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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...

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:...

Are Zombies and Gore Your Horror of Choice? Meet Minnesota Comic Writer Steve Vold

When I met Steve Vold at the MCBA Fall ComiCon, he thrust a copy of Zombie B.C. into my hands and told me, “I hope you don’t mind gore or violence.” Little did Steve know that one of my all-time favorite video games is Gears of War, which involves chainsawing Locust creatures in half. Leafing through the first couple pages of his comic, the gore was quite apparent in each of the panels. But even without his warning, I...

Wild Times Brings the History of WildStorm to Bookshelves

It wasn’t part of the initial plan, but when the calendar rolled over to 2017, writer Joseph Hedges knew his new book, Wild Times: An Oral History of WildStorm Studios, would release at the right time to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Image Comics. “By the time I was wrapping up the interviews, it was coming down right to the end of 2016, I was finishing up the manuscript, and I said, ‘Well, you know, it’s not such...

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...

The Ultimate Minnesota Guide to Free Comic Book Day 2017

Free Comic Book Day is an annual extravaganza that takes place on the first Saturday in May, when comic stores around the country offer up a variety of free comics specially provided by publishers. I have been participating for two years now, and I always have a great time! Lisa Olson of Source Comics & Games in Roseville says, “The size and enthusiasm of the comic book community in Minnesota is amazing. We also see a lot of people who...

It’s Three Times a Charmz with a New Graphic Novel Series from Papercutz

The comic world has been experiencing a measurable growth in readership over the last 10 or so years, particularly that of the children’s graphic-novel category—a 24 percent growth in year on year sales, according to Nielsen. One of the effects of this boom is that it’s boosting the visibility of female readers and female creators like Raina Telgemeier (Sisters, Smile, The Babysitters Club) and Noelle Stevenson (Nimona, Lumberjanes). For a long time however, content aimed at 10- to 14-year-old...
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