Tagged CONvergence

My First Cosplay

I nervously lace up the boot on my right leg—an uncomfortable angle when you have five-inch platforms on the bottom and the bed is too short. But I get it done. Now to do the other boot. My roommate gives me an incredulous look, somewhere between understanding and “Do you know what you’ve gotten yourself into?” The other boot takes a little more time, because the angle is even more awkward than the first one, but I’m going to...

5 Things Not to Do When You Meet a Cosplayer of Color

CONvergence is here! And, just as with other cons, thousands of cosplayers will be sitting on and in panels, competing in games, hanging in the smoking area, and circling the party rooms. I’ve been going to conventions for many, many years, and while cons of all types have been getting better in numerous ways, one aspect still seems to be confusing for some of our fellow con-goers: interacting with cosplayers of color. As you can see in the photo...

Join Twin Cities Geek at CONvergence 2017!

CONvergence is upon us, and of course, Twin Cities Geek is there! We have more going on than ever before—here’s where you can find us this year. Badge Backers Twin Cities Geek and Fearless Comedy Productions have teamed up again to bring you these nifty badge backers—the perfect thing to hang your ribbons from! Get yours at registration or stop by the Twin Cities Geek fan table outside Mainstage on Thursday or Friday (more on that below) or the Fearless Comedy...

Prep for Your Convention Weekend with Help from Twin Cities Geek

CONvergence is only four weeks away, and there are plenty more conventions after that. Are you ready? Help get there with some of our tips on planning, navigating the con, and staying healthy and relaxed while you geek it up! Convention newcomers can start with The Geek Convention Survival Guide (and hey, some of us old-timers could use a refresher, too). If you’re cosplaying, make sure you’re ready for every situation with The Geek’s Guide to Creating the Ultimate...

Minnesota Playwright and Poet Saymoukda Vongsay Is the Refugenius You’re Looking For

It is tricky to think of qualifiers in which to present Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay. It isn’t that there aren’t many exceptional things about her to point out (there are), and it isn’t that her résumé couldn’t trigger a midlife crisis for some of the most accomplished on the arts scene (it could). The tricky part is figuring out an order in which to present them. How about we start with sparkly stuff first—the attention grabbers, the “oooh-ahhh” stuff? Like, say, oh, that Saymoukda Vongsay’s work has been presented by the Smithsonian,...

Should I Bring My Child to a Convention?

Kids can have a great time at conventions, or they can be so miserable that the result makes a Ringwraith tea party look great by comparison. And even if your kid does have a great time, managing them may completely suck the joy out of your convention experience to the point you’re questioning why you even brought them. Or, perhaps you’ve been wondering why you didn’t take your kid to a convention earlier, since you’re finding them to be...

Throwback Thursday: Fantastic Planet Is a Space Opera Unlike Any Other

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. The Twin Cities’ largest-run convention, CONvergence, is six months away. I know it seems ages from now, however the main theme for this year is space opera, and what better way to gear up for it than to take a look at some of the films that could be...

50 Years on the Final Frontier: Seeing Star Trek through the Eyes of Minnesota Geeks

It’s been 50 years to the day since Star Trek‘s September 8, 1966, premiere on NBC. A different but equally important milestone happened 20 years later, on December 20, 1986—the night William Shatner appeared on Saturday Night Live, in an episode featuring then-timely sketches about T. J. Hooker and Oliver North and presenting the musical stylings of one Buster Poindexter. More to the point, Shatner appeared as himself in a now-infamous sketch set at a clichéd Star Trek fan convention...

Can You Spot the Twin Cities Geeks at CONvergence 2016?

CONvergence is here! Perhaps unsurprisingly, it will be difficult to avoid spotting the Twin Cities Geek team on the ground at the DoubleTree Hotel. Read on to discover where you might spot us! Two places where you will definitely find Twin Cities Geek staff are at the TCG fan table and the official TCG panel, “Twin Cities Geek, the Geek Culture Magazine.” Come on out and show your support for the online geek culture magazine that is made by...

Twin Cities Geek at CONvergence 2016

We at Twin Cities Geek are excited to have a presence at CONvergence 2016! We have a few things going on, including some cool swag, a fan table, and two panels. We hope that if you are attending CONvergence this weekend, you take some time to connect with Twin Cities Geek! Fan Table Stop by and say hello! Twin Cities Geek will have a fan table in CONvergence Central, right outside MainStage. Pay us a visit to get your picture...
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