Roswell, New Mexico Reboot Provides Fresh Take on Aliens and Humanity


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It doesn’t seem likely that a nearly beat-for-beat reboot could put such a new spin on old material, yet such is the case with The CW’s forthcoming Roswell, New Mexico. I missed the original series when it premiered in 1999—a combination of being a tad too young, and also Buffy the Vampire Slayer taking up all my too-young-to-be-watching-this time. So at first I didn’t realize that the new series, rebooted by Carina Adly MacKenzie (The Originals), retreads nearly every plot beat of the twenty-year-old pilot—but aging the main characters by ten years and layering the plot with an added dimension of immigration issues makes it a story worth retelling.

Warner Bros. Television screened the Roswell, New Mexico pilot at NYCC. While this is a non-spoiler review, it does touch upon minor plot points.

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R.A. Salvatore and Patrick Rothfuss on What Does and Doesn’t Make Epic Fantasy Worlds Work


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Patrick Rothfuss R.A. Salvatore NYCC 2018 epic fantasy panel

Is it anachronistic language? Deadly logic rabbitholes? Or knowing the parameters of an epic fantasy society and then in comes a deus ex machina to completely upend the laws of the world? Patrick Rothfuss (author of The Kingkiller Chronicle) and R.A. Salvatore (who has returned to the Forgotten Realms with a new Drizzt Do’Urden trilogy) sat down with NPR Books’ Petra Mayer at NYCC to talk about what draws them in to epic worlds as readers, and what they endeavor to avoid as writers so as to keep readers engaged in their respective sagas.

You can watch the entire panel below, but here are some highlights:

Sometimes the most rewarding worldbuilding isn’t the expansive stuff, but the granular details that move the plot farther than an epic prophecy. For Rothfuss, it was the realization that if the University were to conduct interviews with all 1,000 of ...

Outlander Season 4 Premiere “America the Beautiful” is Beautiful and Brutal


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Outlander season 4 premiere review "America the Beautiful" television review Jamie Claire North Carolina

For the first time, a season of Outlander begins without Claire worrying about traveling through time—whether forward to Frank, or back to Jamie. After years of bouncing between different times and identities, Dr. Randall/Mrs. Fraser chooses to live in linear time… it just happens to be in 1760s North Carolina. America, too, is the first home that Claire chooses—the first place in which she and Jamie must carve out a life, with neither Scottish clans nor French contacts to rely upon. This duality seems to be the theme of Outlander season 4: the choice is yours to make, but your reward may be nothing but hardship, and that’s the American Dream.

Starz screened the first episode of Outlander season 4 at New York Comic-Con. While this is a non-spoiler review, it does touch upon a few minor plot points.

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Charlie Jane Anders, Wendy Xu, and More Talk Intersectional Feminism Across Genres


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NYCC Women in [Everything]: Intersectional Feminism Across Genres panel Charlie Jane Anders Susana Polo Sam Maggs Jill Pantozzi Wendy Xu Christina "Steenz" Stewart

The key theme of Women in [Everything]: Intersectional Feminism Across Genres, one of the first panels at NYCC, was listening: Susana Polo, Comics Editor at Polygon and founder of The Mary Sue, reflected that the first time that she identified as an intersectional feminist was when she realized that “I better start listening” to queer women (at the time, she identified as straight), to women who didn’t pass as white, and other groups. Comics artist Wendy Xu (Mooncakes) chimed in that “[t]he main thing to do is just listen to people who are different from you, who have different life experiences. Practice active listening.”

We were glad to listen to this panel, which also included io9 Deputy Editor Jill Pantozzi, The City in the Middle of the Night author Charlie Jane Anders, cartoonist Christina “Steenz” Stewart (Archival Quality), and moderator Sam Maggs (...

Marlon James, Tochi Onyebuchi, Maura Milan, and More Discuss #OwnVoices in Genre Fiction in 2018


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Marlon James Tochi Onyebuchi NYCC 2018

Did you know that every time you don’t buy a book, your favorite character dies? According to Ali T. Kokmen, bookseller, man of fabulous bowties (his own words), and panel moderator, that is exactly what happens. But I doubt many of the attendee’s at the #OwnVoices Worlds: How Writers Build Authenticity Into Their Diverse Worlds panel needed to be encouraged to buy more books, or to seek out diversity in the fantasy and sci-fi that they love.

But what does it mean to write a diverse book? Why does one choose to explore diversity; is it for the author? For the reader? What does diversity bring to a fantasy or sci-fi world, and what is the burden of authenticity on the author?

There to answer some of these questions were Maura Milan (Ignite the Stars), Marlon James (John Crow’s Devil, The Book of Night Women), ...

Check Out All the Awesome Cosplay We Spotted at NYCC!


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New York Comic-Con has come and gone, and as always there was a ton of great cosplay on display from fans of everything from Star Wars to Animal Crossing—and of course every possible version of Deadpool.

 

We love the classic line-up above of Star Wars aliens, including Bossk, Firgin Dan, Admiral Ackbar, Greedo, and Nien Nunb. And this K-2SO is so impressive, but we have no idea how this cosplayer managed to navigate the show floor on those stilts!

 

This Hobgoblin came with his own working hoverboard:

Cosplay by @igor_pie_face / Photo: Marian Whalen

 

And Doctor Strange brought a demon friend along!

Photo: Sarah Tolf

 

This Hela made her own horn-crown not with magic, but with wire hangers and EVA foam:

Cosplay: Julia from PA / Photo: Ruoxi Chen

 

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This is NOT a Review! Just a Quick Note to Tell You that the What We Do in the Shadows Spin-Off is Fantastic


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I was lucky enough to see an advanced screening of the pilot for What We Do in the Shadows, the television spin-off of the cult classic film from Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi. I was also asked not to review the episode, and I have not!

But I can share a few first impressions below.

It’s amazing! If you liked the film, the show has the same quirky humor that made the film so special. The pilot was written by Clement, who will also be writing on the subsequent episodes. The show expands on the world of the film in a way that makes sense, and the new characters immediately become their own creations, with their own lives and arcs, completely separate from the drama in Wellington.

Probably the best thing I can say is that the Comic-Con audience roared with laughter from beginning to end—including the press area. ...

Watch the Outlander Season 4 Opening Credits


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Starz screened the first episode of Outlander season 4 at NYCC, a full month ahead of its premiere—a delight for the fans attending, but that will make the Droughtlander even longer for those still waiting. We’ll have more on soon (spoiler: it’s GREAT), but in the meantime, Starz has soothed the burn somewhat by releasing the brand-new opening titles for season 4! As you know, this is very much my jam, and the new titles for Claire and Jamie’s adventures in the New World do not disappoint.

As the action at the season’s start takes place in North Carolina, a certain instrument became the backbone of the new credits. Watch and see if you can catch it:

“We fiddled with it,” executive producer Maril Davis punned at the NYCC panel. This might be the biggest departure from the original credits, what with the portions where Raya Yarbrough draws out ...

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Watch the First Teaser for Amazon Prime’s Adaptation of Garth Ennis’ The Boys


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The Boys teaser NYCC 2018

The first teaser for The Boys, Amazon Prime’s adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s dark graphic novel about blue-collar vigilantes taking down corrupt superheroes, is a bit of in-universe programming: a commercial for Vought, the agency that manages caped crusaders through the kinds of careers more commonly seen for celebrities or politicians. It’s a short clip but nonetheless gives you a sense of the world that Eric Kripke (Supernatural) and Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Preacher) are adapting for television.

This particular teaser’s release during New York Comic-Con is well-timed to the series’ general presence at the convention; there’s a giant poster at the Javits Center reading “F*** SUPERHEROES” above a giant rant about reining in these godlike protectors who are more likely to use their superpowers and/or mythical weapons for their own gain.

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Adora Assembles a Royal Alliance in She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Season 1 Trailer


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She-Ra and the Princesses of Power NYCC 2018 season 1 trailer

I am getting major Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders feels in the very best way from the first full-length trailer for Netflix and Dreamworks Television’s She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. While the first teaser introduced us to Adora by way of her responding to the Sword of Protection, this season 1 trailer establishes her fascinating arc from a member of the Evil Horde to the promised leader of the Princess Rebellion.

Fair warning that this trailer features a lot of story beats, but Noelle Stevenson’s adaptation looks so compelling that there promises to be more beyond just what we see here—including Adora’s warring loyalties to her best friend Catra versus the rebellion upon which she stumbles and the temptation to change sides.

The official synopsis, from Dreamworks TV:

Adora’s destiny turns out to be far greater than she could have ever imagined. As the legendary warrior princess, She-Ra, ...

Never Change: Reviewing Marvel’s Runaways Season 2 Premiere


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Runaways season 2 premiere "Gimmie Shelter" review

The first scene in Runaways’ season 2 premiere not only is a great little nod to Spaceballs, but also sets the thematic tone for the sophomore season of Marvel and Hulu’s children-of-supervillains series: the members of Pride rush to the police station, believing that their children have been apprehended after missing only 24 hours… only to walk in on a group of lookalikes who are complete strangers. “Those aren’t our kids,” Geoffrey Wilder snaps, as if it should be so easy for the cops to recognize their children—but the truth is that nobody knows who the Runaways really are, not even the Runaways themselves.

Season 1 established the adolescent rite of passage of learning that your parents are not only imperfect, but actually evil, but the Runaways haven’t automatically become one big happy family. Learning the truth about their parents was one thing; this season, they have ...

Mortal Engines Looks Better Than You Might Expect


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At NYCC’s Mortal Engines panel, moderator Andy Serkis made a big show of extending how much footage the audience would get to see. Eight minutes? Surely not enough. Seventeen? Twenty? A little more, actually: the sneak peek was of the first 24 minutes of the film, a race across a deserted green-and-brown landscape, in which a small traction city makes a desperate bid to escape the metallic gaping maw of, well … London.

And it was … pretty cool?

If I sound skeptical, it’s because the early trailer for Mortal Engines was less than impressive; it looked choppy, stiff, a little Generic Action Fantasy. Peter Jackson is a writer and producer on the film, and the trailer made it look like the work of the man who made too many Hobbit movies. (Christian Rivers makes his directorial debut with this movie; Jackson wrote the screenplay with his frequent writing partners ...

Empathy for the Devil? The Man in the High Castle Toys with Our Emotions in an Excellent Season Three Premiere


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The Man in the High Castle returns to Amazon today! One of the concerns I had coming into Season Three is that at this point they’re well beyond the scope of the original novel, and heading off into uncharted territory. While the show’s worldbuilding has always been exquisite, I was nervous that they wouldn’t be able to sustain it.

I got to see a sneak peek of episode one, “Now More Than Ever, We Care About You,” at New York Comic-Con last night, and I’m happy to say that for the most part, the opening hour of Season Three holds up to the previous seasons—and in a few moments, even surpasses them. I’m so excited to see where they take these characters. I’ll give you a largely spoiler-free discussion below, along with a few highlights from the panel discussion the followed the episode. I will be discussing events from the last ...

Patrick Rothfuss’ Advice for First-Time DMs and Other Highlights from NYCC


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“I have no idea who you are,” an audience member said during one of the Q&A portions of NYCC’s Patrick Rothfuss spotlight—prompting uproarious laughter from the attendees and the epic fantasy author himself. “My friend has been talking about you for a year,” the person went on, “drags me here—you’re hysterically funny—I still don’t know what you write.”

“Well, a lot of people know me from the gaming community,” Rothfuss responded, adding that “if people know of me because of books, it’s because I write fantasy books. Heroic fantasy,” he clarified, casting about for a subgenre, “epic fantasy, big thick fantasy.”

While Rothfuss did take questions about The Kingkiller Chronicle during the spotlight (sorry, no book 3 updates), the most entertaining moment of the night was when he took a question about that other facet of his life—Dungeons & Dragons, specifically, advice for first-time DMs.

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Watch the Wonderfully Meta Teaser for DC Universe’s Harley Quinn Animated Series


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Harley Quinn animated series teaser DC Universe NYCC 2018

At the world premiere of Titans at New York Comic-Con, Warner Bros. Television shared some exciting news about other upcoming projects for new streaming service DC Universe. Among them is the animated series Harley Quinn, which looks to be a delightful take on single Harley Quinn (The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco) breaking up with the Joker and striking out with her bestie/soulmate Poison Ivy (Lake Bell) in her quest to become the “queenpin” of Gotham.

Warner Bros. shared the cheeky first teaser, featuring a Harley who may be behind bars in Arkham, but has no problem breaking the fourth wall to rag on both the DC Cinematic Universe and the Deadpool cartoon that failed to materialize. And by her side is the wonderfully droll Ivy:

Here’s how THR describes the series:

The project, described as an adult animated action-comedy, follows Harley as she breaks things off ...

“Darkness Only Responds to Darkness”: Watch the Daredevil Season 3 Trailer


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Daredevil season 3 trailer NYCC 2018

Wilson Fisk is out of prison, and he’s… good? And he’s saying the real villain is… Daredevil? It’s very The Dark Knight—Daredevil being the hero New York City deserves, but not the one it needs right now. Except… who is this other guy?

After several enigmatic teasers quoting Bible verses, now we’ve got the first full-length trailer for Daredevil season 3. Watch and judge for yourself who’s on the side of darkness or light:

The official synopsis, via Netflix:

Missing for months, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) reemerges a broken man, putting into question his future as both vigilante Daredevil and lawyer Matthew Murdock. But when his archenemy Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) is released from prison, Matt must choose between hiding from the world, or embracing his destiny as a hero.

Daredevil season 3 premieres October 19 on Netflix.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Trailer Looks Like Ridiculous Witchy Fun


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We were already excited for Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, the darkly cheeky update to the story of half-witch, half-mortal Sabrina Spellman. But then we saw the first full-length trailer, and can it please be Halloween already?

Or we’ll just transport ourselves to Greendale, where every day is like Halloween and Sabrina must decide whether to give up her creepy and magical witch life, or her high-school friendships and sweetly scared boyfriend Harvey. We know, from previous series Sabrina the Teenage Witch and the overall premise, that somehow she must find a way to balance both—but the fun is in finding out how.

Everything about this trailer is great, from Miranda Otto’s dry delivery and Michelle Gomez’s “let’s not be catty bitches” to the music choices and wonderfully creepy imagery of Sabrina clawing her way free from her destiny:

The official synopsis, from Netflix:

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina tells ...

Visit Tor Books and Tor.com Publishing at New York Comic-Con 2018!


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Tor Books and Tor.com Publishing have just released their lineup for this year’s New York Comic-Con, running October 4-7, 2018! Don’t miss all the phenomenal programming including panels and signings featuring Charlie Jane Anders, Mark A. Altman and Edward Gross, K Arsenault Rivera, Myke Cole, S.L. Huang, Sherrilyn Kenyon, David Mack, Arkady Martine, Seanan McGuire, Annalee Newitz, Mark Oshiro, and V.E. Schwab. Plus a #FearlessWomen panel on Friday!

You’ll find all the excitement at the Tor Booth #2136, where they’ll be hosting author signings, giveaways, and gifts-with-purchase (including ARCs of The Ruin of Kings, A Memory Called Empire, The City in the Middle of the Night, #FearlessWomen totes, and Vengeful totes), and more. And don’t forget to follow @TorBooks and @TorDotComPub on Twitter for up-to-date information and last-minute events.

Check below for the full schedule—we can’t wait to see you in New York City!

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BookTubers Describe Themselves in 3 Fictional Characters and Discuss the Future of BookTube


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BookCon NYCC BookTube When asked how they became part of BookTube—that is, the YouTube community who vlog about book reviews and commentary—the four panelists on BookCon’s “The Evolution of BookTube” talk had the same answer: “We didn’t have a lot of people win our lives we could talk to books about,” said Kat O’Keeffe (Katytastic on BookTube). “We turned to cameras, and people started watching the videos.” “And more people started to watch!” Christine Riccio (polandbananasBOOKS) chimed in. This sense of finding one’s community of fellow readers on the internet also guided Jesse George (jessethereader) and Natasha Polis (tashapolis); Natasha also pointed out that the difference between a book review and a BookTube vlog is the warm, fuzzy feeling you get seeing someone else as excited about a book as you are. It was fitting, then, that one of the most fun questions of the ...

The First Trailer for Power Rangers is Basically a Sci-Fi The Breakfast Club


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Dear Angel Grove, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us—in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a freak… and a screwup… and a guy who gets bullied… and a girl who gets bullied… and a tech whiz… Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Power Rangers Club.

Zordon’s “teenagers with attitude” have been replaced by misfits with even more attitude and bigger chips on their shoulders in the first teaser trailer for Power Rangers, which was released during NYCC. Instead of being freinds before they were called by Zordon, the new Power Rangers are a bunch ...