Monthly Archive:: March 2019

Twin Cities Comic Shops Celebrate Hellboy Day on March 23, 2019

To mark 25 years since the first Hellboy comic, Dark Horse has declared that March 23, 2019, is officially Hellboy Day. Not only can I barely believe that it’s been 25 years since I first saw Hellboy on the shelves of what was then my local comic store in the Hillcrest Center, it’s hard to get my head around how extensive the adventures have become. With two live-action movies in the past and a reboot coming soon, a dozen...

Jordan Peele’s Us Is Smart, Silly, Scary, and Sophisticatedly Surreal

If Get Out wasn’t enough to convince you that Jordan Peele has a brilliant eye for horror, his latest production, Us, firmly solidifies him among the greatest of directors. His new film is brimming with brilliant staging, clever design, and a level of snark that always keeps the audience engaged in the film’s strange and disturbing nature. There’s a certain playful energy to Us, which functions as an intricate story worth deciphering in its many allegories and assemblies as...

Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of March 20, 2019

Here are the new books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of March 20, 2019. Spider-Man Life Story: The ’60s Publisher: Marvel Comics Words/Story: Chip Zdarsky Art/Colors: Mark Bagley “In 1962, in Amazing Fantasy #15, 15-year-old Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider and became the Amazing Spider-Man! Now Flash Thompson is drafted to serve during the Vietnam War, Spidey must weigh the question of where his responsibility truly lies! Fifty-seven years have passed...

Humblewood Is Bringing Avian Adventure to D&D 5th Edition

When it comes to Dungeons & Dragons, I’m always on the lookout for twists and deviations from the game’s default setting—I’ve played in that setting a number of times, and variety is the spice of life. For a long time I have wanted to play and/or DM a campaign set in a world inspired by Aesop’s Fables or Redwall, with talking animals and woodland adventures and such, but it seemed like a ton of work to put the races...

Enter to Win a Copy of Glass on DVD and Blu-ray!

Glass, the final installment in M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable trilogy, is coming to DVD and Blu-ray on April 16, 2019, and we’re giving you the chance to win a copy for free! To enter, all you have to do is: Like the Twin Cities Geek Facebook page Comment on the featured giveaway post by 7:00 p.m. Central on March 22, 2019, telling us your favorite character in the trilogy We’ll randomly choose 3 commenters who will each win a Blu-ray/DVD/digital combo...

Enjoy Dragon-Sized Performances by a Halfling-Sized Cast in The Hobbit at Children’s Theatre Company

When it comes to epic tales, J. R. R. Tolkien‘s Middle-earth universe certainly takes the cake. With numerous books, supplements, maps, and a trio of film trilogies (two live action and one animated), geeks have been inundated with material from this magical world for over 80 years. But getting new folks, especially kids, into The Hobbit can be a little difficult due to its length and density. Enter the Minneapolis Children’s Theatre Company and playwright/director Greg Banks. Banks was...

Five Feet Apart Is a Simply Sweet and Somber Tearjerker

Though it plays within the very familiar territory of teens romancing amid serious health conditions, Five Feet Apart stands apart as a drama that works a little harder for your tears. While the assembly is of a very familiar formula, in which you can nearly set your watch to every tragic beat, there’s an almost standoffish approach to the film’s tale of two unfortunate souls that find love in the hospital. And through its straight and sentimental approach, there’s...

This Week in Geek (3/18/19–3/24/19)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, March 18th to Sunday, March 24th. Game Changers What: Educational, Gaming, Family, Arts When: Daily through May 5th; see site for museum hours Where: Science Museum of Minnesota When cutting-edge science and technology interface with art, you can get beautiful things. Video games have been on the forefront of this for decades, and the Science Museum of...

Crackdown 3 Is Fine, but That’s Just Not Enough

Just I did during the long wait for Kingdom Hearts III, I had all but given up on Crackdown 3 ever entering my disc tray. After years of rocky development, multiple delays, and outright radio silence from Microsoft, I thought I’d never get the sequel to one of my favorite Xbox 360 games of all time. But Crackdown 3 is finally here and feels almost identical to the original game that inspired the troubled series—for better or worse. This...

Video Games Come to the Science Museum of Minnesota in the Game Changers Exhibit

The Science Museum of Minnesota has transformed its US Bank Great Hall into a 10,000-square-foot educational video game experience. Game Changers, the museum’s newest exhibit, takes a hands-on look at some of video games’ most important and groundbreaking creations and the minds that spawned them. Visitors can learn about the creators of some of the industry’s most influential characters, concepts, and ideas, all while having a chance to play a wide variety of games that span the vast history...
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