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Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of April 17, 2019

Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of April 17, 2019. Planet of the Nerds Publisher: Ahoy Comics Words/Story: Paul Constant Art/Colors: lan Robinson, Randy Elliott “Three high school jocks in the 1980s are accidentally frozen by an experimental cryogenics device, only to be revived in the computer-driven, superhero movie-loving world of 2019, an era ruled by nerds! Plus! A backup series explores the characters’ origins.” Category: Return to a...

This Week in Geek (4/15/19–4/21/19)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, April 15th to Sunday, April 21st. 38th Annual Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival What: Movies When: April 15th through April 20th Where: Various The theme of the 38th annual Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival is “A World Beyond,” and this event will be bringing films from around the world. Film geeks take heed: there may...

How Do We Deal with the Fallout of Anime Voice Actor Vic Mignogna?

On February 11, 2019, Funimation Entertainment announced it had ended its relationship with one of its most prolific voice actors, Vic Mignogna, because of sexual misconduct accusations. The month that led up to their decision and the month that followed can only be described as a shitstorm; fans lashed out, other voice actors took sides, and industry professionals came out of the woodwork. The seas have somewhat calmed since then, but I’ve been left wondering: what now? For context,...

Astronomers around the Globe Assemble to Capture the First Image of a Black Hole

From the initial conception of black holes in the writings of natural philosopher John Michell in 1783 to the theories and equations of Albert Einstein and Karl Schwarzchild in the early 1900s, the mysteries surrounding them have fascinated and eluded us for centuries. Black holes—cosmic bodies so massive that not even light can escape their gravitational pull—have long been a mainstay in science fiction, used as plot devices in literature from writers such as Arthur C. Clarke and Larry...

Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of April 10, 2019

Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of April 10, 2019. Orphan Age Publisher: AfterShock Comics Words/Story: Ted Anderson Art/Colors: Nuno Plati “One day all the adults died, all over the world, at the same time. Now it’s 20 years later, and the children—all grown up—are still rebuilding the world. Horses and caravans are the only thin lines connecting tiny, scattered settlements—little sparks in the great dark night. Gasoline is...

Can Can Wonderland Highlights the Artistic Value of Retro Gaming

The Twin Cities has so many unique bars, and I wanted to check out a retro gaming bar that has been drawing lots of traffic since it opened in 2017: Can Can Wonderland. At first, you might not suspect that Can Can truly fits this category, but the arcade portion, which sits adjacent to its famous minigolf, has attracted the local Twin Cities crowd, similar to other retro gaming locations in the market. I wanted to delve deeper into...

Afropunk Tabletop Game Swordsfall Hits Crowdfunding Success

Sci fi and fantasy have a long history of trying to nudge humanity toward a better version of itself. Whether by cautioning us about possible futures or putting current issues on display through direct allegory, such media helps us explore our problems and our potential. In particular, tabletop role-playing games offer a chance to engage these narratives in a uniquely direct way, which can be a fantastic opportunity for players to expand their horizons and experience new ideas in...

This Week in Geek (4/8/19–4/14/19)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, April 8th to Sunday, April 14th. Game Changers What: Educational, Gaming, Family, Arts When: Daily through May 5th; see site for museum hours Where: Science Museum of Minnesota When cutting-edge science and technology interface with art, you can get beautiful things. Video games have been on the forefront of this for decades, and the Science Museum of...

What Do an ’80s Video Game and a Prehistoric Shark Have in Common?

Galaga, the 1980s arcade game in which a lone spaceship fends off an array of approaching alien craft, might not be the first thing you think of when learning about a prehistoric carpet shark species. But in the case of the newly discovered Galagadon nordquistae, the two have something in common. The Galagadon was recently unearthed from an archaeological dig site in South Dakota near the spot where “Sue,” one of the world’s most famous T. rex fossils (and...

Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of April 3, 2019

Below are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of April 3, 2019. Rocko’s Modern Afterlife Publisher: BOOM! Studios Words/Story: Anthony Burch Art/Colors: Mattia Di Meo “Something is turning the good people of O-Town into mindless zombies and Rocko wants nothing to do with it. He barricades himself and Spunky in their home and is determined to outlast the hoards outside. But desperate times call for desperate measures when Rocko’s best friend...
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