Sincerely, Harriet Is the Best Kind of Graphic Novel for Kids

It’s 1996 in Chicago, and Harriet Flores is bored. Not just bored, but bored. It’s summer vacation, but since she and her parents just moved to Chicago, she has no friends from school. Her parents are busy with trying to get situated in their new jobs, so she can’t even explore the city. The only person around is Pearl, their landlady who lives downstairs, and she’s old enough to have grandchildren. It’s not a situation most 13-year-olds would envy....

Hashtag: Danger Effortlessly Fits AHOY Comics’ Niche

Before I came across Hashtag: Danger, my only knowledge of AHOY Comics was the news that they were releasing the recently cancelled Jesus-themed DC comic Second Coming, written by Mark Russell. In fact, it was only through reading the editor’s notes in Hashtag: Danger that I discovered AHOY stands for “asshole of the year,” and with that knowledge, I can see this as a perfect example of the comics they want to release. If you want a serious comic,...

The Nightshifter, Now on Shudder, Is a Twisting Genre Mash-Up

Stênio (Daniel de Oliveira) is a mortician who works the overnight shift in a Brazilian metropolis in the throes of gang warfare. The mundane aspects of his work keep him pretty busy, but he also has the ability to communicate with the dead, who are eager to tell him the stories of their deaths and, in some cases, their wishes for revenge. As Stênio’s strained marriage with Odete (Fabiula Nascimento) gets even worse, one of his “patients” gives him...

Aladdin Wishes Up Some New Spectacle for a Disney Classic

Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin has a bit more confidence than previous Disney animation-to-live-action adaptations. The studio seemingly had enough faith in the director to let him try out new stuff—and while restructuring a revered Disney animated classic from 1992 is risky, it beats just regurgitating the original scene for scene. Thankfully, Ritchie’s reworking is mostly magical in its own way. The story remains relatively the same but with some interesting changes. Aladdin (Mena Massoud) is still the street rat of...

Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of May 22, 2019

Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of May 22, 2019. Drawing Blood: Spilled Ink #1 Publisher: Kevin Eastman Studios Words/Story: Kevin Eastman, David Avallone Art/Colors: Kevin Eastman, Troy Little “[A]n inside look at the turbulent life and times of a once-successful cartoonist on the skids, Shane “Books” Bookman. Once upon a time, Books co-created The Radically Rearranged Ronin Ragdolls: a gritty, funny indie comic that became a billion-dollar global...

Marvel at the Moon as the Bell Museum Celebrates the Year of Apollo

Our moon has fascinated and inspired us since the beginning of recorded history. It has roused our imaginations, influenced our stories and cultures, and guided scientific thought and research. In providing us a sense of wonder and curiosity, its mystery encouraged us to reach upward and make history by taking those momentous first steps on its surface in 1969. As this year marks the 50th anniversary of that trip, Minnesota’s Bell Museum aims to bring the moon to us...

Minnesota-Made Game HyperDot Is Coming as an Xbox Exclusive

The first time I played HyperDot, it was sweaty-palms, button-mashing fun. In this fast-paced action arcade game, your only task is to “dodge everything.” Play and navigate a tiny triangle through a myriad of colored shapes flying at you on a circular field. The games comes with an entire slew of modifiers and ways to play. I didn’t win very many times, but that didn’t stop me from playing round after round. Developed by Twin Cities–based Tribe Games, a...

This Week in Geek (5/20/19–5/26/19)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, May 20th to Sunday, May 26th. Monday Night Game Night What: Gaming When: Monday, May 20th 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....

John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum Gets More Bloody, Absurd, and Gorgeous

During a brief lull in the frenzied and vicious violence splattering across the screen in John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum, one rival assassin (Mark Dacascos) who has been hunting our titular antihero takes a moment to gush that he’s a big fan. He remarks with glee how much a legend Wick is in his crusade to live and get revenge on the assassin society that has wronged him. There are others as well who have heard of the brutal and...

Top Ten Games You Can Play in Your Head by Yourself Is a Welcome Surprise for All Gamers

I’ve been playing games and sharing my opinions on them for many years. I’m almost always moving on to the next game system, the next adventure setting, the next optional rule book. I love to get my fingers on a new product, in part because I have the attention span of a young dalmatian in a shopping mall, but mostly because I just really love it when a game surprises me. That feeling of first-time wonder is outdone only...
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