Forces of Good and Evil
Hello, Internet! Things have been wild and reeling around the old IC offices! Two weekends ago we had a great time selling comics and meeting folks at the Fort Collins Comics Convention! Between running into folks we met in Cheyenne, or meeting new folks from the Front Range Comics scene, to connecting with fans (who might even turn into fans of ours!), it was a good time. One highlight for me was the chance to meet Dan Conner and Patricia Krmpotich of My Gal the Zombie, a web and print comic I recently discovered and that you all ought to be reading. Dan has a real DIY ethic and a natural sense of comic book history, creating something classic and modern at the same time. Patricia has been writing the last few printed comics, and her instant grasp of the emotional core of the characters has been more than impressive! We, of course, had copies of our anthology titles for sale, and after a eight years of limbo, it was good to get paper comics into the hands of folks! Which brings us to the news for the weekend. Barry and I are going to be hosting a booth at our home stomping grounds in Scottsbluff NE. This Saturday, starting at 9:00 AM, The Monument mall is hosing a Coins, Cards, and Collectibles Show; and Ideal Comics will be there with bells on. Strike that--but we will have our booth and banner and a table full of comics. So get ready, Scottsbluff, because it is an Ideal Comics world now! Sorta. Just give me this, folks! (BTW, the illustration above is taken from Zing #2, art by Levi Irwin, with edits by me. Thanks, Levi!) Also, ICYMI, we have a brand new Encyclopedia entry for you all the check out! More to come, too! On another track, now that things are wrapped with all the Zing 2 craziness, we are trying to get back into the 'Forces' swing, with two updates a week. Rolf has been giving us some great art, and we are very excited to share it with you! Well that is about all the news. Until next time, Happy Reading!
It is another Throwback Thursday, and we at Ideal Comics want to share another new cover for an old story. This, our 22nd story, is a novella-sized, Greg-centric epic; and follows Nerd-and-friends on a cross-country trip to the Fremont City, CO where all manner of chaos erupts! Ideal Comics is proud to re-present "National Villainy!" This cover features a multi-media collaboration between Rolf Gerdau and Mathew D. Rhys; while the interior art was done by Rhys, Chris Lawton, Barry Tetz and Joseph Carradine. It's an extravaganza, folks!
You might have noticed that things have been a little slow over on Forces of Good and Evil. While there are reasons (and if you were following us there, you'd already know that!), we at Ideal Comics still want to share as many goodies with you as we can! So on this #ThrowbackThursday, let's call back to our second Chad-centric story--complete with a brand new cover from young artist "Michael Van Reese". We are proud to re-present "Gym Class: Hijinks and Hi-jacks!"
Hello, Internet! We here at the Scottsbluff offices of Ideal Comics are fresh from the floor of the Cheyenne Comic Con. It was a real great time as we spent three days talking about comics and handing our free Ideal Comics coloring books. Free, you ask? Yep, super free. Because that is how we roll. We decided on an experiment: mini-coloring book of eight pages featuring brand-new adventures of our Golden Age stalwarts Al Djinn and Night Terror--complete 'Golden Age' style stories in eight pictures. We had a lot of great feedback on both the coloring books and the company as a whole, and it really made us take a step back and reassess our position. Since we released our first anthology Zing Comics #1 in 2007, a lot of water has passed under the bridge. Life has moved on, and we have just been bobbing along. Well, this summer going to be the Summer of Ideal Comics. We have plans to redouble our efforts to finish the long awaited Zing Comics #2 as well as finish the Special Edition of Zing Comics #1 (and digital editions of both). As things move on with these projects, we have a few more projects to announce in coming months, so stay tuned. But with every step forward you run the risk of loss. We have decided to change our update schedule for our web-comic Forces of Good and Evil from twice weekly to every Friday. We are super pleased with the relaunch, and love what Rolf Gerdau has been faithfully bringing to the table; but we also don't want to lose quality as we press toward this mark! We are greatly excited, and hope you will take this journey with us!
When I think of Ideal Comics, I think of two words: Genuine and Inspiring. Ideal’s founders, Chris and Rhys, are true fans of fiction and it shows. I have always seen the pair as an invaluable and willing resource for all things comic/sci-fi/nerd related. Their passion for world/character building goes far beyond merely knowing the minutiae of any given comic book. It permeates their dedication to creating their own living breathing fictional universe, “Escher’s World.” For every character of theirs you see or read you can bet there is a mile’s worth of backstory. No matter how big or small, whether it is a throwaway gag or an entire series, every character has a history, every event has a purpose, and every effect has a cause. Chris and Rhys have grown up immersing themselves in the world of fiction and their dedication to creating one of their own definitely shines through every project. When I first encountered Ideal Comics, it was through the adventures of Chad Little and Greg Mason in Forces of Good and Evil. The webcomic completely blew my mind! Since I was a kid, I have always wanted to create stories—books, movies, cartoons, comics, whatever. But there always seemed to a mystery in the process. How does an idea go from point A to point B and turn into a completed project? How does your imagination become reality? For me, Ideal Comics revealed that magic. They showed me that all you had to do to see your dreams come true was have a little bit of gumption. When I first saw the simple black and white format of Forces, I remember immediately having the epiphany “Wow! You can create stories without spending millions of dollars or compromising your ideas!” That has been a very important and invaluable lesson that I have always cherished and will always owe to Chris and Rhys. Darby Ellis Lewis Wilson is a thinker and writer, and co-creator of the Super University for College Kids
Hello, and a happy Friday to you all in Internet land! Today is a day I have anxiously a-waiting for the last 18 months! Yes, today, in the pages of Forces of Good and Evil we begin the Chad Little epic “Plain History.” Join Chad as he roams across the Great and High Plains and westward to uncover the Mysteries his mother only alluded to in “Parent's Day.” Chad has really been through a lot since page 1, from self professed villain to something else. It has been a real pleasure for me, and the whole works has taken on twists I never saw coming, and few we had planned all along. More than a month ago, we promised a Chad-ssential reading list, to get you all up to speed before diving into this latest saga!
- The beginning is always a great place to start, and “Aptitude” is our beginning; but it doesn't really get to the heart of who Chad is.
- I'd say that really starts with “Five Stages,” where Chad has to face his predicament straight on.
- In “Gym Class: Hijinks and Hi-Jacks” we see Chad and his hero school comrades in a class, and see them starting to gel.
- In the short “24/7 Mart—Trading Punches” Chad and Greg share some quality time, and Chad meets Jagged Princess for the first time. And what a time it is!
- “Blunt Instruments, or The Curious Tale of Chaddington Little” continues the theme, and shows how, not only is Chad accepted by his new friends, but starts to value them. Just a little.
- Our next stop in “Day in the Life pt 2: Chad Gets a Girl.” In Part 1, the villain students find themselves spending a week displaced and at hero school. In this chapter, Chad and Jagged Princess end up seeing each other in a new light.
- Jagged Princess is the main focus of “Happy Birthday, All Your Friends Are Here,” but she gets a vital assist from the ever-more heroic Chad.
- Chad's new resolve is challenged in “The Hero's Path.”
- And we round out out little tour with “Parent's Day.” It is the eponymous event at the Jack Cole Institute of Super Heroics, and Chad is accompanied by his Parents. But while Chad is snatched away by Jagged Princess, his mother and an old friend stop a rampaging robot; which leaves Chad with a whole series of questions!
Welcome Back, Internet. It has been too long, but the real world has sadly interfered with my best of intentions. So it was last week that I meant to get this written and posted and celebrated. After all, last week was sort of a big deal here on the IC homestead. It was ten years ago—3rd January 2006—that we published the first page of Forces of Good and Evil. To me, that made last Sunday a big deal—for a decade we have been telling stories about these crazy high-schoolers. When we started, it was just Chris and me, and it was just a vehicle to introduce people to our universe—a place were super heroes ended WW2, where alien technology had given us unlimited energy, and where the US Department of Education trained super -heroes and -villains! That first story was crude and rough and kinda ugly, but it will always have a special place in my heart. In the left ventricle. Sunday last was a big deal for me for another reason, too. It was the launch of a new story, restarting Forces after a year long hiatus (for those of you who wonder what ever happened to Buckskin Boone-- don't fret. That tale will be finished soon!) Leading the charge on this new six pager, is our new fill-in artist, Taliesin Reese. A young fella with a lot of talent, it has been a real joy working with him; and page three of his debut story posted today. Chris already wrote a little about this on drop day, but this is mine! “Meanwhile...The Other Lenny” focuses on two of our background characters. Lenny was assigned as Greg's henchman way back in “The Most Evil Villain of all Time, Ever” (specifically here). The Anthrax sprung out of a cheap joke, but a nod to The Muppet Movie, that we stuck into “Disco Fever.” He and Lenny both returned in “Day in the Life, Pt 1,” but The Anthrax really has a moment to shine in “Demon's Diary,” if I do say so. But this, this story is Lenny's moment. Anyway, that was my trip through the past and looking into the future. I hope you all enjoyed it, and Happy Reading!
Welcome Internet, and Happy Hanukkah. This is the part of the blog where I normally welcome people to Quarterbin Follies. Not so today. In fact, I will be putting Quarterbin Follies on hold here on idealcomics.net throughout rest of the year. But wait, you might say, where will I go to read about all kinds of old comics. Well, you may want to check out Gaming Rebellion (just saying); but here on Ideal we will be talking about new comics. OUR new comics. That's right kids, Ideal Comics is going back in the business of making new, weekly web-comics. Now, I know it's been almost a year since any Forces goodness has eeked out. And I'm not going to lie, that bums me out, too; but take heart gentle readers, for we have got some dynamite stuff coming up. Throughout the month of December, we here at the Ideal Comics editorial will be highlighting some of our favorite Forces stories. Plus, we will also be giving you a Chad-centric reading list to get you up to speed for next Forces epic. See, we have been working in the shadows for months; and the fun all starts on our 10 year anniversary, January third! Then we will be launching a new Forces story featuring the art of Taliesin Reese. This is going to be a quick six page story, a little side rail into our Forces Of Good And Evil universe; and it is set during the “National Villainy", our last long-form epic! Coming up after that is the first chapter in our Chad Little Extravaganza “Plain History”. Spinning out of the events of “Parent's Day”, we will have the chance to follow Chad as he tracks down his mother's big secret in this (graphic) novel length story! Chapter one will feature the art of another Ideal Comics new-comer of Rolf Gerdau based on the script by yours truly. Look for fun and exciting things coming up here, let me tell you! All in all, good things are coming your way; and for all you Ideal Comics faithful, we thank you for your continued readership and patronage. We look forward to the coming year, and to providing you with “Everything Great About Comics!”