Tagged comic books

Travel on a Journey of Queer Self-Love with Luisa: Now and Then

The world of LGBTQ+ literature—specifically fiction—has been growing over the past few years. Despite this, many of the selections available at your local bookstore focus solely on characters coming out and being a part of the LGBTQ+ community. While these stories are very much needed, sometimes I just want to read a graphic novel about a woman down on her luck who finds a way to love herself after meeting a version of herself from the past . ....

The Amazing, High-Stakes World of My Hero Academia

One of my favorite recently released anime, My Hero Academia, returned for its third season in April, and it’s upping the ante. The stakes were high from the beginning for the characters of MHA, but this latest season seems poised to take them to heights and depths far beyond what we’ve seen for them before. If you haven’t checked out this series before, read on to learn about some of the things that make it so great and why it should...

In Dog Men, Harry Dresden Battles Ghouls and PTSD

Harry Dresden is having nightmares. In his dreams, all the people he cares about are shredded by the forces of evil and he is powerless to stop it. When he wakes, his apartment is dirty, his refrigerator empty. Even his giant Foo Dog, Mouse, is concerned about his master and follows him around, trying to get him to eat. But Harry has seen too much violence and loss lately, and his determination to protect the innocent is turning into...

The Dream of the Butterfly Is a Ghibli-esque Adventure Tale

Once upon a time, I, Chuang Chou, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was Chou. Soon I awaked, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man. Between a man...

Minnesota Conventions for Cosplay in 2018

As we kick off the new year, have you started cosplanning your cosplays for 2018? Twin Cities Geek is here to help with a comprehensive list of conventions and a few other select events in Minnesota you might be interested in cosplaying at in 2018. Click on the convention’s name to visit its website, which will have the most current information on dates, registration prices, guest appearances, cosplay contests, and more! (Note that events other than conventions are listed separately...

Subversive and Godly? As the Crow Flies Proves You Can Be Both

Web comics are a dime a dozen these days, it seems. Yet occasionally, out of the depths rises an occasional bright star. A few years ago, that star was Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona—a graphic novel that often gets described with words like “quirky” and “subversive.” Total dog whistles, right? Yep! And when I hear them, my ears hear “queer AF and full of people of color and run out and buy this right now.” As the Crow Flies by Melanie...

No, YOU Move! Standing Up for What’s Right with Superheroes

A particular exchange between Captain America and Spider-Man has long been one of my favorite quotes. Spidey is asking Cap how he deals with the world when it’s pitted against him. Cap gives a longer response, but the iconic end is: “Doesn’t matter what the press says. Doesn’t matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn’t matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else:...

“Ha-Ha, I Made You Say Cock!” and Other Things That Try to Be Funny in Allen, Son of Hellcock

In an interview with CBR.com, writer Gabe Kopolwitz said that he drew a lot of inspiration for Allen, Son of Hellcock from years of reading “a lot of old Heavy Metal.” Yeeahhh. That’s possibly one of the reasons this comic book utterly fails the Bechdel Test . . . among other things. The story of Allen, Son of Hellcock follows a hapless do-nothing who has been paralyzed by his famous father’s reputation. His father’s ghost follows him around, alternately...

Local Comic Creators Share Their Thoughts on the First Minnesota Fan Fest

This past weekend, I happily supported the first ever Minnesota Fan Fest on August 19 and 20 at the St. Paul RiverCentre. Earlier in the month, I wrote about the convention’s cosplay policy, which had been somewhat controversial when it was first announced; in that article, I stressed that Fan Fest organizers were listening to the local community and had demonstrated good intentions to support Minnesota creators and to work with, not invade, the Twin Cities comic-book scene. While wandering...

Giacomo Bevilacqua’s Tale of Love and Misanthropy Left My Heart in New York

Having never been to New York, I have only the trappings of pop culture’s sensationalized and often exaggerated viewpoint of the bustling city. From the heavenly skylines to the lowly sewer depths, every inch of the concrete jungle has been used ad infinitum. And yet The Sound of the World by Heart, a new graphic novel written and illustrated by Giacomo Bevilacqua, simply captivated me with its richly detailed vistas of not just the city’s landmarks, but of the...
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