In celebration of National Comic Book Day, we are diving back into the world of Stranger Things. This is the sci-fi horror Netflix series that features a group of friends who will stop at nothing to save their friend from an alternate dimension full of terrifying creatures.
Sadly, Season 2 has concluded and it seems like it’ll be eons before we get Season 3. However, in the meantime, comic book writer Jody Houser and artist Stefano Martino and Keith Champagne are bringing the popular show to the graphic novel platform.
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Before he was saved, Will Byers was trapped in the Upside Down, running and hiding from monsters threatening to take over their world. In the show we watch as his friends face all sorts of obstacles trying to save him.
Now, the comic book flips the story and follows the perspective of Will Byers as he ventures through the Upside Down and we see what darkness he really comes across. It showcases how the frightened Byers managed to survive in this alternate world and reveals much-needed background on the freaky creatures of the Upside Down. Check out the comic book trailer below!
According to IndieWire, the Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov, the genius of science fiction, will be getting a small screen adaptation produced by Apple based on one of his trilogies. The ten-episode adaptation is based off his trilogy– Foundation, a sci-fi saga that takes place in a world where humans are scattered throughout the galaxy and are governed by the Galatic Empire. The series follows psycho-historian and mathematician, Hari Seldon, who discovers that the world he knows will begin to crumble. In order to save humankind and preserve the knowledge of its history and future, he finds himself breaking away from the empire to pursue a better solution for his people.
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Produced by Skydance Television, the ten-episode adaptation has employed both David S. Goyer (Batman Begins) and Josh Friedman (Avatar 2) to serve as writers and showrunners, who are taking charge so they can bring Asimov’s futuristic vision to the screen. Having these two backing the show with their creative prowess will potentially put this show on par with Game of Thrones, Westworld and Battle Star Galactica.
It looks like Stranger Things season 3 is shaping up to be the most ambitious and darkest season yet! Now, each season seems to be set in a different year of the ‘80s with specific references to works from iconic directors and writers of that decade. The first season has major nods to Stephen King movies and novels while season 2 harkens back to Spielberg’s movies. Season 3 is expected to take place in 1985 with influences from classic John Carpenter movies. Carpenter, a famous director and screenwriter, is known for his movies such as The Fog and Halloween.
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We Got This Covered reported on Stranger Things producer Shawn Levy and what he’s saying about the upcoming season and how it’s the most ambitious one yet! “There will also be very much the ghost of John Carpenter and other ‘80s horror directors here,” explains Levy. He talked about how the second season has become more cinematic and much more character-focused than the first and how that evolution will continue in the third while having more action.
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Let’s see how the next season will live up to the last two and if the new influences will either help or hurt the Netflix series.
During an interview at the annual four-day conference of bestselling thriller-authors from all across the globe, Thrillerfest, acclaimed science fiction and action author James Rollins admitted that his career may not have begun exactly as he’s stated in the past…
I reached my thirtieth birthday and thought, ‘well, if I really want to be a writer than I’d better start now,’ and that’s exactly what I did…google that story, you’ll see me tell it. I tell that story all the time…and it’s a lie!
Rollins then went on to explain that one night, around two AM, he was dolling out the payroll for the employees at his veterinary clinic, and was slightly delirious with fatigue. In the background, infomercials were playing on the television, that would alter the course of his life forever:
A booming voice asked me if I was ready to change my life…I turned toward the TV and started nodding…
As it turns out, that booming voice of God actually belonged to none other than infamous life coach, Tony Robbins.
So, Rollins did what any lost soul during the late-nighties would do; he ordered all forty of Tony Robbins cassette tapes.
The first tape said to take out a sheet of paper, forget everything you know about your life, close your eyes, and write down what you want to do…I wrote ‘I want to write a novel.’
Rollins flipped the tape over and Robbins’s voice was soon urging him to take that one, first step toward achieving that dream…and that’s exactly what he did!
So yes, I owe my career to Tony Robbins.
And, thus James Rollins began etching away at what would one-day become his breakout novel, Subterranean.
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I’ve had no formal training in writing…I joined a a writing critique group in Sacramento and, to this day, they still read all of my work before my editor does.”
It took Rollins just eleven months to finish his first novel. He then shopped the book around; sending the manuscript to one literary agent after the next.
And, much like nearly every other successful artist in the history of time, Rollins received rejection after rejection after rejection; forty-nine literary agents turned down his work.
One agent was kind enough to take the time and leave me a handwritten note on the manuscript, however…he wrote ‘this is unpublishable’.
Still, Rollins didn’t let these rejections deter him from his goal, and, luckily enough, the fiftieth agent he sent Subterranean to said yes, and the book became a wildly popular success!
It just goes to prove that all you truly need to succeed is perseverance, a steady community of support, the belief in your work (and yourself), and the booming voice of Tony Robbins.
Don’t tell Tony Robbins that…pretty soon he’ll be asking me for royalties!
For as long as we have been granted freedoms, there have been people fighting to take those freedoms away; this is the most human of cycles. There has never been (and will likely never be, at least not right now) a time when people haven’t had to stand up against the systemic and societal oppression they’ve been forced to deal with everyday.
We’ve been warned about what can happen when we allow ourselves to stop caring about the state of the world and the other people inhabiting it by authors since the beginning of time; the entire dystopian genre is centered around it. So, don’t allow yourself to grow sedentary but also don’t grow too fearful; for as many greedy, selfish, oppressive, bad figureheads there are in existence, there are way, way more of us who really do care and move with empathy while fighting for a world of genuine equality.
So, take a look at these thirteen quotes from dystopian novels and give yourself that extra push you may need to keep marching forward!
“We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.” Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale
“Every faction conditions it’s members to think and act a certain way. And most people do it. For most people, it’s not hard to learn, to find a pattern of thought that works and stay that way. But our minds move in a dozen different directions. We can’t be confined to one way of thinking, and that terrifies our leaders. It means we can’t be controlled. And it means that, no matter what they do, we will always cause trouble for them.” Veronica Roth, Divergent
“Did you ever feel, as though you had something inside you that was only waiting for you to give it a chance to come out? Some sort of extra power that you aren’t using – you know, like all the water that goes down the falls instead of through the turbines?” Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
“If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” George Orwell, 1984
“There must be something in books, something we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.” Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
“We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it.” Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange
“Of course they needed to care. It was the meaning of everything.” Lois Lowry, The Giver
“That was when they suspended the Constitution. They said it would be temporary. There wasn’t even any rioting in the streets. People stayed home at night, watching television, looking for some direction. There wasn’t even an enemy you could put your finger on.” Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale
“Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others, past and present, and by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.” David Mitchell,Cloud Atlas
“Tell freedom I said hello.” Lauren DeStefano, Wither
“But you can’t make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up around them. It can’t last.” Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.” Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
“I may be the last one, but I am the one still standing. I am the one turning to face the faceless hunter in the woods on an abandoned highway. I am the one not running, not staying, but facing. Because if I am the last one, then I am humanity. And if this is humanity’s last war, then I am the battlefield.” Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave