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THE STRAIN SEASON 4

Edward Willett

THE CITYBORN

Christina Henry

LOST BOY: TRUE STORY OF CAPTAIN HOOK

James Preller

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A FADING SUN

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Candace Ganger Author Interview


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CANDACE GANGER is a young adult author, contributing writer for Hello Giggles, and obsessive marathoner. Aside from having past lives as a singer, nanotechnology website editor, and world’s worst vacuum sales rep, she’s also ghostwritten hundreds of projects for companies, best-selling fiction and award-winning nonfiction authors alike. Candace—aka—Candyland—has a severe Milky Way latter addiction + eats way too many donuts/doughnuts but all things in excess, amiright? FYI: She’s TOTALLY awkward in person (#sorrynotsorry). She lives in Ohio with her family.

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Age Range: 12 - 18 years
Grade Level: 8 - 12
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (July 25, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250116228
ISBN-13: 978-1250116222

Praise for THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH

"Ganger alternates between Bash’s and Birdie’s perspectives, and readers will be anxious for Birdie to realize Bash’s true identity, and for Bash to come forward to someone—anyone—with the truth. Bash’s friendship with the troubled Kyle, who does nothing but treat him poorly, is puzzling, fascinating, and yet painfully true to life. Hand to fans of Jennifer Niven’s All the Bright Places (2015)." Booklist

"One of 2017's Biggest Debuts... Obsession-worthy." Bustle

“Chemistry geeks will get a kick out of this nerdy story about how love and loss can go hand in hand…Readers will cheer for Birdie as she struggles to get out of her own way, and readers’ hearts will break for Bash as he struggles to cope with his mom’s terminal cancer. Unknowingly connected by both love and tragedy, these two unlikely opposites will collide like molecules with sufficient kinetic energy and, together, create something greater than the sum of their individual parts.” Romantic Times

"Smart, raw, often biting in its reflections of the haves and have-nots, this debut will appeal to fans of John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines. Birdie and Bash are part of a cast of characters so vividly drawn, you’ll find yourself not only wanting to (re)study chemistry but learning what you get in life isn’t always what you deserve - sometimes it’s more. Candace Ganger’s breathtaking debut is a must-have for every shelf." 
Patty Blount, award-winning author of Some Boys

"THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH is part love story, part page-turner, and part intricate character study. Ganger writes her characters with great care, and the beautifully structured story is filled with giant truths and tiny, perfect details. Falling for this book was quick, thrilling and, yes, inevitable." ―Corey Ann Haydu, author of OCD Love Story and The Careful Undressing of Love

"Smart, emotionally rich, and beautifully written, THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH is an unforgettable, heartfelt novel―realistic YA at its best.” ―Jamie Kain, author of Instructions for the End of the World and The Good Sister

"A smart, complex story with textured characters that lift off the page. Candace Ganger has a rare talent for weaving together two compulsively readable voices." ―Jessica Taylor, author of Wandering Wild and A Map for Wrecked Girls

"Smart, intense, heartbreaking…this debut novel is a must read." ―Kim Turrisi, author of Just a Normal Tuesday




What was your first introduction to literature?


School, when I fought it! I did the Book It program because I wanted the free pizzas. It wasn’t until I got a little older that I started to actually read the books and appreciate the stories in them.

Who or what has influenced your writing, and in what way?

Everyone, and everything. I use life to inspire me in any way possible. My kids say funny things, so I’ll use that. And I’m pretty weird and awkward, so I largely draw on my own thoughts and actions (or things I wish I could do or say).

Did you learn anything from writing THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH and what was it?

I learned a lot about The Collision Theory and how certain things shouldn’t interact (like people). Throughout the whole process of getting this story told, I also learned how resilient I am. I had plenty of chances to quit, but decided if I did, my cats wouldn’t be nearly as proud of me.

For those who are unfamiliar with Birdie, how would you introduce her?

Birdie’s a girl who uses her brain, instead of her heart. She won’t make a decision without really thinking it through, and even then, she’ll carry the guilt of falling outside of everyone’s expectations. She hates to fail, to be vulnerable, but at her core, she’s dying to let go of the control, so she can live at least a little.

What part of Bash did you enjoy writing the most?

I really enjoyed writing any scene where Birdie & Bash interacted. I love their relationship, that remains undefined for a bit, because you feel the chemistry and how they’re fighting it.

If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why?

I’d absolutely introduce Wild Kyle to And I Darken’s Lada! They’d be killer together. Literally.

Which character have you enjoyed getting to know while writing INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH?

It’s hard to choose, but I’m very protective of Bash. At first glance, you’ll want to judge him but when you get to know him, you’ll understand his choices a little more. He’s so many pieces of me, and so many I wish to be, and wish I weren’t, I’m appreciative to be able to tell his story.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

I’ve been lucky to have quite a few, mostly because I’ve been doing this for a really long time (too long!). If I name names, I’ll forget someone and then I’d feel terrible.

How many books have you written?

Total? I have no idea. Too many to count. I’ve been writing books (and other things) for over a decade!

You have the chance to give one piece of advice to your readers. What would it be?

You hear it all the time because it’s true: DON’T GIVE UP. EVER. SEROIOUSLY.

Who was your first boyfriend?

I’ve blogged about my first bf because he felt me up then dragged me to confession. True story. He shall remain nameless and a distant memory I’ll only (fictionally) write about in books, though I’m sure everyone I know remembers this/him/us.

Tell me about your first kiss.

I was late to the kissing/boyfriend game, compared to my friends. It was my freshman year, by the orchestra room (I played violin), on Valentine’s Day. He gave me earrings and I gave him a kiss. It was nothing like I thought it would be and actually, for a long time, I lied about having boyfriends because everyone else had them and I didn’t. It’s as sad as it sounds.

What's the most memorable summer job you've ever had?

I was a cashier at a grocery store and I hated every second of it. Then, a telemarketer. I hated that, too. At one point, I researched starting a no-kill animal shelter. I was driven—just not with school.


Where did you go on your first airplane ride?


To LA. My mom was obsessed with (and still is) real life crime dramas. We had to drive by the places of the OJ trial/Nicole Brown Simpson murder situation. If it sounds strange, try growing up in my house. I did meet Jake from California Dreams (am I old, or does anyone remember him?), so that was cool, I guess.

What decade during the last century would you have chosen to be a teenager?

I actually love that my teen years happened at the brink of the Internet (before the world got so obsessed with technology), so I’ll say the 90s—all the way!

What is your greatest adventure?


The one I’m on right now.

Where can readers find you?

My website at 
candaceganger.com or, follow me via Twitter/Instagram @candylandgang



Candace Ganger captures all the bumps in the road and simmering chemistry of those early days of first love in her young adult debut novel THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH (St. Martin’s Griffin; July 25, 2017). Ganger, a contributing writer for HelloGiggles, starts her writing career in her full of feels young adult novel set around a skating rink with two characters you can’t help but root for. She explores this tender time during occasions of family tragedy, and whether young love can pull apart or become an anchor in the face of impossible circumstances.

Sebastian Alvaréz is just trying to hold the pieces together: to not flunk out, to keep his sort-of-best friend Wild Kyle from doing something really bad, and to see his beloved Ma through chemo. But when he meets Birdie Paxton, a near-Valedictorian who doesn’t realize she’s smoking hot in her science pun T-shirt, at a party, an undeniable attraction sparks. And suddenly he’s not worried about anything. But before they are able to exchange numbers, they are pulled apart. A horrifying tragedy soon links Birdie and Bash together—but neither knows it. When they finally reconnect, and are starting to fall—hard—the events of the tragedy unfold, changing both their lives in ways they can never undo.

Loosely based on real life tragic circumstances, Ganger says, "I'd been wrestling with a family tragedy for years, wondering how I could write about this unfathomable event in a way that might help my family heal but nothing ever really felt right”. When Birdie and Bash came alive on the page that Ganger says “this was my way of re-writing their history with a little bit of hope”. Told in alternating perspectives, THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH is a beautiful, complex, and ultimately hopeful teen novel that will move you to the very last page.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

I Scream, You Scream! by James Preller Review


Book Nerd Review by Jordan

Welcome. Take a seat. Buckle up, nice and tight. We’ve got a story to tell. But be warned. I Scream, You Scream! isn’t just any tale. This is a Scary Tale.

Meet Sam Carver, an ordinary kid with a very special ticket in her pocket. This ticket will send her and her new friend Andy on a most unusual ride—one that will leave them screaming for more.



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DR. Z'S ADVENTURE PARK

The Carvers stood first in line for the grand opening of the Dragon Tooth, advertised as the greatest thrill ride in amusement park history. Samantha gazed back at the zigzag of customers, people of every shape, size, and color. She couldn't believe her good luck.

The word "excited" didn't exactly describe Sam's feelings. She was ecstatic, overjoyed, tweaked, gonzo, completely over the moon. Her hands fluttered like hummingbirds, darting up to her thick black hair, drifting skyward, then diving down into her pockets. 

Who could blame her? Sam was visiting her favorite place on the planet: Doctor Z's Adventure Park. No one loved amusement parks more than eleven-year-old Sam Carver. She loved everything about them. The crowds, the food, the noise —music blaring, bells dinging, children screaming, 


"I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM, WE ALL SCREAM ON ROLLER COASTERS!"

Sammy loved the buttery smell of popcorn that filled her nostrils, the sweetness of cotton candy, the grease of hot dogs and burgers. But most of all, she loved the rides, every single one—the Whirligig and the Wheel of Wonder, the Windseeker and Skyscreamer, the Gravitron and Richochet and Cloud Chaser. She worshipped the Wall of Death and dearly loved the Spiral of Doom. 

For Sam, there was only one rule: the scarier, the better. And after each ride, Sam would cry: "Again, again, again!"

She checked—once again, for the 100th time—for the thick, cardboard ticket in the front pocket of her dress. She bounced on her heels in anticipation. Her eyes lifted to watch a red-tailed hawk glide through the clouds. Bird in the sky, she thought, I know how you feel.

"I'm sooooo excited!" Sam told her parents. "I feel like a bottle of soda, all fizzy inside, ready to pop."

"Try not to explode," her father said. "That might be messy."

Mrs. Carver looked up from her folded newspaper. She enjoyed word games, and completed the crossword puzzle every morning. Sam liked to help her mother solve the Daily Jumble and play with anagrams, where you rearranged the letters of one word to form new words.
She pretended her own name, Samantha, was an anagram. 

A HATS MAN
ASH MAN AT
HAM ANT AS

Oh well, it was a disappointing list.
Sam was certain that today was going to be the best day of her life. She turned to her parents and beamed a smile of pure sunshine. "Thanks for bringing me, Mom and Dad. I can't believe how happy I am."

Months before, Sam had entered a contest by clicking on a link and, amazingly, despite the odds, actually won a prize. Her reward? A ticket to be among the first customers to enjoy the Greatest Thrill Ride Ever Created. But was Sam brave enough?

Oh yes, surely she was. Nothing frightened Sam Carver. Nothing, that is, except for dentists, bats, and homework. The usual things. Dentists, of course, with their fat fingers fumbling in your mouth. But bats creeped Sam out the most, with their leathery wings and tiny teeth and weird human faces.

Besides, homework scared everybody!

Text copyright © 2013 by James Preller.
Illustrations copyright © 2013 by Iacopo Bruno



This is about one of the scariest book I have ever read! The main characters, Sam and Andy were so brave to take on the giant unearthly bug! I really love the setting like in a theme park and the woods too! This book gave me the chills! James Preller, this is my favorite book in the Scary Tales series! Please make more like this! This book definitely is the most scariest. Thank you again James Preller for making this book!

Here are Jordan's written reviews as he reads per chapter. Just click the picture to enlarge. ***WARNING** Review Contains SPOILERS. Do NOT click the pictures if you do not wish to be Spoiled.

 

   

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James Preller is the author of the popular Jigsaw Jones mystery books, which have sold more than 10 million copies since 1998. He is also the author of Bystander, named a 2009 Junior Library Guild Selection, Six Innings, an ALA Notable Book, and Mighty Casey, his own twist on the classic poem, “Casey at the Bat.” In addition to writing full-time, Preller plays in a men’s hardball league and coaches Little League. He compares coaching kids to “trying to hold the attention of a herd of earthworms.” He lives in Delmar, New York with his wife, three children, cats and dog.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

SDCC: Titan Comics Full Plans Revealed



TITAN COMICS AT SAN DIEGO COMIC CON 2017: 
FULL PLANS REVEALED



TITAN BRINGS DOCTOR WHO, SHERLOCK, FIGHTING AMERICAN, ROBOTECH, DEATH OF STALIN, PLUS MANY MORE, TO SDCC!

July 14, 2017– This San Diego Comic-Con, Titan Comics brings its biggest ever offering of exciting debuts, SDCC variants, limited editions and special appearances from a host of creators including; Steven Moffat, Terry Dodson, plus many more phenomenal talents from the comics industry.

BBC’s Sherlock co-creator and Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat is set to make a special appearance on Thursday July 20, 2017 on Titan’s Sherlock Comics Panel (12PM – 1PM, Room 5AB) to discuss all-things Sherlock manga joined by Sherlock producer Sue Vertue! Expect sneak peeks, art previews, and announcements as they go behind the scenes of the Sherlock TV series adaption comics. Fans will get the chance to meet Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue at a special Sherlock signing at 1.15PM in Autograph Area Table AA21 on Thursday. Tickets will be drawn on Thursday AM so don’t miss out!

Whovians cannot miss Titan’s Doctor Who & Torchwood comics panel on Saturday July 22 at 3.30pm (room 5AB) alongside special Doctor Who guests – writers Nick Abadzis, Richard Dinnick, Cavan Scott, George Mann, and colorist Brian Miller, with Doctor Who editor Andrew James. This special panel is a must-attend for Whovians and Torchwood aficionados alike, delving into upcoming plans for both series as well as new announcements and art reveals.

During the show exclusively at Titan Booth #5537, Titan is releasing a Doctor Who Convention Special comic entitled “The Last Action Figure” - an all-new Doctor Who story featuring the TV show’s current companion, Bill Potts, played by Pearl Mackie.

Written by Richard Dinnick, with art by Mariano Laclaustra and Carlos Cabrera, this convention special comic comes with two fantastic collectable covers by Alice X. Zhang featuring the Twelfth Doctor and Bill Potts.

Doctor Who fans attending 2017’s San Diego Comic-Con can purchase this special comic, along with a fantastic range of other Doctor Who comics and collections, at the Titan booth #5537. Plus, there’s many opportunities for fans to meet their favorite Doctor Who comic creators, including Nick Abadzis, Paul Cornell, Richard Dinnick, George Mann, Cavan Scott and Alice X. Zhang.

SDCC attendees will get a very special opportunity with a peek behind the curtain at Titan’s Warhammer 40,000 comic series – based in the staggeringly popular dark science fiction universe from Games Workshop. Join Warhammer 40,000 writer George Mann in a special panel on Thursday July 20 at 2.30PM (Room 4) to be among the first to see exclusive art from the new comics including Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III and our latest title, Blood Bowl: More Guts, More Glory, and hear upcoming plans for the series. Warhammer 40,000 fans can get their comics signed by writer George Mann after the panel at 4PM at Titan Booth #5537.

Titan will be exhibiting a number of SDCC exclusives – only available at Titan’s booth #5537 - including a special ashcan with a first look at Titan’s new Fighting American series with a convention special Issue #0 featuring a black and white pencil cover by comic book legend, Terry Dodson! As an extra bonus, Terry Dodson will be signing copies at 12PM on Friday July 21 at Titan Booth #5537.

Protoculture fans should not miss the global debut of Robotech #1, based on the classic ‘80s TV show! To celebrate this debut, Harmony Gold’s Tommy Yune will be signing copies of the comic at Titan Booth #5537 from 1PM. Robotech #1 convention special comes with a stunning cover by Doctor Who artist Rachael Stott! Plus, fans attending the Robotech panel held on Thursday July 20 at 8:30PM (Room 24ABC) will also get a behind-the-scenes look at Issue #1 and exclusive teases behind the series!

Fans of Veep’s Armando Iannucci will not want to miss out on Titan’s limited signed edition of The Death of Stalin – the graphic novel, which inspired the upcoming movie. This limited signed edition comes with an exclusive artcard signed by Armando Iannucci – writer/director of the new The Death of Stalin movie. This is only available at Titan Booth #5537.

To keep up to date with Titan Comics at SDCC follow Titan Comics on Twitter at @comicstitan and on Facebook and Tumblr.

See below for a full list of creator signings and panel information:

THURSDAY – JULY 20, 2017

PANEL: SHERLOCK COMICS WITH STEVEN MOFFAT & SUE VERTUE
Time: 12-1PM
Room: 5AB (capacity 485)
Guests: Steven Moffat, Sue Virtue

Join in for a talk on all-things Sherlock manga with showrunner, writer, and producer of the Doctor Who and Sherlock TV series Steven Moffat, joined by producer Sue Vertue. Expect sneak peeks, art previews, and announcements as they go behind the scenes of the Sherlock TV series adaptation comics. Each audience member will receive a free gift!

For more information and to add the panel to your SDCC schedule here.

SIGNING: SHERLOCK COMICS WITH STEVEN MOFFAT
Time: 1.15-2.15PM
Autograph Area table AA21
Guests: Steven Moffat, Sue Virtue
Tickets: fans pick up limited tickets at Thurs, 9-9.15am

Join Sherlock and Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat and producer Sue Vertue as they sign copies of Titan’s Sherlock comics!

PANEL: WARHAMMER COMICS
Time: 2.30-3.30PM
Room 4 (capacity 150)
Guests: George Mann

Take an exclusive look at what's coming up for Titan and Games Workshop's Warhammer 40,000 comics line-featuring Warhammer 40,000 ongoing, Dawn of War, and Blood Bowl. Go behind the scenes of the Dawn of War IIIseries, set within the latest Relic video game, and get the score of brand-new and riotous Blood Bowl comics based on the hit tabletop and game series. Get an exclusive preview of upcoming series Deathwatch ! Join Warhammer writer George Mann (Dark Souls, Doctor Who) and senior editor Andrew James for a jam-packed panel. Each panel attendee will receive an exclusive gift.

For more information and to add the panel to your SDCC schedule here.

SIGNING: WARHAMMER SIGNING
Time: 4pm-5pm
Titan booth #5537
Guests: George Mann

Join George Mann as he signs Warhammer 40,000 comics!

FRIDAY –JULY 21, 2017
SIGNING: FIGHTING AMERICAN #0
Time: 12- 1pm
Titan booth #5537
Guest: Terry Dodson

Join Terry Dodson as he signs Fighting American #0!


SATURDAY – JULY 22, 2017
DOCTOR WHO SIGNING
Time: 11am-12noon
Titan booth #5537
Guests: Cavan Scott, Nick Abadzis, George Mann

Join superstar writers Cavan Scott, Nick Abadzis and George Mann as they sign Doctor Who comics!


SIGNING: ROBOTECH
Time: 1pm-2pm
Titan booth #5537
Guests: Tommy Yune

Join Harmony Gold’s Tommy Yune as he signs his Robotech Blue Line Sketch Variant cover and convention special of Issue #1 of Robotech!


PANEL: DOCTOR WHO AND TORCHWOOD COMICS
Time: 3.30-4.30PM
Room: 5AB (capacity 485)
Guests: George Mann (Twelfth Doctor), Cavan Scott (Ninth Doctor), Brian Miller (HiFi- colourist team), Nick Abadzis (Tenth Doctor), Richard Dinnick (Convention special)

Get your fix of all things Whovian from writers Cavan Scott, George Mann, and others, along with Doctor Who senior editor Andrew James, who will reveal upcoming plans for Titan's Doctor Who comics and take you behind the scenes of Titan's stand-alone SDCC Doctor Who comic-created especially for the show! Each audience member will receive a free comic!

For more information and to add the panel to your SDCC schedule here.

SUNDAY – JULY 23, 2017
SIGNING: DOCTOR WHO
Time: 1pm- 2pm
Titan booth #5537
Guests: Paul Cornell, Alice X Zhang, Richard Dinnick.

Join writers Paul Cornell and Richard Dinnick with convention special cover artist Alice X. Zhang as they sign Doctor Who comics!

Titan Comics offers astounding comics and graphic novels from the world's greatest licensed properties, alongside creator-owned comic books from new and world-renowned talent and classic graphic novels re-mastered for brand-new audiences.
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Cas Anvar Actor Interview


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Cas Anvar is an award-winning actor. Born in Regina, Saskatchewan and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Anvar’s professional career began upon graduating from Canada’s prestigious National Theatre School. He is a true chameleon that has shone in dynamically diverse roles: from Oscar-winning best pictures to biopics to award-winning video game warriors. SyFy network took note of Anvar’s talents casting him in two recurring roles on two exciting series: “Olympus”, an action-packed mythological drama, and “The Expanse”, a futuristic thriller, in the vein of “Battlestar Galactica”.

Anvar’s big break came with his role in the Cruise/Wagner film ‘Shattered Glass’, alongside an A-list cast including Hayden Christiansen, Peter Sarsgaard and Chloe Sevigny. The film went on to be nominated for four Spirit Awards and a Golden Globe. Anvar is no stranger to working with Hollywood elite, showing his versatility on the big screen with roles opposite Ben Affleck in the Oscar-winning Best Picture ‘Argo’, Naomi Watts in the Princess Diana biopic ‘Diana’ (starring as Dodi Fayed), with Jake Gyllenhaal in the sci-fi adventure ‘Source Code’, and John Cusak in the suspense thriller ‘The Factory’. His film credits also include Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Terminal’ (with Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta Jones), the feature comedy ‘Miss India America’ (with “New Girl”‘s Hannah Simone), and the upcoming horror thriller ‘The Vatican Tapes’ (starring Dougray Scott and Michael Pena).

The actor has been nominated for two ACTRA awards and two Gemini awards, and won the SAG award for Best Ensemble Cast for his role in ‘Argo’. Along with his film and television acting, Anvar’s other passion is voice work. He is well known for his roles in some of the world’s most popular video games: Call of Duty: BO2, Halo 4, and as Altair in Assassins Creed: Revelations.

On the small screen, Anvar has appeared on CBS’s “NCIS:LA”, USA network’s “In Plain Sight”, ABC’s “Boston Legal”, ABC’s “Castle”, CBS’s “Intelligence”, and the hit series “24” (with Keifer Sutherland).

When he’s not working, Anvar enjoys playing paintball with his team, The Suave Bastards, and buzzing around in their custom made tank called The Mighty Bastard.
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Was there a particular event or time that you recognized that acting was not just a hobby, but that it would be your life and your living?

I was studying Psyche my university and I couldn’t stop acting on the side. finally when I was accepted to the National Theater School of Canada ( Canada's Juilliard) I realized it is what I should be doing

What advice would you give to someone who wanted to have a life in acting?

DON’T! lol, just kidding.. .well kinda. Basically acting is an extremely brutal and difficult profession, as are all the performing arts. It requires huge investments of blood, sweat, and tears and you have to deal with rejection 95 % of the time. It needs to be a passion of yours, something that you cannot live without. You have to eat, breathe, and live acting in order to be able to make it. Acting isn’t for the faint hearted. It can be the most rewarding and exciting careers if you decide to take that big leap of faith.

What do you hope for people to be thinking when they watch the STRAIN?

The Strain is an incredibly thrilling alternate view of our world which uses the metaphor of Vampires to talk about many huge and relevant issues in our world today. For example, Sanjay Desai, the character I play, is based on very real people who were collaborators in WWII and assisted the Nazi is setting up Hitler’s new world order even at the cost of their own people. It was a tragic occurrence but one which need not be forgotten lest it happen again. It also has a totalitarian population trying to overrun and over power the current population. all things which have and ARE occurring in our world today. I would hope that Guillermo's fantastic and dark compelling vision of an alternate future will both thrill and provoke the audience into seeing the path things might go if we aren’t all watchful and mindful. We walk a razors edge in today's world. it is easy for us to lose our way.

What makes acting great for you?


I love telling stories! It’s a reward for me when I can inspire people to think outside their insulated bubble, challenge accepted norms and to think freely.

In your television series; THE STRAIN can you tell my Nerd community a little about it?

The Strain is Guillermo Del Toros vision of an alternate future on earth where a unique parasite infects humans turning them into a hive of immortal vampires lead by a King vamp called the Master. They have a mission to conquer our world and enslave the human population and make them cattle for the ruling vampire population.

What was your most unforgettable moment filming season 4 of the STRAIN?

one of the most wild scenes I had to do was in S3 where I presented my boss Eichhorst with the new processing plant I had set up. It was brutal cold and pragmatic scene which showed clearly the huge divide between humans and vampires ( Strigoi) in terms of their perspectives on life and its value.

How did you like playing Sanjay?

I loved and hated playing him. It was an incredible challenge playing a character that was so opportunistic that he would do anything to move up the Strigoi ladder as a human even betray his own race. It was fascinating figuring out how anyone could live with themselves and find the motivation to do the things Sanjay does. how he rationalizes and justifies his actions. since no villain sees themselves as such the complex excuses he would need to make were part of the fun in creating this character. but at the end of the day especially after the end of S4 it was difficult to shake off all the things Sanjay had to say and do in the season. it started to go home with me. it was a welcome relief to be able to get to the end of S4 even though I loved playing him.

Are there actors/actresses that you are excited to work with?

Oh yes, I have been blessed to work with amazing talent in my career! I was thrilled to work with RIchard Sammel Kevin Durand Ruta Gedmintas and Jonathan Hyde on the strain and on previous projects It was a dream to work with Matthew Modine Tom Hanks Catherine Zeta Jones Stanley Tuci Peter Saarsgard Rosario Dawson Steve Zahn Ben Affleck Brie Larson WIlliam H Macy William Shatner Candice Bergen James Spader and many more .. actors I would LOVE to work with Kate Beckinsale Robert Downey JR JOhnny Depp Kevin Kline Angela Basset but currently my favorite group of actors are my incredible team on THE EXPANSE. Steven Strait, Dominique Tipper Wes Chatham Frankie Adams and Shoreh Agdashloo

For those who are unfamiliar with Sanjay, how would you introduce him?

a charming intelligent self serving driven man who could get you to introduce him to your mother but you would never want to do that .. .because he always has his own agenda.

What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us?

Currently shooting S3 of the EXPANSE and just you wait, it is going blow your minds!

If you could introduce Sanjay to any character from another movie, who would it be and why?

OTTO from FISH CALLED WANDA I’d love to see what they do to each other…lol

Tell me about your first kiss on screen?

awkward and embarrassing as I was a nerd my whole life…eventually it got easier, lol

What decade during the last century would you have chosen to be a teenager?

I love the 50s and the 20s

What is your greatest adventure?

I want to take a trip around the world to visit all the power sites of the world… PYRAMIDS STONEHENGE, EASTER ISLAND BURMUDA TRIANGLE etc etc

When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?

Honestly, I can’t remember! It’s been that long!

TOP TEN IDEAL LOCATIONS TO TRAVEL
As mentioned above the 10 power sites of the world
Pyramids
Bermuda Triangle
Stone Henge
Easter Island
Machu Picchu
New Mexico
Incan and Mayan Temples
Atlantis
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“The Strain,” the highest rated sci-fi television show from 2016, returns to primetime on FX network on Sunday July 16, 2017. In the fourth and final season CAS ANVARbicycles over to "The Strain" from his set of "The Expanse" where he is about to start shooting season 3, to resume the role of antagonist "Sanjay Desai," the right-hand man to Eichhorst (Richard Sammel). In the series, Cas is a human who brings his formidable business resources to help vampires establish their new world order in the totalitarian regime.

With the world in disarray and their heroes disbanded, each of them will have to overcome personal hardship and defy death for even the smallest chance at fighting back. Simultaneously, the Master reigns supreme, furthering his scheme for the end of the world. In the face of annihilation…will heroes have what it takes to save humankind? And how does CAS ANVAR and his character fit in to this complicated struggle. A sneak peak of "Strain" 4: http://bit.ly/2rB8mDZ


Your readers/audience know and have become loyal to Cas from his SyFy hit, “The Expanse” with the second reason just wrapping this spring on Syfy as well as the legendary 'Assassin Altair' from "Assassins Creed Revelations."




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