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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!

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!


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!