Monthly Archive:: February 2015

Meet Minnesota Cosplayers: Mako Senpai, Alana Profit, Tre’ Da Marc, and Jonathan Palmer

After Briana’s great article, “The Importance of #28DaysOfBlackCosplay,” we thought you might like to meet some of the local black cosplayers here in Minnesota. This is the third of three posts over three days celebrating #28DaysOfBlackCosplay by introducing you to some awesome Minnesotans and their awesome cosplay! Previously: “Meet Minnesota Cosplayers: Cyril Cosplay, Master Trekkie, Ninjabearbear09, and Brichibi Cosplays” Mako Senpai Mako Senpai has a cosplay page on Facebook and a profile on DeviantArt. Hal Bichel (TCG): Why is cosplay important to you? Mako Senpai:...

Crossing the Streams: Fido

Crossing the Streams is a regular column that highlights exciting and enjoyable movies that you can find streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and VOD, providing you with plenty of great movies to add to your queue so you don’t waste time searching for something worthwhile. Typically these movies will be genre-based and geek friendly (though it’s not a requirement to be featured), and a large percentage of them will be independent and lower-budget productions. Chances are you’ve already...

Meet Minnesota Cosplayers: Cyril Cosplay, Master Trekkie, Ninjabearbear09, and Brichibi Cosplays

After Briana’s great article, “The Importance of #28DaysOfBlackCosplay,” we thought you might like to meet some of the local black cosplayers here in Minnesota. This is the second of three posts over three days celebrating #28DaysOfBlackCosplay by introducing you to some awesome Minnesotans and their awesome cosplay! Previously: “Meet Minnesota Cosplayers: Solsounder, Rawiyah, and Anthony Garnett” Cyril Cosplay Cyril Cosplay has a fan page on Facebook. Hal Bichel (TCG): Why is cosplay important to you? Cyril Cosplay: Cosplay is important to me because it helps...

Field Trip: Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway

Disney’s newest classic animated film to be reimagined into a Broadway show, after the tremendous success of Beauty and the Beast,  The Lion King, Tarzan, and The Little Mermaid,  is Aladdin. It debuted at New York’s New Amsterdam Theatre in the spring of 2014. I was incredibly lucky to be able to attend the Valentines Day show on my recent trip to New York. I have seen many shows, on Broadway and elsewhere, and I have to say that...

Meet Minnesota Cosplayers: Solsounder, Rawiyah, and Anthony Garnett

After Briana’s great article, “The Importance of #28DaysOfBlackCosplay,” we thought you might like to meet some of the local black cosplayers here in Minnesota. This is the first of three posts over the next three days celebrating #28DaysOfBlackCosplay by introducing you to some awesome Minnesotans and their awesome cosplay! Solsounder Solsounder has a cosplay page on Facebook. Hal Bichel (TCG): Why is cosplay important to you? Solsounder: [Cosplay] brings an amazing kaleidoscope of art of us as people and I really dig the...

Weirdo to Watch: Andrew Troth, Comic-Book-Slinging Theater Geek

Andrew Troth lives a life many geeks dream of: he helps run a successful theater company, the Chameleon Theatre Circle, and is the owner of a comic-book store, Mind’s Eye Comics. I recently talked with Andrew about his good fortunes, the metro-area suburbs, and all manner of geekiness. Duck Washington (TCG): What does the word “geek” mean to you? Andrew Troth: These days it has a very positive connotation for me. A geek is a person who is heavily...

Rebooting the Black & White Past with KodaChrome Future, Part 3: The Bronze Age of Comics

Previously: “Rebooting the Black & White Past with KodaChrome Future, Part 2: The Silver Age of Comics” The comic-book Bronze Age is perhaps the most aptly or ironically named period because it had the widest range of introductions: the first Black superhero to have his own comic book (Luke Cage), the first Black female superhero (Storm), DC Comics’ first (Black Racer) and second (Green Lantern) Black superheroes, and others. The 1970s ushered in a new era of both black...

Rat Queens Issue #2: Ahh… [expletive deleted] Buckets

I’m back writing, today, Valentine’s Day, to review of the second issue of Rat Queens (October, 2013).  When we last left our heroines they had just witnessed an assassin be reduced in a single blow to a gooey fluid by an angry rampaging troll… and now Violet and Hannah are arguing and trading racial slurs? Panel 2 is a great example of Kurtis Wiebe’s writing: a character believably frightened out of her wits. See it below, as it sends up at least...

Rebooting the Black & White Past with KodaChrome Future, Part 2: The Silver Age of Comics

Previously:  “Rebooting the Black & White Past with KodaChrome Future, Part 1: The Golden Age of Comics” It would take nearly 20 years after the debut of Superman before the first black comic book main character was introduced. Still maintaining the “mysterious and noble savage” stereotype, Waku, Prince of the Bantu was featured in the omnibus, Jungle Tales, from Marvel Comics’s 1950’s predecessor Atlas Comics. The seven-issue series, Jungle Tales (Sept. 1954 – Sept. 1955), which introduced Marvel’s first African hero, was renamed and continued as Jann of...

Geekbaby’s Bookshelf: MORE Great Geeky Books for Your Little Geek

I am of the opinion that there’s no such thing as a bad book to have on your Little Geek’s bookshelf (unless it’s that book that you’ve read over and over and OVER again because someone about their size and about their height can’t get enough, and you’re too much of a sucker to say no). My Geekbaby is too little to put in specific requests yet, but my mother likes to remind me that when I was that...
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