“Midnight, Texas” returns for its second season on October 26 and fans, also lovingly called ‘Midnighters,’ were in attendance to see a sneak peak of what to expect and listen to the cast and creators discuss the show. Despite only limited shooting thus far, we are able to see that there is quite a cast of new characters. The show picks up two months after Season 1 ends and a new hotel/spa has opened and it is operated by a healer and his wife. As if that won’t cause enough new drama we also have joining the show a demon-hunting gay cowboy. There will also be new monsters that we will see but only the addition of a banshee was discussed at the panel.
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
You never know who you will run into on the floor of San Diego Comic-Con. Artists, creators, and celebrities can be found around every turn. See photos below for a few of the people we bumped into inside the convention center.
Scout Taylor-Compton and Bill Moseley
Troma Babe, Lloyd Kaufman, Toxie, and Dr. Chuck Tingle
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
After a long wait, the much-anticipated trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters has arrived. The preview of the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic MonsterVerse, promises world-wide chaos and in addition to Godzilla, give us the slightest glimpse of Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah. When these ancient titans rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.
Directed by Michael Dougherty (Krampus), Godzilla: King of the Monsters stars Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel, The Conjuring), Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Bradley Whitford (Get Out); Charles Dance (HBO’s Game of Thrones), Kyle Chandler (The Wolf of Wall Street), and O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton). Both Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins return to the MonsterVerse reprising their Godzilla roles. read more
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
AMC brought an activation to the fans of The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead at Comic-Con. Fans were able to check out the Sanctuary and Eugene’s room. If they were feeling brave they could jump in the grinder or take their chances with the zombie slide. But the focus of the promotion was a new augmented-reality, mobile game available for iOS and Android called The Walking Dead: Our World from Next Games and AMC. The game has the great tag line of “Bringing the Apocalypse to Your Neighborhood” and allows players to ‘get up and go’ on supply runs and walker-killing missions. Player can also opt for couch-mode and staying at home. A great feature is that this is world-wide, so even though our Dead storylines have limited locations, the game does not. If you want to see how Egypt is affected, you can play there and see what walkers have done to the area. See below for some photos for the activation. read more
The San Diego crowd at Comic-Con was treated to an appearance by Jamie Lee Curtis promoting the new Halloween movie. The crowd was thrilled to see her and excited to hear about her feelings on her character, Laurie Strode. “I am not my trauma, the narrative of my life is that I am not a victim,” Curtis says of her character, “I am going to take back the legacy of my life” and that he wrote a movie that said “I am taking back my narrative!”. When asked how she spends her Halloween, she told us that no one comes to her house to trick or treat. She said “I just sit by myself, playing the music, watching the movie, and no one comes….” She also noted that “it is mind blowing” to be at Comic-Con announcing a new movie 40 years later. read more
Cast and creators of Glass were at Comic-Con in the massive 6,500 seat Hall H to tell fans about the new movie. M. Night Shyamalan started off by explaining that originally Unbreakable was a weird movie for him. The campaign was avoiding mentioning super heroes because it was “too fringe”. Interesting to hear that years later when super heroes are the name of the game when it comes to box office successes. An interesting story told was that back when he had already written Split, he ran into James McAvoy at a Comic-Con party. After talking to him he thought of him for the role of Kevin Wendell Crumb. The only teaser Shyamalan would give us was that “the reason to come see the movie is the performances of the people” and “James has 21 personalities right now in the editing room.” read more
Many of the cast and creators were on hand at Comic-Con to screen the first episode of their new series for Hulu. The new mystery-thriller takes place in the fictional town of Castle Rock which encompasses much of the ‘Stephen King Universe’ and locations and characters within. Heavy on the drama, the new show will appeal to fans of the actors, Stephen King, and J.J. Abrams-style misdirection.
Two Stephen King’s alums are in the cast, Bill Skarsgard and Sissy Spacek, and were on the panel to discuss their roles and which King books spoke to them the most. Not surprisingly, IT and Carrie got some love from each of them. When asked about playing a woman in horror, Jane Levy noted that the horror-genre celebrates women’s strengths and is not just empowering or exploitive. read more