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The Latest Black Panther Trailer Is Us

By now, you likely have seen Marvel’s latest trailer for Black Panther—if you haven’t, I strongly recommend that you take a few minutes and rectify that immediately. The anticipation for this release is due as much to the gripping visuals and ensemble cast as it is to the fact that this is only Marvel’s second superhero film in which the primary protagonist is black (the first, of course, being the woefully overlooked and underrated Blade). It is shaping up...

Win a Copy of the New Book Treknology: The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive!

In addition to being the senior editor here at Twin Cities Geek, I’m also a book editor. Sometimes those books are geeky, too, which is the case with Treknology: The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive—a book about the real-life science behind Star Trek technology. After realizing there was nothing like it already out there, I acquired Treknology for the Quarto Group in Minneapolis with astrophysicist and bona fide geek Ethan Siegel to write it. Some two years...

How to Choose Your Next Anime . . . and How to Know When to Quit

There’s something really satisfying about finishing an entire anime series, especially a long one. But just as strong is the other feeling that comes with it. You know the one: that feeling of emptiness and aimlessness that makes you think, “What am I going to watch next?” It’s a feeling that I both hate and love. On the one hand, it’s hard to imagine investing in a new tale just after finishing a series, particularly a really great one....

A Lifelong Trekkie’s (Mostly) Spoiler-Free Reaction to Star Trek: Discovery

I’ve been a Trekkie since 1984. My parents took me to see Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, and I was instantly and forever hooked. During the years of being bullied throughout elementary and middle school, I would find solace in reruns of the original series, and I watched all the subsequent series and films repeatedly and religiously. I founded and have coordinated TC Trek Trivia for the past four years, the only recurring pub-trivia night in the...

5 Ways to Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of The Princess Bride

If you are a fan of storybook romances, I’m sure you won’t miss wishing a happy 30th this week to The Princess Bride, which was released in movie theaters on September 25, 1987. In case you weren’t aware, The Princess Bride didn’t immediately rocket to a place in the hearts of millions across the globe. Though the production itself was a labor of love, as recounted in As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride...

What X-Men Fans Can Learn from Gambit’s Fearless Individualism

Gambit. Remy LeBeau. His fans love him fiercely, but it can be hard to admit loyalty toward him—even fellow X-Men devotees who are supposed to respect individuality, as it is a main theme of the franchise, can be pretty vicious in their criticism of the Ragin’ Cajun. Gambit has been called the lamest mutant, the wussiest mutant. And yet, for all the disdain he’s given, he is still going strong, immune to all those put-downs. Not bad for the...

The Greatest Generation Shows There’s No Shame in Loving Star Trek . . . or a Star Trek Podcast

If you love something, it’s worth a little embarrassment. That’s the hook of the Maximum Fun network show The Greatest Generation, a Star Trek: The Next Generation podcast by “two guys who are a little bit embarrassed to have a Star Trek podcast.” The chagrined gentlemen in question are Benjamin Ahr Harrison and Adam Pranica, two 30-something writer-filmmakers who live in not-so-secret shame on opposite coasts. Musician John Roderick—front man for the Long Winters and a mutual friend—paired the...

Star Wars Force Friday II Is Here!

Lightsabers up. Blast shields down. It’s time to become one with the Force! Friday, September 1, is Force Friday II—the kickoff day for the epic reveal of hundreds of new pieces of Star Wars merchandise. Disney and Lucasfilm have coordinated a massive global event in preparation for The Last Jedi’s release this December, and geeks and nerf herders alike are flocking to just about every store on the planet to get a chance at some of the coolest new...

Minnesota Fans Party with Pusheen

On July 29, Pusheen fans from all over the Twin Cities gathered at the Mall of America Tomodachi store to celebrate their favorite cat friend. Pusheen, if you’re not familiar, is the star of an animated web-comic series, as well as a sticker set on Facebook. Fans were treated to a cosplay competition, a DJ, a coloring contest, and prize drawings—as well as sneak previews of prototype Pusheens coming to stores in the fall. Elated fans got a look...

What’s Coming Next for the Characters of Game of Thrones?

It’s my favorite season of the year. No, not summer—it’s Game of Thrones season! The best show on TV has returned, and with only two seasons left, how is this one going to look? Will there be more death than before? Will unlikely alliances be built? Will others be broken? I think season 7’s first episode set the tone enough to make at least a few predictions about some of the main characters. Shall we begin? (Spoiler alert: This...
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