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Geeky Fall TV

The nerd takeover continues

0 Comments · Friday, September 18, 2015
Geeky shows, new and returning, for you to tune into this fall.

Samwise in Cincinnati

Sean Astin makes a stop at the Convention Center for this weekend’s star-packed Cincinnati Comic Expo

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Astin is one of many celebrity actors who will be making an appearance at the Cincinnati Comic Expo this weekend, where fans can meet him, have memorabilia autographed and get their picture taken with the actor.  

Cosplay 101

Cincinnati’s Sebastian Hexx breaks down the basics for cosplay beginners

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Sebastian Hexx is a one-man Justice League. He’s Freddy Krueger, a superhero, a villain, an anime character, an Ohio Ghostbuster, a professional wrestler, a costumer/prop builder at local haunted attractions and more — because he’s a cosplayer, or a “costume player,” someone who dresses up like their favorite character from the fictional world.  

Gaming for Good

Spaced Invaders transforms abandoned spaces into interactive video games

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Giacomo Ciminello is wearing a look of nervous excitement on his face — along with a T-shirt that bears the pixelated Space Invaders alien, now accepted as a retro emblem of nerdy coolness.

Nerds in Northside

Arcade Legacy: Bar Edition serves up vintage arcade games, alcohol and gourmet hot dogs

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Northside’s got itself a new arcade-bar. Arcade Legacy: Bar Edition is home to an expertly curated selection of retro video games, beers, cocktails and gourmet hot dogs.

Arcade Etiquette

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
So you’re at a arcade-bar for the first time and you’re overwhelmed by the hordes of drunken youth, flashy lights and Space Invaders sound effects.  

The Uber Kawaii Cat Museum

The Maneki Neko Museum in Walnut Hills displays hundreds of unique Japanese cat figurines

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
There are some people who love cats, and then there are those who really love cats, to the point of opening a niche museum full of them. Micha Robertson opened the Maneki Neko Museum inside Walnut Hills’ Essex Studios three years ago, but she started collecting the Japanese “beckoning” or “lucky” cats a decade ago.

Calendar of Cool

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Check out the coolest fall calendar Cincinnati has ever seen.

The Cool Issue: Revenge of the Nerds

Lord of the Ring's Sean Astin, life-sized video games and more

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2015
There was a point in time when being called a “nerd” was an insult. It meant you were a loser, an eternal virgin hiding in the basement glued to your computer or comic books, dressed up like Sailor Moon or Han Solo. Today — not so much.    

The Cool Issue 2014

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 17, 2014
John Hughes’ Breakfast Club Brat Pack had it all: a brain, a jock, an artist, a princess and a bad boy. And since we can’t ask fictional characters what motivates them to put pants on to leave the house once it drops below 60 degrees, we found our own Cincinnati Brat Pack.

"The Brain"

Chris Messick, Mercantile Library Marketing Manager

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Founded in 1835, the Mercantile Library (414 Walnut St., 11th Floor, mercantilelibrary.com) is one of downtown’s hidden treasures.  

“The Artist”

Pam Kravetz, Artist/Art Educator

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Pam Kravetz (pamkravetzart.com) is a multi-hyphenate fiber artist, arts educator, founder of the knitting/crochet street art gang Cincinnati BombShells (under the pseudonym Pinky Shears) and a performer.  

"The Bad Boy”

Floyd Johnson, Founder of Ohio Against the World

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Floyd “Floyd from Ohio” Johnson is the founder of Ohio Against the World, a lifestyle brand featuring everything from hats and T-shirts to lighters, flags, and soon, skateboards sporting the ubiquitous bold and capitalized slogan, “Ohio Against the World."  

"The Princess"

Tracey Lynn Conrad, Founder of Young Philanthropist Society of Cincinnati

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Tracey Lynn Conrad established the volunteer Young Philanthropist Society of Cincinnati (ypscincinnati.org) to raise awareness for nonprofit organizations in Cincinnati while developing a commitment to philanthropy among the next generation of community leaders.  

"The Jock"

C. Trent Rosecrans, Enquirer Reds Beat Writer

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 17, 2014
CityBeat readers might remember C. Trent Rosecrans’ weekly sports column in this publication during 2012, before he came up on his current gig at The Enquirer covering the Reds.