Dos and Don'ts of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival

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Renaissance vikings!
Believe it or not, there's more to the Renaissance Festival than people dressed in costumes and barrels upon barrels of mead. With shows, rides, parades, games, and more, it can be overwhelming trying to plan out your trip back in time.

We spent a whole day at the hallowed Ren Fest to discover the dos and don'ts of wandering around ye olde Shakopee without missing out on the best parts. We learned plenty, and wanted to impart our new-found wisdom to you -- like don't spill mead on yourself because that sweet, sticky mess that will have the bees buzzing around you all day.

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Renaissance Festival 2014: How to enjoy ye olde Shakopee on a budget


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What Is a Furry? Beyond the Masks at Furry Migration 2014 [VIDEO]

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First things first: What's a furry? Well, to put it simply, it's a subculture of individuals that celebrate and roleplay as anthropomorphic animal characters. But even within the community, there's some contention as to what exactly being a furry means.

We went to the first annual Furry Migration this year to get a special sneak-peek behind the scenes -- and behind the masks -- to learn what being a furry is really all about.

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Why Comic-Con is Really About Community

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Welcome to Night Vale coming to Minneapolis

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All hail the mighty Glow Cloud... the Twin Cities will welcome Night Vale into town this summer.

The Welcome to Night Vale crew just announced a summer 2014 tour throughout the U.S. and Canada, and Minneapolis made it onto the shortlist.

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Highlights from Comic Con 2014 panels: Firefly, Doctor Who, William Shatner, and Sean Astin

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Photos courtesy of Steven Cohen and Stacy Schwartz
Last weekend, we camped out in panel room 100 during Comic Con 2014 to catch the best talks with some of the convention's biggest stars. Here are the highlights from Sean Astin, William Shatner, Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, and Robert Englund's panels just for you.

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Seeking out Wizard World's D-List


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Seeking out Wizard World's D-List

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By now you might have heard that there was a comic book thing happening this past weekend.

Thousands of fans packed the Minneapolis Convention Center for Wizard World Comic Con, where some of the biggest icons in film, television, and pop culture came together to snap photos, sign autographs, and hang out with some of their biggest fans.

Ian Ziering was there, too.

While the biggest crowds of the weekend were for names like Michael Rooker, Robert Englund, and the stars of Dr. Who, we also made plenty of time to hunt down some of the more D-List celebrities of the convention to find out what's been going on in the twilight of their 15 minutes of fame.

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Popping the question at Minneapolis Comic Con: A Star Wars love story

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May the Fourth Be With You!
On the afternoon of May 4, Star Wars fans gathered at Comic Con to celebrate Star Wars Day, a.k.a. May the Fourth Be With You! Folks in costumes hailing from a galaxy far, far away came together onstage for what they thought was just an official group photo together, united in their love of all things Lucas.

Little did they know, there was about to be another union of love celebrated on that stage.

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Popping the question at New York Comic Con: A love story in six photos


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Top tweets from Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con

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This weekend, folks at the Minneapolis Convention Center got their nerd on at Wizard World's Minneapolis Comic Con. The event covered a mind-boggling number of fandoms -- including Star Trek, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Dr. Who, Nightmare on Elm Street -- with talks, meet-and-greets, costume contests, screenings, and more over the course of three days.

Like any good nerd summit, folks were online and tweeting about all the shenanigans, be it great examples of cosplay, awesome art created on site, or celebrity encounters. We've put together a list of some of our favorite tweets from over the weekend.


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Geek love: Adventures in speed dating at Comic Con

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This is what our sci-fi speed daters were looking for over the weekend.
People go to Comic Con for all sorts of reasons: to dress up as their favorite characters, to meet their heroes (Oh heyyy Sean Astin, Goonies never say die!), to score a rare comic, and... to find love.

When perusing the Comic Con schedule and plotting out my attack plan for hitting various panels, I stumbled across the description for something called "Love in the Air." What was it? It was speed-dating, with a sci-fi twist. My interest was piqued.

"Are you looking for love in Alderaan places?"

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Best costumes of Wizard World Minneapolis [VIDEO]

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This weekend marked the first time Wizard World has visited Minneapolis with its massive convention of all things pop culture.

As is typical at such geekfests, half the fun was spotting fellow fans dressed like favorite characters. We saw monsters, superheroes, and plenty of Dr. Who cosplayers in support of guest of honor Matt Smith.

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Doctor Who stars charm at Minneapolis Comic-Con

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Karen Gillan and Matt Smith at their Comic Con talks
After years of being pranked by her co-star, former Doctor Who companion Karen Gillan hatched a plan Saturday afternoon to get back at her former Doctor, Matt Smith.

What if, Gillan proposed, when Smith came out for his Sunday noontime talk, he was introduced as David Tennant, the actor who played the iconic Time Lord in the years before Smith took on the role?

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