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Iowa’s DemiCon Has Been Delighting Con-Goers for 30 Years

According to legend, it all began in 1989 in Des Moines, Iowa, with Jennette and Les Roth. They posted signs advertising the first meeting of the Des Moines Science Fiction Society, and at that first gathering, 10 people showed up, all asking when the first convention would be. That requested convention, DemiCon 1 (for Des Moines Convention), was held April 23–25, 1990. It stuck around. May 3–5, 2019, marked a milestone weekend for the convention, as DemiCon 30 (theme:...

Can Can Wonderland Highlights the Artistic Value of Retro Gaming

The Twin Cities has so many unique bars, and I wanted to check out a retro gaming bar that has been drawing lots of traffic since it opened in 2017: Can Can Wonderland. At first, you might not suspect that Can Can truly fits this category, but the arcade portion, which sits adjacent to its famous minigolf, has attracted the local Twin Cities crowd, similar to other retro gaming locations in the market. I wanted to delve deeper into...

How to Get a Smooth Finish on Your 3D-Printed Parts

3D printing for cosplay has taken off in recent years, with increasingly affordable printers giving more people access to the technology than ever before. Fused filament fabrication, also known as fused deposition modeling, is the most common type, and it involves melting down a plastic filament and building up parts in layers. These layers are usually small (100 to 300 microns, or 0.1 to 0.3 millimeters) but leave what are referred to as layer lines in prints—the bane of...

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...

Join Twin Cities Geek for a 21+ Night at the Science Museum of Minnesota!

The Science Museum of Minnesota’s monthly Social Science event is an adults-only night where you can explore the museum, grab a drink, catch special presentations and activities, and more with a 21+ crowd of fellow science lovers. This month, the museum is going extra geeky with a theme of Sci-Fi Con—and you can bet we’ll be there doing our part! From 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. on October 11, 2018, you can: take Twin Cities Geek’s sci-fi trivia challenge (with...

Want to Try 3D Modeling? This Beginner-Friendly Software Will Get You Started for Free

People often ask me what software I use for 3D modeling. This is usually followed by asking how much it costs and how hard is it to learn. While these exchanges are usually short—Autodesk Fusion 360, it’s free, and it depends on what you want to do with it—I wanted to elaborate on the topic of 3D modeling and where to start, specifically with an emphasis on this program. Before we start talking about software, remember that learning to...

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...

Minnesota Conventions for Cosplay in 2018

Looking for our 2019 guide? Click here! 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...
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