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Coverage of and commentary on current events and announcements in the world of TV, Movies, Comic Books, and Literature.

Minneapolis Artist Kevin Cannon Is Creating a Magical Harry Potter Nursery

When your parent is an artist, your bedroom might be a little more special than average. When that parent is also a huge Harry Potter fan, it might be downright magical. With a baby on the way, Twin Cities cartoonist Kevin Cannon decided to apply his talents to the new nursery he and his wife are creating for the new member of their family. Specifically, Cannon—who, in addition to a range of books and comics, is known for his...

Win a Bumblebee Prize Pack!

Bumblebee’s solo movie is almost here, and we have a prize pack just for you! Head to our Facebook page and you could win: (1) Hasbro Igniters Bumblebee toy (1) Bumblebee drawstring bag (1) power bank (2) Bumblebee movie passes redeemable at AMC Theatres To enter, all you have to do is: Like the Twin Cities Geek Facebook page and Comment on the featured giveaway post by 9:00 p.m. Central on December 22, 2018, telling us who your favorite Transformer is We’ll...

Just What Is This Convention, Anyway? A Guide to Different Types of Cons

If you have had any exposure to fan or geek communities, you’ve probably heard about these so-called conventions that take place every year. These can range from small events at local community centers and libraries to massive events taking place at the largest convention centers and hotels. Each convention is unique in its own way—they’re all organized differently and have different goals and audiences. You’ll see a lot of terms to describe these different types of conventions out there,...

Win FREE Tickets to The Greatest Generation Podcast Live!

The crew of The Greatest Generation is back in Minneapolis, headed to the Cedar Cultural Cedar for a show at 7:00 p.m. on November 3, 2018. This “Star Trek podcast by two guys who are a bit embarrassed to have a Star Trek podcast” covers a different episode every week with plenty of fandom, humor, and snark. Whether you’re a dedicated listener or a Trekkie interested in checking out the show, we have the giveaway for you! All you have to do is:...

City of Ghosts Is a Perfect October Ghost Story

In October, I often get in the mood for a ghost story. City of Ghosts, a spooky middle grade fiction book by Victoria Schwab, fit the bill for me. It is the story of Cassidy Blake, who has the ability to see ghosts and to visit the realm of spirits. Her parents are paranormal investigators who relocate to Edinburgh, Scotland, to film a television show about haunted cities. Her best friend happens to be a ghost named Jacob. Once they...

Enter to Win 1 of 5 Digital Copies of Solo: A Star Wars Story!

This past May, Solo: A Star Wars Story gave us gave us a look at young Han Solo. The movie comes out on digital September 14, 2018, and you could win it for free! To enter, all you have to do is: 1. Follow @TwinCitiesGeeks on Twitter 2. Tweet us your favorite Han Solo quote from any of the Star Wars movies by 12:00 p.m. Central time on September 14, 2018 We’ll randomly choose 5 lucky winners who will...

The Character Alignments of New Minnesota State Fair Foods, Rated

The Minnesota State Fair is rapidly approaching, and it is high time to prepare yourself (and your stomach) for the food that is coming. There is always a ton of food to pick from each year, and to make it easier for you, I’ve rated the moral alignments for some of the new food coming your way in 2018. Lawful Good: Triple Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake This delightful treat is exactly what you expect to see when you hear the...

The 8 Most Exciting Trailers out of San Diego Comic-Con 2018

Each year, we poor unfortunate souls who can’t afford the exorbitant cost of attending nerdvana, otherwise known as San Diego Comic-Con, wait anxiously for news to drop about our favorite fandoms. Those lucky few . . . thousand . . . in attendance get to enjoy the massive Hall H panels firsthand and witness the reveals of television and film trailers before anyone else. Of course, through the magic of this infinite series of tubes called the Internet, those videos...

Enter to Win a Pacific Rim Prize Pack!

In honor of Pacific Rim: Uprising coming to Blu-ray and DVD on June 19, 2018, we have an awesome prize pack with someone’s name on it—maybe it’s you! Enter our Twitter giveaway for a chance to win the following: (1) copy of Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018) (1) copy of Pacific Rim (2013) (1) copy of the book The Art and Making of Pacific: Rim Uprising (1) Gipsy Avenger action figure (1) T-shirt (1) button set To enter, just follow @TwinCitiesGeeks on Twitter and...

How Star Trek: The Next Generation Predicted Meme Culture

“Darmok,” the 102nd episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, is a longtime favorite among both Trekkies and linguists. Case in point: the first time I saw it wasn’t on TV but in a linguistic anthropology class at the University of Minnesota. In the episode, Picard and the Enterprise crew encounter the Children of Tama, who speak entirely in metaphors and references—a system that stumps the Trek world’s universal translator, which can only translate the literal meaning of the...
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