“Pants Optional” is PopCultHQ’s Zoom video interview feature where we connect with individuals within the comic book community. It’s a way to see/hear what creators have been doing during a quarantine, projects which may be in motion during this downtime, and noteworthy events and happenings taking place in lieu of conventions, appearances, and the weekly NCBD grind.
For Episode XVIII, we have a Kickstarter Spotlight Edition! I spoke with creator Peter Ricq about his first-ever illustrated book GHOSTS ARE PEOPLE TOO. The campaign, which is currently running and goes through Thursday, November 19th.
Hi there, spooky living people. Welcome to Ghosts Are People Too, a 42 page illustrated book about Ethan Alby, a simple ordinary ghost. Don’t be afraid! Ethan has a family—just like you. He likes playing with toys and his dog, Mini Ricky. Sometimes, though, Ethan gets scared. Can you blame him? Look around. Living people *are* scary.
In Ghosts Are People Too, Ethan shares what scares him, how difficult it is to share a home with a living girl he’s fallen for (when she doesn’t even know he exists), and why we shouldn’t be afraid of one another.
The book contains:
– 20 thrilling illustrations.
– 7 surefire ways to find a ghost.
– 3 true friendly ghost stories.
PopCultHQ had the privilege in sitting down with Peter about his campaign, his lovable ghost Ethan, and all things GHOSTS ARE PEOPLE TOO!
Special thanks to Peter Ricq for taking the time to speak with us. Be sure to follow Peter online (links below). And be sure to check out GHOSTS ARE PEOPLE TOO on Kickstarter, now through November 19th!
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Creator – Peter Ricq
Peter Ricq is an award-winning creative force. Besides his work as a Visual Artist, he is also a Television Producer, Writer, Art Director, Designer, Director, Music Composer and Performer. Even before completing his BFA in film animation at Concordia University in Montreal, Ricq was well on his way to creating a name for himself. In 2005, the artist and his partners sold their first animated TV series: “The League of Super Evil” (YTV, CBBC, NICK) which ushered him into his role as Art Director in 2007. Ricq went on to co-create and several other animated series with his creative collaborator Phil Ivanusic-Vallee including “Oh No! It’s an Alien Invasion” (Teletoon, ABC3, Canal J) and “Freaktown” (Teletoon, Cartoon Network Asia, Disney SEA). His band “HUMANS”, with partner Robbie Slade, released their first full-length in 2015 which was nominated for a JUNO that year and they followed up with a tour that included Osheaga, Coachella, SXSW and many more. The music video ‘Tell Me’ which he directed for HUMANS has been awarded a Leo Award and ‘Water Water’ was awarded a MMVA nomination for best MuchFact video. Peter has released a graphic novel, Once Our Land, in 2016 and Once Our Land 2 in 2019. The books have been well received by critics. He’s currently turning Once Our Land into a feature animated film. He made a feature documentary film entitled ‘Come Together’ which he co-produced and co-directed in 2015. DEAD SHACK, a horror/comedy, was his narrative feature debut as a film director. Dead Shack has been screened at Sitges, London Fright Fest, VIFF, NIFFF, Toronto After Dark and Fantasia where it was awarded the Silver Prize for the Best Canadian Feature. Peter Ricq currently lives and works out of Vancouver Canada.