Star Wars’ Fuel Your Force Combines Fandom and Health

New Year’s resolutions are in full force; a couple days ago I couldn’t find a place to park at the gym. While it was frustrating to not be able to park my vehicle, I’m always happy for anyone who sets health goals they want to accomplish. One misconception regarding resolutions is they have to be related to physical health. Health has many categories beyond physical health, even though society puts an extreme emphasis on outward appearance. The Star Wars...

Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of January 16, 2019

Books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of January 16, 2019. Black Widow Publisher: Marvel Words/Story: Jen and Sylvia Soska Art/Colors: Flaviano Armentaro “. . . and hell followed with her. Natasha Romanoff was trained to kill. For years now she’s tried to overcome that programming, to side with the angels . . . to be a hero. And where’d that get her? Killed. By one of the few true friends she allowed...

This Week in Geek (1/14/19–1/20/19)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, January 14th to Sunday, January 20th. Creative Night What: Arts, Community When: Monday, January 14th 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...

Why Kairi Will Be Playable in Kingdom Hearts III

Note: At the time of this writing, Kingdom Hearts III is an unreleased game. However, this article discusses content found in trailers and interviews with the game’s director. Fans avoiding these may wish to skip this article. One of the most anticipated video game releases of the new year, Kingdom Hearts III, will return fans to the imaginative universe conceived by Square Enix’s Tetsuya Nomura, which juxtaposes characters of Nomura’s own design with those of other Square Enix games and of Disney motion...

Pretty in Punxsutawney Is a Fitting Tribute to John Hughes Films in Book Form

If you could do one day over, what would you do differently? Would you spend time with your loved ones and let them know how much they mean to you? Would you get revenge on those who’ve hurt you? Would you use this do-over for selfish purposes, or would you try to change things for the better? That moral dilemma is at the center of Laurie Boyle Crompton’s new book, Pretty in Punxsutawney, a love letter to the iconic John...

Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of January 9, 2019

Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of January 9, 2019. Criminal Publisher: Image Words/Story: Ed Brubaker Art/Colors: Sean Phillips, Jacob Phillips “Teeg Lawless is back in town. But he finds himself in more trouble than ever, thanks to his delinquent teenage son—and this time, fists and bullets may not be enough to solve his problems.” Category: Tried and True Creators Why I’m Excited: Criminal is back! It was only...

5 of the Best Gaming Moments of 2018

Video games aren’t perfect. Bugs can break an immersive experience, 13-year-olds can wreck a 20-player kill streak, and one small line of code can disrupt an entire sequence that a developer worked for years to get just right. Video games aren’t perfect, but moments can be. When done right, moments can provide perfect windows into exactly what a developer was trying to accomplish and turn a good video game into something transcendent. And 2018 was filled with a few perfect...

This Week in Geek (1/7/19–1/13/19)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, January 7th to Sunday, January 13th. Creative Night What: Arts, Community When: Monday, January 7th 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...

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Gives Fans Everything They Could Ask for and More

The original Super Smash Bros. was released back in 1999 on the Nintendo 64, and it taught us what happens when beloved Nintendo characters stop being polite and start getting real. The game featured 12 total characters from nine different Nintendo franchises, including Mario, Luigi, Pikachu, Link, and Samus. By contrast, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate features 74 different fighters in the base game, drawing from numerous franchises—not all of which are made by Nintendo. Smash Bros. Ultimate had lofty...

Closing Out 2018 with the Struts and Imagine Dragons

Winding down in an uninspiring and worn-out fashion, 2018 was a mixed bag for new album releases, particularly for rock ’n’ roll. It’s easy to look to the most recent batch of Grammy nominations and see it was a positive year for hip-hop, but most of the rest of the industry found itself treading water—artistically and commercially—especially in the fall and into the early weeks of winter. The final Billboard Rock chart from 2018 confirms this. Discounting reissues and...
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