In the fall of 2019, sci-fi and comics fans in the Philippines were transported to the 22nd century in Katrina Olan’s novel, Tablay. War has been raging for generations between the Philippine Mech Force and hostile machine life called aswangs. When a mecha pilot finds out that the enemy is creating a super weapon of drastic proportions, she and her partner must find a way to stop it before it is too late.Continue reading “Author Katrina Olan Discusses the Making of Mecha-Centric Sci-Fi Novel, ‘Tablay’”
Last month, the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore hosted our own Keith Chow in conversation with New York Times bestselling author Kevin Kwan as part of their “Writer’s Live” series. Because they spent a portion of their talk discussing Kevin’s childhood in Texas, we are presenting that conversation in its entirety for Southern Fried Asian!Continue reading “Southern Fried Asian: Kevin Kwan”
This Tuesday evening, I will have the pleasure of leading a conversation with Kevin Kwan, the New York Times-bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians and Sex and Vanity. The event is part of Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library’s “Writers LIVE” series. Audio of the event will be available on the Southern Fried Asian podcast feed next month.Continue reading “‘Writers Live’ with Kevin Kwan, Hosted by the Enoch Pratt Free Library”
Robin Buckley was introduced to the world of Stranger Things in the third season and quickly became a fan favorite. Now the character, who is portrayed by Maya Hawke, will be getting her own prequel podcast and book. The news was announced at Netflix’s Geeked Week.Continue reading “Robin from ‘Stranger Things’ is Getting a Prequel Podcast Series and Novel”
The new HBO Original drama series The Time Traveler’s Wife is officially in production, which is taking place in New York. David Nutter will direct the six-episode first season and serve as an executive producer. The cast includes Rose Leslie, Theo James, Desmin Borges, and Natasha Lopez.Continue reading “Production for HBO’s ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ Begins in New York”
Are you ready for the official Schitt’s Creek tie-in book by Daniel Levy and Eugene Levy? Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: The Story of Schitt’s Creek is set to go on sale on October 26! The book, which was acquired by Black Dog & Leventhal, is now available for pre-order at a cost of $40.Continue reading “Fall in Love With ‘Schitt’s Creek’ All Over Again by Reading ‘Best Wishes, Warmest Regards: The Story of Schitt’s Creek’”
The Last Letter From Your Lover is a summer romance film starring Felicity Jones, Shailene Woodley, Callum Turner, Joe Alwyn, and Nabhaan Rizwan. The extraordinary generation-spanning love story is based on the novel by Jojo Moyes and will be released on Netflix on July 23 in select territories.Continue reading “See the Trailer for Netflix’s ‘The Last Letter From Your Lover’”
Back in April, Netflix got fans hyped with an official trailer and poster for The Woman in the Window, which is based on the best-selling novel and adapted by Tracy Letts. The film stars Amy Adams, Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie, Fred Hechinger, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Julianne Moore. Recently, the social media accounts for the streaming platform released an exclusive clip, which has us counting down until May 14.Continue reading “Get a Glimpse of Netflix’s Newest Thriller, ‘The Woman in the Window’”
In the second of our interview series, author Reem Faruqi and artist Fahmida Azim join us to discuss their new book, Amira’s Picture Day, out now! We discuss the impetus for this delightful children’s book that takes place on the Muslim holiday Eid-Al-Fitr, celebrating the end of Ramadan, and what else inspired them in the creation of this wonderful story, from the beautiful art to the deeply embedded cultural elements Enjoy listening and buy your copy of Amira’s Picture Day today!
In the first of two episodes of Hard NOC Life releasing this week, Keith sits down with Broadway superstar and now, children’s book author, Mandy Gonzalez to talk about her new middle grade novel, Fearless. They also talk about her career — from originating the role of Nina for In the Heights to replacing Renee Elise Goldsberry as Angelica in Hamilton — and why being fearless has helped her cope while Broadway is shut down.
The Woman in the Window premieres on May 14, and Netflix just dropped a trailer that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Along with Amy Adams, the film stars Gary Oldman, Anthony Mackie, Fred Hechinger, Wyatt Russell, Brian Tyree Henry, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Julianne Moore. The Woman in the Window is based on the best-selling novel and adapted by Tracy Letts.Continue reading “Amy Adams Stars in Netflix’s New Psychological Thriller, ‘The Woman in the Window’”
Things Heard & Seen is hitting Netflix on April 29 and the trailer is leaving viewers on the edge of their seats, waiting for more. The thrilling film is based on the novel All Things Cease To Appear by Elizabeth Brundage and stars Amanda Seyfried.Continue reading “Netflix Just Dropped the Trailer for ‘Things Heard and Seen’ and It Looks Creepy”
In about a month on April 23, Netflix will premiere Shadow and Bone to the world. Based on Leigh Bardugo’s worldwide bestselling Grishaverse novels, Shadow and Bone have not released much information about the series, but for those who have not read the books, don’t fret. We have some information you should know before watching the series.Continue reading “Things You Need to Know Before Watching Netflix’s ‘Shadow and Bone’”
Afrofuturism is having a moment. First posited by journalist Mark Dery in the early 1990s, Afrofuturism is now a full-blown social, cultural, psychological, technological, and aesthetic movement. And never has this movement, this moment, been more fully realized than in Tim Fielder’s magnum opus, Infinitum. To call it a graphic novel would be to undercut it’s value. It is an enterprise of speculative cultural cartography.Continue reading “An Endorsement: Tim Fielder’s ‘Infinitum’”
There could not be a better time to grab the companion novel to Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales than now. The game dropped on PS4 and PS5 November 12 to rave reviews, as the pop cultural significance of Miles Morales seems to be losing zero steam, and rightly so.
Author Brittney Morris (Slay, The Cost of Knowing and Together, Apart) packs a ton into the prequel novel — from Miles’ dealings with police outside of his uniform, to Peter having to grapple with being a mentor to a Spider-Man whose reality greatly differs from his own. Wings of Fury delivers a story both heartfelt and absolutely action-packed that leads directly into the start of the game on consoles.Continue reading “Brittney Morris’ ‘Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales – Wings of Fury’ Delivers”
Last week, Halloween came a bit early, as Warner Bros. brought the big screen home with The Witches on HBO Max. The highly anticipated retelling of the classic Roald Dahl book enchanted viewers and showcased that director Robert Zemeckis, and executive producers Guillermo Del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron, as well as Oscar-winning stars Anne Hathaway and Octavia Spencer, have exactly what it takes to make an old classic feel fresh and fun! However one of the biggest surprises the film had to offer was the discovery of its breakout young performer, Jahzir Bruno, in his debut film role!Continue reading “Movie Magic with ‘The Witches’ Star Jahzir Bruno”
Heyyy! It’s Kuya P and I recently sat down with NOC’s own, Preeti Chhibber of Desi Geek Girls to discuss her latest Children’s Book release, Star Wars: A Jedi You Will Be! ENJOY!Continue reading “NOC’s Preeti Chhibber Launches ‘Star Wars’ Children’s Book: ‘A Jedi You Will Be’”
Ghost Squad is a middle grade/young audiences (depending on their tolerance for the spooky) novel that does so many things right: remixes the “kids on bikes” trope, prioritizes adventuring for black and brown girls, and how adventuring doesn’t end when you get older.
Last summer, the universe of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra expanded with the release of The Rise of Kyoshi; the first young adult novel in the franchise. Written by F.C. Yee, it tells of the humble beginnings of the hardcore, justice-pursuing Avatar Kyoshi.
Now, Yee is capping off the Kyoshi duology with the release of The Shadow of Kyoshi. In the aftermath of establishing herself as a fully realized avatar, Kyoshi stumbles her way across the world, tending to her responsibilities as best she can, when a mysterious threat emerges from the Spirit World.
In an e-mail interview, Yee discusses writing The Shadow of Kyoshi following its predecessor’s positive reception, on writing a story set around the Spirit World, and also his thoughts on the recently resurged interest in the series that started it all. Continue reading “From ‘Rise’ to ‘Shadow,’ F.C. Yee on Deepening the Story of Avatar Kyoshi”
Moving as an adolescent, especially moving to another country, is hard. Being forced to move, and unknowingly doing so only to realize later your life has changed, is severely difficult, but can also be fortifying. Writer and cartoonist Robin Ha knows that latter experience all too well, relaying it at Washington DC’s Fantom Comics, speaking with The Nerds of Color EIC Keith Chow about her new graphic memoir, Almost American Girl, this past February 8.
Rebecca Roanhorse is no stranger to writing worlds and realities beyond our own. A speculative fiction writer of both novels and short fiction, she is a recipient of both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award. Her work often features indigenous characters as the leads; such as her Sixth World series where a Dinétah monster slayer navigates a post-apocalyptic world filled with gods and monsters of legend. Continue reading “Author Rebecca Roanhorse Makes Her ‘Star Wars’ Universe Debut with ‘Resistance Reborn’”
Actor Dante Basco is a name and face that has been bringing to life memorable characters for over three decades. While there are many to name, most people will probably recognize him as the leader of the Lost Boys, Rufio, in Steven Spielberg’s Hook, and as the voice of Prince Zuko in the Nickelodeon animated series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. Now, fans will soon get to read about his experiences in the entertainment industry so far in his upcoming memoir, From Rufio to Zuko.