Author Archives: Amanda Izard

Cosplay Policy for 2016

Cosplay Policy

AMA-CON understands the desire of many fans to cosplay in their favorite Steampunk attire, or as their favorite video game, anime, SciFi or comic book characters. However, we must place limits on the appropriateness of the cosplay attire during the convention at large and what you may wear onstage during the cosplay contests.

AMA-CON reserves the right to refuse the entry of a costume that Amarillo Public Library staff decides is unfit for an audience of all ages. Costumes deemed inappropriate for a family-friendly event will not be allowed to enter the convention or participate in the cosplay contests.

Any display of a cosplay prop in an aggressive or threatening manner, real or implied regardless of intent, or any other activity thought to be unsafe in the view of the Amarillo Public Library staff is strictly forbidden. At any time, should Amarillo Public Library staff see a weapon being carried or being used in an unsafe manner, the individual will be brought to the attention of Amarillo Police Department officers on duty as AMA-CON security.


Cosplay Guidelines

There will be five scheduled cosplay contests: Kids, Gaming, Anime, Comics, and Steampunk/SciFi. With the exception of the Kids category, each category has a novice and an expert bracket.  Steampunk and SciFi categories have been combined for scheduling purposes, but winners will still be awarded in both categories.

You may compete in more than one contest, but it is up to you to give yourself enough time to change costumes and care for them while at AMA-CON. You may not enter the same costume in more than one category.


Acceptable Cosplay Costumes

If you are registering in the Kids category, no more than 50% of your costume may be prefabricated. For example, going to a costume shop and renting a Spiderman costume does not qualify as cosplay. While you are welcome to cross the stage in the contest, pre-made or pre-bought costumes will not be judged in the contest or awarded prizes.

If you are registering in the novice bracket at least 50% of your costume needs to be modified from its original condition, handcrafted, or personally fabricated while 50% can be store bought.

If you are registering in the expert bracket 80% of your costume needs to be heavily modified from its original condition, handcrafted, or personally fabricated while 20% may be store bought. If you are modeling a costume designed by another person, you must give them full credit and preferably have them on stage with you during the contest so we can applaud both of you.



Cosplay Contest

Contestants must register and attend prejudging 30 minutes prior to the contests. Each contestant will have 30 seconds to walk the stage and show off the hard work put into your costume. If you would like to perform a short routine you may do so provided you do not perform any unsafe acrobatic acts on stage. Be sure to bring all the tools you need to prevent any wardrobe malfunctions while on stage. You may choose to cross the stage as a solo entrant or as part of a group.  One group cosplay prize may be awarded in each category at the discretion of the judges.

Judging will take place during the contest by a panel of community members, vendors, and experienced cosplayers who are not competing. The top three cosplayers and a People’s Choice winner from each category will be announced following the conclusion of each contest. One group cosplay prize may be awarded in each category at the discretion of the judges.


Law Enforcement Cosplay

Costumes that could be confused with local, state, or federal law enforcement of any kind are not permitted on the convention floor. AMA-CON reserves the right to determine if a uniform or costume resembles an unacceptable real world uniform at its sole and absolute discretion. Any and all costume and prop restrictions for the Cosplay events will be at the discretion of the Amarillo Public Library staff.



Signs of any kind are not allowed. This includes, but is not limited to cardboard, poster board, notebook paper, etc.

Meet AMA-CON 2016 Special Cosplay Guest Mindy Tomlin

Mindy Tomlin

Mindy Tomlin, a.k.a. The Geeky Seamstress, is a self-taught seamstress, cosplayer, and commissioner. She has been in the industry since 2012 and won several awards for her costumes, including Best of Show for her Captain Marvel at Dallas Comic Con Fan Days in 2015. She’s been profiled on several websites, including Geek and Sundry.

Mindy blogs at where she shares tips and tricks for cosplayers and sewers, along with detailed breakdowns of her creations. You can keep up with Mindy’s work on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr and see her latest creations for sale on Etsy.

Meet AMA-CON 2016 Steampunk Special Guest JW Kinsey

JW Kinsey

J.W. Kinsey’s Artifice is a world-class custom design and fab shop creating unique, hand-crafted lighting fixtures, telescopes, cryptex combination lockboxes, movie props, and complex precision woodturning.

JW’s work has been published in several prestigious art books, have won several unique awards, and his pieces sell internationally.


You may recognize him from as a finalist on the GSN reality show “Steampunk’d”.  He can also ride a unicycle.


Check out Mr. Kinsey’s work at:

Etsy storefront:

Follow his work on Facebook:

Meet AMA-CON 2016 Artist Greg Harms of Third Empire Studios

Greg Harms

Greg Harms started working in comics as a penciler, inker, colorist and designer in the early 90’s on his creator-owned, self-published books. Since then he has worked as a graphic artist for Hastings, Ent., done freelance graphic design work, been an advertising sales representative, worked as an editor for local newspapers, and owned and operated his own tourism paper.

Greg joined Roman Morales III as a partner in Third Empire Studio in 2006. Together, they have produced work for major companies, as well as many self-published and indie publishers. Greg has worked for Bluewater Productions on a 4-issue miniseries on 10th Muse 800 as an inker over Roman Morales III pencils. He has worked for Arcana as an inker on the Kord and Harley trade paperback, as well as BigDog Ink’s Pinpoint miniseries. Greg has worked with Plan B Comics inking over Roman Morales III on the Deadzone title. Greg has also joined indie publishers CCP (Station 39 and Father Faust #1-#3) and Luke Donkersloot’s 7th Wave Comics (Undertow #1-#4 on-going title) to ink and/or color their titles and some graphic design work.

Third Empire Studio is publishing Roman Morales III’s titles Lynch Mob #5, 6+ (issue #1-4 formerly published by Chaos Comics in the mid ’90’s), MidKnights #1-#4, Modus Operandi and Lola and Bernice (a children’s book) both by Kristi Harms, and his own Parlay, Casting Lots, and Control Syndicate.  Third Empire is also producing trading cards for the hit TV show “Fugitivos de la Ley” on Mun2, as well as a spin-off comic called Repoman from the TV show “Operation Repo”. Both “Operation Repo” and “Fugitivos de la Ley” are produced by Lou Pizzaro.

Greg and his wife, Kristi, are also opening a studio/gallery in an antique shop in Borger, Texas. Greg will be showing his acrylic, and oil paintings, sculptures, and pencil and ink work. The gallery will also host a revolving venue of artist. The g.harms gallery will show everything from comic art, fine art, and graffiti art to Steampunk costume wear. Kristi will also be showing her jewelry and photographs.




Facebook gallery page:

Meet AMA-CON 2016 Special Guest Steve Blum

Steve Blum Headshot

With literally hundreds of V/O credits to his name, Veteran Voice Monkey Steve Blum is best known as the voice of “Spike Spiegel” from Cowboy Bebop, “Wolverine” from several incarnations of X-Men (animated movies, games, the Wolverine and the X-Men TV Series, The Super Hero Squad Show, X-Men Anime and more), “Orochimaru,” “Zabuza,” and others from Naruto, “Green Goblin” from the Spectacular Spiderman series, “Heatblast,” “Vilgax” and “Ghostfreak” from Ben 10, “Grayson Hunt” (Bulletstorm) “Grunt” (Mass Effect 2 and 3),”Zoltan Kulle” from Diablo 3, “Abathur” from Starcraft 2:Heart of the Swarm, “Tank Dempsey” (Call of Duty), “Killer Croc” from Arkham Asylum, “Oghren” (DragonAge),“Vincent Valentine” (Final Fantasy VII), “Leeron” (Guren Lagann), “Jamie” from Megas XLR, “Storm Troopers” and many others in most of the Star Wars games, The voice of 7-11, dozens of Digimon and a gigantic list of other characters from Anime, Video Games, TV and Film. In 2012, Steve was inducted into the Guinness Book of World records as Most Prolific Voice Actor in Video Games – appearing in almost 300 games!
Recently, you can find him on the Emmy award-winning Transformers: Prime, playing the sometimes delusional but always deadly Decepticon “Starscream” and as “Heatwave” on the action-packed, kid-friendly, Transformers: Rescue Bots! Also as “Devil Dinosaur” on HULK: Agents of SMASH, several characters on Ultimate Spider Man, Ben 10: Omniverse, the Regular Show, Doc McStuffins, Uncle Grandpa, Wander over Yonder, Tenkai Knights, the terrifying anti-bender “Amon” on the hit series Avatar: The Legend of Korra, and as “Shoe” and “Sparky” in the Laika feature film: The Boxtrolls!  Look for him as “Zeb Orrelios” in the incredible new series Star Wars: Rebels on Disney XD

After 4 years off the air, thanks to tremendous fan support, Steve once again takes the helm of the great star cruiser Absolution, reprising his role as “TOM” the robotic host of Cartoon Network’s Toonami on Adult Swim.


For more info, please visit (Click Me)

On Twitter! @blumspew (Click me!)

Or Steve’s IMDb (Click Me)