Monthly Archive:: January 2019

They Shall Not Grow Old Is a World War I Documentary Like No Other

There have been plenty of attempts in the past to make history come alive beyond the old photos and low-quality footage, but none of have done it quite like They Shall Not Grow Old. Keeping things engaging and heard, director Peter Jackson has given top treatment to the stories of World War I. He cobbles together video footage, illustrations, photos, and archived audio interviews to bring this event from over a hundred years ago to life so that the...

Shane Mauss Brings His Unique Blend of Science and Comedy to Minneapolis

Comedian Shane Mauss has been doing stand-up for over a decade, catching his first break after receiving the Best Stand-Up award at the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in 2007. “I got into comedy because I didn’t want to get a real job,” Mauss told me as he was driving through the Midwest to his next show. Comedy, however, quickly proved to be more than a full-time gig as he started to find his niche: blending his act with...

Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of January 30, 2019

Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of January 30, 2019. Star Trek: The Q Conflict Publisher: IDW Words/Story: Scott & David Tipton Art/Colors: David Messina “When a dispute between godlike beings threatens the galaxy, it will take all of Starfleet’s best captains to stop them. Join James T. Kirk, Jean-Luc Picard, Kathryn Janeway, and Benjamin Sisko as they go head-to-head in a competition that will determine the fate of...

Shadow of the Demon Lord Is Innovative, Twisted Tabletop Fun

I distinctly recall the moment that Shadow of the Demon Lord hooked me. My players had penetrated a thick magical mist, venturing out to the island lair of an evil hag. After defeating her minions, they reached her inner sanctum, intent on defeating her and taking a powerful artifact for themselves. They faced off with the evil faerie in a tense battle, and for the first few turns, things seemed to be going their way. But she had a...

New Science Standards for Minnesota Schools Would Teach Humans’ Role in Climate Change

The topic of climate change often finds itself at the center of hot-button political controversies. However, according to data collected by NASA, “multiple studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals show that 97 percent or more of actively publishing climate scientists agree climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities.” On top of this, a majority of scientific organizations globally have issued statements supporting this position. Despite this consensus of scientists and scientific organizations, legislators...

This Week in Geek (1/28/19–2/3/19)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, January 28th to Sunday, February 3rd. Saint Paul Winter Carnival What: Community, Family, Arts, Food & Drink, Music When: Continuing Monday, January 28th through Sunday, February 3rd Where: Saint Paul Winter is here. Enjoy something that sets the Twin Cities apart from most other major metro areas in the country, and brave the extremes that winter can...

Distant Worlds 2, the 18-Week Expedition across the Elite Dangerous Galaxy, Gets Underway

“Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to space.” —Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy On January 13, 2019, a group of nearly 12,000 explorers in Elite Dangerous embarked upon an 18-week voyage to the other end of the galaxy in an expedition known as Distant Worlds 2. It is...

Is Black Label a Black Eye or a Game Changer for DC Comics?

Announced in March 2018, DC Black Label was supposed to be a groundbreaking mature imprint for DC Comics that would free itself from continuity and allow writers and artists creative freedom. It would have comic legends such as Frank Miller and John Romita Jr. working on Superman: Year One and Geoff Johns writing Batman: Three Jokers. But the imprint, which has only two books out as of this writing, hit a snag in September with the controversy surrounding Brian Azzarello...

5 Black Mask #1 Issues to Pick Up Right Now

The creative team of Black Mask Studios is a medley of stellar talent from different publishers bringing extraordinary ideas into one brand. Their credentials vary from previously writing for the Big Two to starring in Agents of SHIELD and writing for an animated series. The following are some of their best first issues from last year (in the case of No Angel, in trade form) and are available as either trades or continuing series in 2019. 1. No Angel Words/Story: Adrianne Palicki and...

The Great Leap Is a Slam Dunk

Minneapolis audiences are pretty terrific for actors. Not to say we’re easy, but as a general rule, standing ovations ought to be the unexpected exception. Hand them out too often, and they become theatrical participation trophies. A good round of applause with perhaps a few discreet “woots” thrown in will do for most shows and are sufficiently gratifying to the performers. We ought to save the standing Os for the performances that truly deserve them—like this one. The Great...
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