This interview should have gone up last Saturday, when my article on her finally went up. But since FAILDT had other plans for my internet connection, I’m only getting to put this up today.
I actually got to interview Samantha Sotto about a week before, and I have to say that it was one of the more stress-free author interviews I’ve ever done in a while. She is just a big nerd in the best sense of the word and is totally down-to-earth to boot.
I still haven’t finished reading “Before Ever After” I’ve had a busy week!, but so far I’m still having fun with it. Almost as much fun as I had interviewing Samantha!
Now that my article on Lauren Kate has come out, I’m free to talk about how this particular interview went, especially when compared to the festival of awkward that was last year’s interview.
For one thing, Lauren was in incredibly high spirits when she sat down for this interview. Not that she wasn’t last year — she was incredibly gracious and fun — but this year it seemed she was even more gracious and fun. It was great because it immediately put me at ease; for some reason I am not rattled when interviewing politicians, but authors always make me feel like I’m on the edge of a nervous breakdown.
Not that I wasn’t awkward. Throughout the interview, I kept on banging my chair against a window, and spent about several minutes trying desperately to open a shrink-wrapped copy of “Passion” for Lauren to sign. I think at one point my flailing resulted in a pencil flying off the desk to her bemusement. Hopefully.
Another thing that Gerry Alanguilan is famous for.
Anybody who follows the comic book scene here in the country probably already knows that our very own Gerry Alanguilan was recently awarded the Prix Asie-ACBD 2011 for “Elmer”, which tells the story of a world where chickens have become sentient and are now fighting for equal rights with humans.
Even before winning the Prix Asie-ACBD, “Elmer” was already garnering acclaim, earning an Eisner Award nomination, probably the highest honor awarded to comic books.
This new set of honors is only the latest for the popular Marvel inker, who has worked on such titles as the “X-Men”, “Wolverine”, and “Fantastic Four” and who has come out with critically-acclaimed local works like “Wasted”, “Timawa”, and “Humanis Rex”.
I was lucky enough to ask him a few questions for an article that came out last week, and under the cut is the full transcript of the interview, with some answers that never made it to the final copy.