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Simon's cat visits FML

Copyright © Simon's Cat Ltd. 2009-2010

Hello everybody! We hope you finished last week's cake because today we're welcoming a new artist today, along with his special cat, who is certainly not on a diet. You may already know him thanks to his webcomic, animations, maybe even thanks to his book. If not, let us introduce you to one of the best (and gluttonous) cat in the world: Simon's cat!


-What's your real name?
-Simon Tofield
-How old are you?

-Where do you live?
-Bedfordshire, England.

-What do you do for a living?
-I'm an animator, illustrator, director and author.

Copyright © Simon's Cat Ltd. 2009-2010

-What's your story?
-I've loved animation and drawing since I was a little kid, watching Saturday morning cartoons. I went on to study animation at college, after which I found work as a junior animator. Since then I've worked on all sorts of different projects on a freelance basis, but now I work mostly on my series, Simon's Cat.

-What are your projects?
-Simon's Cat started off as an online series of animations. And later on I was lucky enough to be offered a Simon's Cat book deal. So my time is spent producing new Simon's Cat films and also doing A LOT of drawing for the books.
-Tell us more about your website.
-My website is called It started just as a place to show my films, but now it's the hub of all sorts of exciting things related to Simon's Cat. So I have all the Simon's Cat films there to watch, as well as links and info about all the other goings on in Simon's Cat's world.


Copyright © Simon's Cat Ltd. 2009-2010

-What inspires you ?
-There are alot of other talented artists out there that I really admire. I especially like Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson, as well as The Far Side series by Gary Larson. And of course my four cats, Hugh, Jess, Maisy and Teddy.
-What makes you laugh the most?
-Old Laurel and Hardy films still make me laugh to this day.
-Why did you choose this FML?
-My second book is all about Simon's Cat's adventures beyond his garden fence. He meets a lot of new animal friends along the way, and this FML reminded me a lot of the book. I liked the way the cat brought home so many different animals but never killed them. He sounded like a real life Simon's Cat.

Copyright © Simon's Cat Ltd. 2009-2010

-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
-I do a lot of painting at home. One hot sunny day I was painting in the garden, with a nice cold cup of water by my side to keep me refreshed. Then Hugh, who is one of my cats, came by to see what I was doing and jumped up onto the wall next to me. While demonstrating to Hugh my painting techniques, (he was mesmerised by the paintbrush movements), I instinctively reached for a gulp of water. Seconds later I was coughing up the dirty contents of my paintbrush washing cup, heaving acrylic from my stomach onto the grass. Hugh had knocked over my drinking water, leaving only my paintbrush water on the wall in an identical disposable plastic cup. He didn't seem as impressed by my painting afterwards.




Thank you so much Simon for your illustration, your cat never stops entertaining us!
And many thanks to Mike Cook, without whom this Simon's Cat special day wouldn't have happened.


Simon's cat website:



If you want to be the next published artist, send an email to [email protected] 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 would like to thank Yousra who is such a chatoune, who will tell you what you have to do!

#554 - Illustrated FML - On 07/30/2010 at 7:47am by FML Team - 16 comments

Top comments

  • absolutely love the ones on youtube. they make me laugh so hard because youve captured so perfectly what cats do. youre an amazing artist. thanks :)

    #5 - On 07/31/2010 at 9:48am by blackarrow

    See in context

  • Reminds me of Garfield.

    #10 - On 07/31/2010 at 8:16pm by WtfLoser

    See in context



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