The Nebraska Panhandle is hosting its first comic book convention.
The new High Plains Mini-Con is set for Oct. 6-7 in Scottsbluff.
Co-organizer and Ideal Comics co-founder Mathew Rhys says Monument Mall is providing the free space and that was enough to get others interested in coming.
“We’re near the Colorado front range and there’s a pretty significant independent comic book community there of indie creators who make their own books and sell them,” Rhys tells Nebraska Radio Network. “So, we’ve had several people from the Cheyenne, Fort Collins, Denver area who are going to be coming up and it just sort of happened.”
Rhys hopes the event exposes more people to comic books produced in the region and gives some notoriety to creators.
“Bring those people out of the woodwork and also introduce new people to the art form and to say, ‘This is part of this town, you guys just didn’t know it before,’” Rhys says.
Creators will display and sell their books and some will be participating in the nation-wide Comic Book Day where they write and draw a story in 24-hours.
Panel discussions, a costume contest, and live music are also on tap.
“We’ve been making comics out of Scottsbluff for 10 years,” Rhys says, “so meeting people that we’ve known have had an interest, or that we didn’t know had an interest, has been really fun.”