The first-ever winners of the Ignyte Awards were announced at FIYAHCON 2020! FIYAH created the awards to “celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of the current and future landscapes of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.” After the FIYAHCON 2020 Committee selected finalists, they let the public vote on who should take home the prizes in each category. Without further ado, here is the full list (winners have been bolded):
Although The Walking Dead: World Beyond is the newest entry in the Walker-verse, the show has already established that there’s a rich and complex internal history underneath the zombie fun. While the first episode focused on setting up the new world, a second episode preview at their virtual New York Comic Con panel dives right into some undead action.
(Spoilers for the first episode of The Walking Dead: World Beyond below)
Fear the Walking Dead has never been afraid to try new and unexpected things. The show has killed off core characters, crossed over with the original show’s characters, and had Alicia fight off zombies in a water park. During their New York Comic Con panel, which featured a sneak peek of the season six premiere, we got confirmation that the show is trying a new format… and bringing in a frightening new character.
(Spoilers through season five of Fear the Walking Dead.)
When asked how fans will react to the new animated M.O.D.O.K. series, Patton Oswalt said, “With deep horror.” His unexpected and hilarious response was perfect for a panel where Ben Schwartz revealed that maybe he ate his Marvel merchandise when he was younger, and the majority of the cast struggled to remember the acronym “M.O.D.O.K.” actually stood for. Fortunately, both the panel and the trailer for the series delivered the laughs.
The third season of American Gods looks like it’s going to be divine. After a panel where the cast desperately tried not to reveal any major spoilers, we got our first teaser at what we can expect when the series returns…as well as the serious talent that will join the show.
(Some spoilers for American Gods seasons 1-2 below)
You really, really, do not want to miss this train. After a lively and, at times, poignant panel, fans got a new glimpse at Snowpiercer season two as well as a much-anticipated release date. The short teaser revealed that the fight for control over the titular train is far from over.
(Spoilers for Snowpiercer season 1 below)
Movie theater chains are losing another major release for 2020. According to Deadline, Warner Brothers is pushing Dune back from its release date of December 18th, 2020 to October 1st, 2021. This disappointing news will also have consequences for everyone’s favorite brooding billionaire superhero.
When I was growing up as a young black/Puerto Rican teen in Queens, there weren’t an abundance of age-approriate horror films with BIPOC protagonists set in the city. So my inner child was beyond excited to hear that Netflix was releasing a PG-13 horror movie entitled Vampires vs. the Bronx that revolved around 3 BIPOC teens trying to defend their neighborhood from changing.
While I thoroughly enjoyed how authentic the Bronx felt and the movie’s main metaphor, all the things Vampires Vs. the Bronx got right weren’t enough to distract me from its issues. Although this movie brings a lot of good elements to the table, its inability to balance great themes with its story and characters resulted in an uneven horror flick.
[Spoilers for the film below]
Jamie Foxx may be getting a second chance at playing an electrifying villain. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor is in talks to reprise the role of Electro in Tom Holland’s 3rd Spider-Man movie. If Foxx agrees to star in the film, he’ll have to give an Oscar-worthy performance to erase the bad memory of his last attempt at the character.
The first trailer for His House, a new horror film from Netflix, stuns its viewers with a horrifying and all-too-real scenario: Imagine being forced to leave your home and flee to another country because you fear for your life and the life of your spouse. After you are granted asylum in a foreign land, no one seems to want you there. And just when you think your new home might be safe, a series of horrifying incidents proves that you’re still in danger.
Before these two fantastic authors released their newest novels to the world, they sat down and talked about everything from writing techniques to dragons. We sat in on an interview between Naomi Novik and Christopher Paolini as they discussed their respective books, A Deadly Education and To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, while diving into their inspirations and processes, and of course, dragons.
Brandon Sanderson’s Rhythm of War is going to be launched with an exciting online celebration this fall. A virtual event will give fans access to an exclusive livestream with the author, and the opportunity to own a signed copy of the book. And it’s all made possible through a digital partnership with a few select bookstores—one of which may even be in your hometown.
Author Tade Thompson announced today that Namwali Serpell’s The Old Drift has won the 34th Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction. This marks the first time that Serpell has taken home the prestigious prize.
A new trailer has dropped for Hulu’s Helstrom, a brand new series that is subtly set in a darker corner of the Marvel universe.
When demons threaten the world of Helstrom, guardians like Caretaker and psychiatric professionals like Louise Hastings step up to protect innocent lives. When their skills aren’t enough, they need the combined might of Daimon and Ana Helstrom. But before the siblings can help they’ll have to wrestle with the demons in their own past—one of which is their own mother.
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