When you’re a parent, you can love your kids as much as life itself, but sometimes you need to get away from them. You might need to have a night off, go out with your significant other for a nice meal, or see a movie with some friends. Or just booze it up all nice and proper at a party (yes kids, parents do that too). Otherwise you’ll wind up eating your own eyeballs if you have to spend another evening listening to them whine about everything that’s wrong with the world (usually their lack of ponies). This is where the services of a babysitter come in. Babysitters are usually adolescent girls who are known about via other parents. Good babysitters are like gold dust to parents. Their contact details are passed around like state secrets; you don’t want everyone to know about them in case they’re overbooked for when you might require them. Trust is the key element in the parent/babysitter relationship; you can’t just leave your precious children in the hands of some unknown teenager. Especially these days, what with paranoia at all time high. They could be a meth-head. With a biker boyfriend. Who might steal your M*A*S*H* box set. Most of the time, everything runs smoothly, because, well, despite what some sources might have you believe, life usually does go as planned and is pretty much risk-free. But once in a while, both parties get embroiled in situations where things go a bit sour. Things go wrong. Embarrassing things occur. You know, the kind of situations that FML likes so much. We’ve put some into video format, and we hope that you enjoy them, and even giggle a bit.
Hello everyone! When you’ve finished mucking about with the dog or pulling pranks, we can start the best part of the week: the weekend. And to start it off, a new illustrated FML that you need to look at to get some IQ points back from when you talked to that annoying guy at work on Tuesday.
This week’s guest comes from Cluj-Napoca, in Romania, and is called Maria Surducan. “I do illustrations with one hand, graphic design with the other, comics with the other and in the last hand I hold a coffee cup. The advantage is that this way you can draw yourself the perfect life. I enjoy the moment of hesitation before pen touches paper the most, the moment when the hunter glimpses the shadow of an idea running on the surface of the mind.” That’s kind of beautiful what she’s saying. Far-out, man.
In 2010 our guest got a diploma in graphics at Cluj Art and Design University, and has been working independently since 2006. She’s currently working on adapting a Romanian tale: Prâslea the Brave and the Golden Apples. She got the money to do so via several websites that now fund stuff, and the book should be out in October. It’ll first be released in Romanian but Maria intends on getting it translated. You can get more information in English and Romanian by clicking here. Maria’s other project is an illustrated novella called The Midnight Fair, which will be published in autumn.
Cats or Dogs?
It doesn’t matter, as long as they don’t live with me.
What are the latest things you enjoyed at the movies, music, books and comics?
Film: Paprika by Satoshi Kon. Music: Amanda Palmer. Book: The Go-betweener by L. P. Hartley. Comic: Luke Pearson - Hilda and the midnight Giant.
Who are the artists you like and whose blogs you check out all the time?
Noelle Stevenson, AKA Gingerhaze has an amazing webcomic: Nimona. Go and have a look. Eleanor Davis is a fantastic illustrator. And Shaun Tan.
Tell us what you like in life, your passions, your pastimes, your vices, your everyday pleasures.
I won't! I'm saving it all up for when I write my bestselling novel! Seriously though, the most interesting things about me are in my drawings, the rest is just small talk.
Tell us a crap joke. Possible joke: if you don’t have a joke, we want to know your biggest FML.
A man had a horse. The horse couldn't care less.
Do you have a phobia?
Not as far as I know.
To finish off, ask yourself a question and choose to answer it or not.
I’m not really a big fan of talking to myself.
Let’s go back to our everyday business after two videos. Star Wars is pretty cool. Cats are cool. Putting both of them together is REALLY COOL. Meanwhile, there are days when everything is shit and things seem to conspire against us. Here’s an example. See you next week!
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!
The marvelous comedian Frankie Boyle reckons that "having a pet is basically just saying, 'I have tried to find love among my own species; I have f**king failed'". Some of us (well, most of us actually) here at FML have cats, so yes, we have failed then in that respect. Some more than others, but we won’t name any names. Pets can however be a source of comfort; they’ll chew on your broom to amuse you and take your mind off the fact that the weather is shitty. Pets can also be a source of stress, especially if you have a cat that manages to learn overnight how to open doors, and you have an oddball neighbor who has a copy of your keys in case of emergencies (note to self: change the locks again). Here’s a new video all about pets; not so much a case of “Pets do the craziest things”, more along the lines of “People let their pets turn them into total basket-cases because they are evil bundles of fur.” Have fun, and be excellent to your furry friends.
Hello everybody! You've been waiting for this all week and here it is, the traditional illustrated FML. It's actually been four years since we started to illustrate your day-to-day crap. Time goes by so quickly! Anyway, this definitely means we're planning a big surprise. But don't be in such a hurry, June will be here soon enough.
There. I've teased you quite a bit and I'm not saying anything more about that special month, nope, not even... no I definitely can't say. Right now, we're welcoming April's final artist. Let the interview BEGIN!
-What is your name, surname and nickname?
-My name is Christopher Williams, but I mainly just go by Chris. I didn't choose this nickname, it chose me.
-How old are you?
-As of this writing I am 31.
-Where do you live?
-I live in Frederick, Maryland in the US.
-What's your job?
-I work as a facility technician at sewage treatment plant (I swear I am not making this up). It's a crappy job, but it pays the bills. I guess you could say that making a webcomic is my part time job.
-What's your journey?
-Other than just trying to be a good father and husband, my journey is to ultimately break out of my current career and into a more creativity-driven career. One of the reasons I started my journal comic is because I felt like it was something that I could show to my kid when he was older, and be able to prove to him that he can do anything if he works hard enough.
-What are your inspirations?
-My wife and son are constant inspirations to me, I mean heck, without them, I wouldn't have a comic! Hah. I'm also constantly inspired by my friends and colleagues in the comics world by how hard they work and their individual creativity, which only makes me want to work that much harder to constantly get better.
-Do you read webcomics? If so, which ones?
-Oh geez, I read waaaaaay too many. A few off the top of my head are Little Guardians, The Ouro Bros, Ghostbucket, Out of my Element, and I am ARG!. The list goes on and on but I could be here typing forever at this rate.
-Tell us more about your website Christophercomic.com.
-My website is my journal comic that I cleverly named after myself: Christopher which can be found at http://www.christophercomic.com. I started it because my wife and I had gotten pregnant, and I couldn't think of any better way to announce to our friends and the rest of the world than with a comic. As time went on, I found it was a good way to document things happening in my son's life, sort of like a really overly ambitious baby book. It's also been a constant way for me to relieve stress, and help me deal with an abusive childhood (I had made a series of strips that reflect on that period of time in my life that I called "Memory Lane") better than I was ever able to before.
As for the things I have for sale, I have a full on book for sale that contains the first 250ish strips of my journal comic, buttons, and an eBook! I've got a couple other new comic/illustration projects going on as well and hope that they see the light sooner than later. And of course you can purchase them through my website!
-How do you work?
-I work almost 100% digital these days, unless I happen to be at work where I usually keep a small sketchbook with me for quick doodles. In a nutshell, my process starts off with writing/scripting, then panel layouts, sketching, to penciling, then inking, then colors and lettering. The whole process can take up to 6 hours per strip depending on how involved I'm getting with it or how much I hate what I'm drawing and have to start all over.
-And last but not least Chris, why did you choose this FML story?
-I chose this one just because kids are so unintentionally hilarious, even if they're being little turds!
Hormones, like booze, will throw humans at each other. It's a scientific fact. The "beer goggles" is the name of the phenomenon where the ingestion of alcohol makes a 3 seem like an 8, and the next morning you wake up and wonder whose bedroom you are in, who that person is next to you in bed, and where the hell you parked your car (and underwear for that matter). Once you've got your brain in gear and had a coffee, you vow to stop hooking up with just any old guy/gal that you can get your greasy hands on. Then, a few days later, you do it all over again. This video shows you just what sort of thing can happen if you're not too careful. It's fun to do alright, especially if deep down you're lonely and start listening to your hormones a little too intently... but watch your step, it's bad for your health in the long run. Just use protection if you're going to mess around, eh? Anyway, check out the FML video guys!