Want to Try 3D Modeling? This Beginner-Friendly Software Will Get You Started for Free

People often ask me what software I use for 3D modeling. This is usually followed by asking how much it costs and how hard is it to learn. While these exchanges are usually short—Autodesk Fusion 360, it’s free, and it depends on what you want to do with it—I wanted to elaborate on the topic of 3D modeling and where to start, specifically with an emphasis on this program. Before we start talking about software, remember that learning to...

This Week in Geek (7/16/18–7/22/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, July 16th to Sunday, July 22nd. GPS Figure Drawing Salon What: Arts, Educational When: Monday, July 16th at 6:30 p.m. Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building  The Geek Partnership Society’s Arts Initiative hosts a figure-drawing salon at the Waterbury Building on the third Monday of each month. For a $5 fee, attendees can participate in a...

Chromera’s Peek Is a Strange Sci-Fi Adventure at Minneapolis’s Red Eye Theater

There is a new theater ensemble in town, and their first show is something to not be missed. Søren Olsen, formerly of 600 Whale, and Dolo McComb, formerly of the dance trio //CATHEDRAL\\, have teamed up to create the Lesser Lamps, which is, in their words, a “far-out dance theatre hybrid.” Combine their interests in sci fi, the occult, metaphysics, and fantasy along with their graphic novel obsessions and spiritual practices, and you get, as they describe it, the “bizarro...

#1 Comic Issues I’m Picking Up the Week of July 11, 2018

Below are the new series and miniseries I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of July 11, 2018. Incredibles 2 Publisher: Dark Horse Words/Story: Christos Gage Art/Colors: Landry Walker “Three original stories are set during and after The Incredibles 2: At the dedication of a new submarine, Mr. Incredible is interrupted by the dastardly Bomb Voyage, who is intent on crushing the crowd of onlookers underneath the sub! Meanwhile, Bob tells Jack-Jack a bedtime...

Dark Souls Remastered Is No Game Changer, but It’s a Great Reason to Revisit a Modern Classic

In October 2011, I was innocently minding my own business playing some Deus Ex on my Xbox 360 when I saw an advertisement for a new game I had never heard of called Dark Souls. The next day I stopped at my local video-game store and blindly set myself on a path that has lasted to this day: the never-ending quest to “git gud.” After a handful of sequels, spin-offs, DLC, and copycats, the original Dark Souls has come...

The Amazing, High-Stakes World of My Hero Academia

One of my favorite recently released anime, My Hero Academia, returned for its third season in April, and it’s upping the ante. The stakes were high from the beginning for the characters of MHA, but this latest season seems poised to take them to heights and depths far beyond what we’ve seen for them before. If you haven’t checked out this series before, read on to learn about some of the things that make it so great and why it should...

This Week in Geek (7/9/18–7/15/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, July 9th to Sunday, July 15th. Creative Night What: Arts, Community When: Monday, July 9th 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...

5 More Things Not to Do When Meeting Cosplayers of Color

I’m a cosplayer of color (as you can see in the photo below) who attends quite a few cons every season. Over the years, I’ve developed somewhat of a thick skin when running into people who do any of the following, but it still takes away from the overall positivity of the con experience. Last year, I offered five tips for interacting with POC cosplayers. While I received a handful of snarky rebuttals, from what I could tell, the...

The Satirical, Surreal, and Psychotic Ride of Bruce LaBruce’s The Misandrists

There’s an alluring craziness in The Misandrists that refuses to let itself be pegged as a feminist fantasy or satire, existing in a transmundane state of a chaotic gender war. It’s a cage rattler of a film that doesn’t so much want to make a point as it wants to shock and awe in its surreal dance of lesbianism, the violent revolution of the sexes, and penis mutilation. The easiest way to describe it is what would happen if John...

Ant-Man and the Wasp Brings Some Much-Needed Levity Back to the Marvel Universe

After the bitter storm that was Avengers: Infinity War, the return of Ant-Man is a charming diversion of classic superheroism. The hero may not have as complex of a moral dilemma in his desire to do good, nor do his villains have all that grand a scheme to make them unique. But there’s a clear motive of fun here, and a heart that beats with family bliss throughout. Not all of it sticks, and it may take an easier...
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