The Void Virtual Reality Experience Opens at the Mall of America

I felt like I had stepped directly into Ready Player One as the staff at the Void strapped me into a virtual reality suit for what would quickly become my favorite experience at the Mall of America. The VR suit I strapped into had some heft to it—not too heavy, but heavy enough to make me feel like I was wearing armor. This was fitting given that I was about to virtually put on Stormtrooper armor and immerse myself...

The Angry Birds Movie 2 Takes Aim at Simpler Targets

I recall being so frustrated with 2016’s The Angry Birds Movie for starting with a premise of coming to terms with anger and a society that doesn’t value it but then ending with mindless mayhem. For better or worse, the sequel doesn’t set the audience up for such disappointment. The Angry Birds Movie 2 establishes quite early that it’s aiming to be little more than a James Bond adventure with a half-baked message about togetherness wrapped into its farce...

This Week in Geek (8/19/19–8/25/19)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, August 19, to Sunday, August 25. Monday Night Game Night What: Gaming When: Monday, August 19, 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....

Nyanko Days Is a Bite-Sized Blast of Joy

As the old saying goes, great things come in small packages—something’s size is not always indicative of its quality. For instance, a small family-owned shop may offer a higher-quality product than a national chain, or a public-access television show may be more entertaining than one you might find on ABC or FOX. Indeed, this phrase holds true for many people, places, and things in general. But, does the age-old proverb apply to EMT Squared’s 2017 slice-of-life comedy Nyanko Days?...

24 Even More Romances for Geeks of All Kinds

Hello, readers! It’s been a year since the last geek romance roundup and two years since the first, and we’re making it a tradition. Let’s finish out the summer with another two dozen geeky romance novel recommendations. Even better—August 17, 2019, is the first Bookstore Romance Day! Four Twin Cities bookstores are participating: Magers and Quinn, Moon Palace Books, Paperback Exchange, and SubText Books. These bookstores are offering bookmarks and personal recommendations that day, and at Moon Palace Books,...

Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of August 14, 2019

Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of August 14, 2019. White Trees Publisher: Image Comics Words/Story: Chip Zdarsky Art/Colors: Kris Anka “In the fantastical world of Blacksand, peace was hard-won, and three unbending warriors carry the scars to prove it. Now, almost twenty years later, their children are missing and war is on the horizon. Can they put aside their memories of the war-and each other—for one last adventure?”...

The Highly Anticipated Trailer for Greta Gerwig’s Little Women Is Here

Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is a longtime favorite classic of mine, and I’m incredibly excited for Greta Gerwig‘s new film adaptation that will premiere later this year. As soon as I knew Saoirse Ronan would be playing Jo March, I was sold. I’ve been a fan of Ronan’s work since I saw her in The Lovely Bones, and her performance in Gerwig’s 2017 film Lady Bird was brilliant. (Give this girl an Oscar already—seriously!) The full trailer dropped this morning, and...

Dora and the Lost City of Gold Is Charming, Meta, and Odd

Most of the time, when a preschool animated series gets a movie, it tends to be a mildly longer tale of the same format. But the iconography of Dora the Explorer has turned the character into such a parody that it would be impossible for her to make the jump to live action as anything other than a weird adventure. Dancing between satire and standard jungle antics, Dora and the Lost City of Gold fits snugly into that odd...

This Amazing Japanese YouTube Channel Shares Handcrafted “Animated Manga”

If you love manga as much as I do, and if you’ve ever wanted to see characters on the pages of a manga animated—not as an anime adaptation but as panels brought to life—then you might want to check out the fun little YouTube channel known as shinrashinge. The channel has only a little over 4,000 subscribers, which is a shame, considering its incredible content. Although everything is written entirely in Japanese, the videos contain little to no dialogue,...

This Week in Geek (8/12/19–8/18/19)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, August 12, to Sunday, August 18. Indigenous Comic Book Workshop What: Comics, Educational When: Monday, August 12, at 2:00; through Wednesday, August 15 Where: Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center This multi-day event can help people 12 and up learn the art of making comic books! Learn the art of character and story development as well as the...