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Arby’s Targets the Geek Market with Awesome Papercraft Creations

Man, does it feel abnormal to be in the target market for a company’s marketing campaign! With most of my interests being in obscure or independent video games and intense board games, it isn’t very often that I come across advertising that appeals to some of my primary interests: geek stuff and eating. In case you haven’t seen it, some time ago, Arby’s launched a social media campaign of food art and papercrafted sculptures featuring a very long list...

Throwback Thursday: In Memoriam 2016

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. We lost a lot of great entertainers in 2016, and a couple really hit home for me personally, as I’m sure some did for you as well. Some people might question why we put celebrities on a pedestal when people in Syria are being ravaged, killed, and displaced; when...

What If Wolverine Were Reimagined with a Native American Origin Story?

Wolverine’s first appearance was in 1974, but he went more than two decades without anyone knowing much about him, including himself. Young fans like me were content with this status quo, though when writers gave us nuggets of information through new characters and villains who had a secret history with him, we never stopped turning the pages to find out more. But in 2001, Marvel Comics decided to do the unthinkable: they were going to reveal Wolverine’s origin. After...

Fight Evil on a Personal Level by Finding Your Inner Superheroes

I remember when I was around 13 and bought yet another Spider-Man action figure. My mother was not happy about it—she expected me to be past the age of being into such “childish” things. Well, I’m now 34 and still very much a fan of all things superhero. I’m not ashamed of it, though I should acknowledge that it does help to live in a world in which superhero and geek culture is more alive and accepted than it...

Paisley Park Opens Its Doors to Minnesota’s Prince Fans

This is what it’s like in the Dream Factory, oh! After a false start early last month, Paisley Park has officially opened its doors to the public, celebrating the life of Minnesotan legend Prince. It’s a one-of-a-kind tour that lets you see some of the spaces where the artist worked, created, and relaxed, and if you’re a longtime reader of this site, you know how big a fan I am of the music he created throughout his life, so...

An Open Letter to the United Nations on the Selection of Wonder Woman as Honorary UN Ambassador

Dear United Nations, I am writing to you with regard to your recent selection of Wonder Woman as your Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls, effective today. If there were ever a modern-day “shot heard round the world,” this would be it. (And not just because it is deflected off her metal bracelets!) Your appointment of Wonder Woman is a bold effort that resonates with so many of us: women and men, black and white, young and old. I would argue that...

Survive the Campaign with Twin Cities Geek Debate Bingo

The first presidential debate is tonight, and there will be more to come. We know a lot of you are sick of the campaigns already, but we’ve got something that might make it a little easier: candidate bingo! We can’t claim credit for the idea, but we’ve put our own geeky twist on it. Here are four slightly different cards you can download, print, and use to go head to head with your friends. If you play, we’d love...

A Journey to Hobbiton

In honor of the birthdays of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, also known as Hobbit Day, a write-up of this American’s recent journey to Hobbiton seemed appropriate. This summer, I visited my fiancé in New Zealand, known to most fantasy fans as the place where The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were filmed. (I’ve already written here about one of our culinary experiences.) We took a camper van from his hometown of Christchurch on the South Island to the North Island...

In Honor of Batman Day, Here Are All of Our Batman Articles in One Place

Happy Batman Day! To celebrate DC Comics’ official holiday for the Caped Crusader, here are all of our Batman-related articles in one easy-to-browse list: Celebrate Batman Day with Mask of the Phantasm Batman: The Killing Joke Expands on an Iconic Story Suicide Squad is a Misfit Mash of Mischief and Misfires Who Really Comes Out on Top in the Battle of Batman Versus Superman? The Overstuffing of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Taking the Gotham out of Batman...

Magic: The Gathering Has a Story?!

The PAX West gaming convention (formerly PAX Prime) in Seattle took place earlier this month, and it hosted the 2016 world championship for the popular trading-card game Magic: The Gathering, a major hobby of mine. Magic has established itself as one of the most successful franchises in tabletop-gaming history, both for its collectible aspect and its ability to evolve over time. Each semiannual expansion, or “block,” brings the game to a new original fantasy world, with gameplay designed to...
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