IBOT: IRON BROTHERS OF TOPEKA
THE IRON BROTHERS OF TOPEKA ASSEMBLE AT TOPCON
The IRON BROTHERS OF TOPEKA AKA; IBOT will make a Triumphant Fourth time appearance at TOPCON GEEK EXPO 2017 on September 09 & 10, 2017 at the Kansas Expocentre: Ag Hall.
The Topeka, Kansas based IBOT’s are three brothers who bring fantasy to reality with their large wearable sculptures. Although they maintain full time jobs, children and family lives, they find time to imagine, build, and share their creations.
Chris, the perfectionist and youngest brother, came up through the ranks of the 501st Legion, a world-wide Star Wars costuming organization. Being the tallest of the 3 Brothers he fit’s perfectly into the oversize and gigantic War Machine Armor.
Mike, the mechanic and middle brother, always dreamed about having a fully functioning Iron Man suit. Now he has two and is working on a third one.
Neal Jr. , the adventurer and oldest brother, came about through the SCA or the Society of Creative Anachronism, a medieval fighting and arts group. His knowledge of weapons and their usage help the IBOT’s bring their props to life.
“To see the Brothers standing together as War Machine, Iron Man and Iron Captain America is awe inspiring.” The GYPSY and TopCon’s Executive Director has said. “The first time I saw these gigantic fully functioning creations I was thunderstruck.”
The IBOT’s have formal education in art, drafting, computer graphic design, mechanics, and business. However, what started out as individual efforts has now escalated into a collaborative effort that includes three generations of our family from our eighty some year old parents, Neal Senior and Barb, and our significant others and our children.
Being in the IBOT Family is not an easy task and takes a lot of understanding and patience from spouses and girlfriends. “My wife Debbie and have become good friends with the Brothers since IBOT’s first appearance at the first TopCon in 2014. We have spent time in their workshop and have watched the creation process. These costumes are not just thrown together; there are hours of fabrication and design perfection involved in each piece.” The GYPSY points out.
Other families have picnics in the park, the IBOT’s have building parties and go to comic conventions. In fact Neal Sr. has become a major celebrity at Conventions Worldwide because of his resemblance to the great Stan Lee. Appearing at conventions as Agent Stan he is at times more photographed than the Brothers. And Barb affectionately known to everyone as Mama IBOT takes it all in stride appearing alongside her husband and children in senior versions of Cruella DeVil and Wonder Woman proving that you don’t have to be young in body to be sexy just young in heart.
The IBOT’s are as strong in their belief in family as the Armor they create and their philosophy is simple “The family that cosplays together has more fun!”
Meet the IBOT’s and have more fun with them at TOPCON GEEK EXPO 2017.
To find out more about the IBOT’s visit their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/IBOTKS
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