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The MN Guide to Free Comic Book Day 2019

Every year on the first Saturday in May, comic shops open their doors to give out specially designated comics for free as well as take the opportunity to host creator appearances, sales, giveaways, and more. This year, Free Comic Book Day also coincides with my all-time favorite holiday: May the 4th! Whether you celebrate Star Wars Day or not, there are some solid comics deals going on in the Twin Cities. Click here for the full list of free...

The MN Guide to Independent Bookstore Day 2019

On April 27, 2019, indie bookstores in Minnesota and around the country will be celebrating Independent Bookstore Day, which as always is great news for book lovers. Officially participating stores will have exclusive Independent Bookstore Day items—which can include tote bags, advance reader copies (ARCs), posters, clothing, and more—and many will also be offering sales, author appearances, free treats, and other goodies. Other stores won’t have these “official” items but are celebrating on their own. You can find all...

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...

Chatterbox Pub Is the Perfect Retro Gaming Haven for a First Date

While I was doing research for my last article, I reached out to Steven Miller, who is the owner of Chatterbox Pub in Minneapolis. I thought it would be interesting to get his take on the retro gaming scene in the Twin Cities, especially since his pub was one of the first to service the local retro gaming community. I walked into the bar and was instantly taken back to my childhood as I noticed the vintage Nintendo Power...

Enjoy Dragon-Sized Performances by a Halfling-Sized Cast in The Hobbit at Children’s Theatre Company

When it comes to epic tales, J. R. R. Tolkien‘s Middle-earth universe certainly takes the cake. With numerous books, supplements, maps, and a trio of film trilogies (two live action and one animated), geeks have been inundated with material from this magical world for over 80 years. But getting new folks, especially kids, into The Hobbit can be a little difficult due to its length and density. Enter the Minneapolis Children’s Theatre Company and playwright/director Greg Banks. Banks was...

Up-Down Minneapolis Bottles Gaming Nostalgia for Twin Cities Millennials

When I first walked into Up-Down a few years ago, around the time it opened, I felt an instant nostalgic attachment. I noticed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game and nearby, an unused X-Men arcade cabinet. Both sat beckoning me to reclaim my youth. I was flooded with memories of a local pizza shop and arcade in Appleton, Wisconsin, where I spent birthdays, Friday nights, and the celebrations after stellar report cards. I would rapidly scarf down the...

Potted Potter Is a Fun Night for Harry Potter Fans and Theatergoers Alike

It’s hard to believe the Harry Potter franchise is two decades old. Sometimes it seems like only yesterday that fans were lining up outside bookstores for a new release, trying not to spoil the next book for those of us who couldn’t read 500 pages in one sitting. Now Potter fans have a theme park, 10 movies (with three more slated for release), a play, and endless merchandise for all four Hogwarts houses to choose from. So in the...

Minneapolis’s Heroic Goods and Games Combines Facebook and a Personal Touch for Marketing Success

Minneapolis was hunkering down for its first below-zero weekend of the winter when I made the call to visit Heroic Goods and Games. The owner, Paul Zenisek, connected over Facebook, and we agreed that it would be the perfect time for an interview given Minnesotans’ hermitlike behavior on frigid weekends in the month of January. I first investigated the store after noticing it pop up in one of my Facebook feeds. I was intrigued by the social media strategy...

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...

Minnesota Gaming Conventions to Check Out in 2019

Minnesota has a great history of gaming, both tabletop and electronic, and conventions are a key place to pick up some gaming with friends old and new. Here are the cons you can look forward to in 2019! Some of these events are dedicated gaming cons, while others have a different focus but feature enough gaming that we thought they were worth telling you about. As always, check out the event’s website for more specific information about what they...
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