Yearly Archive:: 2018

Snowmance Is a Holiday Love Story That’s Big on Minnesota Stereotypes

Cheesy holiday movies are a yearly trend I’m always happy to see. Much like ugly Christmas sweaters have become popular over the past few years, movies that emulate the Hallmark Channel formula (wholesome and cutesy) have permeated many a cable channel during the holiday season. There’s honestly nothing like sitting in front of the TV with the Christmas tree lights on and watching one of these sugary-sweet films, laughing with your family at the absurd amount of cheese but...

Just What Is This Convention, Anyway? A Guide to Different Types of Cons

If you have had any exposure to fan or geek communities, you’ve probably heard about these so-called conventions that take place every year. These can range from small events at local community centers and libraries to massive events taking place at the largest convention centers and hotels. Each convention is unique in its own way—they’re all organized differently and have different goals and audiences. You’ll see a lot of terms to describe these different types of conventions out there,...

Twin Cities Gamers Celebrate the Release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

On the night of December 7, 2018, Level Up Games South St. Paul hosted a midnight release party for the latest installment in the Super Smash Bros. series, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The game, highly anticipated within the Nintendo community, was first announced last March. Although it was late, the store was packed with people wanting to get playtime with the new game. It was clear some had been camping out for the entire evening. Backpacks and jackets littered...

Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of December 12, 2018

Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of December 12, 2018. As we move into the season of everybody’s best-of-the-year lists, the new series launches get slim. This week I’m focusing on intriguing one-shots and special issues. Star Trek Waypoint Special Publisher: IDW Words/Story: Dave Baker, Nicole Goux, and others Art/Colors: Nicole Goux and others “The anthology series spanning 50 years of Star Trek returns in this oversized annual! These...

Aquaman Overflows with Adventure and Fantasy

After decades being the butt of easy jokes, Aquaman has finally gotten his own movie. Even this year’s Teen Titans Go! to the Movies made a slam on him: “If Aquaman can get a movie, anybody can.” Thanks to the bearded charisma of Jason Momoa and big action from director James Wan, one could argue this hero is cool at last. That’s definitely what the movie seems to be going for as it overloads on the action, adventure, fantasy,...

Jump into the Spider-Verse for the Best Spider-Man Tale to Hit the Big Screen

Over the past two decades, there have been somewhere around 67 different Spider-Mans (Spider-Men?) swinging into theaters as part of their respective re-reboots of the franchise. It’s easy to feel exhausted at the idea of sitting through yet another Spidey origin story, disillusioned by all the awfulness to come before it. But not this time. Sony’s animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse doubles down—in fact, septuples down—on your love of friendly neighborhood protectors, and it’s a real winner of a...

This Week in Geek (12/10/18–12/16/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, December 10th to Sunday, December 16th. Creative Night What: Arts, Community When: Monday, December 10th at 6:30 p.m. Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building Let your creativity shine with drawing, painting, crafting, or whatever your heart desires at Creative Night, a weekly event put on by Crafty Geek and the Geek Partnership Society. This is a...

Enter to Win a House with a Clock in Its Walls Prize Pack!

The House with a Clock in Its Walls is coming to Blu-ray and DVD December 18, 2018, and we have a giveaway just for you! Enter on Twitter and you could win: (1) Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital combo pack (1) adult T-shirt (1) youth T-shirt (1) drawstring bag All you have to do to enter is: 1. Follow @TwinCitiesGeeks on Twitter 2. Tweet us by 12:00 p.m. Central time on December 11, 2018, telling us your favorite Jack Black character We’ll randomly...

Pokémon: Let’s Go! Delivers a Wonderful Update That Effectively Combines Old and New

As an avid Pokémon fan from the very beginning, I was cautiously optimistic when Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! were announced in May 2018. On the one hand, the franchise was finally coming to the Switch, even though it wasn’t a mainline release or even the rumored eighth generation, was wonderful news even if it was yet another remaster of a game released back in 1998. On the other hand, how would the Pokémon Go–style catching...

Rob Guillory’s Farmhand Proves You Really Can’t Go Home Again

A Louisiana farmer named Jedidiah receives a vision giving him the information to grow and harvest human organs. His children, Zeke and Andrea, who left the farm years ago, returns upon his request to help him take care of things. The farm is now a super-high-tech, booming business that gives organic transplants to people in need. But with that success come malicious adversaries trying to steal Jed’s work. Unfortunately for Zeke and Andrea, Jed may not be as guiltless...
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