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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Interview with Footenbarn Creators

I caught up with Oomer and Gibson, the creators of the hilarious characters of 'The Adventures of Footenbarn. Check out what they had to say;

Where did the idea for Footenbarn come from?
GIBSON:
From many years of losing socks and wondering where they heck they went....I finally decided they must be pulled into another world and come to life...can there be any other explanation...I think not....

How long did it take from conception to actually book?
OOMER: Honestly, years. It was definitely a long process, but a fun one. The hardest part was designing and visualizing the sock world and how the missing socks made it into this new world. Then the characters had to be created (this was definitely the funniest part). There were so many hilarious characters that were created, but only a handful actually made it into the first book "Hot Seat". More characters will be introduced in the upcoming books. Once the Hot Seat story was written the illustrations and character design and editorial re-visions took about a year and a half to complete.

How has the response been so far?
GIBSON:
Excellent....the reviews have been amazing and the feedback I have received in person has been tremendous...everyone from kids to grownups can relate to where do those lost socks go to, and now everyone knows...it's great to solve one of mankind's great mysteries and share it with the world....

Is it both Print and ebook format?
OOMER:
Currently the book is available in paperback. We hope to have an ebook format available in the near future.

Where is Footenbarn available to purchase?
GIBSON:
Its available through www.footenbarn.com and Amazon.com (click on the Paper Press Books store front).

Is Footenbarn going to be a toy, tv show, feature film?
OOMER:
We hope all three and more! There are some things currently in the works and we hope to be able to make an announcement in the upcoming months. If anyone has any ideas, let us know too!

Hot Seat is the first Footenbarn Adventure, any others on the horizon.
OOMER:
Yes of course. You can't keep a character like Footenbarn held to just one book - he's got too much adventure in him! There are 4 more books already written. The next book is titled "Spelling Bee". Footenbarn wins the school spelling bee contest with the help of a Bee that can actually spell! There is a sneak preview of the other books on the Footenbarn site.

Do you have any advice for struggling authors and/or illustrators?
GIBSON: You can achieve SOCKSESS if you TOE the line and stay on the SOCK and narrow towards your goal...also, SOCK away some money and self publish...

9. Anything else you'd like to add?
GIBSON & OOMER:
Please add us on your Twitter page and tell your friends and family about the book. And keep checking back in on the Footenbarn website for updates.

Check out Footenbarn and his pals at; http://www.footenbarn.com

Don't forget to leave your questions or comment to be eligible for the drawing of, "The Adventures of Footenbarn, Hot Seat.'

3 comments:

D.M.Cunningham said...

This book sounds awesome! I love the idea of missing socks and their world. I'm still looking for a sock I lost a few weeks back. I'm sure it has made many new friends. Congratulations!

Sandie Lee said...

Congratulations Matt!! You win "The Adventures of Footenbarn - Hot Seat" book :)

D.M.Cunningham said...

Awesome! Maybe I will learn where my socks went!! Thank you for introducing us to what sounds like a wonderful book and new series!

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