Harem anime and hurdy-gurdys: Six questions with Steven Sanders

Thirty-six questions. Six answers. One random number generator. Welcome to Robot Roulette, where creators roll the virtual dice and answer our questions about their lives, careers, interests and more.

Stepping up to the wheel today is Steven Sanders, artist of such comics as Wolverine and the X-Men, Wolverine, S.W.O.R.D, Our Love is Real, The Five Fists of Science and more. He's currently using Kickstarter to raise funds for a "Creative Commons art book" called Symbiosis.

Now let’s get to it ...


11. What kind of music do you like the least?

Hm. Most music that I dislike I dislike because of the people I tend to associate with listening to it. I've probably had the highest number of negative experiences with listeners of modern/pop country music, so that would have to be my pick. Even there, though, there's exceptions. Garth Brooks did some interesting things as an artist, and I respect the craft a lot of those musicians bring to their genre.

14. What is your "guilty pleasure"--it can be a comic, a TV show, a food, etc.?

Really dumb anime. Usually harem anime. It's made for the lonely teen boy inside me. (I actually keep a young teen inside me to keep me strong and vital after 200 years of life on this planet.)

22. What's your morning routine like?

Turn off alarm, wake up Hannah (my fiancee), get dressed (I wear a shirt, tie and suspenders to keep me from sliding into "working in my underwear" territory.), go for a 20 minute walk with Hannah, eat, watch some anime, then get to work. Occasionally I'll go for extended periods,usually during a work crunch, where I'll start to slide on the exercise and dressing up. I'll usually regret it.

29. Can you play an instrument, and if not, what instrument do you wish you could play?

I can't play any instrument well, I can kind of play the didgeridoo, but I really, really want to play the hurdy-gurdy. (Playing sample) As soon as I get out of debt and get a few grand to buy one, I'm going to make this happen and irritate everyone at cons with the droning tones of this wonderful instrument.

33. Who is your favorite comic character?

Ooof. GAH THERE ARE SO MANY GREAT ONES. Probably "Guts/Gattsu" from BERSERK if I can use manga. He's like a force of nature, but also has very human motivations. If it needs to be American comics, I'd probably say Firestorm. That was the first comic I ever subscribed to as a kid, and I love how there was a superhero that was all about science and and had a professor in his head.

36. How old were you when you started reading comics, and who introduced them to you?

I want to say about 5. It was likely my father. He used to tell me about how great the Green Lantern was when he used to read comics.

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