Tagged fantasy

The Dream of the Butterfly Is a Ghibli-esque Adventure Tale

Once upon a time, I, Chuang Chou, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was Chou. Soon I awaked, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man. Between a man...

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...

The Shape of Water Is Bizarrely Beautiful and Sweetly Surreal

Only Guillermo del Toro could conceive a creature feature so artistic, violent, romantic, and weird. Even for a director as accomplished with tales of monsters and magic, this is by far his strangest picture for a story so bold with direction so odd. If monster movies seem too docile in the age of the melodramatic Twilight and the milquetoast adventure of The Mummy, del Toro proves that you can have harsh horror elements alongside an erotic factor and still...

Ocean of Secrets Is a Fantastical Whirlwind

I was intrigued by the manga Ocean of Secrets by Sophie-chan as soon as I saw the cover art. And when I read the short description, which told of a young girl named Lia whose seemingly normal life is turned upside down when she’s swept away in a storm and rescued by a magical ship, that was all I needed to know I had to check this one out! My expectation going into the story was that it would have a steampunk feel...

We’re Giving Away FREE Tickets to MantiCon 2017!

Convention season is in full swing, and MantiCon 2017 is coming up on May 26–28. This local con is the place to be for fans of military sci fi and fantasy, and if that describes you, then you’ll be interested to know we’re giving away 2 pairs of Gryphon-level tickets! To enter, all you have to do is like the Twin Cities Geek page on Facebook (if you haven’t already) and comment on the MantiCon giveaway post telling us...

How Visions of Hope Unite the Works of J. R. R. Tolkien

Of all the common threads in the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, I propose that the uniting theme is hope. It can be found in his popular works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings as well as his more obscure writings like The Silmarillion and Morgoth’s Ring. If one were to assign a theology to his writings, it would be a Theology of Hope. It is a multifaceted hope, with trust as the foundation—the belief that...

Dark Horse’s American Gods Comic Series Achieves a Happy Medium between Page and Screen

As a longtime fan of Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods, I was thrilled to check out the first issue of Dark Horse Comics’ new series based on the same work, out March 15, 2017. As is usually the case when I experience something created by Neil Gaiman, I was not disappointed. It is a richly illustrated rendition of the story and worthy of its place next to both the novel and the forthcoming television show, due to air on Starz beginning...

The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories Are All Smoke and No Fire

I need to start this review with a confession: I am not an aficionado of the short-story format. That being said, I’ve seen my share of well curated anthologies. A good collection, to my mind, is bound together not simply by a single characteristic but by a larger uniting theme. Every piece in The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories—edited by Jared Shurin and Mahvesh Murad, and including stories by local favorite Neil Gaiman and 2016 CONvergence guest...

At Home with Monsters Invites You into the Mind of Guillermo del Toro

Vampirism. Lycanthropy. Wraithlike remnants of the soul, trapped eternally in their own suffering. Demons. Monsters. These are staple elements of lore across time and culture, shadow puppets of our reality—of us. Stories that tell stories that we don’t want to openly tell. The lust and seduction of bloodletting, the tragedy of immortality, the relatable fear of some hidden self released and unrestrained. Stories that, at their core, are undeniably human. It is no surprise that filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s personal collection, opening at the...

Read Your Child All the World’s Potential

Sometimes, the world is a worrisome place. It can seem that all that is good in the world is outweighed by a threatening thunderstorm of bad, making me wonder what my child would learn from it all. Then, I remember how, at a convention in the recent past, my tiny Jedi used her lightsaber to help a similarly aged friend find the courage to walk past a rather intimidating Dalek. In other words, let me paraphrase the advice given by...
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