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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...

NerdinOut Con Is Putting Rochester on the Comic-Convention Map

Minnesota has a vibrant geek community, with plenty of comic-book conventions located in the Twin Cities area. The farther away from the Twin Cities you get, though, the fewer conventions there are. It’s a shame, because when I attended Winona State University I would regularly attend video-game clubs on campus and play board games at my favorite game shop. As a college student, I could barely afford gas so I often went months without attending a convention. Hopefully this will change...

MarsCon’s 20th Anniversary Celebrates a Convention with the Potential to Be Better

From my perspective, conventions are like buffets. There’s a large variety of things to do, and the best way to try it all is to do a little of everything. Also, if possible, do everything without needing to repark. It’s a strategy that served me well for MarsCon 2018, which also happened to be the 20th year of the con. For the most part, the weekend was pretty fun, though there are some issues with the convention that need...

Minnesota Gaming Conventions to Check Out in 2018

Minnesota, and particularly the Twin Cities area, is a great place for gamers. Maybe it’s all the time we spend indoors due to the weather, or maybe it’s just a natural evolution of the fan culture that has thrived here for over 50 years, but it’s difficult to do a perception check above zero without detecting another gamer. There are so many gaming events here all year round that it can be difficult to keep track of them all! Fortunately for...

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...
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