Tagged Star Wars

A Twin Cities Geek Goes to Star Wars Celebration 2019

It’s April 10, 2019, and I’m cursing the Minnesota winter. As the Cities get around eight inches of snow, I know that my odds of making it to Chicago have gotten worse for an event I’ve been looking forward to for a year: Star Wars Celebration. The convention, dedicated to Star Wars fans, ran from April 11 through April 15 this year. It might be a little unknown to some, but for die hard Star Wars fans it’s mecca,...

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...

Star Wars: Outer Rim Takes Players to a Less Civilized Region of Space

In 2011, Roseville-based Fantasy Flight Games announced that they had acquired the rights to create Star Wars tabletop gaming experiences. In the years since, we’ve seen tremendous offerings for just about any type of gamer, from the tactical skirmishes of the X-Wing Miniatures Game, to the story-building nature of FFG’s Narrative Dice System utilized in their line of Star Wars role-playing games. Now, with more successful Star Wars tabletop properties in their library than you can shake a gaffi...

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...

Star Wars’ Fuel Your Force Combines Fandom and Health

New Year’s resolutions are in full force; a couple days ago I couldn’t find a place to park at the gym. While it was frustrating to not be able to park my vehicle, I’m always happy for anyone who sets health goals they want to accomplish. One misconception regarding resolutions is they have to be related to physical health. Health has many categories beyond physical health, even though society puts an extreme emphasis on outward appearance. The Star Wars...

Enter to Win 1 of 5 Digital Copies of Solo: A Star Wars Story!

This past May, Solo: A Star Wars Story gave us gave us a look at young Han Solo. The movie comes out on digital September 14, 2018, and you could win it for free! To enter, all you have to do is: 1. Follow @TwinCitiesGeeks on Twitter 2. Tweet us your favorite Han Solo quote from any of the Star Wars movies by 12:00 p.m. Central time on September 14, 2018 We’ll randomly choose 5 lucky winners who will...

In 2018, Why Are There Still Boys’ and Girls’ Toys?

Hey, various fast food-places that serve their kids’ food with a toy: can we stop calling them “boy” and “girl” toys already? The other day I took my tiny geek to grab a quick lunch from the Subway in Ridgedale mall. When the cashier was assembling my daughter’s meal, an apology was included. “I’m sorry, we only have boys’ toys,” the cashier said, placing a ham sandwich into the bag apparently not meant for someone who doesn’t identify as...

Solo: A Star Wars Story Beats the Odds

Once upon a time, you could have made the case that a Leia, Luke, or Han preference was something like asking someone if they preferred John or Paul, Eddie or Kurt, or MCU Iron Man or Captain America. Luke (Mark Hamill) was the naive idealist drawn to adventure and the promise of the galaxy. Leia (Carrie Fisher) was the accomplished politician with privilege and principles. Han (Harrison Ford) was the cynical realist who was certainly a rebel with his...

Star Wars Fandom, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Force

Star Wars season is once again in full swing, and The Last Jedi has captured my imagination as much as any of its predecessors. Over the years, I have taken in the space-opera franchise in all its forms, from the books that brought my experience of the galactic adventure beyond what is seen in the films, to the electronic and tabletop games that informed who I am today in a very real way. The Force runs so deep within me that imagining...

The Last Jedi Carries Star Wars into the Future

In many ways, writing a Star Wars review for a geek-focused site is a fool’s errand. You’re going to see The Last Jedi no matter what I say, or if you aren’t planning to see it, I doubt I will change your mind. Still, this franchise has been my defining geekdom for much of my life, so at the very least I can offer the point of view of a very geeked-out film critic. So, from one student of...
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