Monthly Archive:: June 2019

Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of June 19, 2019

Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of June 19, 2019. The No Ones Publisher: Cave Pictures Publishing Words/Story: Jim Krueger Art/Colors: Well-Bee “The Bastions are superheroes at the height of fame and fortune—their brand has captured the world . . . and corrupted their souls. When they accidentally kill a man and cover up the crime to save their reputation, their corruption becomes a curse that erases their very...

This Week in Geek (6/17/19–6/23/19)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, June 17, to Sunday, June 23. Monday Night Game Night What: Gaming When: Monday, June 17, at 5:00 p.m. Where: Level Up Games (South St. Paul) While it may be tough diving back into the workweek (at least for those of us with Monday-to-Friday jobs), this event seeks to add fun and levity to Mondays with games....

The Worst and Best Fathers in Anime

Our fathers are meant to be people that we look up to and can rely on in times of crisis. What they do around us can carry a lasting influence on our lives; they can mold us into normal, functioning members of society or they can doom us to lead dark and unsavory lives on the fringes. Fathers in anime are no different. Just like in real life, they can help or hurt their children to a variety of...

Masashi Kishimoto Makes His Triumphant Return with Samurai 8

In the world of anime and manga, few have seen the success Mashashi Kishimoto has with his smash hit Naruto. In terms of manga sale numbers, only Eiichiro Oda (One Piece) and Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball) have him beat, and perhaps only Toriyama can claim more international success. Maybe. Naruto was, and still is, a phenomenon. For many, Naruto is a coming-of-age story that was airing on TV during their own adolescence. Much of Naruto’s story depicts him struggling...

Looking Back on 8 Seasons of Game of Thrones Greatness

On May 19, 2019, millions of viewers worldwide tuned into the series finale of HBO’s Game of Thrones, shattering previous HBO viewing records. After those 82 minutes, feelings on how it ended aside, I realized something that struck me. For several years now, I have proclaimed Game of Thrones as my favorite show on television, but once it ended, I think it became the greatest show of all time. Some may object to such a proclamation. “What about M*A*S*H...

Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers Will Unveil Their New Album to Minnesotans at the Dakota

Mindi Abair has been at it a long time. A two-time Grammy-nominated vocalist and world-class saxophonist, she’s seen and done it all, including appearing on American Idol and performing with the Backstreet Boys, Aerosmith, and many other prominent acts. Yet she continues to reinvent, thicken, add and subtract, and refine her sound, molding a new version of herself that’s found a niche conquering a hybrid of blues, jazz and rock ’n’ roll with her band, Mindi Abair and the...

Men in Black: International Puts the Extra in Extraterrestrial

I had a pretty big Will Smith phase back in the ’90s. So much so that I had a framed poster from, get this, Wild Wild West in my bedroom—yep, that movie with the mechanical spider and . . . you know what, no need to drag myself any further. Two summers before Wild Wild West had come the intergalactic misadventures of the soon-to-be Agent J, a man who encouraged me to rock dark sunglasses and maybe, just maybe,...

Toy Story 4 Is Another Triumph of a Tale

Few animated series make it as far as the Toy Story legacy while remaining sweet, smart, and genuinely heartfelt. It’d be easy to scoff at yet another sequel and to believe that Pixar is milking it, desperate to find something for these characters to do to keep the money train chugging. But Toy Story 4, like previous Toy Story sequels, finds something so clever and emotional I have no reservations about calling it one of the best entries in...

Scientists Spot the Starfleet Logo on the Martian Surface

Mars continues to inspire curiosity in the most interesting of ways. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has been circling the red planet in an effort to track the history of the presence of water for well over 10 years now. Over the course of its endeavors, the MRO has come across a number of natural wonders and oddities, from muppet-like rock formations to Pac-Man-esque craters—and the latest is sure to excite Trekkies across the globe. “Enterprising viewers will make...

Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia Deserves a Title Shot

Combining professional wrestling and comics seems like a match made in heaven. Over-the-top personalities and silly stipulations for matches could create magic on the pages. World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) teamed up with BOOM! Studios to release comics based on their characters and history, inspiring a slew of independent wrestling-themed comics. However, they’re not the only ones: although not affiliated with the WWE, Suspicious Behavior and Starburn Industries’ Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia serves as a love letter to the history...
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