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Minnesota Conventions for Cosplay in 2018

As we kick off the new year, have you started cosplanning your cosplays for 2018? 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 cosplaying at in 2018. Click on the convention’s name to visit its website, which will have the most current information on dates, registration prices, guest appearances, cosplay contests, and more! (Note that events other than conventions are listed separately...

The Movie Ratings Parents Really Need

As the parent of a kindergarten-aged geekling, I’m having to learn how to navigate the minefield of pop culture that is the PG-13 movie. If either my spouse or I have a chance to see it before we show it to our daughter, that’s great! We can go into the experience knowing what to expect and which parts might have the potential to be a little scary. What’s really tricky, though, is when we’d like to see the movie...

One Piece Is the Magnum Opus of Battle Shōnen and Completely Worth Your Time

For many anime enthusiasts, Eiichiro Oda’s monster story One Piece represents a mountain that one has neither the time nor the energy to traverse. After all, Oda’s been writing this story for 20 years with no sign of ending it. The manga is close to a whopping 900 chapters, and the anime isn’t far behind in number of episodes. People usually say, “Sounds interesting, but I don’t want to commit that much time to watching an anime.” I completely understand...

3 Tasty Recipes to Take Your Traditional Holiday Meal Vegan

It’s holiday season again! And for vegan foodies who are always looking for new recipes to try but still want some familiarity, The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and The First Mess: Vibrant Plant-Based Recipes to Eat Well through the Seasons by Laura Wright are two great cookbooks to use. I chose the recipes here for the long Thanksgiving break, and I would definitely cook them again for other holidays. The main portion of the meal...

6 Essential Tools Every Cosplay Crafter Should Own

I started making props in 2010, inspired by the portal-gun replica made by Harrison Krix (Volpin Props). He posted his build online in detail, with pictures showing how he made it, step by step. I was amazed by his end result; a replica forged from PVC pipe, foam, and a little bit science. I remember staring at my computer screen and thinking to myself that it didn’t look that hard and that I could build one too. Little did I...

8 Ways to Fight Anxiety, Geek Style

There are many articles out there about self-care, and they all have a different spin. Some talk about bath bombs and muffins. Others talk about medical appointments and paying the bills. I thought I would try my hand at writing one that suits my personality—so here is my guide to geeky self-care. I’ll tell you what works for me, and maybe some if it will translate into something you can use for yourself. A little about me. I have...

Help Your Kid Get Through Time Apart with Good Old-Fashioned Letter Writing

Recently, my spouse and I were away from home, and from our kindergarten-aged daughter, for nearly two weeks—the longest we’d ever been separated. Even though she was excited about the idea of spending two weeks with her grandmother, I had a feeling that the reality of Mommy and Daddy not being there would sink in after a few days of us being gone. I wanted our absence to be bearable, so I had to have a plan. I wanted...

The Importance of Empathy in the Geek Community

If you’ve been following my writing on this site lately, you’ll have read about how I’ve turned some of the negativity I’ve faced for being a geek to my advantage—last time, I talked about the silver linings of spending a lot of time by myself. But as cool as all that may be, probably the most important thing I’ve learned about being a geek is this: being a marginalized group, empathy and compassion in our community is hugely important....

Cosplay Cost Saving

As winter approaches and convention season winds down, now is the time to start planning your cosplay lineup for next year! Whether this is your first or 100th cosplay, hopefully some of these tips can help you save some time and money. I highly recommend using the app Cosplanner to help stay focused and organized. It allows you to create a list of your in-progress projects and helps track progress throughout the build. Each individual listing allows for elements...

Embracing the Special Creativity of Being a Solitary Geek

In my most recent article, I talked about how I developed an all-or-nothing attitude when it came to geekdom because of the way I was raised by my Cambodian parents. The downside to diving deep into my interests, though, is that I end up spending a lot of time alone—but even that has its perks. What kind of perks? The kind that lead to creativity. I mentioned in my previous article that my parents’ well-meaning, though misguided, overemphasis on...
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