As Miss Beelzebub Likes Is an Adorably Devilish Treat for Rom-Com Lovers

History’s various interpretations of the evil realm known as Hell have mostly been consistent: it has almost always been depicted as a fiery place beneath the crust of the Earth where people who have been bad in life go. Regardless of which culture’s interpretation of Hell you’re reading about, it’s safe to say it’s not a place most people would ever want to visit. That is, unless it’s the Hell of As Miss Beelzebub Likes, which is depicted as...

Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of June 26, 2019

Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of June 26, 2019. The Spider-Man Annual Publisher: Marvel Comics Words/Story: Jason Latour, Phil Lord Art/Colors: Jason Latour “When Spider-Gwen’s dimension-hopping web-watch falls into the wrong hands, it’s up to everyone’s favorite wisecracking web-slinger, the wily waddler known as Spider-Ham, to save the day!” Category: Like They Need My Help Why I’m Excited: Into the Spider-Verse fan-favorite (at least this fan) makes a...

Robin Hood Gets an Emotional Update in Call It What You Want

I’ve made it no secret that I’m a huge fan of Brigid Kemmerer’s work. While I definitely loved A Curse So Dark and Lonely, her retelling of Beauty and the Beast, I was first introduced to her writing through her young-adult contemporary novels. Character driven and bittersweet, these books never shy away from heavier topics for its teenage protagonists and still manage to work in fluffier, intimate moments between them. Given that I’m a hopeless romantic and I can...

Destination Fantastic Is a New Travel Show for Fantasy Lovers

This world we live in has countless places and objects capable of piquing anyone’s curiosity and wonder. People with active imaginations and minds for fantastical adventure are no different. Enter Destination Fantastic, a forthcoming independent documentary series hosted by popular Dungeons & Dragons players Stefan Pokorny (founder of Dwarven Forge) and Satine Phoenix (former D&D ambassador). Together, they will travel every corner of the globe, encountering castles, labyrinths, dungeons, sacred sites, and more! Destination Fantastic does not appear to...

At E3 2019, Nintendo and Cyberpunk 2077 Stole the Show

Like Sony, I was not at E3 this year—a decision I regretted as soon as Sunday afternoon rolled around and internet hero Keanu Reeves strolled out on stage during Microsoft’s press event. (The man is indeed a national treasure.) I spent the show like many of you, listening to all the livestreams and watching it online, so I wanted to break down my personal highlights after several years attending live. EA Piques Interest with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order...

The 2019 Downtown Minneapolis Convention Guide

Maybe you’re getting ready for CONvergence’s first year in its new home at the Hyatt Regency, or you’re considering attending a large convention at the Minneapolis Convention Center, such as GalaxyCon. And maybe you’re a little nervous because you aren’t that familiar with downtown Minneapolis. Don’t panic! Whether it’s your first downtown convention or your umpteenth, this guide will give you a few options to make it a little more pleasant. Eating Whether you’re coming in to a convention...

This Week in Geek (6/24/19–6/30/19)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, June 24, to Sunday, June 30. Monday Night Game Night What: Gaming When: Monday, June 24, at 5:00 p.m. Where: Level Up Games (South St. Paul) While it may be tough diving back into the workweek (at least for those of us with Monday-to-Friday jobs), this event seeks to add fun and levity to Mondays with games....

My Time at Portia Offers an Indie Option for Fans of Stardew Valley and Animal Crossing

My Time at Portia finds itself in a very opportune position: releasing far enough after Stardew Valley but still a year before Animal Crossing gives the game an opportunity to fill the void in which many simulation fans are currently stuck. But with so many options on the table, as well as the genre’s ability to create games that can be played seemingly forever, does Portia do enough to stand out? Or do the shortcomings of being an indie...

The Character Alignments of 2019 Minnesota State Fair Foods, Rated

There are three big reasons millions of people flock to the Minnesota State Fair each and every year: food, food, and . . . oh yeah, more food. Even though we have to wait another couple of months to consume it all, the fair has released its annual list of new foods to whet our appetites! Of course, not all new foods are created equal. As such, here are the classic character alignments for some of the new yummies...

Hell Girl Is How to Do Live-Action Anime Adaptation Right

Whether it’s being done in Japan or here in the United States, the concept of trying to cash in on an anime’s popularity by remaking it with real-life actors and settings has been around for decades. Ask anyone who has had the mental fortitude to sit through even one of these remakes, however, and they’ll tell you that most of these cash-grab attempts have been mediocre at best. With this track record, it’s understandable that many anime fans aren’t...
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