We are IBOT-Iron Brothers of Topeka or IBOT for short. We are three brothers who bring fantasy to reality with our large wearable sculptures. Although we have full time jobs, children and family lives, we find time to imagine, build, and share our creations. Chris, the perfectionist and youngest brother, came up through the ranks of the 501st Legion, a world-wide Star Wars costuming organization. Mike, the mechanic and middle brother, always dreamed about having a fully functioning Iron Man suit. Neal, the adventurer and oldest brother, came about through the SCA or the Society of Creative Anachronism, a medieval fighting and arts group.
We 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, our significant others and our children. Other families have picnics in the park, we have building parties and go to comic conventions. The family that cosplays together has more fun!
Cosplay is a unique artform that continuously challenges one to learn new skillsets and expand on developing as a craftsperson. Our costume designs are not exact replicas or copies of something created before. We’re not here to copy pieces right down to the nuts and bolts, we’re here to reimagine a design and bring our own twist to the scene. We like to create things “bigger than life” and make mechanically engineered beasts come to life.