“Pants Optional” is PopCultHQ’s Zoom video interview feature where we connect with individuals within the comic book community. Whether a Comic Book Spotlight, Publisher Spotlight, LCS Spotlight, or a Kickstarter Spotlight, the promotions are all about putting that spotlight on much-needed, well-deserved projects throughout the comic book industry.
For Episode XLIV, I spoke with creator E.B. Kogan & Jessica Silvetti. The husband/wife team are taking their experiences, from working in Hollywood and the industry, and bringing their latest project to the comic book medium with SHOCKHEADED PETER #1 – currently running on Kickstarter through April 21st.
Their Kickstarter campaign for SHOCKHEADED PETER #1 has already met and exceeded their target funding goal. So you know what that means… Stretch Goals, baby! See why backers are flocking to this new project and you can join the over 150 backers who are making this a reality. You can back the campaign NOW through Thursday, April 21st.
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As a Los Angeleno native, his artistic expression is born from strong ties to his Lithuanian-Jewish roots and a fascination with his own cultural mysticism. As a film and television editor his work includes: Ordinary Joe (NBC), Empire (Fox), The Mysterious Benedict Society (Disney+), Every Day (MGM) and the upcoming indie film Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (3Pas Ent). He studied theater performance at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and then on to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England. He was a longtime member of The Actors’ Gang theater company in Culver City, CA, while also appearing on television in: ‘Southland’ (TNT), ‘Pushing Daisies’ (ABC), ‘Nip/Tuck’ (FX) as well as the film, “Dr. Gutman’s Eulogy,” in which he earned a Best Supporting Actor Award at LIIFE in 2013. As a co-creator of the independent production company, Light and Shadow Pictures, with his creative partner and wife, Jessica Silvetti, their anthology series, “In Absentia,” garnered them a Grand Jury Prize nomination for Best Writing at the Raindance Film Festival and won the Best Cinematography award and Indie Series Fest.
Jessica Silvetti is an award-winning writer and director. Originally from Mexico City, she attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she received a BFA. To date she has written and directed several short films including POOR MAN’S MERMAID, an adaptation of Clay McLeod Chapman’s short story. IN ABSENTIA, an anthology series she created, wrote, and directed with her husband and partner, E.B. Kogan. The series received numerous awards and nominations, including a Remi Award from WorldFest Houston in 2017 and a Best Writing nomination at the renowned Raindance Film Festival in London, the same year. In Absentia also received three nominations from the 2018 International Academy of Web Television Awards, including: Best Directing, Best Writing, and Best Drama Series. In 2019 the series was nominated for four Indie Series Awards, including Best Series and Best Directing. Jessica has written for Amazon, Lionsgate, Pantaya and Corazón Films.
SHOCKHEADED PETER #1
Part one of a planned 3-part horror-fantasy graphic novel of marvelous retribution and dreadful delight, Shockheaded Peter is a cautionary tale about the harbinger of punishment and a teenage girl’s desire to join his disturbing crusade. When Shockheaded Peter arrives in the small town of Winding Springs, he sets in motion a macabre game of cat and mouse that has terrible consequences for all the malicious townsfolk. As gruesome and fantastical punishments are doled out, our teenage heroine Ruby, a girl with an actual broken heart, discovers her true purpose. Shockheaded Peter conjures up a crossbreed of Labyrinth and A Nightmare on Elm Street with Tim Burton vibes sprinkled on top.
So sit back and hear our new theme music and updated intro we are introducing for our Kickstarter Spotlight. Then hear from E.B. & Jess as we chat about developing SHOCKHEADED PETER, their story’s influence, being hailed as a “Projects We Love” from the crowdfunding platform, and meeting the target goal in only a handful of days!
Special thanks to E.B. & Jessica for taking the time to speak with us at PopCultHQ. Be sure to follow them online (links below). And do yourself a favor and support the SHOCKHEADED PETER #1 Kickstarter campaign!
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