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How Visions of Hope Unite the Works of J. R. R. Tolkien

Of all the common threads in the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, I propose that the uniting theme is hope. It can be found in his popular works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings as well as his more obscure writings like The Silmarillion and Morgoth’s Ring. If one were to assign a theology to his writings, it would be a Theology of Hope. It is a multifaceted hope, with trust as the foundation—the belief that...

Taking Your Little Geek to a Convention

So you’ve decided to bring your geekling to one of the area fandom conventions. Awesome! Even if you’re no stranger to the convention scene, the first time with a kid, no matter what their age, can be a bit daunting. First, don’t panic. You are a hoopy frood who knows where their towel is. Second, add some favorable modifiers to your “have a good time” roll by thinking about these tidbits of advice from the greatest of adventurers: other...

Why White Minnesotan Liberals Really Need to See Get Out

As soon as I saw the trailer for Get Out in October, I knew that this would be a movie I needed to see. However, at that time I honestly did not anticipate Get Out to be legitimate horror film, even though it was being marketed in that genre. I thought the first trailer was a cleverly edited comedy film to mimic a horror film satirically (similar to the SNL skit “The Day Beyoncé Turned Black”). It only made sense to me...

7 Lessons from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Share With Your Potential Slayer

I first saw Buffy the Vampire Slayer when it was nearing the end of its run. I was working at a camp, and one of my fellow counselors had brought a bunch of episodes she had recorded off her TV. I tore through what she had, then finally finished up the show by borrowing the DVD seasons from a friend (and ultimately buying them myself). The show struck a chord with me, and I wished I’d watched it when it...

Going in Depth with Chris Jordan and Minnesota’s Thriving Independent Wrestling Scene

It’s amusing to me that in this day and age when geeks are accepted in the mainstream, when comic-book movies rule the box office, when television is riddled with science fiction and superhero-based shows, and when novels by fantasy writers frequently hit the New York Times bestseller lists, there is one word that is still whispered about in fandoms. That word is wrestling. Professional wrestling has been around far longer than you or me, but many consider it a...

Should I Bring My Child to a Convention?

Kids can have a great time at conventions, or they can be so miserable that the result makes a Ringwraith tea party look great by comparison. And even if your kid does have a great time, managing them may completely suck the joy out of your convention experience to the point you’re questioning why you even brought them. Or, perhaps you’ve been wondering why you didn’t take your kid to a convention earlier, since you’re finding them to be...

Minnesota Conventions to Cosplay at in 2017

Are you a MN cosplayer planning your cosplays for 2017? Twin Cities Geek is here to help with a comprehensive list of conventions—and a few other select events—in Minnesota you might be interested in visiting to cosplay at in 2017. Click on the convention’s name to visit its website, which will have the most up-to-date information on dates, registration prices, guest appearances, things to do while at the convention, and more. February Blizzard World Minneapolis ComiCon (February 25, 2017) St. Paul,...

Fitness and Science Unite in Sportsology at the Science Museum of Minnesota

The Fit Geek is my home base at Twin Cities Geek because I can combine my health interests with my geeky personality. Christina Martinez, the manager of programs and special events at the Science Museum of Minnesota, is a reader of the Fit Geek section, and a couple weeks ago she contacted me to see if I would like to review and participate in the new exhibit at the museum. In Sportsology, Minnesotans can race down to learn about anatomy, physiology, and...

When Did Cosplay Stop Being about Fun? (Spoiler: It Didn’t)

Boy, cosplayers sure are dramatic, aren’t they? Aren’t they a bunch of elitist bullies who would rather tear each other apart than go out and have fun? I guarantee that if you’re active in the cosplay community, you’ve either run across a post that has said something along these lines . . . or you’ve had these kinds of thoughts yourself. I’ve even written about the bullying that happens in the community. A lot. I’ve given panels about the...

A Geek’s Guide to Creating the Ultimate Cosplayer’s Emergency Repair Kit

Meta Con 2014 was truly a historic convention for me. It was the first con where I started doing cosplay repair, with my inspiration coming from two places: meeting another cosplay repairman—General Maintenance, a punny name inspired by the one who started the viral the movement, Captain Patch-It—and Greg Ayres’s passion for antibullying. Two years and three major outfit revisions later, I’ve built a reputation and a small following as Takeo, the Cosplay Repair Guy. Heck, it’s because of...
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