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Chris Hallbeck's illustration: second round!

-All right let's do this! Hey Chris, we're glad to have you back on FML!

-You're officially our first "second round" artist, how does it feel?
-I feel pretty special, like everybody got their slice of cake at the party and there is one left and I get to eat it.

-How the first part tasted according to you?
-I'm excited for my second slice.

-And here it is, second interview, second illustration, second time we're welcoming Biff to FML, how does he feel about that? According to the comments, he made a huge impression on FML's audience, maybe as huge as his eyebrows.
-Biff isn't aware that he exists in a comic strip, and seems pretty oblivious to the outside world.


- It's a shame, being the hero of a 4 year old webcomic is pretty exciting. It's even so exciting you're publishing your 4th book "The Book of Biff: Squid Tank", can you tell us how your webcomic ended up in a book?

- When I first drew Biff comics back in college I would make little photocopied collections of them to send to people. They were called "The Book of Biff."When I started drawing them again as a webcomic seemed the obvious domain name. Chris: So right from the start since I had the word "book" in the name of the website people were asking me when the real book would be available. So I learned how to put a book together and deal with printing companies and such. And now I make books! And people smile. It's a pretty good system.

- You provide us happiness
- It feels good.

- It feels good both way, how great is that?! Okay, sexual innuendo time is over. Two of your webcomic's particularities are the fact that every day, each webcomic is a success, plus, you're even capable of creating a funny image where the main humoristic action isn't even shown, and yet, it works, it makes us laugh! The second particularity being: Biff's eyebrows. Seriously, what, how, why, those eyebrows?

-Eyebrows - It's possible that Biff is part alien, or he may be part cockroach. We're not quite sure. When I'm writing the comic I see all of the action in my head. In a way most of them are like 3 or 4 panel strips where I'm only showing you the first or last panel. A lot of the humor comes from what I leave out between the image and caption. When your brain fills in the gap is where the laugh comes from.


- Ok, clever move. Let's talk about "Squid Tank", give us 3 adjectives, 2 verbs and 1 quote to describe it
- 3 adjectives: absurd, surreal, ridiculous.
2 verbs: smack, crunch.
1 quote: "Do not read this book too closely, you will get paper cuts on your eyeballs."

- Mh it works, if we didn't already have your book in your hands, we would be buying right now, right here. Are you a fervent reader of other webcomics?
-There are a few that I follow daily and others that I like to read in book collections. A great thing about going to conventions is being able to meet other creators and buy their books directly from them.

- Can you give us some names or webcomic addresses?

- A few of my many favorites are:


- And of course, our last question: why did you choose this particular story?
- I spent a few hours browsing the most recent entries and made note of the ones that sparked an image in my head. Of the 10 that I got from the first round this was the one that had the funniest image/caption combo. It's a fun exercise since it's so different to my normal working process.


Once again Chris, thanks for your illustration!


Once again, don't forget to visit:


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#400 - Illustrated FML - On 04/01/2010 at 4:06pm by FML Team - 8 comments

My FML visit at the dentist

Good morning gums! Are you ready for today's new illustration? If not, that's too bad, because our artist certainly delivered the goods! Dentists, teeth, decay, drill, lovely little pleasures that Delia Barrio sure didn't forget! As she positively responded to our interview, we decided to share her full story with you. Those who read it until the end would be awesome. And well-read.

-Okay here we go Delia, hold on tight to your seat because it's going to be the questionnaire of your life! How old are you?
-24 years.

-Where do you live?
-I currently live in La Jolla, California.

-Can you share your story with us?
-Once upon a time... I was born in Santa Rosa, California. I've been drawing ever since I can remember- my mom said she started teaching me how to hold a pencil when I was two. My parents divorced when I was 4 or 5 (I don't remember) and shared custody over me. I would travel between Cazadero and Forestville, the respective locations of my parents' whereabouts, and attend school in Guerneville- a town located between the two. In grammar school I took a drafting course that taught the basics of visualizing objects in three dimensions. I was also teaching myself how to draw on our shiny, new Windows 3.1 PC. That was a terrible OS; we got '95 as soon as we could. I graduated with the art award and computer tech award as well as a band participation medal. Good times. Once I got into high school, I took multimedia- where I taught myself 3D modeling and animation. Apparently I was the first student to ever produce an animation demo reel in that high school. The only other art course I've taken was sculpture where I produced a teapot in the shape of an electric bass. I miss that teapot. Most of my high school career was spent in band and choir classes. The band room entryway would be littered with drawings and comics I had posted depicting the crazy adventures of my crazy band mates. "Bacon Strips" as we called them. I failed English my junior year, not because it was difficult in any way, but because my teacher had an acute Napoleon complex. She was 4' 9" tall- exactly one inch shorter than myself- and liked to make her classroom a living hell. I began to cut class and hang out in the band room instead. What, me? A band nerd? No way, man. Whatever gave you that impression? My senior year consisted of more band and a non-profit project by my English class. I was asked to create the cover for a pamphlet about ...something. It was like helping other people or whatever. All I remember is I had to draw a close-up of two people holding hands with flowers in the background. It was pretty gay. After graduation I wanted to attend Animation College, but could not afford it. So instead I dropped out of junior college and moved to Southern California. Look, I don't know- it seemed like a good idea at the time. This is where I met Erik, my now boyfriend of four years- and I developed Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in both of my wrists. This has slowed down my art process significantly, but has yet to stop me from drawing altogether. Shortly after we met, I returned to NorCal to attend a vocational training course in AutoCAD and Architectural Desktop. My dad planned on hiring me to draft blueprints for his construction business. It took three months of waking up at five thirty AM. and driving an hour to and from class, but I managed to receive my vocational degree in digital architectural drafting. I still have yet to put that to any use whatsoever. But hey- at least I know how to retrofit an existing foundation with rebar and concrete. Surely I'll need to use that knowledge one of these days, right? Soon after moving back to San Diego, Erik and I moved to Santa Monica where he had a short career as a 3D modeler and render guru. I did a few jobs for his studio, but rarely did the work amount to anything substantial. After about eight months, Erik's lung collapsed and we spent a week in the hospital while he went through surgery and recovery. This was the same week that the terrible fires broke out in the SoCal area. It felt like the world was falling apart. Very surreal. Hardly four months later, Erik was hit by a drunk driver in a nearly fatal accident. He's amazingly lucky that he survived. After that incident, we decided we hated the Los Angeles area and the stupid luck it was bringing us, so we moved back to San Diego. For another 16 months, I worked as a florist in a local grocery store. It was fun... kinda. I really enjoyed the customer interaction (meeting people helps fuel my ideas and creativity for the characters I create), but the work itself was pretty awful. I have permanent scarring on my right (drawing) hand due to repeated injury and constant contact with water and ice while at work. About a month after we moved to La Jolla where Erik found another job, this time with Shilo - a major commercial 3D animation studio-, I quit my job and have been trying to find a steady graphic job ever since. The poor state of our economy did not help, it made finding any job difficult. So needless to say, I'm still here looking for work. Hey, I didn't say the story had a happy ending. No refunds.

-Heavy stuff. So now, what do you do all day?
-Be awesome. No actually, I currently work from home as a freelance designer and illustrator. I've done odd jobs for a few animation and game studios, but nothing that's actually made it into other mainstream media. I'm currently looking for a more solid job, though. It'd be nice to have some steady income.

-What do you enjoy the most about what you do?
-What I enjoy most is character design. I try to put an emphasis on personalities and designs that work together so they come off as believable, no matter how unrealistic they may actually be. (Though more relatable characters are my forte) I've been working more on digital painting and full illustration recently. (I can't afford real paint or I'd do that, too.) I'd really love to illustrate a children's book. Kid's books were a huge part of my life when I was growing up, my dad would read them to me every night. They're always so fun and whimsical, it'd be great to work on something like that. But I think, more than anything, I want to make a video game. The ability to interact directly with characters and environment is something you can only do in a game- film and other media sources only allow for you to watch. To fully experience a fictional world, simulation is the way to go. *thumbs up*

- *Thumbs up too* What about your projects?
-Projects. I have three major projects in the works. Curiah City - my main baby brainchild special mojo spectacularrrr. This project is nearly eight years in the making and has recently been getting a major overhaul/re-write. I started this idea back when I was in high school, since then my tastes and style have changed and matured so drastically that it's been necessary to update and change many of the story's elements. However, a few things remain the same. The location: it takes place in a fictional Southern California city. The aesthetic - it's cartoony, silly, and crazy at times- but still manages to be believable enough for the audience to relate to the characters, despite their strange situations. The genre- it will still be a sitcom with a dash of paranormal horror tossed in for good measure. Driver Zed- my first real project based on a terrible pun my dad made when I was practicing to get my driver's permit. The story is about the ongoing adventures of an intergalactic taxi cab driver and the bizarre worlds and characters he meets along the way. Recently Erik and I have been toying with the idea of making this into a short film, or at least compositing enough concept work in order to pitch the idea to one of the studios we're connected with. Could be fun, I hope it works. Bomb the Town- a videogame mod that Erik and I started back in 2005, but had to cease work on once we started to move around. We had all the plans to create our own videogame studio and even several people willing to invest in us, but due to life strains we weren't able to follow through with the idea. I would still absolutely love to make this a reality. I think creating a video game is one of the best ways to bring characters to life. You can interact with them- that's something you can't do in film.


-Since when does your blog exist? Why did you create it?
-DeviantArt has been around since the dawn of time. I joined up shortly after my friend Hannah discovered the place. I've watched this place grow and change for over seven years, have been a staff member, and even designed a bit of artwork that was used in the site's layout. (it has since been removed with newer updates) Like any community, it has its ups and downs, but for the most part is a great and easy way to share your art and meet other like-minded people.

-What do you like in your life? What are your passions, hobbies, little pleasures..?
-I have a truly, deep rooted passion for music. While my carpal tunnel syndrome prevents me from playing any of my instruments for more than about ten minutes at a time, I have still never lost that interest. I feel that music has the ability to instill emotion at a much deeper level than other forms of creation. It helps me visualize emotions so I may better put them down on paper. I am an avid collector of songs, I don't really have a specific genre than I prefer. I'll listen to anything from southern ragtime to dub rock and ska- sometimes even rap and hip hop or classic jazz. Whatever sets the mood, I'm on it. Music aside, what also drives my creativity and passion is a nice scene. Landscapes, cityscapes, waterscapes - anyscapes. I'll find beauty in anything or anyone, so long as the conditions are right. A nice setting can really drive my mood and ambition. I try to surround myself in things that are harmonious. I sound like a real woodland hippie right now. I can accept that. Lastly, I'd have to say I really enjoy driving. I blame Erik for this mostly- but even before he got me interested in cars, I really enjoyed putzing around in my little white '91 Ford Escort wagon. It just feels downright nice to be out and about, the scenery changing, knowing you can go anywhere you want. Freedom I guess. Something akin to that.



- Now we want to listen to the Beatles. Why did you decided to send an illustration to FML?
-Several friends of mine looooove Fmylife and I've been a good fan of it myself. I feel that finding humor in the worst situations can help one overcome just about anything. Also giving people something to compare their own bad situations to helps ease some of that stress. Nobody is alone when it comes to bad luck, we've all had our share. Being given the chance to draw something up for this site was really an honor! I'm just sorry it's taken me so long to get around to it. You know, life has it's things that pop up and get in the way. That's what this site is about, after all.

-You sure understand us. Last question Delia, why did you choose this FML?
-I have an extensive dental history. In my lifetime, I've had three teeth removed (one was an adult bicuspid which has left a lovely gap on the upper left side of my jaw), four cavities filled, had my upper jaw widened to fit my teeth, headgear to fix my overbite for two years, and braces for eight. After all of that, my teeth are still crooked and ugly. FML.


Anyway, we love your illustration Delia, thank you for creating one for us!


Now go visit Delia's DA :


If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to including 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 will tell you what you have to do!

#393 - Illustrated FML - On 03/24/2010 at 5:42pm by FML Team - 10 comments


Ah, we already did an introduction about gender confusion, how are we going to rock this one? Guys put on some dresses, girls grow a moustache, and we'll all be ready to welcome today's artist, highly inspired by "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the desert" Carlos Lerma, mostly known as Lerms!

is 28 years old, he's moving in two days from Tijuana, México, to Cancún... Lucky him! His job basically consists of making stuff up and drawing it, and then, people pay him for it. It's also known as "illustrator / graphic designer". He's always liked drawing and writing stories. Even though he first wanted to work in something related to videogames, he sadly realized this wasn't an option when it came to his schooling opportunities, so he chose graphic design instead, and learned what an illustrator does and decided that was very fun so he went for that. Lerms started freelancing while in school and worked at various design agencies and studios.

What he enjoys most about what he does is that he would do it even if he wasn't getting paid for it. But it's lucky he does get paid because, as crazy as he is, he likes having a roof and food. Right now, Lerms is focused on moving and changing his life, plus he's joining the
design group Golpeavisa . Once he'll be settled in his new home, he's planning on being more active in the design education community and developing some stories of his own, which might then become comics.


As many artists, Lerms's "website/blog" is a DA account that he's been running since 2004 and which he frequently updates. You should take the time to check out his work, it's pretty varied and always well-groomed; he's an artist we'd like to see more often. His inspiration comes from all over the planet: you'll recognize some of Genndy Tartakovski (Dexter's Laboratory creator) in his cute little tiny evil character, some Japanese inspiration too, mostly epitomized by the amazing Yoshitaka Amano, Final Fantasy's designers, and also a big part of cubism mostly pioneered by Pablo Picasso. Russia, Japan and France finally meet in Mexico for our great pleasure.

"- The interview is almost over Lerms, but first, a traditional question: why did you choose this FML?
-Because I found it so funny and challenging... hehehe... Also I knew I would have lots of fun trying to draw a man-lady.
-And why did you decided to send an illustration for FML?
-Because I've been a fan of the site even since I first stumbled upon it. I love it! "

We love you too. Let's get married. You'll be the man or the woman, we don't care. Thanks Lerms for your illustration!


Don't forget to visit Carlo's DA account:

If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to including 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 will tell you what you have to do!

#386 - Illustrated FML - On 03/18/2010 at 5:25pm by FML Team - 11 comments

FML gets its cut of the money

Money, money, money, so easy to conjugate with "want". I want money, you want money, he/she/it wants money, we want money, you want money, and they want money. Harder to conjugate with the "have" verb. They have money. It's funny to see how the others always seem to have money, while you're struggling with your bank account. "57" and it's not my WOW level. So, while we're waiting for a job which would require zero effort and lands us with millions of dollars, please welcome our artist of the day, Carolyn Gan, mostly known online as Wredwrat, or Wrat!


This 25 year old artist was born in Malaysia, lived half her life there, and then she moved to Perth, Western Australia for the other half. She is currently living in Sydney, Australia, "It is a beautiful city, the weather is great and the people are fantastic". Okay, now we want to come to Australia. Carolyn is a lucky self taught artist, and she moved to Sydney for work reasons because she was unable to find art related work back in Perth. As well as freelancing in art, in the past she has also worked as a pizza delivery driver, as an office drone, and as a laboratory assistant processing all kinds of human samples. Life back then was always an FML moment when the patients didn't put the lids on right. She is very happy to say that now she is finally doing something that she loves, fortunately. Carolyn is a concept artist for an animation studio, and mostly does background design and color work.


One thing Carolyn loves about her job is that she can draw on the computer all day! Like us! Like you! Except for you it’s not your job! Creating believable worlds for believable characters is what she enjoys doing best as a hobby, and she is glad she can do it for work as well. Working on her own personal stuff is fun, but sometimes she finds that she prefers the challenge of a work design brief. Finding solutions within a set bunch of rules and making designs that look nice is something she looks forward to each day.
In her own personal time she likes to draw a lot of video games/comics fan art, her latest craze being of the Professor Layton series. She is also creating a bunch of original characters for her own story, she hasn't planned out the details yet but there will be Centaur people involved. Most of this artwork can be found on her DeviantArt site, which she’s had for about 6 years now. She originally created it as a place for her to dump all her fan art onto and to look for other cool artists who share the same interests that she does in games, comics and anime.

It probably sounds like we're beating on about the same thing a lot, but her greatest passion is drawing. She is a huge art nerd, she collects a lot of art books and she likes surfing other artists blogs. This young Australian artist loves the local art gallery and tries to pay it a visit at least once every couple of months to study the paintings and sculptures. Her second biggest love is video games, she likes playing Japanese RPGs and she has got her fair share of gaming consoles. Carolyn has a thing for her pet rats, she hasn't got any now but the ones she had over the years have really made their mark on her, "They are like little people, heaps of personality but they all share one thing in common: they hate baths" said Carolyn.


"-Time to say goodbye! But before you go off throwing boomerangs again or something, tell us why did you choose this FML?
-When I had pet rats they used to love tearing up all the paper material in their cage. Cardboard boxes, toilet rolls, newspaper, any kind of paper, you name it they shred it. I am sure they would LOVE the opportunity to sink their teeth and claws into money if they are given it. It is for this reason that I found this FML so appropriate for the situation.
- Bastards. And why did you decided to send an illustration for FML?
-Alice (side note: the girl you need to get in touch with if you want to be the next published artist) suggested the idea to me and I thought it was too much fun to pass up!  I read FML rather regularly so this was a great opportunity for me to contribute too. "



We love it, thank you Carolyn for your great contribution!

Carolyn's DA account you do need to visit:

If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to including 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 is 20 today, who will tell you what you have to do!
#379 - Illustrated FML - On 03/12/2010 at 5:00pm by FML Team - 4 comments

Caturday at FML !

Pa-paws, tiny whiskers, cute little pink noses, the incessant purring, it's definitely a holy Caturday! Cats are just so freaking cute, we couldn't wait for an artist to illustrate an FML about a cat so we could talk about cats, look at pictures of cats, and search for cats on Google and YouTube. Oh, and kitties! How could we forget about those little angels? Have you ever slept with a cat on your stomach? Or have you ever taken a look at this lolcats website ? Have you ever wanted to be a cat? Because a cat's the only cat who knows where it's at! Ok, furry time is over. Let's welcome our very unique illustrator of the day, Shouri!

Shouri's full name is María Victoria Robado. Her mom's side of the family traditionally names its girls María + another name, so turning up to their home asking for 'María' is not going to get you anywhere. She started to use Shouri as her nickname when another Victoria joined her class in school. She was studying Japanese at the time, so people just started calling her that, and it stuck. Now everyone (from her friends, her boyfriend, to her uni professors and coworkers) calls her Shouri. Today, we will call her V.
V is 23 years old but looks 17, apparently. She lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It's a really big city (~14M habitants, depending on which areas you include), usually nicknamed 'the Paris of Latin America', for its architecture and because they are all a bunch of European descendants. If you want to go somewhere to eat good food, this is the place to go. They speak a very particular dialect of Spanish that has many Italian undertones, so people usually compliment them for their accent.
V went to the same school all her life, and as soon as she graduated she signed up for uni/graphic design. She had always been torn between a career in art or astronomy, but she went for art because she didn't have a good maths/physics basis from school, even though she loved it. She didn't go for Fine Arts because she loved the technical side of Graphic Design, and was afraid she would end up as an art teacher, because of how things are in Argentina, and everywhere else. The fact that she lives in a not-first-world country has given her a sense of wanting to fight using who she is, and not take things for granted, so she's doing her best to overcome problems here and there to go for what she wants in life.


Now she is a freshly graduated Graphic Designer, wanna-be illustrator. She hasn't made up her mind on what area of GD she wants to work in, so right now she is a bit all over the place, mostly doing web design and helping with branding here and there. She is also a T.A. in her university in the computer department, teaching Graphic Design software (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, that kind of stuff). It's kind of different from the American idea of a T.A. though; she doesn't grade papers but she walks around the class helping the students and answering questions, occasionally giving a special class on specific subjects. But as she doesn't really want to be a professor all her life, she is looking for different, exciting jobs, all the while keeping her personal projects on track. At this exact moment, she is waiting for a reply on a job she has been offered, so keep your fingers crossed for her!
Aside from going to school in the States and working somewhere fun, V has a couple of personal projects going on. Right now the one that's online is Springiette a cute and silly webcomic about friendship that she updates weekly. It's a gag-a-week series of strips with subtle and silly humor, and cute characters. On the making are: What the Muffin : it started as an old dolling forum and now she is turning it into a cooking blog. And several comics that she has been writing (and rewriting a lot!) and she will start drawing as soon as she feels ready.

V main site has been around since 2003. It started off as a place to showcase her (beware it's going to be ridiculously cute) pixel dolls! She even used to draw pixel dolls almost every day. All that practice and fun in the dolling community made her realize she wanted to pursue a career in art. Later she decided to separate her dolling site from her main one, hoping to turn it into a serious online portfolio, so now it's a little portal for her different online endeavors. Other blogs/sections are her sketchblog and her DeviantArt.

V's dream would be to draw comics for a living, and carry on her projects professionally. She is doing her best to be able to go to the States to get a Masters in Illustration design. It would be an awesome experience, especially since it allows her to be closer to her boyfriend who lives there. V wants to have people fall in love with her work (we fell in love, dear) the same way she has fallen in love with so many other artists' works (Sailor Moon for example, how about that?). Our special guest loves creativity, and loves learning new tools to use for her ideas and get her projects going on. One of the coolest things about Graphic Design is that you need to learn stuff everyday in order to be able to convey an accurate message (for example, you can't design a good brand for medicine products before learning what those products do and who they are for). She's also a big nerd, who loves to learn new things, so it is all intertwined.


"- Ya casi es hora de despedirse V, why did you choose this FML?
-It was really hard, because I have so many favorite ones. When I read that one, I automatically imagined a cat talking and stealing the car himself. I love the fact that now the internet is filled with photos of lolcats and cute animals, so that's where my mind went the first time I read that particular FML.
- And why did you decided to send an illustration for FML?
-I've been following FML from the beginning, reading it every day and sharing my favorite stories with my friends. When I saw you had a section for illustrated FMLs I thought "I want to do it!" but I waited because I'm ridiculously shy and I wasn't sure if I would be able to. But now I'm all giddy that I did, thanks!"


Thanks to you Marie Victoria, Shouri, V, for offering us a Caturday illustration :3 !


Shouri's main website:

If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to including 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 our lovely Alice, who is in love with her chatoune, who will tell you what you have to do!

#372 - Illustrated FML - On 03/03/2010 at 4:06am by FML Team - 10 comments

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