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5 Things to Expect at Minnesota Fan Fusion

5 Things to Expect at Minnesota Fan Fusion

As the calendar turns to summer it’s hard to believe that 2018’s event is just around the corner. We’ve picked the top 5 reasons you’ll want to geek out at Minnesota Fan Fusion.

1. Epic Talent

Whether it’s your favorite celebrity from a beloved pop culture franchise, a nationally-known fantasy author, or a comic book legend, Minnesota Fan Fusion is filled to the brim with talented creators of every kind. In addition to our massive lineup of celebrity talent, you’ll find that our homegrown creators can be just as creative with their own art, stories, and crafts.

2. Costumes Galore

In addition to our lineup of amazing cosplay guests who are adept at sewing and prop building, you’ll find that our attendees’ costumes will blow your mind! Everywhere you look, you’re bound to find super-heroic Avengers, Disney Princesses, and Muggles dressed as Wizards, with even more coming to life through the magic of cosplay.

3. Fun for the WHOLE Family

We’ve got hours of activities and panels from all your favorite genres, including Harry Potter, Marvel Universe, Star Wars, Game of Thrones, and more. We have fabulous fashion shows and beauty pageants planned such as the Steampunk Fashion Show, Disney Fashion Pageant, and the Walking Dead Beauty Pageant and themed dance offs such as the Disney Dance Off and the Heroes of the Multiverse Cosplay Dance Off.

Dancing not your thing? Or maybe you’re bringing the little ones! We have Youth programming going on as well! Bring the kiddos to the Great Disney Family Sing-Along or let them show off their favorite costume in the Youth Fashion Show. Our attendees love to dress up in cosplay so make sure to roam the Exhibitor Hall too where your kids might meet their favorite superhero or Disney Princess in the flesh!

Minnesota Fan Fusion also has a weekend full of fan discussions, debates, and trivia games all on your favorite fandoms. Hop in and test your knowledge in the Harry Potter Quizzitch Show or debate who you think should be sitting on the Iron Throne and rule over Westeros in a Family Feud-style game of Feud of Thrones. Win prizes with our Hunt for the Infinity Stones scavenger hunt or defend your favorite superhero from the Marvel or DC universe in our DC vs Marvel – When Powers Collide panel.

Here for the celebrities? We got you covered! Chat with your favorite celebrity guest and ask them questions at their Q&A panel or meet them one-on-one when you purchase an autograph. You can even get a photo with your favorite star when you purchase a professional photo op with them — and don’t forget you can bring up to three other friends WITH you for a really awesome group photo. It makes for one heck of an awesome souvenir from the show!

4. Shop Till You Drop

You’ll find just about anything geek or pop culture related you can ask for in our exhibitor hall. You’re guaranteed to find a great selection of Funko Pop figurines, art prints and movie posters, T-shirts, cosplay accessories, comic books, or your next favorite novel.

5. One Big Family

At Minnesota Fan Fusion, we are brought together under one giant roof to celebrate our fandoms and Discover Our Inner Geek™ together. Throughout our seventeen years of operation in the convention industry with Phoenix Fan Fusion (formerly Phoenix Comicon/Comic Fest) and now Minnesota Fan Fusion, we have witnessed attendees cultivate new friendships and make a lifetime of memories. Did you know some of our celebrity guests roam the exhibit hall on their breaks? How about running into an epic, geeky proposal between two cosplayers? Most of all, we’ve had the pleasure of seeing people from every background come together as one big, happy family. Part of what we love about the conventions our team runs is the ability to provide a space and event where everyone feels like they belong. Our community is full of passionate, warm, supportive, welcoming fans that grow every year and, if this is your first year at Minnesota Fan Fusion, we can’t wait to have you join the big, geeky family.

Dan Jurgens Returns to Superman in Action Comics

Dan Jurgens Returns to Superman in Action Comics

Dan Jurgens has a bit of history with Superman.

Yes, the legendary writer and artist has made many important contributions to the world of comic books throughout his career, but it’s his work on the seminal “Death of Superman” storyline that has proven to be the most influential and widely read. As one of the writers and artists behind that legacy-defining storyline and the author and penciller of its final issue, Jurgens’ work on the character can be felt in nearly every Superman story we’ve seen since.

Well, it seems that was just a warm-up. This June as a part of the eagerly anticipated Rebirth, Jurgens is returning to the world of Superman as the writer of the bimonthly Action Comics. We recently spoke to Jurgens about this rebirth of DC’s longest running ongoing comic and learned that it will not only fully reunite the current SUPERMAN: LOIS AND CLARK writer with the Man of Steel, but also with the monstrous villain that once nearly defeated him.

We’re restoring the original numbering for Action Comics in June. What issue will your story be starting at?

Issue #957.

What can you tell us about it?

If you’ve been reading Superman: Lois and Clark, then you’ve seen that we brought back the pre-Flashpoint Superman. He’s married to Lois Lane, they have a young son named Jon, and we find out they’ve been here for years living in secrecy. This new Action Comics is us fully integrating them into the world of Metropolis and the world of Superman in general.

When the book starts off, Lex Luthor has pretty much proclaimed himself the Superman of Metropolis. Well, our Superman knows Luthor’s history on his own world and will never trust him or buy into the idea of him as a hero. Meanwhile, someone has found and released Doomsday on the city, and it’s all complicated by the fact that Clark Kent is very obviously running around in Metropolis. The whole world has learned that Clark and Superman are one and the same, but suddenly they seem to be two separate people, so that can no longer be the case. We start to really build this entire mystery of “Who is Clark Kent?” while at the same time bringing plenty of the “action” the title promises as you only can with Doomsday.

How closely will your book be tied with the bimonthly Superman title?

Superman is being written by Pete Tomasi and Pat Gleason, and we’re going to be making sure that our characterization is consistent with theirs and that as events move along, they reflect one another. It’s not going to be like what we did in the old days, so to speak, but they’re going to be running parallel with each other and featuring the same characters.

Will new readers who haven’t been reading Superman: Lois and Clark (even though they should be!) be able to pick up the first issue after Rebirth and understand it?

Absolutely! Even though it’s ACTION COMICS #957, we’re really writing it like it’s an issue #1. That’s what you have to do on something like this to be fair to everybody. Longtime readers who have been enjoying Superman: Lois and Clark will want to see this next chapter, and at the same time, we’ll fill new readers in on what’s been happening.
ACTION COMICS, written by Dan Jurgens and featuring the art team of Patrick Zircher, Tyler Kirkham and Stephen Segovia, will debut with issue #957 on June 8, 2016.

This is the latest in a series of interviews looking at the many DC comic books that will be spinning out of this summer’s Rebirth. Keep an eye on for more!

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