I decided to do a set of mini interviews with people I’ve interacted with and have extraordinary backgrounds. Many I’ve met via Facebook and many I’ll meet when I attend SDCC for the first time this July. Next up is crafty geek, Bonnie Burton!
Name: Bonnie Burton
Online handle: @bonniegrrl
Fave Cartoons: Invader Zim, Adventures of Flapjack, Battle of the Planets
Fave Movie: Blade Runner
Fave Book – way too many favorites to pick one! You can check out what I’m reading here though: Bonnie on GoodReads
BB: No matter if you have a job you love or a job to do the things you love, you MUST find the time to feed your creative soul. Life is so short that you should try to pack in as much awesome stuff into your day because you never know if it will be your last. So whenever I feel rundown or tired or frustrated, I remind myself that I have so much fun left to do and I shouldn’t waste time worrying.
I never say no to a writing gig. I always challenge myself artistically. And above all else, I try to make at least one person to laugh every day!
L: One of the biggest things to come out this year is the Womanthology Heroic comic anthology. How do you feel that something that started out as just another idea is something that you were able to contribute to and inspired many aspiring comic creators?
BB: Anytime I can contribute to a project that inspires women to be creative, I’ll do it! It was an honor to be included on the Womanthology project as both an editor and a contributor. Just flipping through the pages of this massively cool anthology I can’t help but be both humbled and inspired myself. There is so much creative talent out there, and I’m excited to see the next wave of female comic book authors and artists take over the world!
L: Since you seem constantly doing something amazingly cool, what kind of projects do you have in the works?
BB: I’m currently working on a few comics and a web series I can’t chat about right this second. But I will be involved with the next installment of Womanthology, as well as relaunching my web series “Ask Bonnie.” I have some book projects I want to get off the ground again too. I’m also on the Vaginal Fantasy Romance Book Club with geek girl icons Felicia Day, Veronica Belmont and Kiala Kazebee. And you can always read my monthly column in SFX magazine where I write about everything from secret societies to tips on flirting with werewolves.
L: I fricking love Vaginal Fantasy. That last book….WOW. Everyone has a science fiction property that means the world to them, be it Star Wars, Back to the Future, or even E.T. What’s yours?
BB: I love a LOT of sci-fi and have favorites for different reasons. But the one film that always centers me, makes me dream and calms me to the core is “Blade Runner.” I watch it every night before bed as a sort of geek girl ritual. It has everything I love — interesting characters, breath-taking cinematography, beautiful soundtrack, stunning costumes and a story that resonates with us all.
L: It also seems like you get to rub elbows with people that seem genuine and fun to be around, no matter the amount of celebrity surrounding them. Is there anyone you still get star struck around?
BB: I try to treat everyone like a rock star, whether they are or not. But there are a few people I have complete smitten crushes on that I’m sure I would say something Liz Lemon would be accident. I’ve been at a loss for words (which is very unlike me) around such legends as Henry Rollins, Anne Rice and Joss Whedon. So one of these days, I’ll be able to talk to them without giving them my best mime impression!
L: I ask this question of everyone, so be honest: If aliens landed in front of you and, in exchange for anything you desire, offered you any position on their planet, what position would you want? I know I’d crap my pants.
BB: President of Social Media Marketing. Let’s face it, they’ll need it if they plan to chat with Earth.
Have I mentioned I LOVE Bonnie?