Monthly Archive:: January 2016

Twin Cities T-Rexes Take Over Tuesdays

The first time we saw the “Big City + Big T-rex = Big Trouble” video by Trex Tuesdays, we knew we had to reach out for an interview. Luckily for us, the T-rexes are super friendly and approachable (as you would expect from good Minnesotans, even the reptiles!). They were even willing to trek back over to Spoonbridge and Cherry for a photo op with us! Lydia Karch (TCG): First of all, I have to ask—which came first, the costume...

Legends of Tomorrow: Will It Be Legendary?

As I write this, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow has aired two episodes. I, like many, had been waiting anxiously for this show to premiere. However, did last week’s pilot meet (or even exceed) our expectations? Did this week’s episode make the show stronger or weaker? Let’s break down what we know so far. WARNING: There are spoilers in this article for both Legends of Tomorow and Arrow if you’re not caught up! As the show begins, the year is 2166...

From the Stands: Comic Book College Welcomes Readers, One and All

From the Stands is a series that profiles comic-book stores around the Twin Cities and talks about their histories, their offerings, and the communities they serve. Cachet—that is, history or status—is a key factor for any business. You want your customers to know that you can come through for them, that you can provide what they’re looking for and that you’re going to be around for a long time to come. Tim Lohn, owner and operator of Comic Book...

Science Fiction Double Feature: A Smash Up Review

You probably wouldn’t think that Cyborg Apes, Shapeshifters, Super Spies and Time Travelers would end up in the same game, let alone on the same team. But that’s the whole point of Smash Up. Well . . . that and smashing bases. I grabbed some gaming and nongaming friends, provided a couple bottles of wine, made tacos (that’s how I persuade them to show up) and began a battle for Victory points in Smash Up: Science Fiction Double Feature....

Throwback Thursday: It’s Cold and Dark and We’re Experiencing 30 Days of Night

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. If you’re a vampire that can’t go out in the daylight and weather doesn’t bother you, where would you go? Why not Alaska in the winter, when there can be no daylight for up to a month? That’s the premise behind the 2007 film 30 Days of Night. Welcome to Barrow, Alaska, where the...

Forget It, Peg—It’s Tinseltown: Agent Carter’s Season 2 Premiere

Agent Carter is back for season 2! With or without recognition from her superiors, Peggy knows her value. And so does ABC—after the positive fan (and critical) reaction to the show’s eight-episode first season, the network commissioned a second, 10-episode series to air (as the first did) during Agents of SHIELD‘s midwinter hiatus. Peggy’s moving to L.A., and she’s bringing the hat with her. If you haven’t been watching Agent Carter—or haven’t even heard of it—read on for some...

Game Developers of Tomorrow, Meet Katie Simning from GLITCH

Katie Simning is the director of operations at GLITCH, a local organization aimed at helping the gaming community. Katie was willing to take time to work with me on learning a little more about herself and how things work at GLITCH. Philip Coler (TCG): For those who don’t know, what is GLITCH all about? Katie Simning: To use our fancy official words, GLITCH is a nonprofit that promotes the exploration of digital games as a culture, career, and creative practice....

This Week in Geek (01/25/16–01/31/16)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, January 25th through Sunday, January 31st. Girly Book Club: The Paying Guest by Sarah Waters What: Meet-Up, Books When: Monday, January 25th at 6:45 p.m. Where: Kieran’s Irish Pub The Minneapolis chapter of the Girly Book Club is hosting a meet-up at Kieran’s Irish Pub tonight at 6:45 p.m. The book being read for and discussed at...

Soundtrack Sunday: Dragon Age: Inquisition

Oh boy oh boy, let me nerd out here for a moment and state quickly that Dragon Age: Inquisition is my favorite game to come out since 2002. I have dumped a shameful amount of hours (weeks? . . . months? wait . . . shit, what year is it?) into this game. I love, LOVE Inquisition. That bit of obnoxious personal gushing is relevant to the fact that, as much as I love the game, I do not love...

The MN Hip-Hop Scene is Full of Geeks Making Really Cool Music

After I wrote about a certain Star Wars boom-bap joint on some other blog, I got to talking with an editor here at Twin Cities Geek about writing it up here as well. Then I got the notion that we could go further, and look not just at this lone song but at the greater sphere of geek culture within the Twin Cities’ hip-hop community. My editor asked something along the lines of, “How many hip-hop artists are geeks?”...
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