Tagged CONvergence

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...

Essential Convention Reading: Geek Culture by Kate Norlander

Convention season is in full swing, and CONvergence is quickly approaching. For many, this is their first or second time. Others of us are seasoned congoers. But no matter who you are, this book is for you. Kate Norlander has written a coffee-table book called Geek Culture that looks back on CONvergence 2013, “British Invasion.” It features beautiful photos taken by Emmerlee Sherman and covers every facet of CONvergence, from the long ticket lines to early-morning yoga with YogaQuest....

Cos-Buyer Beware!

As Con Season 2k16 kicks off and we look toward Anime Detour in just under a month, it’s doubtless that many cosplayers new and experienced are beginning to feel the pressure when it comes to finishing their costumes. It is usually around this time that cosplayers start looking to outside sources to help alleviate their workloads. While it’s fairly common for a cosplayer to purchase part—or even the entirety—of a costume for various reasons, it is an unfortunate reality...

Be Shiny and Crafty with This DIY Duct Tape Purse

In planning for CONvergence 2016, I was skeptical that I would be able to come up with a costume that could work with this year’s theme of transportation. But while brainstorming and researching for something else, I hit on an idea: cosplaying as “Baby,” the 1967 Chevy Impala in Supernatural, and as the Deathcoaster, which Ash makes out of his 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 in Army of Darkness. One of the first things I thought of was, how do I...

Minnesota Conventions to Cosplay at in 2016

Update 1/23/2017: Looking for 2017 convention information? Check out “Minnesota Conventions to Cosplay at in 2017!” It’s a new year, and that means it’s time for 2016 Cosplay planning! There’s not much going on in these short, cold days of Minnesota winter—but come March, cosplay-friendly Minnesota conventions will already be starting up. Here’s a helpful list of conventions in Minnesota you might be interested in visiting and cosplaying at this year. Click on the convention’s name to visit its website,...

Book Geek Bulletin: New Year, New Books

Book Geek Bulletin is a regular feature where we round up what’s going on in the world of literary culture and books—both here in Minnesota and around the world. Jump to: Local Lit | Global News | Page to Screen Local Lit Minnesota sci-fi and fantasy convention CONvergence has announced its guests of honor for 2016, who include a number of writers: Amal El-Mohtar, poet, fiction writer, and editor; Amy Shira Teitel, popular-science writer focusing on spaceflight; Mark Oshiro,...
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