Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of February 20, 2019

Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of February 20, 2019.   Sharkey the Bounty Hunter Publisher: Image Comics Words/Story: Mark Millar Art/Colors: Simone Bianchi “Set in a brilliant new sci-fi universe, Sharkey is a blue-collar bounty hunter who tracks criminals across the galaxy in his converted, rocket-powered ice cream truck. Aided and abetted by his ten-year-old partner, he’s out for the biggest bounty of his career.” Category: Tried and...

Potted Potter Is a Fun Night for Harry Potter Fans and Theatergoers Alike

It’s hard to believe the Harry Potter franchise is two decades old. Sometimes it seems like only yesterday that fans were lining up outside bookstores for a new release, trying not to spoil the next book for those of us who couldn’t read 500 pages in one sitting. Now Potter fans have a theme park, 10 movies (with three more slated for release), a play, and endless merchandise for all four Hogwarts houses to choose from. So in the...

Minnetonka Modern Magic Players Raise Funds for Charity with Weirdcards

Over the weekend of February 2, 2019, the Twin Cities metro experienced a break in the dangerously freezing polar vortex temperatures that had closed schools and forced postal delivery to a halt during the week before. It was a balmy 30-some degrees outdoors, the perfect weather for a groundhog to poke its head out of its burrow as well as for 28 Magic: The Gathering players to stay indoors and raise $600 to help prevent suicide in LGBTQ teens....

This Week In Geek (2/18/19–2/24/19)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, February 18th to Sunday, February 24th. Creative Night What: Arts, Community When: Monday, February 18th 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...

Alita: Battle Angel Delivers an Apt Adaptation of the Classic Manga and Anime

Not all anime and manga properties have to suffer when it comes to an American live-action treatment. Some of them are taken in with care by people who find there’s a great story to tell rather than marquee value to reap. It has been done before with the likes of 2009’s computer-animated Astro Boy, which took care to stick close to its darker source material but also had enough inspiration to be its own thing. Alita: Battle Angel fits...

Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of February 13, 2019

Here are the new books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of February 13, 2019. Wonder Twins Publisher: DC/Wonder Comics Words/Story: Mark Russell Art/Colors: Stephen Byrne “Exiled from their home planet, alien heroes Zan and Jayna must navigate life as teens on Earth at South Metropolis High School, where they’re even bigger outsiders than the typical awkward young adults. Under the watchful eye of Superman, the brother and sister pull monitor duty at...

The Concepts of Ravnica Brings Original Magic: The Gathering Artwork to Lodestone Coffee and Games

At the beginning of 2019, The Concepts of Ravnica launched at Lodestone Coffee and Games. This show, on display until March 1, showcases original Ravnica concept art for Magic: The Gathering. It will display a total of 75 pieces by Tomas Giorello and Wayne Reynolds over the course of its run, rotating three guilds at a time. The show is a product of the work and generosity of Magic art curator Mike Linnemann, otherwise known as Vorthos Mike. He used his personal...

This Week in Geek (2/11/19–2/17/19)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, February 11th to Sunday, February 17th. Creative Night What: Arts, Community When: Monday, February 11th 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...

DC’s Eternity Girl Is a Beautiful Tragedy about Mortality and Mental Health

Content warning: Eternity Girl contains content relating to suicide. Depression and anxiety are two themes I would never associate with a visually stunning and emotionally compelling comic book, but writer Magdalene Visaggio and artist Sonny Liew are able to create just that in Eternity Girl. Coming from DC’s Young Animal imprint, the six-issue miniseries Eternity Girl focuses on a topic that most DC and Marvel books tend to shy away from. It is rare to find a story that...

When You Share Experiences with a Kid, You Remember How Awesome the World Can Be

My seven-year-old daughter normally comes home from school very excited about the goings-on of each particular day (and, at this point in her life, excited is one of her default states). But one day last month, the timbre of excitement was slightly different. “Mom!” she said. “There’s going to be an eclipse on January 20th! We need to see it!” “Oh,” I replied. “We’ll see how it works out.” (Translation from parent-speak: “That sounds interesting, but there are a...
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