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Meet AMA-Con 2015 Vendor “The Swarm”


Join The Swarm as they take on AMA-Con 2015! Corey, Ryan, Brandon, and more will be live in person and challenging you in all their favorite games! If you happen to beat them (which, let’s be honest, you will) you’ll be awarded with exclusive merchandise, free games, or even some free time on Xbox Live and Playstation Plus, on the house!

They’ll also be hosting the first ever “Swarm Recharge Center”, where you can take a moment and relax to recharge your phone’s batteries, as well as your own. With over 2,600 hours of content watched in 200 countries, The Swarm is focused on bringing laughs and entertainment to you through YouTube, Twitch, iTunes, and more!

Visit The Swarm at to learn more!

Meet AMA-Con Artist Greg Harms of Third Empire Studios

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Greg Harms began self-publishing comics in the late eighties (titles such as: The Agenda, Kangaroo Court, SEAL, and more) and since then has owned, edited, illustrated, published, and sold anything that could be put on paper (including owning and operating a tourism paper, editing a local paper and working as a graphic designer at Hastings Entertainment). In 2006, Greg joined Third Empire Studios with Roman Morales, III to work on properties such as Lynch Mob (originally published in the 90’s from Chaos Comics), MidKnights, and a bazillion dinosaurs that Roman can’t stop drawing. The artist/inker/colorist team has worked together on 10th Muse 800 from Bluewater Productions and Kord and Harley from Arcana Comics. Greg also inked Jonathan Rector’s (JAR) pages for Kord and Harley from Arcana.

Roman and Greg have also done numerous pinups (including several inks that Greg has done with the Capstone Comics (CCP) crew and pinups in the Atland comic by Nate Piekos) and numerous trading cards. He is currently working on his creator-owned titles Parlay, Casting Lots, Alien Skies, and Control Syndicate, as well as an anthology for 7th Wave Comics called Undertow and Station 39 with CCP over Matt Campbell’s pencils. Greg, along with writer Kristi Harms, over the pencils of Roman Morales, III, published issue #1 of a steampunk detective comic called Modus Operandi and a children’s book called Lola and Bernice. Lola and Bernice #1 was published in 2013 and issue #2 will be done in 2015. Greg also sculpts, does watercolors, digitally colors and oil/acrylic paints. Greg lives in the Texas panhandle with his wife, Kristi and 2 children, Sarah and Nathan. He can be reached at and his work can be seen at


Self-published work include:1988-2015; The Agenda, Kangaroo Court, SEAL, Alien Skies, Control Syndicate, Lynch Mob, MidKnights, Parlay, Casting Lots, Modus Operandi, Lola and Bernice, and Bok-Lok the Bad.

Published work includes:

  • Atland # 6 by Nate Piekos from Blambot, Pinup inks and colors, 2007.
  • Reeper+Destroyer from Vengeance Studio, cover/pinup Inks, sequential colors, graphic and logo design, 2007.
  • Atland # 8 by Nate Piekos from Blambot, Pinup inks and colors, 2008.
  • Hellgirl Sketchbook from Blueline/Sketch Magazine, pinup inks, 2008.
  • Johnny Saturn Pinup Gallery from Story Studios, pinup inks, 2008.
  • 10th Muse 800 issues 800-803 from Bluewater Productions, sequential inks, 2009.
  • One Way Trip from Capstone Comics Publishing, cover inks, 2010.
  • Pinpoint #1 from Big Dog Ink, fill-in inks pgs 20-25, 2010.
  • Pinpoint #3 from Big Dog Ink, cover inks, 2010.
  • Undertow #1-#5 from 7th Wave Comics, cover colors, back cover inks and colors, sequential story and logo/graphic design, 2010-2015.
  • Freshmen Orientation college textbook from Robot Cowboy Studios, sequential inks issue #2-#5, 2010.
  • Kord and Harley #3-#4 and BRN from Arcana Comics, cover (#3-#6) and sequential inks, TBA.
  • Bad Moon from Markosia Enterprises, sequential inks, TBA.
  • Father Faust #1-#3 from CCP, sequential inks, 2014-2015.
  • Repoman from EGA Productions, graphic design, inks,and colors.  2014.
  • Rooferman from EGA Productions, graphic design, inks,and colors.  2015.
  • Miscellaneous work in the movie and music industries (comic book art as props, and CD covers.) 2009-2010.

Meet AMA-Con 2015 Artist Melonie Moon


Melonie Moon is an illustrator who enjoys creating anime-style artwork using vibrant colors and a healthy dose of imagination. She enjoys bringing to life manga-inspired game characters, super heroes, cartoons and even cute animals. Melonie is looking forward to meeting art fans at AMA-Con, where she will be available to do sketches and commissions.


If you’d like to contact her prior to the convention for early commissions, please take a look at some of her latest creations at Drop her a message. She’d love to hear from you.

Meet AMA-Con 2015 Artist Roman Morales of Third Empire Studios

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An Artist’s Portrait of Himself:

I was born a poor, caramel-skinned child in Riverside, California, 50 years ago.  I grew up in the age of a newborn Marvel Comics and had several friends who were totally into the Golden Age of Comics. I was a fan of the Incredible Hulk (surprise!).

I loved comics, and as I grew up, attempted to draw them (characters and all) but had a rough start.  My father was a hard working man and when I told him I wanted to be an artist, he said: “That is not a job, you are dreaming; a real job is working hard with your hands”. Well, it didn’t keep me from trying.

After my service in the United States Marine Corps, I was convinced to attend my first comic con in 1991, San Diego Con.  I walked in all cocky, but was soon humbled by editors, publishers, and writers who showed me I had much to learn.  After licking my wounds, I got my first (unpaid) job in comics with Greater Mercury Comics.  I did a couple of books with them, moving on to a new and exciting company just forming called Chaos Comics where I was teamed up with writer and creator Brian Pulido who got me started with a book called The Lynch Mob – a 4 issue mini-series that did pretty well at the beginning.  I did some Lady Death and Evil Ernie cards for Chaos 24 and then moved on to do a few more books with Bishop Press and Comico (I didn’t get paid by them either). 

I continued to work towards the dream and reality of wanting to be a comic book artist, and got somehow turned onto an editor for Marvel’s Special Projects department named Glenn Herdling, who gave me an opportunity to do a mini 16-page X-Men comic book for a Hardee’s Kids meal (issue #4 “The Time Gliders”). 

Near the end of my 15-year-career in law enforcement, I met a talented, up-and-coming artist by the name of Greg Harms.  He and I teamed up and did 4 books for Blue Water productions entitled The Tenth Muse and after working on some personal properties that now go under the studio of Third Empire, Greg and I have some cool books Modus Operandi (Greg’s creation) along with starting back up the Lynch Mob (picking up from issue 4) Issues 5, 6, are done and the series will be ongoing,   We also have several coming up, such as The MidKnights, Control Syndicate, and more.

Come visit our website at, like Third Empire Studios on Facebook, and visit with us at AMA-Con 2015.  I’ll tell you all about my and being a cast member on a Reality TV show (#1 for 3 seasons).





Lynch Mob - Greg Harms and Roman Morales

Comic Cover - Greg Harms and Roman Morales

AMA-Con 2015 Volunteer Forms Now Available

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AMA-Con is a few weeks away and we want YOU to volunteer!
Volunteers get free admission to the event and a free AMA-Con t-shirt.

You must be at least 16 years or older to volunteer OR have been actively involved with Amarillo Public Library teen programming throughout the last year.

Volunteers must be in good standing with the Amarillo Public Library and are subject to a background check.

Please read the attached guidelines and fill out the volunteer agreement and signup form. These may be turned in at the Downtown Library or scanned and emailed to Volunteer applications must be completed by July 17 in order for background checks to be completed before the con. You will be notified by July 24 if you are approved as an AMA-CON volunteer.

AMA-Con 2015 Volunteer Signup

AMA-Con 2015 Volunteer Agreement

AMA-Con 2015 Volunteer Guidelines

AMA-Con 2015 Background Release Form



Official AMA-Con 2015 Hotel Announced

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Exciting news! Amarillo’s Wyndham Garden is the official hotel of AMA-CON 2015. The hotel is holding a limited number of nights for AMA-CON guests Friday through Sunday, July 31 through August 2, at a special rate of $99 per night. This rate includes one of Wyndham’s excellent guest rooms, access to onsite amenities such as the fitness room and indoor pool, and a hot breakfast in the morning. To take advantage of this opportunity, call 358-6161 and ask for the AMA-CON rate.

Thanks so much to Wyndham for supporting AMA-CON and Friends of the Amarillo Public Library!


Meet AMA-Con 2015 Special Guest Far Away Creations

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Far Away Creations is a husband and wife owned practical effects studio based in Loveland, Colorado.  They have contributed to films including “Paul”, “Fanboys,”, and “The Lone Ranger”.  Their type of practical effects primarily include costume, prop, and set design while they have plans to become more involved with makeup effects and creature design.   During their 16 years so far in the industry and hobby they have supplied custom works for fans, enthusiasts, reenactors, and cosplayers.  Their goal is to become more involved in the film industry as well as offering their talents and services to various contractors anywhere from video game prototyping and promotion to themed venues.  They also travel with their life size replica movie sets or interactive displays to conventions for self promotion as well as providing photo opportunities for convention goers.

Please like them on Facebook: Far Away Creations

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