance, go on a holiday in World of Warcraft, don’t tidy your room, and drink some beer. Drinking beer injects money into the system, and thus helps the economy. So it’s easy, next time someone says to you, “You’re fired”, just translate it in your head as “Happy Holidays.” And to quote a great song, enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think.


 

#1358 - Videos - On 03/03/2013 at 11:13am by The FML Team - 27 comments

Zukuzu's Illustrated FML

Hi guys! It’s the weeke… erm, parrot guy, move please, thanks. As I was saying… It’s the weekend, so let’s all start dancing like Michael Jackson, even on Lego.

So, before you get the Saturday night fever, check out this week’s artist. “In private, people call me God or Mâ bâh.” But in reality, he’s called Gabriel Boubet, AKA Zukuzu. But God has a website. Two even, due to the fact that he works on Zukuzu and Yuri’s Storiz. And God is also 28, and lives in Paris. He draws and sleeps very little. “I make the most of life and the joys that it brings!” Beautiful.

What does Gabriel like in what he does? “Telling stories, taking people on trips into my world, in a serious or funny way, in a comic or illustration, if people like what I do, I’m happy.” What he needs? “Right now, a helping hand and some visibility. And ideally some assistants and a workshop. I’ve got a lot of stories and projects in my mind, but I have to choose the ones I do due to lack of time. I’d love to create everything I’ve got in my head with a team of passionate people.”

Don’t miss Zukuzu’s Yuri’s Storiz. It’s turbomedia, which means that it’s a digital interactive comic book. It’s what he’s what he’s working on at the moment; it’s the story of a boy who becomes the prisoner of an adventure in which he doesn’t control his life anymore… because it’s up to the readers to decide what happens to him. Great, isn’t it? Gabriel points out also: “I’m fighting to save him! A horrible person is threatening to kill Yuri, unless if a thousand of us stand up to him!”

When we ask him about his school days, he answers, “School what? I come from the streets, I didn’t go to school. I’ve been drawing on my own since I was little, and then I wanted to share my work. I worked for a few years at Disney to then set up as a freelancer in Paris, and then come back to my first love which is comic books. And I was sick of being dressed up as Goofy all day.”

And since Zukuzu likes talking about his projects, what about the rest? “For the moment, I’m working on Yuri to push on through the medium that I’m using and also develop the scenario (which will be surprising). It’s a long-term project. It’ll take a while, but I have faith. I’m going to try and spread the word about it, so I can get well known, and then develop my other projects. In the short-term, I’m going to start a collaborative illustration website with a great concept, you’ll see. And in the long-term, I want to create other comic book projects and fairy tales, create a studio with other passionate people, and become master of the world.” And to become master of the world, we all know that the next step is to finish this interview, so on to the next part (transition king over here).

What were the latest things you enjoyed in movies, music, books and comics?
So, maybe not the latest, but the things I really enjoyed…. I’m really into moved and my tastes are really removed from my funny little stories, but the last film to move me was “Take Shelter” by Jeff Nichols, brilliant. The book I always have on me is “Steppenwolf” by Hermann Hesse. I read passages, and I’ve illustrated it. The last good track is “Iron” by Woodkid. In comics I’d say the manga “Fighting cock” by Izo Hashimoto, which I’ve been dragging around since its release. It’s a story I would’ve liked to make up.

Tell us what you enjoy in life, your passions, pastimes, vices, and everyday pleasures.
My passions are food and sex. I also like to draw when I’ve got nothing to eat or make out with. For pastimes, I like creating screenplays or thinking up comic book dialogues, often while falling asleep. My vices, only “Devilman” can see them (sort of a private joke). Everyday pleasure, I’d say a fresh notepad, get drawing on it, then realise that I’ve been drawing all night when I start to hear the birds singing and that Paris is still sleeping… Nah, a good blowjob is better.

Tell us a crap joke. Possible joker: if you don’t have a joke, tell us your worst FML.
It’s the story of a fox that goes into a chicken run and eats a chicken. When the farmer realizes this, he asks the fox if he ate the chicken. And the fox says no. But it was him.

Do you have a phobia?
I’m afraid of nothing. I love danger. I laugh in the face of danger!

If so, which one?
Elephant cemeteries, chalk under my fingernails, people who dip their croissants in their coffee or cocoa make me want to puke so they can feel what I feel.

To finish off, ask yourself a question you would’ve liked to have been asked, then it’s up to you whether or not to answer it.
I don’t want Yuri to end, what should I do to save him? You just have to like his Facebook page and spread the word, but only if you really like him!

 

To see this week’s illustrated FML, click here.

 

There you go, that’s all for this week! Thanks to Gabriel for his contribution!

 


If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice [at] fmylife.com including a link to your website/blog/DeviantArt. 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!

#1357 - Illustrated FML - On 03/02/2013 at 6:17am by Julien - 3 comments

FML's Cheaters

If you've been caught cheating, you probably wanted to get caught and deserve a slap on the kettle. If you've been cheated on, you may have poor taste in partners and can have a tub of ice-cream on us.
FML's cheater's cheater is probably this guy:
"Today, I walked in on my boyfriend getting it on with the neighbour's daughter. As soon as he saw me, he started singing 'It Wasn't Me' by Shaggy, completely naked, still sitting with the girl. FML"
If you're about to get caught out, your best bet is to deny everything, go blank, pretend you've fallen down a staircase, hit your head and lost your memory. We're not necessarily condoning lies and deception, but sometimes a small white lie can save your skin when faced with the possibility of getting mown down by a Toyota. Leave the coming clean to the wimps and goodie-two-shoes.
And for all you who have been cheated on, if it makes you feel any better, cheaters are mainly cheating themselves. The day will come when their oversexed brainboxes will explode into thousands of shards of lies onto a psychotherapist's couch, and will cost huge sums of money to put back together. Anyway, here are a few real-life examples of cheating. Enjoy!

Directed by: Logan Burdick
Starring: Ben Giroux and Ray Chase
Guest Starring: Matt Little, Kelly Huddleston,
Jessica Bishop, Lars Slind and Erica Mathlin
1st AC / Gaffer: Alex Darke
Grip: Matthew Little
Location Supervisor: Aaron Ehberhart
Art Department: Karissa Barney
PA: Elissa Weinzimmer
Edited by: Logan Burdick
Post production: Noside Production
Sound Design: Gizmo Deluxe
Sound Engineer: S Joly /  JL Fauvel
Creative Director: Didier Guedj
Special thanks to Morgan Prêleur and Steve Maisel.

#1356 - Videos - On 02/25/2013 at 6:36am by The FML Team - 40 comments

The FML truth

Good morning earth. I hope you had a good week and that you didn't lose any important files due to an unsteady computer, that subsequently led you to depression and hot, screaming tears. Because that was the case for me. But thanks to this wonderful job that allows me to search the internet to find the most talented and funny webcomic artists, I discovered Ry, that you maybe already know thanks to his amazing Deviant Art gallery. And It's a small world, Ry is a friend of Willow-san, our very first published artist! Now let's start the interview, to get a chance to Ry.

 

 

-What is your name, surname and nickname?
-The long version of my name is Ryan "Ry-Spirit" Shiu, but people know me as simply Ry. Over time there has been many puns played on my name by fans, like Ryce Ball, Ryce Cake, Sweet and Sour Pork with Ryce,... TOO MANY PUNS! But I enjoyed them ^^ . I thought Ryan was two letters too long so I had to cut it down to Ry, so that it is just Ryght. 

-How old are you?
-I am 26 at the moment, this number tends to freak people out because I've been told I look like I am 20. Hmmm well there IS kind of an explanation for this.... I am Asian.

 

-Where do you live?
-I was born in Hong Kong, and moved to Sydney Australia when I was 8. But I travel around Australia to different states a lot to attend conventions.

 

-What's your job?
-I literally just draw at home, that's my job now. Initially I wanted to pursue a career in Graphic Design until I realised I ain't good at that and my strength falls more into illustration. I then wanted to get into a big Design studio or an Animation work place where I can showcase my art style and be myself while also helping a company grow, but I couldn't find a job that allowed me to do that. Then as my popularity started to grow, I started getting more and more freelance jobs till I reached a point when I'm like 'You know what? I think I will just do this for a living.'

-You're living a dream that thousands of people share! What's your journey ?
-My journey is to one day have my own comic. A comic that will be read and appreciated by millions, it will then be made into an anime and even a live action film starring Lee Jun Ki and Amandla Stenberg. Because that way I will be able to get on Wikipedia. So yes my goal in life is to get on Wikipedia. I'm not even joking XD.

 

-What are your inspirations?
-Oh too many! I love a lot of artists from popular ones such as Akira Toriyama, Miyazaki, Satoshi Kon, Shinji Kimura, Street Fighter artist Bengus, Pokemon artist Ken Sugimori. As well as artists on Deviantart such as Cuson, Chamba, Chan-cake, Willow-San, tomiokajiro, Nasuo etc etc. I like to look at their art and pick up their styles and then incorporate them into my own. I also like to appreciate little details in drawings, like Shinji Kimura's drawing of cities, he would add so much details, you just look at the artworks and can't take your eyes off it because there's so much to see in that one picture. So yeah I like to do that too with my artworks, so people can find hidden treasures in there. 

 

-Do you read webcomics? If so, which ones?
-I don't really read webcomics, call me old fashion but I prefer to have a book at hand. Maybe because I like to feel the texture of the paper or the fact that I like to collect comics/art books. But I do read short webcomics or memes when I am bored, like stuff on Tumblr or 9gag.

 

-Tell us more about your websites.
-My website http://www.ry-spirit.com is only a portal to a few other art sites I'm on and updates more regularly, such as my Deviantart http://ry-spirit.deviantart.com or my Facebook fan page http://www.facebook.com/ryspiritart or my Tumblr http://ry-spirit.tumblr.com or my Youtube www.youtube.com/ryspirit . They are all connected to one another so people from all different websites can see my work. 

-Are you selling your creations?
-My work creations will depend on what the client want, I am lucky to be able to use my own style in my client's work, mainly because my clients are usually people who appreciates what I do and wants me to do my own thing. I am quite happy and blessed by that. :) 

 

-How do you work?
-I mostly work with a graphic tablet + Photoshop, I will then continue drawing non stop because I know once I stop I will lose my groove. At times I would line work it traditionally first on paper then scan it, but for coloring I HAVE to use Photoshop. I am so bad with traditional coloring... I need dat control Z.

 

-Why did you choose this FML story?
-This FML story has caught my attention because it is both so cute yet trollish. It is unexpected and the story is not as 'intimate' as the others, don't get me wrong I do love the more adult jokes ones but I chose one that I don't need to draw any sex scenes lol. I don't think I have drawn a sex scene before in my whole life and I'm sure if I do it would just look like two person wrestling... Anyway I chose a clean story for that reason. I also added a lot of 'Ry stuff' in there. The baby is kind of like a human version of a Green Bear character that I always like to draw (In fact Green Bear can be seen resting next to the baby in the first scene), and the mother is kind of like a female version of myself. I don't know I just felt like making this kinda Ry-Spirit style while keeping the story faithful to the original. And I hope fans can enjoy the little nods to my stuff in this FML comic.

 

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ILLUSTRATED FML

 

Ry's DA: http://ry-spirit.deviantart.com/

 

 

If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice [at] fmylife.com including a link to your website/blog/DeviantArt. 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!

#1355 - Illustrated FML - On 02/22/2013 at 5:18am by Alice - 11 comments


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