Monthly Archive:: August 2015

This Week in Geek (08/31/15–09/06/15)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, August 31st through Sunday, September 6th. Anime Twin Cities September Kotatsu What: Meet-Up When: Tuesday, September 1st at 6:30 p.m. Where: Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, Fridley Kotatsu is a monthly open hangout night presented by Anime Twin Cities (the parent organization of the Anime Detour convention) to which you are invited to bring games, cards, knitting, writing, “or any...

Reviewing the Indie Author: Illusion

Welcome to Reviewing the Indie Author, where we look at books by self-published and independent-press authors. Illusion by Christa Yelich-Koth, which will be officially released in September, is a sci-fi novel and the first book of a planned series. It takes place primarily on a large spaceship, which might normally make a reader nervous—but the discovery of the ship and the sheer number of different crew members and plot lines are more than enough to keep this small space from...

Princeless and the Revolution

What is the greatest all-ages comic book you should be reading if you aren’t already? Survey says: Princeless . . . and you didn’t even have to poll 100 people (that’s a Family Feud reference for those of you too young to remember Richard Dawson).  Instead, read this review of the first trade book of the series and before you can say “let’s go crazy,” see if you don’t get struck with the urge to rush out and buy...

Ramping Up for MN Renaissance Festival: Michael Heck & the Original Royal Guard Costumes

As the Minnesota Renaissance Festival finds itself once again upon us, there is no better time to showcase some of the artisans who can be spotted on the festival grounds. Not all of the talented artists have a booth at the renaissance festival, but they are still important contributors of wonderful art that bring the spirit of the fest to life. Todays featured artist is Michael Heck. (Check out our other interviews by clicking here.) Kelly Starsmore (TCG): What...

Throwback Thursday: Ryan O’Neal Is an Irish Rogue Out for Himself in Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past—“classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important in some aspect. There are a number of unmade Stanley Kubrick film projects, among them a film based on Napoleon Bonaparte. Thankfully, since he wasn’t able to make that, instead we were given Barry Lyndon. Set in Europe in the late 18th century, this film details the life of Irishman Redmond Barry from his teenage years through...

Ramping Up for MN Renaissance Festival: Grey Goose Bows’ One-of-a-Kind Long Bows

As the Minnesota Renaissance Festival finds itself once again upon us, there is no better time to showcase some of the artisans who can be spotted on the festival grounds. Not all of the talented artists have a booth at the festival, but they are still important contributors of wonderful art that bring the spirit of the fest to life. The third featured artist in our interview series is Cameron James Alexander Christian-Weir, also known as Cehero Okensword from the Barony of Nordskogen, owner and sole...

This Week in Geek (08/24/15–08/30/15)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, August 24th through Sunday, August 30th. United Geeks of Gaming Game Designer Session What: Meet-Up, Gaming When: Tuesday, August 25th at 7:00 p.m. Where: Waterbury Center The Geek Partnership Society’s United Geeks of Gaming group meets up monthly for board gaming, card gaming, roleplaying, and video gaming events and weekend extravaganzas. One such event is their Game Designer Session...

Ramping Up for MN Renaissance Festival: Boar’s Head Leather’s Beautiful and Unique Leather Mugs

As the Minnesota Renaissance Festival finds itself once again upon us, there is no better time to showcase some of the artisans who can be spotted on the festival grounds. Not all of the talented artists have a booth at the festival, but they are still important contributors of wonderful art that bring the spirit of the fest to life. In the second installment of our interview series, we’re featuring artists Tom and Terry Evans, owners of Boar’s Head Leather. Terry took some time to talk...

Drinking with Disney

As children, we paired our favorite Disney films with beverages like chocolate milk, apple juice, Capri Suns, and—if your family was super cool—Kool-Aid Bursts. As adults, our routines have likely changed a bit; I know mine certainly has. When I watch Disney movies these days, the reactions I have to them are different: When Bambi’s mom dies, it hits a little bit closer to home because I now know the feeling of losing a loved one and have more...

Throwback Thursday: “Play It Again, Sam”? Seems Like Just a Misquote from Casablanca

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past—“classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important in some aspect. “Play it again, Sam.” With that misquote we are thrust into talking about 1942’s Casablanca, a film that has continued to grow in prestige over the decades. Set in 1941 in the Moroccan city of the title, the film centers on Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), an American expatriate running a nightclub for all manners of...
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