Business

Coverage of businesses originating in and/or catering to the MN geek community, including but not limited to gaming companies, publishers, stores, favorite geek hangouts, start-ups with cool ideas, and Kickstarters worth noting.

Get Ready to Relive the Survival Horror in Resident Evil 2: The Board Game

Despite my love of games, I’ve been on zombie burnout for the better part of a decade. I feel like if I were to blindfold myself, spin around three times, and throw a dart from the middle of a tabletop game shop—not that I would ever think of doing such a horrendous thing—if I didn’t hit a game about dueling wizards, it would probably be some kind of zombie-themed game. That market saturation has left me feeling worn out...

I Want to Get My Book Published—Do I Really Need an Editor?

“Do I have to hire an editor?” is one of the most common questions I hear from unpublished authors, and as with so many questions, the answer is . . . it depends. Useful, I know, but authors come in a lot of different shapes and sizes, and what you’re planning to do with your manuscript makes all the difference in the world. The biggest determining factor is whether you’re planning to publish your book yourself or go the...

Crowdfunding for Geek Media Can Offer Mixed Results

I remember when Hollywood didn’t like making stuff for us geeks except the occasional Superman and Batman movie. Even George Lucas got rejected when he pitched Star Wars. However, seeing the profit, Hollywood has started to invest. With a behemoth like Disney buying both Lucasfilm and Marvel and making Rogue One, Logan, and Dr. Strange (to name a recent few), we definitely have high-grossing talent and marketing behind our favorite stories. At the same time, those of us who...

The Gaming Goat Is Coming to Eagan!

A few months ago, I spoke with the owner of a shop called the Gaming Goat that would be opening in my hometown of Woodbury. This chain of stores sells board games along with products for other hobbies like Magic: The Gathering and even accommodate to roleplaying gamers as well. Recently, I caught wind of another shop in the chain opening in Eagan, so I looked up the owner of the new store, Dino Minutolo, to ask him about...

The Ultimate Minnesota Guide to Free Comic Book Day 2017

Free Comic Book Day is an annual extravaganza that takes place on the first Saturday in May, when comic stores around the country offer up a variety of free comics specially provided by publishers. I have been participating for two years now, and I always have a great time! Lisa Olson of Source Comics & Games in Roseville says, “The size and enthusiasm of the comic book community in Minnesota is amazing. We also see a lot of people who...

Lucia Hawley Helps Minnesotans Balance Their Well-Being through Food

“How can we get you feeling awesome?” That seems to be the catchphrase for Twin Cities nutritional therapist Lucia Hawley, who runs her practice out of Solcana Fitness and Wellness in Minneapolis. It also describes the driving purpose behind that practice—ever since Lucia was little, she has been finding ways to use food as a healing tool. This came out of having numerous physical and emotional issues dismissed with a diagnosis of “Oh, you’re fine,” or “You’ll grow out...

The Electric Fetus and Mill City Sound Headline Twin Cities Offerings for Record Store Day

On Saturday, April 22, music fans and collectors will flock to record shops looking for deals, exclusives, and giveaways to commemorate Record Store Day, which is celebrating its 10th year in 2017. For those in the Twin Cities in particular, the occasion will be bittersweet—it comes a year and a day after local music superstar Prince Rogers Nelson died at Paisley Park in Chanhassen. At the Electric Fetus in Minneapolis, which was established in 1968 and is widely regarded...

Pocket-Sized Poems at Twin Cities Bookstores Explore the Theme of Migration

“As a child, I marked the year by the honking of Canadian geese making their way south and then north,” said Abby Travis, editor at Minneapolis nonprofit publisher Milkweed Editions. “Migration was part of my calendar, the way I marked time and the change of seasons. I knew if the geese were early or late, I was fascinated by how they knew when to go or where to go, how to get there, and where they stopped along the...

Persistence Is the Key to Success for Minnesota Author Lynn Garthwaite

Success can come in many forms, and everyone has a different key to reaching it. For some, it means getting out of bed before hitting snooze. Others don’t feel they’ve achieved success until they have changed the world. I recently had the opportunity to talk with local author and publisher Lynn Garthwaite about this topic, and she provided some great insight into her personal key to success: tenacity. Her story is a prime example of staying the course until...

Can Can Wonderland Is the Twin Cities’ New Venue to Amaze and Inspire

Can Can Wonderland has been open for less than two months, and already the place is packed on a Sunday morning. When I arrive at 11:00 a.m. to meet with Jennifer Pennington, Can Can’s cofounder and CEO, the coat rack in the hallway is full of coats of all sizes. We grab a seat next to the main bar (as opposed to the “wee” bar), right near the entrance. The venue specializes in artistry of all forms, and the drinks are...
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