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2nd Annual High Plains MiniCon is Coming Your Way

Ideal Comics Faithful! Here is a special thanks coming from the Home Office to you our there in Internet-Land.  I can offer no excuses for our blog-reticence, but we have been plugging along in secret, getting ready for more comic goodness! But forget all of that! Next weekend, we, along with the Monument Mall and the Planning Committee, will be hosting the 2nd Annual High Plains MiniCon! Everything will be going down from 10a to 5p on October 20th, and again at the Monument Mall, and again admission will be free! We are very pleased to announce that this years High Plains Mini-Con special guest will be none other than artist and writer Bob Hall. Robert "Bob" Hall is an American comics artist and writer as well as a playwright and theatre director. Hall is the artistic director of the Flatwater Shakespeare Company of Lincoln, Nebraska, an organization he founded.Previously, he was artistic director of the Nebraska Repertory Theatre for six years, and in 2008 was artistic director of Lincoln's Haymarket Theatre.
During periods of theatrical unemployment in NYC, he sustained himself as a cartoonist, writer and editor for Marvel, Valiant and DC Comics. He drew most of Marvel's major titles at one time or another, including Captain America, Spiderman, Thor and The Mighty Avengers. For DC Comics he created a series of Batman graphic novels and for Valiant Comics in the 1990s he wrote and drew a series called Shadowman, also creating for that company a noir crime series called Armed and Dangerous and writing a sci fi comic, TimeWalker. He continues to do comic book work as well as theatre posters, set designs and studio paintings. We also Have several returning guests: Ron Fortier (who introduced me to Mr Hall), Todd Jones with Wicked Awesome Comics, Jon Bonjour, the gals from Angry Kitten Juice, Game Time, Roll2Live Gaming, A GeekoutofPlace, Chris Lore with Z-bites, Ronald Shaw. We are also looking forward to new faces from White Stag Productions' West of Oz, Abe Akin, DeGaine Designs, and Scoblo' own Rico Cobos. And I'm sure I forgot something! We are also proud to announce that for the Mini-Con we will be hosting an encore showing of "Turn the Page! Comics and Mental Health..."   "Turn the Page" was an Mental Health Awareness art exhibition that ran through the summer at the West Nebraska Arts Center. In conjunction with Cirrus House, the Exhibition showcased comic and nerd art highlighting many different takes on mental health and wellness, all made by local artists.  We look forward to this being a good addition to the MiniCon. This year, we are again hosting a CosPlay contest, sponsored by Midwest Marvels CosPlay. Stay tuned form more on that! We have tried to plan this event for nerds of all stripes! Check us out, and check back for our complete schedule later this week!
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QuarterBin Follies #23: Turok Tuesday

Image1bI guess with a title like that, the metaphorical cat is out of the imagined bag, here. Today, we are going to discuss and review Turok, specifically, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter #1, the opener for the 1993 Valiant Comics series. Turok has long been on my 'B-team' of comic fandom. I ought to explain, because the B-Squad is NOT the not-ready-for-prime-timers, au contraire. My B-team is populated by the characters I like enough to say I dig 'em, but not so much I have spent so much money on them. Folks like Zorro, Daredevil, Hellboy, The-Big-Red-Cheese Captain Marvel, and even Supes himself. Time-tossed Turok is among these noble warriors, and I am glad to have him there! Continue reading
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