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February 5, 2013

Internet cat stars scratch the surface for fame

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NEW YORK —

"Before Simon's Cat launched, I was working as a freelance animator, which could be frustrating as you would never know when the next job would come in," Tofield said. "Although I was drawing, which I love, it wasn't as enjoyable as what I'm doing now by drawing and creating my own characters."

Nobody knows the cat meme better than Ben Huh, who with a group of investors bought the I Can Has Cheezburger site in September 2007. The site, now an empire of sites for Huh, allows users to generate captions on cat photos using LOLcat speak, a language with spelling and syntax all its own.

Huh has none of Braden's guilt about making money off of funny cats on the Internet. He recently starred in his own Bravo reality show, and sees a healthy future ahead as cat memes spread and merge with other content.

"People are mixing and matching and the content can't be put into neat little boxes anymore," said Huh, noting that Grumpy Cat's still photos pop up just about anywhere nowadays. "That's the irony. That has caused the Cat Internet Industrial Complex to continue to grow."

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Henri, le Chat Noir: http://www.henrilechatnoir.com/

Simon's Cat: http://www.simonscat.com/

Internet Cat Video Festival: http://www.walkerart.org/openfield/programs/internet-cat-video-film-festival/

Catdance: http://www.freshstep.com/promotions/catdance-festival/

 

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