Monthly Archive:: July 2019

Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of July 24, 2019

Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of July 24, 2019. History of the Marvel Universe Publisher: Marvel Words/Story: Mark Waid Art/Colors: Javier Rodriguez “Everything you ever wanted to know about the Marvel Universe—in one lavishly illustrated series! From the Big Bang to the twilight of existence, History of the Marvel Universe chronicles completely, for the first time, everything that was, is, or will be! Lushly illustrated text tells the...

A Young Minnesota Author Gives New Life to Wonderland

In recent years, many YA fairy-tale adaptations have taken familiar stories and made them more mature. Danielle Paige’s Dorothy Must Die series sees Dorothy as a dictator who needs to be taken down before she destroys Oz with the magic she’s stolen. Jennifer Donnelly takes the “ugly” stepsisters from Cinderella and explores what it truly means to be beautiful and good in her YA fantasy Stepsister. Local author M. K. Cook has given us something similar with her debut novel,...

Color and Philosophy in Magic: The Gathering

I’ve long felt that Magic: The Gathering deserves to be viewed as a fantasy setting supported by a trading card game, rather than the other way around. While Magic is best known for introducing the trading card game as a tabletop category, both within and beyond the game’s framework it has always been a fantasy property first and foremost, with its core focus being the five colors of magic itself, along with the philosophies and ideals they encompass. Now,...

The Farewell Is the Bittersweet Movie of the Year

There’s a profound balance between the warmth of family and the sadness of passing within The Farewell. The emotional and mortal repression is portrays are universal: we don’t want to think our parents or grandparents will ever die, but they will. Here is a film that tries to home in on that strange inner pain that comes with trying to keep up your spirits just one more day for someone who may not be here tomorrow. At the film’s...

This Week in Geek (7/22/19–7/28/19)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, July 22, to Sunday, July 28. Monday Night Game Night What: Gaming When: Monday, July 22, 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 Lion King Takes Its Place in the Circle of Remakes

Once upon a time, I was one of those people who thought, “Eh, I don’t need to see the remake.” You know the ones. The ones who say Disney should just make something original. Something something cash grab. I’d like to think I was a casual version of this—the “I don’t care that Disney’s doing this, I’m just not going to see it” kind of person. Then Beauty and the Beast was announced, and, well . . . let’s just...

Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of July 17, 2019

Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of July 17, 2019. Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen Publisher: DC Words/Story: Matt Fraction Art/Colors: Steve Lieber “Jimmy Olsen must die! Wait, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Jimmy Olsen lives! Superman’s best friend and Daily Planet photographer Jimmy Olsen tours the bizarre underbelly of the DC Universe in this new miniseries featuring death, destruction, giant turtles, and more! It’s a centuries-spanning whirlwind of weird...

The Japan America Society of Minnesota Is Bringing Award-Winning Shamisen Music to St. Paul

People in the Twin Cities have more opportunities to experience Japanese culture than anime conventions and sushi restaurants. That’s in part because of the Japan America Society of Minnesota (JASM) and its various collaborations with other organizations, through which we’ve been able to taste sake, attend the annual Obon festival in Como Park, and experience traditional Japanese dance and martial-arts demonstrations. Thanks to JASM’s dedication to authenticity, we can get a taste of Japanese culture without paying the exorbitant...

Dragon Ball Fans Will Attempt a Guinness Record for World’s Largest Kamehameha during San Diego Comic-Con

Attention, all Dragon Ball fans: the opening day of 2019 Dragon Ball World Adventure is just around the corner, and it’s going to start with a bang during San Diego Comic-Con! On July 17, 2019, fans will be gathering at the Marriott Marquis San Diego to attempt to set the official Guinness World Record for World’s Largest Kamehameha. Hosted by Sean Schemmel, the English voice actor of Goku, the event will present the first 1,000 participants with a free...

This Week in Geek (7/15/19–7/21/19)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, July 15, to Sunday, July 21. Monday Night Game Night What: Gaming When: Monday, July 15, 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....
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