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Geeky Parents to Be: DYI Mario Chain Chomp Halloween Costume

All Hallows’ Eve can be a time of year for couples to go out, have a good time, and dress up as a pair: salt and pepper shakers, the Joker and Harley Quinn, and Ken and Barbie are just a few possibilities. As easy as those ideas sound (who am I kidding they are not that easy), coming up with a geeky, comfortable costume idea to share with my pregnant wife this year was not proving so easy. I needed a...

Seven Spine-Tingling Events to Make Your MN Halloween Perfectly Frightening

The Twin Cities are a hotbed for exciting, spooky events around Halloween. Just last weekend, thousands of zombies lumbered through downtown Minneapolis for the annual Zombie Pub Crawl. This event is so popular that it even holds a Guinness World Record for largest gathering of zombies, illustrating the love that Minnesotans have for creepy, macabre events. If you missed ZPC this year, don’t get your tattered zombie pants in a bundle quite yet—there are still plenty of Halloween and...

The Art of Last-Minute Cosplay

I’ve had it happen myself: I start out the year thinking, “No, I’m not going to cosplay this year. I don’t have the [energy/budget/time/insert reason here].” Then as the convention creeps closer, the itch sets in. The next thing I know I’m scrambling to find something quick and easy in the days leading up to the my next convention. Well, my repeated procrastination can now benefit you! Here are some fun ideas for a last-minute costume based on what...

Trex Tuesdays Turn Out for a Prehistoric Party

Twin Cities Geek was lucky enough to interview the Trex Tuesdays dinos way back in January, when their videos first exploded onto the scene. Since then, they have been capturing hearts and likes around the world with a new video adventure every Tuesday. On May 28, the T-rexes set their sights on the world record for Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Dinosaurs, and TCG was invited to attend and cover the event at Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School. “Try...

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...

Twin Cities T-Rexes Take Over Tuesdays

The first time we saw the “Big City + Big T-rex = Big Trouble” video by Trex Tuesdays, we knew we had to reach out for an interview. Luckily for us, the T-rexes are super friendly and approachable (as you would expect from good Minnesotans, even the reptiles!). They were even willing to trek back over to Spoonbridge and Cherry for a photo op with us! Lydia Karch (TCG): First of all, I have to ask—which came first, the costume...

Don’t Panic! Star Wars Cosplay Is Still Okay

With the beginning of the holiday season and all the geeky blockbusters ready to grace our movie-theater screens, many people are raiding their closets for costumes to wear while standing in line. Heck, I’m one of them. Dressing up is a part of the experience for lots of us fans, and it can range from a T-shirt to a Jedi robe to a full-blown costume made custom with one’s own lightsaber. This week, however, this statement from AMC has...

How Labeling Some Costumes as “Gender Bending” Erases Trans Identities

I love gender-bending cosplays. I love seeing female Spider-Man costumes, male versions of Tomb Raider’s Lara Craft or one of the gems from Steven Universe, and any number of other creative reversals—and I think it’s necessary for people to take claim and gender-bend characters, especially since the world of comic and cartoon characters is dominated by men. Similarly, I also think it’s important for people to lay claim to race-bending characters when the industry is dominated by mostly white folks....

Cosplay for Writers

With the moronic furor over the Star Wars trailer’s “black Stormtrooper” in the recent past, this seems like a swell time to revisit the strangely controversial topic of cosplay. I’ll be honest; the crux of this article rests on the fact that I have had some small discomfort with cosplay myself. Nothing hostile, of course, but a primal discomfort with entire notion of making any sort of costume. There was a time when seeing a cosplayer would trigger something like...
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