LOS ANGELES (September 9, 2021) –– Periscope Entertainment is proud to release Pet Human, a vibrant graphic novel about Buster, a pet human who was adopted to a loving alien couple from another planet. The 131-page book is available for digital or physical purchase today throughKickstarter.
Created by Periscope Entertainment’s David Guy Levy (Back to Back to the Future, Would You Rather), Pet Human is inspired by Buster, Levy’s longtime pet dog and companion. One evening while hanging out with Buster, Levy wondered, “What is it you think this is all about buddy? You get love, food and a place to live, and you don’t know what most of this world or life is even about. I wonder how I’d feel if I was a pet, living somewhere that made no sense to me but knowing that it all was going to be okay.”
Pet Human is a beautifully unbounded story about what life could be like as a pet in another world. “Having written and produced a graphic novel before, I knew the absolute creative freedom it would allow me,” says Levy. “In film, there are always compromises forced upon a story by time and money. By telling this story as a full graphic novel, if we could think it we could draw it. Not only was I able to see my vision become fully realized, but my collaboration with Alex Heywood was one of the best I have had to date yet in my career. We were able to produce something so vast and beautiful, that the story couldn’t have been told any other way.”
Illustrated by Scottish artist and digital nomad Alex Heywood, it took two and a half years for Heywood and Levy to create Pet Human. “I was excited when David reached out and asked me to illustrate his story, and bring the Pet Human world to life,” says Heywood. “It was my first long term project as an artist and it fit perfectly with my style of drawing. I create dense, imaginative wildlife scenes in my art all the time, just for fun. Pet Human allowed me to create entire ecosystems, with curious creatures and in intricate detail. By drawing and travelling simultaneously, I am influenced by the nature around me, and it has been an inspiring way to illustrate this book.”
About Periscope Entertainment
Founded in 2004 by David Guy Levy, Periscope Entertainment is a Los Angeles based company that develops and produces independent theatrical film and comic properties. With unique, non-genre specific projects in development and set for release, Periscope Entertainment is dedicated to discovering innovative and original material and developing it into a unique storytelling experience.http://www.periscopeentertainment.com/
About David Guy Levy (Creator/ Writer)
Having been singled out by Variety for being a “producer to watch”, David Guy Levy has amassed a number of producing and directing credits in the 16 years since founding Periscope Entertainment.
In 2013, David directed and released his first scripted feature film with IFC Films/IFC Midnight, a psychological thriller called “Would You Rather”, which stars Brittany Snow, Jeffrey Combs, and Sasha Grey. His most recent film “The Mandela Effect” was released by Gravitas Ventures in late 2019.
Since the formation of Periscope Entertainment, Levy has also helped produce such films as Azazel Jacob’s “Terri”, starring John C. Reilly, and Austin Chick’s “August”, starring Josh Hartnett. He also produced the documentary “Banking on Bitcoin” which was released in theaters and on-demand in 2017.
David also writes comic books, including the upcoming release “Pet Human” and the series “Back to Back to the Future”. It’s the story about what would happen if the makers of the “Back to the Future” films went back in time and made sure that Eric Stoltz was never replaced by Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly. It was released July 10, 2013 and all the proceeds go towards The Young Storytellers Foundation.
About Alex Heywood (Illustrator)
Alex is a young Scottish born artist currently living in Perth, Australia. He studied Animation at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in Dundee (UK), and after graduating started working as a Freelance Illustrator.
The ability to live a digital nomad lifestyle allowed Alex to work and travel, exposing him to different natural environments, and a variety of habitats. His work is directly inspired by the natural world. The flora and fauna imagined and illustrated in Pet Human were heavily influenced by the artist’s move to Western Australia, a biodiversity hot spot. This is his first ever graphic novel.
About Steffan Schlachtenhaufen (Writer)
is a writer, producer and Emmy-winning creative director. Born and raised in Wisconsin, he studied Communications and Theater at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point before moving to Los Angeles to pursue his career.
Steffen wrote the films Would You Rather and The Mandela Effect, directed by David Guy Levy, and Danger One, a dark comedic thriller directed by Tom Oesch.
Steffen also works as a producer, writer and VFX creative director on television documentaries for networks like Discovery Channel, History, and National Geographic. Credits include Life After People, The Universe, In Search of Monsters and Ancient Aliens. He has earned three different Emmy nominations, including one win in 2014, as the VFX creative director on H2’s Big History.
And of course, since we’re Geek Insider, we have a little sneak peek for you.