The Character Alignments of New Minnesota State Fair Foods, Rated

The Minnesota State Fair is rapidly approaching, and it is high time to prepare yourself (and your stomach) for the food that is coming. There is always a ton of food to pick from each year, and to make it easier for you, I’ve rated the moral alignments for some of the new food coming your way in 2018. Lawful Good: Triple Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake This delightful treat is exactly what you expect to see when you hear the...

The Orville Is the Perfect Star Trek Homage

Late last year, FOX released a little show called The Orville. It was charming, nostalgic, irreverent, and funny as hell. Audiences loved it. I loved it. But critics? Not so much. The difference between the audience and critic reception was truly staggering, and one of the primary criticisms of the show was a lack of originality. Some reviews were softer, implying that the show was a somewhat heavy-handed approach to homage, but many were far harsher, deeming it to...

#1 Comic Issues I’m Picking Up the Week of August 15, 2018

Below are the new series and miniseries I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of August 15, 2018. Pearl Publisher: Jinxworld/DC Words/Story: Brian Michael Bendis Art/Colors: Michael Gaydos “Pearl is the story of an exceptional tattoo artist and accidental assassin for one of the modern-day San Francisco Yakuza. She was born into one life, but another is calling to her. When Pearl accidentally meets one of her peers, her doppelgänger from another clan, she...

Spinning Silver Spins a Complex Tale of Debts

When I worked at a bookstore in high school, my manager always said, “You cannot tell a book by its cover, but you can sure sell a book by its cover.” The cover of Naomi Novik’s Spinning Silver, a loose adaptation of Rumpelstiltskin, beckoned to me; a woman releasing pieces of gold from one hand to another gave me the perception of a woman in control of her own life. The light-blue background with white drops of snow accompanied...

This Week in Geek (8/13/18–8/19/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, August 13th to Sunday, August 19th. Creative Night What: Arts, Community When: Monday, August 13th at 6:30 p.m. Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building Let your creativity shine with drawing, painting, crafting, or whatever your heart desires at Creative Night, a weekly event put on by Crafty Geek and the Geek Partnership Society. This is a...

In Puzzle, Drama and Reflection Fit Together

It would seem like a challenge to piece together a thoughtful and engaging film around the quietest of games—something more entertaining to do yourself than to watch. But in Puzzle, director Marc Turtletaub manages to find a dramatic tale to weave around the game itself without turning puzzles into a set dressing for an indie drama of rediscovering passion and purpose. He knows that the game itself has a more contemplative edge and lets the audience enjoy that sense of reflection...

The Meg Takes a Bite Out of Summer

You have to have admire the pecularily Hollywood kind of confidence it takes to make a large-budget shark movie these days. I mean, there are plenty of ferocious predecessors that are really, really good (Jaws, Open Water, The Shallows) and the countless more that are not much better than lukewarm chum (looking at SyFy and a certain movie about tornadoes). So, if you try to make a good movie, the bar is pretty high, and if you are shooting for...

The Ancient Magus’ Bride Combines Magic, Beauty, and Terror

I’ve been on a bit of a faerie-story kick lately—not so much the Grimms’ variety as the creepy-but-beautiful ancient fey myth variety. Before this most recent resurgence of my affinity for such things, I’d heard a little bit about a newish anime series (first released in October 2017) called The Ancient Magus’ Bride and was intrigued by it. When I ran across it again a few weeks ago, it struck me as just the sort of strange and beautiful story...

After Stunning in Year 15, Goth Prom Preps for Sweet 16

For 15 years, a revolving group of committed individuals has taken the time to plan, create, and execute one of the most fabulous goth nights of the year. The committee behind Goth Prom has changed over the past decade and a half, but its members work tirelessly to bring the community the best possible event despite encountering scheduling conflicts and venue issues. This year, prom was moved from its long-standing venue, downtown Minneapolis’s the Saloon, over to the Loring Bar...

4 Recent Comic Releases You Need to Read Right Now

The comic-book scene started the summer off on a high note this year! A massive amount of first issues premiered from all types of publishers. We also got a few continuations from June that have been keeping up stellar momentum. If the amount of time it would take to cover all of the awesome July comics sounds excessive, no problem! We’ve got some of the best titles summed up and reviewed—with no spoilers—to get you all caught up. 1....
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