A Twin Cities Geek Girl Goes to San Diego Comic-Con

San Diego Comic-Con (also known as “SDCC”) is widely regarded among fans as a “geek mecca,” and when you arrive at the convention, it’s not hard to see why. Boasting over 160,000 attendees in recent years, it’s been called the largest comic convention in the United States. It can be exhilarating for a newbie and also bit overwhelming at times. For me, being Latina, queer, and from the Midwest, the diversity that the Comic-Con experience offered was mind-blowing. My...

This Week in Geek (08/29/16–09/04/16)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, August 29th through Sunday, September 4th. Joe Zieja Autographing at Uncle Hugo’s What: Signing, Books When: Monday, August 29th at 5:00 p.m. Where: Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore Author and voice actor Joe Zieja will be signing copies of his novel Mechanical Failure at Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore tonight. Shadow Horse Theatre 2016 Fundraiser: Murder Mysteries...

Stranger Things Is More Good Than Bad

Last month we—by which I mean the nerds of this world, although an argument for a more general audience could be made—were gifted the new Netflix original series Stranger Things. If I may, I’d like go on a tangent before I dive into my thoughts on this show. The lateness of this review is due to two reasons. One, I was late to seeing the show. Two, I discovered something I have never really come across while reviewing TV...

Win a Copy of Star Wars Rebels: The Complete Season 2!

It’s been more than eight months since The Force Awakens, and we still have a while longer to wait until December and Rogue One, but in between you might be one of the many people who have been watching Star Wars Rebels for their fix. Season 3 will be here soon, but in the meantime, season 2 is coming out on DVD and Blu-ray August 30—and we’re giving you the chance to win it for free! All you have...

Throwback Thursday: Zardoz is the Alpha and the Omega

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. If your movie begins with an introduction by a floating head with a drawn-on goatee and continues with a giant stone head declaring that “The gun is good!” and “The penis is evil!,” you know you’re in for a unique film. After the success of his Oscar-nominated hillbilly/man vs....

The Tabletop Gamer’s Guide to New Foods of the 2016 Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair is once again upon us, adventurers—August 26 to September 5! Every year, it is always full of old favorite foods like the classic foot-long, deep-fried cheese curds, and my all-time favorite, Sweet Martha’s Cookie Jar. And every year also gives us a chance to try something new and add it to the list of favorite must-have State Fair foods. My mission: go through all the new foods listed on the fair’s website and give a...

Minnesota’s Christopher Jones Draws Everything from Superheroes to Time Lords

Christopher Jones is a Minnesota-based comic artist and illustrator who has worked on a multitude of different comics and books, including properties from Young Justice to The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to Doctor Who: The Third Doctor. Due to his having worked on a few things that I am a fan of, I was pretty pumped when he graciously took some time out of his day to answer a few of my questions. Philip Coler (TCG): For people who don’t...

This Week in Geek (08/22/16–08/28/16)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, August 22nd, through Sunday, August 28th. Summer Music & Movies: Bruise Violet followed by Big Cats and Man with a Movie Camera What: Music, Screening, Movies When: Monday, August 22nd at 7:00 p.m. Where: Loring Park As part of the museum’s Summer Music & Movies series, the Walker Art Center will host Bruise Violet (City Pages‘ Best...

The 2016 Emmy Nominations: Predictions and Thoughts from a Nerd’s Perspective

We have four weeks to go until the 2016 Emmy Awards. As a television reviewer for this site and a general fan of the medium, the nominations caught my attention when they were announced last month. Needless to say, there were some pleasant surprises, but there were also some entrants that left me frustrated, upset, and bewildered. I invite the readers of this article to journey into my line of thought on the Emmys. I shall peruse through the...

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Feels More Like Fanfiction Than Canon

Harry Potter is my gateway fandom. It’s the first fandom that snowballed me into distinguishing myself as a geek. My dad would read the stories to me before I went to bed, and when he passed away from cancer, those books were a link to his memory and how much he meant to me. I mention my story first because it tells you how much this series has impacted my life. When I read online that the Harry Potter...