An Interview With David Firth

An Interview With David Firth


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.

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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?

I don’t.

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.

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Explain your music choices…

Subtle, atmospheric.

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.

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What entertains you most on the internet?

Free things.

What can we expect from David Firth in the future?

A steady decline in quality and popularity.

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