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Gibson & Oomer   ('The Adventures of Footenbarn') Gibson & Oomer ('The Adventures of Footenbarn')

'Welcome to Sockramento!'

'The Adventures of Footenbarn – Hot Seat' (Paper Press Books), written and created by award-winning feature film producer Shahrook Oomer and award-winning television producer Jeff Gibson, has been a hit so far with parents and kids everywhere.

Have you ever wondered what happens when you put a pair of socks into the dryer, but only one seems to make it out? Where did that other sock disappear too? Now, finally, we find out just where they go!

'Hot Seat' is the first in a series of five books (also being developed into an animated television series), about a world of those lost socks and other missing garments.

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Jeff Gibson about their new book, 'The Adventures of Footenbarn – Hot Seat,' and first wondered (being that this book could finally bring to light the answer to one of mankind's oldest mysteries), why did it take this long for the truth to finally reveal itself within the pages of a book? "The stars, or the socks in this case, had to be perfectly aligned. Shahrook and I had to be in the right place at the right time to meet and put our brains together to come up with this concept. That and I was losing alot of socks!"

Where did the book title originate and how many (discarded) others were left in its wake - and what were some of those close-but-no-cigar contenders? "Footenbarn is actually what I used to call my younger brother Greg when we were kids. No rhyme or reason for it, just came up with it. Hey, FOOTENBARN, give me my basketball back. Hey, FOOTENBARN, get out of my room. The HOT SEAT just developed from the storyline of Footenbarn and Smackberry battling for the hot seat next to the new girl sock. No thought to calling it Citizen Sock!"

Being that this is the first in a series of five books, has the next one been written yet - and if so, what can we expect to be its subject matter? "The second book is called 'The Spelling Bee.' Footenbarn wins the school spelling bee contest with the help of a bee that can actually spell! We give a sneak preview of the other books in the series on the Footenbarn website." (

You have also managed to get these books developed into an animated TV series - so, when can these be expected to hit our TV screens, and how much control over your written/created characters did you get? "The animated series is still in development."

Finally, if you yourself had to explain to a child wanting to see Sockramento through your eyes, how would you explain it to them? "It's a sock world where socks and other garments from the dryer come to life. Chester drawers are apartment buildings, boots are skyscrapers, yellow high top sneakers are school buses, fabric softener bottles are cars. It's a fun diverse world where we makes socks fun!"

Interviewed by: Russell A. Trunk

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