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Sophie's Illustrated FML

Hey there everyone! At the time of writing it’s Friday the 13th. Which means that by the time you read this, I might have had my head sliced off by an escaped mental patient wearing a hockey mask, or I might’ve been shoved into a huge blender by an escaped mental patient wearing a hockey mask, or I might actually be a mental patient wearing a hockey mask, and that’s me knocking at your door with a meat cleaver for a hand.

Anyway, before any of that happens, it’s time to present this week’s artist. She’s called Sophie, and she’s from France. She has a blog, a portfolio but doesn’t have a Twitter account because she claims she “has a life”. She’s been 25 for the past 11 years.

So, what’s she up to? “Freelance illustrator for only the past two years. Before that I was a project manager for a city council, so not at all the same thing. But it wasn’t much fun, I wanted to have a laugh during the day and I didn’t want to have to wake up at 6:30am or take public transportation. So I said to myself, drawing, that’s a cool thing to do, you can live where you want, work whenever you want… So now I get to sleep late and I’m starving. But it’s good for my figure.”

She says that particularly likes working from home in the winter, when everyone else has to go out in the cold, under the rain. She giggles in front of her computer while thinking about them, the crazy witch. She enjoys the freedom the work brings, and the fact that drawing is fun. She’s her own boss, has to obey to no one, but her bank won’t lend her any money anymore, she can’t go shopping much, doesn’t eat much, talks to herself and thinks she’s in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. And she also thinks she’s in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Oh, we said that already. Sorry. Anyway, she says she regrets nothing.

At the moment she’s working on small personal projects: two kids books and two comic books. “I have advertising contracts here and there and little comic strips in a teen magazine.” But for now she has to “find her Christmas tree, find a significant other, start a family and save the world!”

What’s her educational career? “I wanted to be like Indiana Jones when I was little. So I studied law. Can’t you see the similarities? Me neither. But you learn from your mistakes I’m told. I managed to get my masters degree in environmental law in England where I spent over a year and a half. Being a student in England is great, I’d recommend it. Then I studied archeology in Paris, which was closer to my goal but there where no jobs going and it’s nothing like being Indiana Jones. I wanted to find the Holy Grail and become immortal. So while I was waiting around, I started doodling. So I’m self taught. My father was an illustrator, so I did have a bit of a background, having been to a lot of book fairs and comic book festivals during the first 15 years of my life. Oh, and I spent almost 3 years in Italy, so I speak a bit of Italian, but not a lot because where I was, we spoke mainly English. Shame."

Yep, that’s a shame alright! Anyway, on to the next part of the interview! The Q&A part. Here we go:

Cats or dogs?

Dogs! They smell bad, lose their hair, they dribble but they’re the only thing in the world that would give it’s life for you.

What are the latest things you enjoyed at the movies, in music, books and comic books?

I really live Alabama Monroe at the movies, it’s a beautiful movie and the soundtrack is great too. I have to go and see Gravity. Books: I have just started It by Stephen King and I’ve been advised to keep some space free in my freezer to shut the book in. Should I be worried? As for comics, I haven’t read much recently. That’s a bad thing, I should go to stores more often.

Who are the main artists you enjoy and whose blogs you check out regularly?

There’s too many to list here. There is an incomplete list on my blog. And there’s a lot of artists that I love who don’t have a blog.

Tell us about what you enjoy in life, your passions, your pastimes, your vices, your everyday pleasures.

I’m going to be original: drawing. Other than that, cooking, dancing, movies, swimming, chocolate and cheese (not at the same time), books, chocolate, traveling, cheese, meals with friends, alcohol, marshmallows, sex, chocolate (at the same time or not), rock music, cheese, opera. Wait, I’m sure I’m forgetting something important, ah yes, chocolate and cheese!

Do you have a phobia? If so, what is it?

I’m afraid of spiders. But I quite like Spider-Man.

To finish off this interview, ask yourself a question you would’ve liked to have been asked and then choose to answer it or not.

-Would you like me to give you 60 million Euros? (because a million seems cheap)

-Yes please, that’s very kind!


There we go. She was nice. How could you not like someone who lists cheese, chocolate and sex as her favorite hobbies? Those are FMLs favourite things too. Well, that’s it for this week. We’re still on the run up to Christmas, but it’s not yet Christmas, but it’s just like Christmas with all the decorations clawing at our eyeballs from every angle, so here’s what should be on heavy rotation on every radio station around the world, Low’s “Just Like Christmas”. See you next week!


And to see Sophie Ruffieux's Illustrated FML, click here.


If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice [at] 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!

#1423 - Illustrated FML - On 12/13/2013 at 10:26am by FMyLife - 6 comments

Moino's Illustrated FML

Hi everyone, how’s it hanging? Feeling good? Oh. Too bad. This week it’s all about cats, hamsters and death. Yep, the big three, the main tenets of some religions and the bases of some delicious recipes. Anyway, the artist behind our illustration this week comes all the way from Switzerland, which most people know as the country that contains the large Hadron collider and chocolate. As most American high-school kids will know, it’s near Australia, just left of the North Pole.

Now we also know it contains an illustrator called Fanchon Raposo, AKA Moino, whose blog is called Sirop de Moineau. She’s 22 and claims she lives in a town a bit like the one in Smallville, “without the plaid shirts and cornfields.”

So, what does she spend her days doing? “I take care of 3 cats and a possum, 7 days a week, and when I’m not cleaning out their paws, I’m an independent illustrator who manages her burn-outs (I work at night a lot, but it doesn’t stop me from perform… wait, what were talking about?)”. She says that she likes being independent and being able to create infinite stuff from out of her deranged and fertile imagination, and that her job is also her passion, in which she’s progressing all the time. “I do miss all my illustrator friends that I met over the past months, who live over 500km from where I live, I’d love to be able to exchange experiences and advice with them, because where I live, the sheep don’t know much about comics.”

She’s spent over a year as an official author on 30joursdeBD, and she’s looking for work, so if you have anything to offer, feel free to write to her! And what about projects? “I’m creating new stories to adapt them into a real comic-book, a real one, stories that you’ll be able to read page by page on my blog.”

And now, time for our regular questions!

Cats or dogs?

Cats only like you if you feed them, they are needy, jealous, moody, will never let you sleep because they’re up to no good at night and eat hamsters… That’s probably why I prefer them to our canine friends with their loyalty and creepy unconditional love!”

What are the latest things you liked in movies, music, books and comics?

My bird brain really gorged on the Lone Ranger recently because there’s real cowboy jewels there, with Johnny Depp inside (and I saw it in an empty cinema), Prisoners because of Jake Gyllenhaal (and his squirrel under Prozac frenetic blinking all the way through the film), and Kick Ass 2 because it made my hop for 2 hours! Musically, I haven’t kept up since Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and Rihanna are all over the charts. Instead, I play my banjo on the porch in my rocking chair. In books, The Life of Pi and in comics, “Live long and Fat” by Leslie Plée and “My Life” by Vincent Lévêque.

Who are the main artists you like, and whose blogs you visit a lot?

I follow Romain Pujol, who made me want to create comics when I was his blog in 2007, so thank you Romain. I follow Alexandre Arlène and Kek also. Thomas Priou, and Netch’s blog too, because they are funny and touching.

Tell us what you enjoy in life, your pleasure, pastimes, vices, everyday pleasures.

TEA. I worship my teacup in the morning, in the evening, and all the ones in between, without forgetting pizzas, lasagna and tomatos. I also appreciate the days when I can go to bed a 11pm, watch the stars when I go to bed at 3am with the window wide open even though it’s -10°C outside, cheesy music from the 80s-90s, drawing for Sirop de Moineau, and cutting a squirrel’s nails in the morning.

Do you have a phobia? If so what is it?

Travelling by plane and… zombies. But I’m getting help by watching Walking Dead, and ever since I started I’ve been having nightmares… There must be a correlation, but what is it?

To finish off, ask yourself a question that would’ve liked to have been asked and the answer it if you want.

“Moino, can you tell us what’s next for you in the world of comic blogs?” Oh, what a pertinent question! Well, I’d like to progress more and more, meet more new authors, encounter new opportunities and of course, release my own comic book!”


And to see Moino's Illustrated FML, click here


Another one down, but how many to go? Many more we hope! We’ll leave you for now with a Christmas tune from way back, but it’s still fantastic. Here is Billy Idol doing Jingle Bell Rock. And for those of you not in the Christmas spirit and hate the whole idea, here’s a picture that might make you smile. See you next week!


If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice [at] 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!

#1421 - Illustrated FML - On 12/06/2013 at 11:54am by FML - 6 comments

The Best of The Worst of FML


It's been almost 5 years since FML was launched. Yes, 5 years. I'm not going to go into how wonderful it feels to be part of this whole adventure, that would be uncharactaristically upbeat of me. Instead, I'm going to delve into the murky undercurrents of FML. The back waters. The dark side of the moon, or should I say, the backside of FML. The FMLs that we could never ever publish.

A suitable analogy for searching for FMLs to post is this: when I'm cleaning my cat's litter tray with the little spatula, sifting through the gravel to pick out the poo, I feel like the unluckiest gold miner in the world. Looking for decent FMLs is a bit like that. Some shine like gold, some just shine like... well, shit. Here's a few examples of the ones that got away. These are the Best of the Worst. Read on; don't say we didn't warn you.


      "Today, the Empire State Building fell on my dick. FML"

      "NO one is there in the classroom and I’m Daddy are the don’t so show off their own project management of ill send a message for my I was going TO be afraid that what you have a bed like the number I’m thinking of ill give you a million dollars in the classroom"

      "Today, I woke up and saw my husband Watching tv. He said I hate cooking. Then he told me he liked chopping me up like a potatoe. I got scared and ran to my neighbours we got married and had 14 kids then I woke up this morning to find my 14 kids chopping potatoes with my name on it I screamed. FML"

      "(Johnny Cash Voice) I see you drivin’ round town with that girl that i love, and i am like FML. I guess that the change inside of my pocket was not enough, and i am like forget you, AND.. FML. Said If i was richa, i would still be witcha. Hm, well ain’t that some sea biscuits. FML!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

      "Today, I had to change my Facebook status to “Don’t you hate it when your penis falls off due to a rare disease and you have to have surgery to convert your finger into a new one….” I’ve lost three fingers."

      "i ate my childs fetus last tuesday .. im no longer a grandmother FML"

      "i met this guy who similar to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine movie version, without any beards on his face. After some sleepovers I realized that he is only after my pockets. FML"

      "Today, I Died on the toilet whilst emptying my vowels"

      "Today, my best friend stole every single hair pin I have. Tomorrow, i’m entering the World Hairpin Competition in London. FML"

      "Today the aliens who had abducted me just let me off their ship after several extensive anal probes. Then I went to the doctors because i was very constipated. the doctor gave me an X-ray that found that equipment was still in my arse. unfortunately during the surgery they cut off my penis. FML"


And that's just 10 of the weirdest submissions out of the millions we've had. If you enjoyed, feel free to let us know in the comments, and we might make a regular thing out of this blog article.

I'll leave you there for now, hope you are all doing OK. Remember to be excellent to each other and to brush your teeth as often as possible.

#1420 - About FMyLife - On 11/28/2013 at 9:03am by Alan - 136 comments

Adirou's Illustrated FML

Hello everyone! Days are getting shorter, the weather is getting colder. It’s once again time to check out a new illustrated FML, brought to you by our sister site VDM. Yes, we’re crossing over for this illustration, and it’s being posted on both sites! The artist we are receiving today is quite excited to be featured on our website, so we’ll get stuck in straight away.

She claims that “similarly to Superman, Batman and Spider-Man, and all the other beings who like to parade around with their underpants over their leggings,” she wants his identity to remain a secret. She goes by the handle Adirou. “All the nicknames ending in “man” were taken, and I prefer wearing thongs than briefs.”
You can check out her blog, and also her tumblr, where she answers any questions with a drawing. She also has a Facebook page, for latest news.

Her age remains unknown, we don’t know where she lives (but we do know it rains a lot). But that’s irrelevant to her art. So, what does she do in life? “Hmm, I draw, explore, laugh (a lot), eat (a lot also), play (way too much), learn, work, sleep, brush my teeth and take dumps (oh yes, of course, women let loose butterflies and sparkles, sorry). And to pay for my cat’s food, I work as a model in art workshops and also with photographers.”

She reckons that her current job is enough for now, but she draws on the side to become eventually an illustrator, and live off her art. 

Winter is coming so she’s piling on the fat, and is considering cosplaying as Chewbacca to keep warm and save money on heating. “I’ve always dreamed of making braids out of my armpit hair”.

What is her story? “To put it simply, I was top of the class if you looked at the list from the bottom. I started drawing at around 15/16 when I realized it was funny to give the teacher a blank page with a drawing on it (teenage years…). Not knowing what to do with my life, I said to myself, “I want to be exploited, work long hours for not very much, under paper work and be happy by doing a job that I like.” That’s when I realized I wanted to draw for a living, with dreams, projects and even with the idea of trying out drawing school. Then Madam Reality (who has a sense of humor and irony) shows up and kicks me up the ass and throws me off a cliff. I’m currently climbing back up.”

Her current projects include learning to draw, mastering her style and then going off to destroy the ring or becoming a Pokemon master.

Here’s the next part, the Q&A round!

Cats or Dogs?
Cats will rule the world. Meow!

What are the latest things you enjoyed in movies, music, books and comics?
The last movie I saw was Kick Ass 2, as crazy, rude and full of blood as the first one (Hit Girl <3)
In music I really like Stromae, a Belgian singer. In books, I’ve just finished “The Evolution Man or how I ate my father” by Roy Lewis, which was very George Orwellian.
In comics I’d like to mention “La petite mort” by Davy M. with its deadly humor, “Zobilenium” by Arthur de Pins. Freak’s Squeele by Florent Maudoux is breath of fresh air.

Who are the main artists you like and whose blogs you check out regularly?
A LOT, there are way too many artists that I admire (check out my blog’s page Kamoulox).

Tell us what you enjoy in life, your passions, pastimes, vices and everyday pleasures.
So… At the moment I’m playing Mirror’s Edge, Odyssey 1 and I’ve almost finished Rayman 3.
I do Roller Derbies, because playing Dance Dance Revolution wasn’t enough anymore and I like falling over and getting bruises. I’m also rewatching the Sakuras, for fun. But dubbed in French, so my eyes and ears are bleeding.

Can you tell us a crap joke? If not, tell us your biggest FML.
After drawing this FML, I wanted to cook some instant pasta, but I got my feet in the kettle. I knocked the boiling water on my foot. I burned myself in the second degree which meant that I had to sleep with my foot in a some cold water for the pain. And it really makes you want to pee during the whole night, without mentioning the pain, canes, medication and pain. Did I mention the pain?

Do you have a phobia? If so, what is it?
Death. It’s ironic because you can’t cure something that is rational and inevitable. I don’t care, when it happens, I shall return to reassure all those who are afraid.

Any last words?
Maybe I didn’t manage to write an FML but thanks to my friends and family and their support I’ve managed to illustrate one, and their unconditional love helped me along the way (I know, it’s boring, it’s sappy, I agree with you dear reader, but without these people, you wouldn’t be reading me right now).

Well, that another interview done. It’s the weekend and it’s nearly winter, so we’ll be staying at home in front of an electric fire, dreaming of our holidays. Thinking about summer and walking around the house in our underwear. Dreaming of that time when we could go a whole day without needing chemicals to get by. Until next week, remember to be nice. That’s the key to life. Be nice to each other.


And to see Adirou's Illustrated FML, click here.


If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice [at] 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!

#1419 - Illustrated FML - On 11/21/2013 at 10:46am by FMyLife - 5 comments

Alex McArdell's illustrated FML

Ah, fantastic, you're here! We hope you had a great 3D week. For 4 years now, we've been welcoming artists, illustrators, comic book writers, practically all workers of the 2D world. But today we're welcoming someone special. Alex McArdell offers us a brand new kind of illustration here on FML. Check out his amazing comic and get a chance to know him by reading this interview!



-What are your name, surname and nickname? Why did you choose this nickname?
-Alex McArdell. My nickname at university was Lex. Mostly because my name is Alex, but also because I'm kind of a Supervillain.


-How old are you?
-I'm 32.


-Where do you live?
-I live in Shrewsbury, a cute little market town in the UK


-What's your job?
-I'm trying to be a professional illustrator, but I've not been at it for long. I work various admin jobs in the meantime.


-What's your journey?
-My journey? There and back again I guess. I feel like I've been seeking my fortune like some Dickensian character for the last few years and have lived all over the UK. I come from the south of England, then moved to North Wales, then Scotland and now England again. I'm not sure where I'll end up settling.



-What are your inspirations?
-I'm inspired by so many things. Various comic artists like Simon Bisley, Jim Lee and David Mack, to name a few. I also love Art Nouveau and am trying to work it into my own style. I take a lot of inspiration from fairy tales, religious fables, spirituality, as well as film and TV. I am a total nerd for sci-fi, fantasy and cartoons.


-Do you read webcomics? If so, which ones?
-I regularly tune in to Questionable Content. I like watching how the art has developed over the years it's been running. I also love Cyanide and Happiness. That comic is pure genius. It's all stick figures, but the humour is fantastic. 


-Tell us more about your presence on the web? 
-I set up my site and blog after realising that the only way to be happy in life is to chase after your dreams, even if they're hard to achieve. So I left a steady job in a huge bank and started seriously working at being an artist. I'm still only getting started but I've got a lot of big plans for the future. I want to do graphic novels, children's illustration and of course the Holy Grail of Illustration, book covers.



-How do you work?
-I work in a blend of 3D and 2D programs on a Wacom tablet. I've spent a long time studying Zbrush the modelling program and I'm only just starting to understand how powerful it is. I spend time creating a good model, then manipulate it, colour it and light it. I'll then flatten the image and move over to photoshop where I'll paint over the image and do all the finishing touches. I keep thinking I'll pick up a real paintbrush again someday...


-Why did you choose this FML story?
-I'd recently done a Pokemon related image for my own amusement and I enjoyed the lightning effect. I always enjoy the chance to paint something with really extreme light, so I wanted to try it again, with a human character.




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If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to alice [at] 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!

#1418 - Illustrated FML - On 11/16/2013 at 4:09am by Alice - 6 comments