MSP ComicCON: "It's One of the Great Comic Cons of the Nation" [Video]

Categories: Nerdery, Video

Nerdy Fun with Comic Artists at MSP Comic Con 2015 from Voice Media Group on Vimeo.

Video production by Todd Wardrope for City Pages.

Oftentimes you hear about the more performative aspects of comic conventions, namely cosplay. But what about the folks who are creating the actual comics?

We talked to a bunch of artists, puppet makers, and comic creators at MSP ComicCON to get the lowdown on what building a thriving comics scene in the Twin Cities means to them.

See also:
Best Costumes at SpringCON 2014


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Nerds Unite! Geeky Shenanigans at Minneapolis Comic Con 2015 [Video]

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Geeky Shenanigans at Minneapolis Comic Con from Voice Media Group on Vimeo.

From cosplaying and walking the exhibit hall floor to trying your hand at finding love during Sci-Fi Speed Dating, there were plenty of ways for folks to channel their favorite characters and meet new friends at Minneapolis Comic Con.

See also:
Geek Love: Adventures in Speed Dating at Comic Con


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The Best Looks at Wizard World's Minneapolis Comic Con

Categories: Nerdery

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Tony Nelson
This week, many attendees at Wizard World Comic Con showed up in their fandom best. There were lovely Disney princesses, homages to video games and cartoon shows, group efforts, and many, many Batmans. While we took hundreds of pics at the event, some getups stood out in particular. Here are a handful of our favorites looks.

See also:
Best Cosplay at Minneapolis Comic Con 2015 [slideshow]

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Mallrats Reunion: The Best of Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, and Michael Rooker at Comic Con

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Tony Nelson
Jason Mewes (front, second from right) with a crew of Mallrats cosplayers.
The spirit of Mallrats took over Minneapolis for the weekend during the city's second annual Comic Con.

The legendary Kevin Smith came to the State Theatre for a Q&A that lasted a whopping two and a half hours, covering everything from his classic films to how surprisingly great Minnesota (and our weed) is. Smith's View Askew comrades and co-stars Jason Mewes and Michael Rooker were also in town this weekend at the convention, teaming up for their own Mallrats-themed Q&A.

Here are the best bits about Mallrats, Minnesota, and everything in between.

See also:
The Most Fascinating Things We Learned from Celebs at Comic Con


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The Most Fascinating Things We Learned at Comic Con

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Tony Nelson
This weekend the celebrity guests of Wizard World's Minneaolis Comic Con were in fine form. Over two days City Pages sat in on chats with the likes of Gillian Anderson, Karl Urban, Finn Wittrock, and the Oliver and James Phelps, a.k.a. the Harry Potter twins. Old fans geeked out, young fans squee'd, and stars charmed audiences as they answered their questions.

In this post, we've recapped some of the biggest highlights, including weird gifts the Phelpses have received, what shocked Gillian Anderson about the internet, and who Brent Spiner thinks should play him if there's ever a Star Trek: Next Generation reboot.

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Super Celebs Shine at Minneapolis Comic Con [Slideshow]


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Top Tweets from Minneapolis Wizard World Comic Con

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This weekend, folks had a blast geeking out at the Minneapolis Convention Center for Wizard World's Comic Con. In attendance were comic-book artists, TV stars, and big-screen celebrities. Also in attendance were fans, and they were great at documenting it all. We've put together a list of some of our favorite tweets from over the weekend, from both celebs and attendees.


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Jason Mewes on Mallrats: "I Think Mallrats Was Before Its Time"

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Clerks II screenshot
You might know Jason Mewes better by his onscreen persona: that hippie-haired, sex-crazed drug dealer who's the loquacious half of the duo Jay and Silent Bob. Jay is coming back, and in a big way.

Twenty years after the original Mallrats premiered in 1995, Smith announced plans to shoot a sequel later this year. Not only is the View Askew gang going back to the mall, but they're also gearing up to film Clerks III after wrapping on Mallrats later this year.

Before his appearance at Minneapolis Comic Con with fellow Mallrats alum Michael Rooker, we got deep over the phone with Mewes while he wrangled his puggles in his California home earlier this week.

See also:
Kevin Smith: "I Hate to Disappoint People, But YES, I Am Doing a Mallrats Sequel"

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City Pages Live Tweets Wizard World's Minneapolis Comic Con This Weekend

Categories: Internet, Nerdery
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Nick Kozel at last year's Minneapolis Comic Con
This weekend, thousands of folks will be traveling to the Minneapolis Convention Center for three days of celebrity meet-and-greets, killer cosplay, shopping, and more at the Wizard World's second annual Comic Con in Minneapolis. City Pages will be there as well, partaking in the fun. We'll be sharing our thoughts, snapping pics, and attending talks with the crowds.

You can follow what we get up to this weekend at twitter.com/cpdressingroom. We'll also be favoriting tweets we think are great and posting pics.



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Michael Rooker Talks Mallrats 2, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Chocolate-Covered Pretzels

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Sam Howzit
What a difference a year makes.

Actor Michael Rooker was most recently seen as Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy, but Kevin Smith fans will remember him as Brandi Svenning's talk show producing dad in the cult classic Mallrats.

We spoke with Rooker just before last year's inaugural Minneapolis Comic Con, and he was pleased to find out there were even people still interested in Mallrats, which was filmed in Minnesota at Eden Prairie Center. Now, Rooker will be co-hosting a panel with his Mallrats co-star Jason Mewes at this year's event, thanks to the announcement of a sequel this spring.

We caught up with Rooker again to chat about sequels, action figures, and chocolate-covered pretzels, natch.

See also:
Michael Rooker on Merle Dixon, Guardians of the Galaxy, and recreating his Mallrats look


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Riddle Room Opens Its Starship for Business

Categories: Nerdery, WTF
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Welcome to the Riddle Room. You and 11 other space truckers have found a derelict ship, long thought to be lost. You have responded to a distress call, and your group now has to work together to save the ship before it loses power or you run into a nearby star. 


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