Entries by Nick Banks

‘Monstress’ and ‘My Favorite Thing is Monsters’ Win Multiple Categories at 2018 Eisner Awards

Undoubtedly, the biggest winners at this year’s Eisner Awards were Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda’s for their ongoing series Monstress and Emil Ferris for her graphic novel My Favorite Thing is Monsters, as both titles took home multiple awards at the annual celebration of the best the medium has to offer.

Image Comics’ Monstress won best continuing series, best publication for teens, best painter/multimedia artist, best cover artist, and best writer (actually a tie with Mister Miracle and Batman writer Tom King).  My Favorite Thing is Monsters took best writer/artist, best coloring, and best graphic album (new). read more read more

Trailer for ‘The Simpsons: Treehouse Of Horror XXIX’ Released

One thing fans have counted on for the last thirty years is a new season of The Simpsons making their Sunday night a little less anxiety inducing before the work week begins.  And for 29 of those years, Simpsons viewers have also looked forward to the annual “Treehouse of Horror” episode, and we are happy to report that this season will again feature the perennial Halloween favorite.

The trailer for The Simpsons “Treehouse Of Horror XXIX” debuted at San Diego Comic Con today and one of the vignettes appears to be based on  1956’s cold war classic, Invasion of the Body Snatchers.   The air date for the episode has not been announced yet, but expect this year’s “Treehouse” to be released on October 27 or November 3 (post-season baseball usually dictates some of Fox’s schedule in the fall, and they have been known to air the Halloween episode after Halloween in some cases, even as late as November 7). read more read more

‘Hellboy: Krampusnacht’ Wins Best Single Issue Honors at 2018 Eisner Awards

Mike Mignola and Adam Hughes took home the Best Single Issue/One-Shot Award for their Hellboy: Krampusnacht comic book from Dark Horse Comics at the 2018 Eisner Awards.

This is Mignola’s 13th Eisner Award (which started way back in 1995 with his first Hellboy series, Hellboy: Seed of Destruction) and Hughes’ second award (Hughes won Best Cover Artist in 2003).

HNN’s Christine Caprilozzi reviewed Krampusnacht when it was released this past December and said that “Mignola delivers a tale that would warm the heart of any horror fan” and  “If there were any questions on how Hughes would work within the Hellboy universe, it is answered quickly as his style fits the book perfectly.” read more read more

‘The Passage’ Coming to Fox in February 2019

The producers of Fox’s upcoming adaptation of James Cronin’s sci-fi vampire series The Passage announced today at the annual San Diego Comic Con that the series will premiere on the network in February 2019.

Attendees at the SDCC panel were able to see the first episode of the  upcoming new series,  followed by appearances from members of the cast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Saniyaa Sidney, Henry Ian Cusick and Jamie McShane)  and the production team including showrunner Liz Heldens, director Jason Ensler, and Cronin. read more read more

Dynamite Entertainment and Topps are Bringing Back ‘Mars Attacks!’ in October

According to the official press release, Dynamite Entertainment and Topps will once again return to the banned trading cards of the 1960’s, Mars Attacks!,  as writer Kyle Starks (Rick and Morty, Rock Candy Mountain) and artist Chris Schweizer (The Creeps, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl) team up for a new series.

Dynamite CEO & Publisher Nick Barrucci stated that he has been anxiously awaiting the new series, saying that “I’ve been waiting to see Dynamite’s take on Mars Attacks! for over a year and I’m so excited with what the creative team has done.  I’ve been a fan ever since the 1962 trading cards and our series really reflects the tone of the original.” read more read more

Sony Moves ‘Slender Man’ Release Date Once Again; Will Now Open on August 10

The trials and tribulations of Sony’s Slender Man have been well-documented by Horror News Network, but just when it looked like the maligned film would disappear from the release schedule entirely, Slender Man has been pushed up two weeks to August 10.

The film will now go head-to-head with another PG-13 horror film debuting on the same date, The Meg.  Screens are at a premium this time of year, so don’t be surprised  if the film gets “limited engagement status” and a minimal screen count. read more read more

James Wan and Jason Blum to Produce Killer Robot Doll Film ‘M3GAN’

James Wan may be getting a lot of attention for his upcoming DC Universe film Aquaman, but the man best known for scaring people with creepy dolls is back in the saddle with his new project M3GAN (and, you guessed it, it is about a terrifying doll that comes to life).  

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news on the eve of SDCC 2018, where it was learned that Jason Blum and Wan will begin production of the film this fall.  Wan will not be directing the film and instead, “Gerard Johnstone, who directed the Australian horror movie Housebound, is on board to helm the project, which has a script by Akela Cooper, a writer-supervising producer who has worked on Luke Cage and American Horror Story.”  read more read more

History’s ‘Project Blue Book’ Trailer Adds Some Frights to Alien Investigations

The first trailer for the History Channel’s new series Project Blue Book may be “…based on the true, top-secret investigations into Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) and related phenomena conducted by the United States Air Force from 1952 to 1969”, but it also looks to contain some frightening scenes, more in the vein of the The X-Files than Ancient Aliens.

According to the official press release, the scripted drama will star Game of Thrones Aidan Gillen as the real-life “Dr. J. Allen Hynek, a brilliant yet underappreciated college professor, (who) is recruited by the U.S. Air Force to spearhead a clandestine operation called Project Blue Book.” read more read more

Anne Rice’s ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ Coming to Hulu

According to the Hollywood Reporter, it appears that Anne Rice’s popular vampire saga may finally make its way to television screens courtesy of Hulu.

Hannibal and American Gods’ Bryan Fuller (who was going to serve as the showrunner on the series) recently left the project because he didn’t want to “… step on the toes of longtime friends Rice and her son, Christopher, who penned the original script.”

Anne and Christopher Rice will executive produce the potential series, along with Anonymous Content’s David Kanter and Steve Golin.
Paramount Television and Anonymous Content currently have an option for all 11 books from the Vampire Chronicles. read more read more

Deborah Ayorinde Joins cast of HBO’s ‘True Detective’ Season 3

According to Deadline, Deborah Ayorinde will be joining an already solid cast for HBO’s True Detective Season Three.

Ayorinde (Girls Trip, Luke Cage, Sleepy Hollow) will portray Becca Hayes, the estranged daughter of retired Arkansas State Police detective Wayne Hayes (played by Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali).  The already announced cast includes Carmen Ejogo, Michael Greyeyes, Jon Tenney, Rhys Wakefield, Sarah Gadon, Emily Nelson, Brandon Flynn, Michael Graziadei, Josh Hopkins, Stephen Dorff and Jodi Balfour. read more read more