I hope everyone is well? It’s been awhile since we’ve had an interview with a UK based kawaii company, and during MCM Comicon I was lucky enough to meet up with the lovely owner of Fuzzballs who very kindly agreed to do a fun interview with me all about one of the UK’s most kawaii brands!
Check out our questions and answers below:
Q: Tell us about Fuzzballs!
A: Fuzzballs, well the Fuzzballs is a really popular comic on Tumblr – http://thefuzzballs.tumblr.com – which has loads of cute little animations featuring the Fuzzballs characters. There’s Fuzzcat Whisky who likes to cosplay, Fuzztiger Timmy who is a little silly and Fuzzbunny Ollie who just loves cookies. They’re joined by a whole host of friends too! It’s super adorable and now we also sell a wide range of Fuzzballs merch ranging from Shirts and Necklaces to prints and cards.
Q: Why did you start Fuzzballs and what inspires you when creating your designs?
A: Fuzzballs started in 2013 as these little tumblr animations and since then it’s grown into this huge thing. I’d always had this idea in my head to draw these cute simple little animals just bursting with happyness but it took many years before I actually went and did it. Originally I had an idea for a tiger but I actually drew a bunny first as I owned rabbits at the time and from there I went back to a tiger, a cat and ever since then have been adding new characters to the Fuzzballs family. It’s mostly my own pets that inspire me with their ‘wacky’ antics but from time to time theres other animals (as I sadly don’t own a tiger) that inspire me for their own little stories.
Q: What your stores top selling item(s)?
A: This is a tough one to answer, it’d probably be easier to answer what is not a top seller as so many of the designs are so popular. It constantly changes, one week it’s our ‘Will Work For Treats’ shirt that is the most popular but then that’ll quickly change to our ‘Eat Cookies’ shirt. I’m always releasing new designs based off the animtions like the brand new ‘Meowgical’ shirt and they always become big sellers instantly as we have some amazing fans out there. But even the small stuff like our Necklaces, prints and badges do exceptionally well. We even recently launched a range of Fuzzballs Birthday and Holiday cards which took off in such a huge way I never imagined they would which is amazing. I think because the range is so varied but is all tied together with a unique Fuzzballs theme there is something for everyone.
When we do shows like MCM Comic Con in the UK the amount of new fans that come over and just can’t decide which one to get is just incredible and sometimes they just have to bite the bullet and buy a couple of different items because there is so much cuteness to choose from.
Q: What do you think will be popular in the upcoming months? (You mentioned Alpacasso were no longer the in thing!)
A: In the geek world? It’s a tough one, fat cats and hamsters are really in at the moment and obviously Marvel will keep hitting it out of the park. For Fuzzballs, I really don’t know, but we will just keep doing what we are doing without worrying what may be popular and hoping everyone enjoys what we do.
Q: Where do you see Fuzzballs in the foreseeable future?
A: Fuzzballs gets bigger and bigger every week, it’s really tough for us to keep up with everything going on. As mentioned we launched a brand new shirt and cards this past week, theres already loads more shirt designs including some all over shirts in the planning stages. We’re working on a range of Fuzzballs leggings which already look super awesome and we’re always thinking what else would someone want a Fuzzballs on. We’re also having some interesting talks with a few different people which could lead to some very exciting news in the future. On top of that is keeping up with the animations so as you can see it’s very busy for Fuzzballs and we couldn’t do this without the support of our fans.
Q: Where we can find you and what upcoming events will you be at?
A: Deep breath! You can find us on our brand new website at www.fuzzballs.co where you’ll find our huge Fuzzballs store that ships worldwide and is your one stop shop for Fuzzballs comics, goodies and more. You can also follow just the comics on Tumblr at http://thefuzzballs.tumblr.com
Twitter – www.twitter.com/thefuzzballs
Facebook – www.facebook.com/thefuzzballs
Instagram – www.instagram.com/the_fuzzballs
We’ll also be at the London Anime & Gaming Con 2nd-3rd of July 2016, Hyper Japan in London 15-17th July 2016 and no doubt we’ll be at MCM Comic Con Birmingham and London as well as Hyper Japan again later on in the year. Phew.
We love seeing and chatting to all our fans, so if you see us at a show come and say hi, or feel free to message us on those social media thingies! Don’t forget to share with your friends too, you may just make their day!
I want to say thank you to Fuzzballs for taking the time to answer all my questions! I really enjoyed finding out all about The Fuzzballs – I have to say I think Ollie and Whisky are my absolute favourites, but they are all so cute! Please be sure to check them out on the links above or say Hi at their next convention appearance – they have some absolutely adorable items for sale!
Want me to interview your favourite kawaii store? Have something you’d like me to ask? Just let me know in the comments below and I’ll see what I can do!
Ta-ta for now,