Monthly Archive:: December 2018

Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of December 19, 2018

Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of December 19, 2018. Klaus and the Crying Snowman Publisher: BOOM! Studios Words/Story: Grant Morrison Art/Colors: Dan Mora “Klaus has to help an absentee dad-turned-snowman make amends before melting away for good. And probably before he’s defeated by a pantheon of Norse Gods and their minions. All in a day’s work for Santa Claus.” Category: Return to a Beloved World Why I’m Excited:...

The SimulDub of Fairy Tail’s Final Season Is a Homecoming

For Fairy Tail fans, the quiet slumber between the manga’s conclusion in summer 2017 and the anime’s return was a long, drawn-out wait. Once it was announced Fairy Tail would be back in fall 2018, a large chunk of fans continued to wait, hoping Funimation would SimulDub the final season. I was one of those fans, faithfully checking Funimation’s Twitter and other news outlets. I didn’t doubt Funimation’s desire to SimulDub the final season, but I knew coordinating voice actors who had projects...

Mary Poppins Returns with More Music, Whimsy, and Charm

Mary Poppins must really love the Bankses to keep coming to their aid in their direst times. When old London seems too stuffy, dark, and depressing, she flies in all proper to bring some dignity and imagination back into the lives of the Banks family. Her 2018 return is less of a remarkable transformation and more of a second visit, where you can’t wait to show your kids what that stern Poppins can conjure up, be it a brilliant...

This Week in Geek (12/17/18–12/23/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, December 17th to Sunday, December 23rd. Creative Night What: Arts, Community When: Monday, December 17th 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...

Rockits and Garda Belts Prevail in Minnesota RollerGirls’ Feel the Win in Your Hair

Following October 13’s Planet of the Skates, November 17 was the first bout of the 2018–2019 Minnesota RollerGirls regular season, and in many ways it served as a rematch of that mini tournament. What got turned upside down? What stayed the same? This is your bout recap for season 15, bout 2: Feel the Win in Your Hair! Atomic Bombshells vs. Rockits, First Half The Atomic Bombshells welcomed Mercy (#55) to the team. Last season Mercy spent the season...

Mortal Engines Chugs Along with Big Visuals and Small Ideas

Something is awry with a film when its most interesting role is the zombie robot side character with faded memories of his past life. He must, unfortunately, state the obvious in this giant clunker of a young adult epic while he examines a toy: “It has no heart. Like me!” This is the case with Mortal Engines, which cakes on so much giant fantasy with its big cities and unique aircraft that its personality is microscopic by comparison. In...

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...
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