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Artist Spotlight: Claire Belton

Artist Spotlight: Claire Belton - Pusheen GIF

Claire Belton is an illustrator and entrepreneur, best known for creating Pusheen!

Pusheen began as an animated cat in 2010, created by artist Claire Belton and her partner Andrew Duff.

Pusheen is a tubby tabby cat who brings smiles and laughter to people all around the world. She became famous through her animated comics and GIFs posted on, as well as through her widely used animated stickers on Facebook, Instagram, iMessage, and other platforms.

Pusheen is portly, with tiny legs and a striped tail. She loves baked goods, lounging and celebrating holidays. After the original Pusheen comic, Belton was inspired to start a Tumblr dedicated to the character, said Catherine Duff, licensing assistant for Pusheen Corporation. Within weeks of being launched, the Tumblr page had 10,000 followers.


About Pusheen

Who Is Pusheen?

Name: Pusheen

Gender: Girl

Birthday: February 18th

Best Feature: Toes look like beans

Bio: Pusheen is a sweet, curious, lazy, & plump tabby cat that loves to have adventures. Her hobbies include blogging, snacking, taking naps, and being a unicorn/mermaid/dinosaur/various wild animals/a trio of pastel aliens on occasion.

In a parallel universe with a mysterious connection to our own, Pusheen is a Pug.

About Pusheen Corp.

Pusheen Corp. is an Illinois-based company dedicated to bringing smiles to the faces of fans around the world. Founded in 2010, Pusheen Corp. develops Pusheen content and products, working with more than 100 licensees globally. Pusheen herself made her first appearance online in a 2010 short series of comics by Creator/Founder Claire Belton written together with Co-Founder, Andrew Duff. That project, Everyday Cute, quickly spun off into the original Tumblr blog. Within a short period of time, the comics and GIFs posted to Tumblr became a viral sensation, with images of Pusheen being shared across the internet hundreds of thousands of times every week.

In 2013, a comic compilation titled “I am Pusheen the Cat” was published by Simon & Schuster, which has since been translated into more than 12 languages. That same year, Facebook’s “chat sticker” feature launched, in which licensed Pusheen images were made available as emoji-style graphics to over one billion users, sending the cute kitty into super stardom overnight. It is estimated that Pusheen images and GIFs have been sent between friends more than 20 billion times across popular social media platforms since her creation.

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All things Pusheen:

⭐️ Pusheen Tumblr

⭐️ Homepage

⭐️ Instagram

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