I recently emailed David Firth, creator of the popular Salad Fingers cartoon and Fat-Pie.com, with some questions. Here is the result.
How did fat-pie.com get started?
It must have been the 192nd website I made. I had no expectations for it. It was the first real domain name I owned though. The brother of a friend set it all up for free because he saw a cartoon I made. I still don’t actually pay anything for it.
What inspires your work?
Dreams, people, daydreams, animals, dinner, weather, situations, catastrophes, pleasure, leisure, seizures.
Do you have any formal training in animation?
I spent a few months doing animation at university, but it was a waste of time and money.
I consider your work art, but some would call it disturbing. How do you respond to this?
What kind of responses do you get from your work?
I like it / I don’t like it.
What do you think led to your immense popularity on the internet?
Not giving up. Not changing ethics. Not being seduced by the temptation of mediocrity. Drawing a character that would unintentionally appeal to teenage goth girls.
Explain your music choices…
Which cartoon are most proud of?
I have no favourites.
Is this just a hobby for you? What do you do for a living?
I’m a bus driver.
What entertains you most on the internet?
What can we expect from David Firth in the future?
A steady decline in quality and popularity.