Tagged fantasy

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...

Fairy Tail Is a Fun (and Fraught) Anime Adventure

Fairy Tail is, for me, one of those stories that sneaked up on me almost before I realized it. I first encountered it in manga form, when my husband gave me a copy of the first volume last Christmas. I was a little wary at first—I liked the premise right off the bat, but the story itself didn’t hook me very quickly, and there were some problematic elements that put me off a bit (more on that shortly). Still, despite these reservations,...

Throwback Thursday: Leaving Kansas Again in Return to Oz

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. In 1985, Disney decided to go back to the well of one of the biggest family classics ever. Having acquired the rights to L. Frank Baum’s Oz novels, Disney decided to make a sequel to 1939’s The Wizard of Oz, mixing and melding two novels and that film to create...

Shadows of the Dark Crystal Is a Fitting Continuation of Jim Henson’s World

When I was a kid, one of my favorite movies was The Dark Crystal. It was this beautiful world filled with creepy creatures, with things presented in a very matter-of-fact kind of style. The film didn’t talk down to me to explain things, just presented the world as it was and let me keep up on my own: Of course she can fly—she’s a girl. Gelfling girls have wings. As it was said to the main character as if...

This Week in Geek (06/27/16–07/03/16)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, June 27th through Sunday, July 3rd. Girly Book Club: The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens What: Meet-Up, Books When: Monday, June 27th at 7:00 p.m. Where: Kieran’s Irish Pub The Minneapolis chapter of the Girly Book Club is hosting a meet-up at tonight at Kieran’s Irish Pub. The book being read for and discussed at this...

Deep in the Shadows of the Dark Crystal: J. M. Lee on Writing New Canon for a Cult Favorite

The Dark Crystal, like many fan favorites and cult films, has a fairly rough history. Not appreciated all that much in the wake of Star Wars, the film was either too original or too derivative (depending on which critic you asked). Despite this, love for it has lived on in the people who did see the film in its original release or have discovered it on DVD or through revival screenings. However, over the last couple years, Penguin Random...

Briana Lawrence and Jessica Walsh Bring You Fantasy Set in Minnesota

In a lot of ways, Briana Lawrence and Jessica Walsh are living the fandom dream. They met on an old-school mailing list and struck up a friendship, then more than a friendship, based on a mutual love of role-playing and fanfiction. Eventually, this evolved into telling stories not just for themselves but also for the many people they meet at conventions around the world. Now, many novels later, they’ve released the second book in their Hunters series—Beneath the Chapter,...

Throwback Thursday: Dragonslayer is Not Your Typical Hero Quest

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. Last week, I looked at 1981’s Clash of the Titans. Another fantasy film from the same year that tends to get lost in the shuffle is the Paramount and Walt Disneys coproduction Dragonslayer. It follows the tale of Ulrich, who could be the last sorcerer in the world, and his apprentice,...

LARPing with the Kids: An Interview with Interphaze’s Ben Millard

My recent discovery-turned-obsession with live action role playing (commonly referred to as LARP or LARPing) has taken me on a mission to find a local group that caters to the youth crowd. Out of all the really fascinating LARP groups in the Twin Cities, I haven’t come across any that allow participation by children. Some organizations allow non-combat participation for ages 16 and older but my son is 12 and wants to play. That particular mission is not yet completed...

From the Stands: DreamHaven Books Is Still Standing

From the Stands is a series that profiles comic book stores around the Twin Cities and talks about their histories, their offerings, and the communities they serve. One of my earliest memories of my “fandom” is going to DreamHaven on Lake Street and gazing longingly at their antique books, my breath fogging up the protective case they sat in. Amongst many first editions and leather-bound volumes of sci fi and horror, there was a section containing early editions of...
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