Monthly Archive:: February 2016

This Week in Geek (02/29/16–03/06/16)

Happy Leap Day! Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, February 29th through Sunday, March 6th. Girly Book Club: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer What: Meet-Up, Books When: Monday, February 29th 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...

What Is Weirdpunk Books? Meet Editors M. P. Johnson and Sam Richard

Local press Weirdpunk Books might have just made literary history: they managed to get a book published that features controversial personality G. G. Allin in various fantastic stories. They were able to make it using Kickstarter and it has been doing well as an indie-published book about a very, very niche personality. I was excited about every aspect of this project and it what it means for weird fiction, punk rock, and author crowdfunding, and I set up a...

Roller Derby and the Geek Connection

If you’ve listened to me talk, at all, over the last year and a half or so, I’ve probably mentioned the phrase “roller derby.” My MFA thesis is about roller-derby vampires. I go to practice every week, even when I’m feeling shaky and I’d rather stay home. This weird sport has gotten into my blood. And there’s this connection between the world represented by the geeky community and a sport played on roller skates, expressed in names like Slambda...

Brotherman Meets Hancock Meets Green Lantern in The Legend of the Mantamaji

At first glance, Eric Dean Seaton’s Legend of the Mantamaji may look like a typical comic-book story, complete with pencil-thin-mustached villain, a seemingly formulaic world-ending plot, and a reluctant Black hero . . . and if you merely skim the book, that’s probably what you’d see. But you’d be wrong. Below the surface is a cornucopia of subtle messages and plot devices that reveal this series to be more—so much more. For a little background, if you were reading comic...

From the Stands: Captain Jack’s Comics is Waiting for You

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. Discovery has always been an important part of being a comics fan. After all, if you take the Yellow Kid as your (possibly dubious) starting point, you’ve got 121 years of comic history to comb through for new gems and things you haven’t yet been exposed to. The same is true for comic-book...

Throwback Thursday: TL;DR? David Lynch Is a Surrealistic Genius

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. This is officially my 52nd weekly column. I can’t believe I’ve gotten to share so many wonderful films, and it’s surprising to me that I haven’t even touched on any films by one of my favorite directors. Today, which happens to be one day after Twin Peaks Day—the date Agent...

This Week in Geek (02/22/16–02/28/16)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, February 22nd through Sunday, February 28th. Board Game Night What: Meet-Up, Gaming When: Tuesday, February 23rd at 6:00 p.m. Where: Bad Weather Brewing Company Bad Weather Brewing Company is hosting Board Game Night this Tuesday night starting at 6:00 p.m. The organizers encourage attendees to bring their own board games along, but even if you don’t own...

Cis Boom Blah: Going for the Joke in Deadpool

According to weekend box-office figures, you’ve probably seen already seen Deadpool. Fox’s film about the Merc with the Mouth has made so much money that unborn children and dogs have probably seen Deadpool by this point, so a review or recommendation would be fairly academic. A review would also be superfluous because even as action movies go, it’s fairly uncomplicated, both in execution and in its marketing appeal—even if you somehow haven’t seen it, you already know whether you’d...

Yeah, I’m a Nerd, and I Have the Ink to Prove It

When I was a kid, I thought tattoos were stupid. Why would you put a mark on your body that would be there forever? What if you didn’t like it anymore? Thankfully, I got over that a few years ago. Now, nine tattoos later, I’m looking back on what it means to have all this ink; particularly, what it means to have the nerdy ink that I have. Tattoos are like a journal on the body. They’re a way...

From the Stands: DreamHaven Books Is Still Standing

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. One of my earliest memories of my “fandom” is going to DreamHaven on Lake Street and gazing longingly at their antique books, my breath fogging up the protective case they sat in. Amongst many first editions and leather-bound volumes of sci fi and horror, there was a section containing early editions of...
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