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Kid-Friendly Minnesota Conventions for Your Geekling in 2019

If you have some young geeklings around, you may have considered finding a convention to attend as a family. Here’s the good news: the vast majority of the sci-fi, anime, and pop-culture cons in the Twin Cities welcome families, offering discounted and/or free admission for younger attendees and marking panels meant only for older audiences to prevent sudden surprises. However, just because a convention touts itself as being family friendly and offers a lower rate for kids doesn’t always...

Minnesota Conventions for Cosplay in 2019

As we kick off the new year, have you started cosplanning your cosplays for 2019? 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 2019. 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 at the bottom...

Minnesota Gaming Conventions to Check Out in 2019

Minnesota has a great history of gaming, both tabletop and electronic, and conventions are a key place to pick up some gaming with friends old and new. Here are the cons you can look forward to in 2019! Some of these events are dedicated gaming cons, while others have a different focus but feature enough gaming that we thought they were worth telling you about. As always, check out the event’s website for more specific information about what they...

Just What Is This Convention, Anyway? A Guide to Different Types of Cons

If you have had any exposure to fan or geek communities, you’ve probably heard about these so-called conventions that take place every year. These can range from small events at local community centers and libraries to massive events taking place at the largest convention centers and hotels. Each convention is unique in its own way—they’re all organized differently and have different goals and audiences. You’ll see a lot of terms to describe these different types of conventions out there,...

Minnesota Fan Fusion Aims to Fill a Niche in the Twin Cities Convention Scene

While the Twin Cities have a very active fan and geek convention scene, the pop-culture “comic con” style of expo hasn’t been very successful in our market. Many of the companies that have tried have been the worst kind of gate show that provided little beyond expensive celebrity autographs. Minnesota Fan Fusion (which opened last year as Minnesota Fan Fest) is the latest to enter this area, and it has the potential to be something more than that, filling...

Win FREE Passes to Minnesota Fan Fusion 2018!

Minnesota Fan Fusion, a Twin Cities convention that started in 2017 as Minnesota Fan Fest, is returning to the RiverCentre in St. Paul August 3–5, 2018. In addition to panels, vendors, and fun activities, Fan Fusion is hosting a roster of special guests that include Ray Park of Star Wars, John Rhys-Davies of The Lord of the Rings and Indiana Jones, Summer Glau of Firefly and The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and more. If you haven’t gotten around to buying a ticket, never...

5 Lessons I’ve Learned from the Cosplay Community

Convention season is well underway. That means that for a lot of the local Twin Cities conventions, cosplayers are also out in full force, sometimes to the amusement, bemusement, or horror of the normies who walk among us in our day to day. No offense to normies, of course. Though I’d like to point out that the looks on their faces are often priceless. In my case, at the beginning of 2018, I hung up my rather con-famous outfit,...

Your Native American Cosplay Is Racist AF

Every spring, as Coachella wraps up, I breathe a quick little sigh of relief knowing that it’ll be a while before my Twitter feed fills up again with white kids in Urban Outfitters headdresses, Party City chokers, buckskin bikini tops, and Revlon war paint. You know, redface. Also known as cultural appropriation. And sure, that might not be the biggest problem you can think of right now—after all, you might think that of all the kinds of genocide out...

Anime Detour Reroutes to Downtown Minneapolis

This seems to be the year for local conventions to celebrate big anniversaries, and Anime Detour is no exception. The con’s 15th anniversary brought about a bigger change than other conventions, though—it moved downtown to the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis. The year 2018 also brought about its largest attendance yet, with 6,299 people joining the fun. (The previous record was in 2017, with an attendance of 6,217.) The convention space at the Hyatt Regency gives a good framework...

Minicon Proves There’s Life after Bloomington

Minicon 53, which was held March 30 through April 1, 2018, was especially notable in two ways. First, it was the 50th anniversary of the first convention (there were two in 1971 and two in 1974, which is why we’re on convention 53). And second, it saw the convention leave the DoubleTree Bloomington, otherwise known as the Radishtree for its past as a Radisson and a Sheraton, for the DoubleTree Park Place in St. Louis Park. The guests of...
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