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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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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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“What Home Means to Me: Home is Gratitude” by Gerdau

What Home Means to Me_Gerdau Our own Rolf Gerdau recently took first place in a local art contest with this info comic. A neat and insightful piece, Rolf uses an almost whimsy parallelism to discuss the very serious ideas of home, contentment, and satisfaction in frank but inclusive terms. Everyone, rich or poor, is challenged to take a hard look at themselves, their assumptions, and their perceptions of those around them. We are proud to showcase it here, and you can read more about the piece and the contest here. And be sure to follow Rolf's work over at the Forces of Good and Evil! (Comic/Artwork is the property of Cirrus House, Inc. Used with permission)
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Since I’ve Been Gone

summer comicsHello, hello, Internet and Ideal Comics faithful! I know it has been several months since you last heard from me. And though I have been away from the keyboard I have not been idle. I'm sorry, what is that? What was I doing? Well, I reckon I do owe you something--some frail thread of explanation or excuse. In short, I have been busy. So the last time I was here, I had just returned from 'Free Comic book Day' with a stack of comics six inches deep, including 45 free comics and a few not-free ones. While I am still trying to work through the freebies, i have had a great time with several of the DC Convergence titles, especially Aquaman and Batgirl featuring Steph Brown (some day I will write about Steph Brown but not today); as well as Lucas/Disney/Marvel's Kanan: The Last Padawan! Continue reading
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QuarterBin Follies #22: Nebraska

Happy Friday, and before you ask, I am not Chris Lawton. I know, I know, 'it's Friday!' 'You're supposed to do Mondays!' 'What did you do to Chris? Chris is fine. Trust me. Life just happened, as it does, and he asked if I could fill in. Well, as it happens, I missed my column on Monday, so I had material to work from! If you have ever read my column before, you are likely familiar with my formula. With 'QuarterBin Follies', I mostly use my time to yammer-on about my love of old comics, and the weird-and/or-wonderful places I find them. 'The Hunt' I like to call it. Well, this is a little different. See, Last week, I took a trip. This is about that trip. Mostly. Continue reading
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