Monthly Archive:: May 2016

This Week in Geek (05/30/16–06/05/16)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, May 30th through Sunday, June 5th. Game Designer Session What: Meet-Up, Gaming When: Tuesday, May 31st 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, role-playing, and video gaming events and weekend extravaganzas. One such event is the Game Designer Session series, which...

Barnes & Noble Is Celebrating Teen Books with a New Three-Day Festival

In May, Minnesota’s Teen Lit Con celebrated its third year of panels, workshops, and exhibitors for lovers of young-adult books. Now, starting in June, they’ll have company: Barnes & Noble just announced its first-ever B-Fest Teen Book Festival, three days of free YA-centric events at B&N stores around the country June 10–12, including all of the locations here in Minnesota. In addition to a set schedule of activities happening at all stores throughout the weekend—like trivia, giveaways, and a...

Sic Parvis Magna in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Nearly a decade has come and gone since we were first introduced to Nathan Drake—a character heavily inspired by Eidos Interactive’s Lara Croft of Tomb Raider who, in turn, helped inspire the reboot of the very character by which he was inspired. In that time we have discovered the treasures of El Dorado, the lost cities of Shambhala, and even the Iram of the Pillars. Now, in Nathan Drake’s fourth and final adventure, we see our hero on the hunt for the...

Soundtrack Sunday: Fire Up the Doof Wagon for the Music of Fury Road

Let’s start out by clearing something up: I’m not a Mad Max: Fury Road fangirl. In fact, I was super late to the proverbial party and didn’t see the movie until well after its home release. Action movies just aren’t my thing—I only like movies where everyone dies of sadness or boredom. My point is, I went into it thinking that it was going to be stupid garbage and I went out thinking it had an absolutely fantastic soundtrack....

Yamishibai Is a Fresh Take on Japanese Horror

Horror is a genre that seems to come in waves, with dramatic drops and rises in quality. There will be a large amount of rather mediocre and uninspired bits of horror that get released, mostly capitalizing on recent trends in more popular and much better horror films to the point of stagnation. Then there will come an upswing, with releases that have a greater focus on standing out among the crowd and doing something a little more interesting and...

Throwback Thursday: All Aboard The Magic Christian

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 there was one comic actor in the ’60s that typified the idea of Swinging London, I would have to state that it was probably Peter Sellers. He got his start in radio and was in a ton (seriously, there’s a lot) of films both before and after that...

Briana Lawrence and Jessica Walsh Bring You Fantasy Set in Minnesota

In a lot of ways, Briana Lawrence and Jessica Walsh are living the fandom dream. They met on an old-school mailing list and struck up a friendship, then more than a friendship, based on a mutual love of role-playing and fanfiction. Eventually, this evolved into telling stories not just for themselves but also for the many people they meet at conventions around the world. Now, many novels later, they’ve released the second book in their Hunters series—Beneath the Chapter,...

This Week in Geek (05/23/16–05/29/16)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, May 23rd through Sunday, May 29th. YogaQuest Continues What: Sport & Fitness When: Tuesday, May 24th at 7:00 p.m. Where: YQdio YogaQuest is “a unique blend of yoga and fan-fiction storytelling . . . unlike any yoga class you may have experienced before!” Guided by a certified yoga instructor who also serves as narrator, the class “embarks...

Twin Cities Geeks Celebrate Comics at MSP ComiCon 2016

A little over a week ago, I had the pleasure of being a part of MSP ComiCon, a local comic convention that has been held in high regard by creators and vendors within the local geek community. I was helping staff a table with Twin Cities Geek, which allowed me to enter the con with exhibitor status. The convention graciously allotted space and resources for Twin Cities Geek to table at the convention, making the convention accessible to smaller...

How Does Your Geek Garden Grow?

Spring has officially sprung with its moody temperature changes and hordes of people desperate to get out of their houses after a long winter. Now that the harsh cold has passed, people are turning their attention to their gardens and other outdoor areas of their homes. Hopefully, one of these items will catch your fancy and give you something on which to spend your hard-earned pennies. So get out there and geek up your garden! Doesn’t it deserve it?...
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