High Plains Mini-Con
 

October 2017: An Ideal Month!

Image3Hello, Internet! Happy Hallowe’en!

It has been quite a month over here at the Ol’ Ideal Comics home base! For those of you IC faithful who are outside the Wyo-Braska corridor there is a good chance you missed the inagural High Plains Mini-Con, the first ever nerd-culture expo in our sleepy little hamlet. Around 200 folks from Scottsbluff-Gering and the surrounding environs came out to meet local creators and hear presentations by both professional and independent comickers and content creators! There were so many neat things going on, but I will mention two in this space.

At the Mini-Con, we opened the stage with Veteran comic scribe Ron Fortier. Known for writing Terminator: Burning Earth and being the primary architect and writer for Green Hornet by Now Comics during the 1990’s, Ron was kind enough to share many stores about the history of American comics and about the craft. Ron’s Green Hornet time line had a profound impact on me and upon the foundation of our IC universe, and it was an honor to have him down!

Secondly, long time IC fan Chris Lore has in the last year started his own webcomic Z-bites. We are always happy to meet new creators, but we are a bit humbled that the guys at Z-bites chose our event to debut the first issue of the expanded print version of their thoroughly fun zombie comic!

Well, this was a swell show, and we are already laying down stones for 2018. Stay tuned here for details and news!

We have also been busy with plans for 2018 products! I am working with Rolf Gerdau on a full length special spinning out from our long running webcomic Forces of Good and Evil. The story is called “I’ve Been to Hell,” and we have been hinting at this story for years and are very excited to get this out to you all. The first few pages are inked and look really fun. There are a few more projects in the mix, but that is all you get today!

Halloween ComicFest 2017In other news, last weekend the Rhys branch of the company (meaning myself and my sons) headed to Cheyenne, in part to check out Olympus Games and Comics and the Hallowe’en ComicFest! We picked up some fun freebie books as well as spent some face to face time with a hand full of local creators: David Kirk, the second half of the writing team for Z-bites, Chad Blakely of Pathetic Asthetic Comics, and Colin and Laurel of The Handbook of Heroes. I am not going into detail here, but all their products are we’ll worth giving an eyeball to (I have even provided the links)! Plus, I got a chance to talk to the Olympus Staff; and we look forward to some future news there, too!

Well, that is about it for now. We now prepare for a busy winter as we use the shorter nights to wax creative. Expect weekly “Forces” updates, and at least monthly updates here on the blog as we put the shiny touches on new IC projects! Catch you in the funny papers, folks, and as always, Happy Reading!

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High Plains Mini-Con–All the details!

Image3Hello, Internet! How are you all?

If you haven’t heard, we at Ideal Comics, along with the Monument Mall, are hosting the High Plains Mini-Con. We have invited a number of local and regional indie comic creators to participate, and it is going to be a real fun time!

The High Plains Mini-Con will be taking place on October 6th and 7th. The meat of the Con is happening on Saturday, with panel discussions, Q&A sessions, live music, and a CosPlay contest. The mall open at 10A, and the Con will run until 5:30P or so. On Friday night we will he having a special preview with some of the local creators starting about 3P.

As part of the Mini-Con, we are hosting a 24-Hr Comic event, starting 3-4 on Friday, October 6th, and running until close, and picking up again at 8 AM!

Another highlight of the ronfortierMini-Con is a special talk by comics stalwart Ron Fortier. A 30+ year veteran of the comics scene, Fortier has written such characters as Terminator, Popeye, and pulp heroes like the Black Bat and Domino Lady. Plus, Ron was the architect of NOW Comics 1990’s relaunch of the Green Hornet, turning the Radio star into a multi-generational superhero epic! He will be presenting on Super-Heroes in American Fiction!

Here is a full list of guest vendors and exhibtors follows:

Ideal Comics, (Featuring Barry Tetz and Rhys)
Ron Fortier
Todd Jones of Wicked Awesome Tales
Z-Bites writer/creator Chris Lore
J.p. Biernacki and crew
Ensemble Comics‘ artist and co-owner Jon Bonjour
Angry Kitten Juice
Ronald Shaw Art

We are also going to be featuring content from:

A Geek Out of PlaceVann and ChipBrandan StolenGabriel Tyce Bruton (Gabriel the Brute), and Darby Ellis Lewis Wilson of Super University for College Kids!

You can click on the links below to download a bevy of .pdf information:

2017 cosplay contest        2017 public Schedule       24hr rules

So, come on down and dig nerd culture in your own backyard!

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Time flies!

Collectible Card, Coin, Toy & Antique ShowHas it really been a year?

And what a year it has been! We finished and then re-finished Zing#2, released a special edition of Zing #1, taught a comics class, launched a massive cross-over on “Forces of Good and Evil”, published a handful of mini-comics and attended several comic-cons! Man, you’d think with all that activity we would find some time to write a little about it on or humble ‘blog, right?

Don’t you judge me!

But in all seriousness, we haven’t, just haven’t, gotten this blog together. So, for whatever reason, today we return to the ‘blog to talk, randomly about things IC related.

First, we are excited to return to the Monument Mall, Scottsbluff NE, for another Coins, Cards, and Collectables Show. It is happening on September , from 10A until we 5P. Last year was fun as we shared a table with “Forces” artist Rolf Gerdau. Not sure if Rolf is joining us on the 23rd or not, but time will tell!

Speaking of Rolf, he has been knocking them out of the park, whether on mini-comics or coloring books, or on “Forces”. In case you don’t followrolf sample 2017 9 4, we are still telling our Chad opus–outlining summer vacation and Chad’s search for his mother’s mysterious past! The current chapter, Plain History, is part travelogue, part cyber-fantasy, and features guest star, cameos, and crossovers with five other contemporaneous webcomics: “Cortland”, “Netrek”, “Super University”, and “The Adventures of Seth and Murphy “(and a brief cameo from “Elf Only Inn“) This story is a kick and a half to write and great to see drawn.

For those of you in vista-ready Colorado, we will also be making an appearance at the Rocky Mountain Con out by the airport. The Con is the last weekend in September, and we are pretty stoked! we hope to have two new products ready for this outing, too: a long form coloring book adventure starring “Forces” darling Rapunzel; and and Expositioner mini-comic with art by Barry Tetz!  And all that event is going down the weekend of 9/30?
That following weekend we will be back in the home stomping grounds! We are co-hosting Scottsbluff’s first ever nerd fest and Mini-Con. The High Plains Mini-Con will feature a handfull of local indie comics and nerd-content creators, and will be located at center court of the Monument mall. We are also hosting a handful of panels and live music! The highligjht of the day, aside from supporting indie comics, will be a talk by comics legend Ron Fortier about the history of the superhero in American literature!

We are still working out details, but watch this space for news! So mark down October 7th, 10A-5P on your calendar, and swing by the Monument Mall, for the best in comicbooking in the Panhandle and beyond! And don’t forget, the event is free!Image3

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