Monthly Archive:: December 2017

This Week in Geek (1/1/17–1/7/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, January 1st to Sunday, January 7th. Game-A-Thon 2018 What: Gaming, Family When: Monday, January 1st at 10:00 a.m. Where: Buffalo Community Center The Wright County Geeks, a geeky Minnesota organization that focuses on RPGs and science fiction, offers its sixth annual family-friendly gaming day. Play board games, tabletop role-playing games, miniatures games, card games, computer games, and...

The Movie Ratings Parents Really Need

As the parent of a kindergarten-aged geekling, I’m having to learn how to navigate the minefield of pop culture that is the PG-13 movie. If either my spouse or I have a chance to see it before we show it to our daughter, that’s great! We can go into the experience knowing what to expect and which parts might have the potential to be a little scary. What’s really tricky, though, is when we’d like to see the movie...

One Piece Is the Magnum Opus of Battle Shōnen and Completely Worth Your Time

For many anime enthusiasts, Eiichiro Oda’s monster story One Piece represents a mountain that one has neither the time nor the energy to traverse. After all, Oda’s been writing this story for 20 years with no sign of ending it. The manga is close to a whopping 900 chapters, and the anime isn’t far behind in number of episodes. People usually say, “Sounds interesting, but I don’t want to commit that much time to watching an anime.” I completely understand...

Netflix’s Bright Is a Dim Urban Fantasy

Bright, the new Netflix original film starring Will Smith, has a promising premise, with its merging of fantasy elements into an urban setting. Unfortunately, far too often during its run time, it takes us out of its spectacle. Sometimes it’s with the blunt racial allegories that wallop the audience scene after scene. Sometimes it’s the story that slings bland second-act labels of prophecies, endlessly spoken-of MacGuffins, and being a chosen wizard of sorts. Sometimes it’s the awkwardly awful writing...

Subversive and Godly? As the Crow Flies Proves You Can Be Both

Web comics are a dime a dozen these days, it seems. Yet occasionally, out of the depths rises an occasional bright star. A few years ago, that star was Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona—a graphic novel that often gets described with words like “quirky” and “subversive.” Total dog whistles, right? Yep! And when I hear them, my ears hear “queer AF and full of people of color and run out and buy this right now.” As the Crow Flies by Melanie...

Tower 57 Adds Modern Flair to 16-Bit Shooters

The gaming community has a seemingly insatiable appetite for games that remind players of yesteryear, and Tower 57 is just one of the latest attempting to make its mark. This release is a top-down, twin-stick shooter set in a dieselpunk world, born of a successful Kickstarter project launched in August 2015. It’s the first game from two-man studio Pixwerk, heavily inspired by the 16-bit games of the Amiga personal computer (released in 1985)—so much so that they’re actually making...

This Week in Geek (12/25/17–12/31/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, December 25th to Sunday, December 31st. It’s a Wonderful Life What: Film, Family When: Monday, December 25th at 3:00, 5:30, and 8:00 p.m.; Tuesday, December 26th at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Where: Trylon Cinema Take in a screening of the beloved holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life at the Trylon in Minneapolis. James Stewart and Donna...

Love Your Geekdom and Love Your Differences

I love what I love, and I love what I do. I’m also the only me on this earth, and in the same way, you’re the only you. Being different is truly is a wonderful thing because that’s how there are so many different geeky things to get into—and we, as geeks, in case you didn’t notice, are all different. There’s a rap song that I’m very fond of, “Say I Won’t” by Lecrae featuring Andy Mineo, whose chorus...

It’s Afrofuturism for the Win in Nnedi Okorafor’s Black Panther

After a widely reported major misstep in April 2017 wherein Marvel’s vice president, David Gabriel, suggested that sales had slumped due to too much diversity, the publisher is being very savvy about who it hires, particularly to write Black Panther titles. For Black Panther: Long Live the King, a six-volume comiXology Originals digital series, it has recruited someone probably very familiar to Twin Cities Geek readers: award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor. The daughter of Nigerian immigrants, Okorafor is known for...

Farewell, Mary Jo Pehl (Until the Next Time)

If you’re a fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000, you surely know the manic and maniacal Pearl Forrester, played with incessant intensity by the hilarious Mary Jo Pehl—or you’ve spotted Pehl in one of her smaller parts, like Jan in the Pan, Magic Voice, or Minnewegian Amazon. Her presence has been felt even when she wasn’t in front of the camera, as she was also one of the show’s funniest writers. Those who missed MST3K in its heyday might...
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