Why I Bought My Daughter Wonder Woman’s Sword

As far as I can remember, it started with a cup. My daughter used small juice glasses during our family meals, but as she was still under three, I was hesitant to have her use actual glassware on the nights we ate dinner outside on our back patio. Spilling the glass was still a real hazard, and having it break on the cement would be less than ideal. The patio was a prime barefoot zone, plus I could no...

The Kingsmen Head to ’Murica for Some Highfalutin Fun

Kingsman: The Secret Service was 2015’s surprise crowd-pleaser. What at first just looked like it would be your typical action fare turned out to be an impressive mix of action, affection, and amusement. That meant its follow-up, The Golden Circle (out September 22), had some big Oxfords to fill. Director Matthew Vaughn didn’t take too many risks with his sequel, which I found to be a very smart choice. Our newly inducted Kingsman, Eggsy (Taron Egerton), is now comfortably...

How Being an Asian Geek Trained Me to Stand Strong against Criticism

I’m a Cambodian American. Technically we’ve been here before: in my debut article for Twin Cities Geek, “The Surprising Difficulty of Being a Cambodian American Geek,” I brought to light—for the first time publicly—my personal experiences, observations, and difficulties with dealing with antigeek hostility in my own ethnic community. The majority of experiences were due to conflicts between the older generation, who emigrated from Cambodia as a result of the Khmer Rouge, and the younger generation, who were born...

Sonic Mania Updates the Best of Classic Sonic Gameplay for Modern Sensibilities

Sonic Mania was first unveiled during Sonic’s 25th anniversary party at San Diego Comic-Con last year. The event was streamed live for all to see and it was the hottest stream of 2016 (NSFW language in linked video). Sandwiched in between various technical issues and awkward product placements was Sonic Mania’s debut trailer. Admittedly I wasn’t as excited about the project as I could have been—Sega had made previous attempts to bring Sonic back to its 2D glory, with...

This Week in Geek (9/18/17–9/24/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, September 18th to Sunday, September 24th. Creative Club What: Arts, Meetup When: Monday, September 18th at 6:15 p.m. Where: Byte At this casual weekly meetup, you can bring your latest creative project to work on or just show up to mingle and network. While you’re there, you can take advantage of Byte’s food and drink offerings and...

The Stone Man Mysteries Have Gargoyles, Scots, and Demons, Oh My!

Book One of The Stone Man Mysteries, a supernatural locked-door mystery set in 1930s Edinburgh, is as dark and murky as Auld Reekie itself. Written by local author Adam Stemple and non-local Jane Yolen, and illustrated by Orion Zangara, it follows a church gargoyle named Silex, a demon who has been bound to earth with priestly magicks. Since, as he jokes, he “cannae play football,” he’s formed a detective agency. Of course, being stuck on the church tower, unable...

Rebel in the Rye Gives J. D. Salinger a Dry Biography

The life of J. D. Salinger was not particularly interesting. Sure, there are a few intriguing tidbits about his relationship with his parents, his schooling, his love interest, his military service, and his exile as a hermit, but what else is there to this author? He spent so much time on his writing that he shut out nearly every other aspect of his life. It’s hard enough to portray writing onscreen as something dramatic and passionate, but it must’ve...

Whosah Tour Comes Home to Make a Move

For Whosah, it probably felt like old times to return to Dinkytown and headline at the Triple Rock Social Club on Thursday night. With their roots firmly planted in the Twin Cities area, brothers Spencer, Dave, and Mack Grimes combined forces with Nate Flynn and Dallas Erdahl to bring their polished indie-pop sound and growing catalogue of music, which has evolved and matured since playing Student Sound on the University of Minnesota campus. For me, the Triple Rock set...

Minnesota-Born Travis Milloy Brings Thoughtful Sci Fi to the Screen

Science fiction encompasses a broad range of stories. From blockbuster space adventures and transforming robots to more cerebral cautionary tales that hold a mirror to the path we as a society currently walk, the genre appears limitless in its potential. Writer and director Travis Milloy, a Minnesota native, is trying his hand at the latter with his latest project, Infinity Chamber, out in limited theaters today and coming to Amazon and iTunes on September 26. The film tells the story...

Wild Times Brings the History of WildStorm to Bookshelves

It wasn’t part of the initial plan, but when the calendar rolled over to 2017, writer Joseph Hedges knew his new book, Wild Times: An Oral History of WildStorm Studios, would release at the right time to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Image Comics. “By the time I was wrapping up the interviews, it was coming down right to the end of 2016, I was finishing up the manuscript, and I said, ‘Well, you know, it’s not such...
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