Serious Moonlight Will Give You Serious Feels

I have a confession to make: I had never read any of Jenn Bennett’s books before picking up Serious Moonlight. I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen two of her other contemporary YA novels, Alex, Approximately and Starry Eyes, in the book section of Target or shelved face out at Barnes and Noble, and a quick search on Goodreads confirms that an overwhelming number of people love her writing. It all comes down to the fact that...

Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of April 17, 2019

Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of April 17, 2019. Planet of the Nerds Publisher: Ahoy Comics Words/Story: Paul Constant Art/Colors: lan Robinson, Randy Elliott “Three high school jocks in the 1980s are accidentally frozen by an experimental cryogenics device, only to be revived in the computer-driven, superhero movie-loving world of 2019, an era ruled by nerds! Plus! A backup series explores the characters’ origins.” Category: Return to a...

So You Want to Try Out for Roller Derby

If you’re interested in roller derby, there’s a good chance you’ve gone to at least one Minnesota RollerGirls or North Star Roller Derby bout. You’ve probably seen Whip It, too. And maybe you’re thinking of going out for roller derby yourself. So, what do you need to do to start? Because in the words of Razor, the coach from that illustrious movie (no, not the one played by Har Mar Superstar), “There’s more to derby than fishnets and picking...

The Haunting of Henderson Close Fills the Bill for a Spooky Ghost Story

Because I am a sucker for a plot line with a spooky ghost story, I was drawn to The Haunting of Henderson Close. I was not disappointed at all. Many years ago, a street in Edinburgh named Henderson Close was closed and then built over. Due to the unique nature of the area, it has become a tourist attraction where our protagonist, Hannah, serves as a tour guide, showing people the nooks and crannies of the old street. One...

This Week in Geek (4/15/19–4/21/19)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, April 15th to Sunday, April 21st. 38th Annual Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival What: Movies When: April 15th through April 20th Where: Various The theme of the 38th annual Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival is “A World Beyond,” and this event will be bringing films from around the world. Film geeks take heed: there may...

How Do We Deal with the Fallout of Anime Voice Actor Vic Mignogna?

On February 11, 2019, Funimation Entertainment announced it had ended its relationship with one of its most prolific voice actors, Vic Mignogna, because of sexual misconduct accusations. The month that led up to their decision and the month that followed can only be described as a shitstorm; fans lashed out, other voice actors took sides, and industry professionals came out of the woodwork. The seas have somewhat calmed since then, but I’ve been left wondering: what now? For context,...

Mad Cave’s Midnight Task Force Is a Gripping Cyberpunk Adventure

When looking for comics to read, I prefer to purchase trade paperbacks versus single-comic issues. I find there are so many comics to enjoy that I tend to fall behind in my favorite series. When I purchased Midnight Task Force from Mad Cave Studios I fell back on my ways and purchased the whole volume instead of just the first issue. The premise seemed exactly up my alley and I figured I would enjoy the complete story. Midnight Task Force is...

Blood, Guts, and Jazz Set the Mood in Ape Out

Content warning: This review contains descriptions of in-game violence. You’re an ape, you want out, and you’re gonna kill anyone who gets in the way. Quite the straightforward premise, no? Made by Gabe Cuzzillo, Matt Boch, and Bennett Foddy, and published by Devolver Digital, Ape Out is an indie game about a gorilla’s violent journey to freedom. Hominids they may be, an ape only has so many options: shoving someone, or grabbing and then throwing them. Either way, it’s...

Missing Link Is Another Lavish Laika Production

Laika’s daring and artistically stop-motion animated movies always feel like well-oiled machines. Its 2016 film, Kubo and the Two Strings, was a beautifully bold cultural tale with great action and mythical storytelling to a degree not commonly seen in bigger-budget films, especially in stop motion. While the newest project, Missing Link, doesn’t quite have that same breath of bold, it’s still a stellar showcase of how well Laika can weave brilliant artistry with real charm. Consider how this buddy-adventure...

Astronomers around the Globe Assemble to Capture the First Image of a Black Hole

From the initial conception of black holes in the writings of natural philosopher John Michell in 1783 to the theories and equations of Albert Einstein and Karl Schwarzchild in the early 1900s, the mysteries surrounding them have fascinated and eluded us for centuries. Black holes—cosmic bodies so massive that not even light can escape their gravitational pull—have long been a mainstay in science fiction, used as plot devices in literature from writers such as Arthur C. Clarke and Larry...
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