Peter Simeti is the founder and publisher of Alterna Comics and also the author of the graphic novel The CHAIR. His love for comics started young, reading Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk, and Fantastic Four. His eagerness to participate in the genre lead to him create Alterna Comics when he graduated college in 2006, “…once I created the publishing name, I started wondering if there were other creators that wanted to kind of join forces, the rest is history!”
Simeti is currently in the process of crowd funding using Kickstarter to bring his story The CHAIR to a new life in the movies. His idea for this story stemmed from a desire to write something that seemed cliché on the surface but really delves much deeper. His character Richard Sullivan leads the story and each character is seen through his eyes. Sullivan is a character we are meant to trust as he takes the reader on a not so typical ride through life in prison.
When turning the graphic novel into a film script Simeti looked to Erin Kohut. She worked as the editor for the original story and Simeti expressed she’s done a great job at taking the story the film script route, “…all the stuff she added just made the story even better and the characters more believable.” To even flesh out the story even more for film she’s added new characters. “We just hope people trust us when we say that we think they’ll love it, haha.”
Simeti was able to remain very much involved in the casting process for the project, “I cast about 90% of the actors on the film, personally too. Just reaching out to actors and agents and so many of them loved the script and the story. So the whole process has been surreal and I’ve been fortunate enough to get to know a lot of the cast on a personal level throughout this stage of the film and they’re all such great people…” Being so involved Simeti has been able to pull together an excellent cast. In regards to speaking with these actors and the process of bringing the project to the attention of so many actors Simeti responded “I was a fan of their work before, but now I have a deeper appreciation for them as people as well. Just an amazing experience.”
This project is currently still available on Kickstarter and great prizes are being offered for funding.
Read the review for Peter Simeti’s graphic novel The CHAIR
Read all of Simeti’s answers in the Q and A
Check out below to see all of the cast members so far!