Monthly Archive:: October 2017

Here’s Why You Should Start Watching Anime

  Contrary to many people’s experiences, I didn’t start watching anime when I was a kid. Cable was a luxury my household didn’t have, and even if we did, I know my parents would’ve restricted my access. Instead, my experience with anime came much later when I was a full-fledged adult and working a somewhat respectable job. The post-Christmas pause was happening across our favorite TV shows, so my husband and I decided to give anime a try. We...

Are Zombies and Gore Your Horror of Choice? Meet Minnesota Comic Writer Steve Vold

When I met Steve Vold at the MCBA Fall ComiCon, he thrust a copy of Zombie B.C. into my hands and told me, “I hope you don’t mind gore or violence.” Little did Steve know that one of my all-time favorite video games is Gears of War, which involves chainsawing Locust creatures in half. Leafing through the first couple pages of his comic, the gore was quite apparent in each of the panels. But even without his warning, I...

This Week in Geek (10/30/17–11/5/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, October 30th through Sunday, November 5th. Night of the Living Dead What: Film When: Monday, October 28th through Thursday, November 2 Where: St. Anthony Main Theatre Throughout the week of Halloween, St. Anthony Main and the MSP Film Society will be screening George Romero’s iconic zombie film Night of the Living Dead. This film follows a group...

Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton Is Full of Whoa-Worthy Surfing

I’d never heard of Laird Hamilton before Take Every Wave, but then again I’d never been that big into the world of surfing. I’m sure my not knowing the most famous name in the art of catching waves would make any surfing enthusiast’s jaw drop, but that’s why a documentary like this one exists, even if it’s presented in a typical format of talking heads and stunning B-roll. Hamilton tells his story from the very beginning, going back to...

John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction Offers Excellent Art and Familiar Tropes

John Carpenter is a man of many trades. In addition to being a film director, writer, and composer, though some may not know it, he’s also involved in the world of comics. Published by Storm King Comics, John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction aims to be an anthology, with each limited series telling a contained story over a handful of issues. The first three-issue story is Vault, in which a mining vessel comes across a derelict alien ship in...

Enter to Win a Justice League Movie Prize Pack!

Justice League comes out November 17, and tickets are officially on sale—but you can win a pair for free, along with a bunch of other Justice League swag! We’re giving away a sweet prize pack that includes the following: (2) Fandango movie tickets to see the film (valid 11/17/2017–12/14/2017, $24 value) (1) $10 Dave & Buster’s Power Play card (1) Justice League T-shirt (1) Justice League drawstring bag (1) Justice League poster (1) Justice League pin To enter, just...

The Florida Project Is the Most Phenomenal Film of the Year

A few miles from Disney World exists another world entirely. There are castles, but they are less-than-regal housing for a poor community. There are little princesses, but they’re hidden behind filthy rooms, soda cans, and upset parents. There are heroes and villains, but the lines can blur at times. The parents are all in messy situations, struggling to do the right things when finance and feelings limit their options. The children, however, can only see the fun side of...

How to Enjoy FIRST Robotics from the Comfort of Your Home

Recently, I almost went to the Minnesota Robotics Invitational. Instead, I procrastinated on multivariable calculus, got anxiety over how much I had procrastinated over multivariable calculus, curled up into a ball in the corner of my room, got more anxiety over the fact that I was curled up in the corner of my room procrastinating, and did absolutely nothing that Saturday. This is the modern life. Always procrastinating, then freaking out over how much we’ve procrastinated, then freaking out...

The Sci-Fi Poetry Books of the Year Feature Whales and Robots and the Apocalypse, Oh My!

Last month, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association announced the winners of the 2017 Elgin Awards for best collections of speculative poetry from the previous year. For those new to the term, speculative poetry has become a relatively common catch-all for poetry that embraces the imagination, including fantasy, science fiction, horror, and other similar genres. Some might be surprised at the excitement for these types of poetry, but the current US Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith, won a...

Embracing the Special Creativity of Being a Solitary Geek

In my most recent article, I talked about how I developed an all-or-nothing attitude when it came to geekdom because of the way I was raised by my Cambodian parents. The downside to diving deep into my interests, though, is that I end up spending a lot of time alone—but even that has its perks. What kind of perks? The kind that lead to creativity. I mentioned in my previous article that my parents’ well-meaning, though misguided, overemphasis on...
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