AA: Start us off with some basic stats! Who are you, where are you from, what’s your job class?
SS: My name is Sam, I hail from the warm shores of Southern CA, but recently I’ve taken my five star Lyft rating to the east coast. Baltimore specifically. My job class? Freelancing, Marketing, and Public Relations level 13. It seems boring, but it’s really quite fun. Talking about SEO and ROI is weirdly thrilling.
AA: What is it you do for/contribute to Sub Cultured?
SS: I’ve written for SC, I’ve managed Twitter for them, currently I consider myself the SC layabout. It’s very glamorous, but tough work. Not for the faint of soul, or heart. Being hearty of body helps though.
AA: You’ve been writing for SC for a long while, how’d you get your start?
SS: I want to tell you there is an exciting origin story here, so I will.
Long before man put pen to papyrus I was there, sitting in the great nothingness between worlds. Waiting for a sign, a moment in which all my nerd knowledge and pop culture minutiae would be useful. It was after many eons in the darkness, a voice pierced through the veil. It was a site called IHOGeek, they were looking for writers, and I had dabbled in the putting of words to page. Here it was, my moment. Time and space collided in an instant, eons became seconds, seconds became infinitesimal moments of quantum thought.
So I applied, and Kimmie and Leia liked my stuff enough after a Skype interview to hire me. The end. This would be the site that would one day become Sub-Cultured so here we are. The story of my fake, obviously real-ly made up origins.
AA: Were you always comfortable with who you are, geek wise?
SS: Yeah, my geek has always been a weird part of who I was. Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Disney, all were parts of my early childhood. Comics, sports, video games, those came later, but it’s always been that way for me.
AA: Everyone seems to have a ‘geeky’ property, like Star Wars or Firefly, that they hold near and dear to them. What’s yours and why?
SS: What do I hold dear? I actually had to take a second and ask myself that. Star Wars was the first thing that came to mind, then Lord of the Rings. But I realized something, the thing that’s called me back time and time again. That keeps me up at night wishing that it could be adapted or that I could read new and exciting things from it. Asimov’s Foundation Books, are all of them good? No. Are they the pinnacle of SciFi and world building that some people make them out to be? Probably not, but they set my imagination aflame in ways that really only Star Wars does if I had to pinpoint something else.
AA: If you could have a hand in contributing to that property, how would you?
SS: I want to see it adapted on the silver screen. I think a series on HBO or Starz could do it justice if handled correctly. I would love to be a Show-runner or Casting Director for such a project.
AA: On bad days, what do you do to cheer yourself up?
SS: I watch Star Wars, or read Star Wars, or play the Fallout series of video games. Hopefully accompanied by really spicy chicken wings or ramen.
AA: Do you find it easier to cheer up others or yourself?
SS: Others, I’ve memorized several inspiring sports speeches for such occasions.
AA: When you’re faced with a challenge, how do you manage it?
SS: I slowly but surely apply a serious amount of ass-kicking to the challenge.
AA: Is there a superpower you wish you had?
SS: Telekinesis. It seems like many of the other things I would want to do with super powers could be covered by creative application of telekinesis. So I’d like to at least give that a shot for a little while.
AA: Are there people in the geek community that inspire you, be it a celebrity or a scientist? If you’ve met them, how was the experience?
SS: Someone DID, then they turned out to be sorta crappy in real life. I decided after that to try and find inspiration in other things. Or smaller actions I suppose.
AA: DC, Marvel, or Image? (Or Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock)
SS: Image. Because Sex Criminals.. Because I too am a Sex…..Criminal… wait.. no.. Enthusiast.. This came out wrong.
What do we find out about Alex? Find out in our next installment!!