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AMA-Con 2015 Announcement

You’ve heard the rumors and they’re true! AMA-Con 2015 will officially be a two-day event with vendor setup on Friday, July 31st, and the event spanning Saturday, August 1st, and Sunday, August 2nd. Vendor and artist applications will be available shortly, so be sure to visit both the AMA-Con website and Facebook page for all updates.

Thanks so much for your enthusiasm!
Amanda Hope Shelburne

AMA-Con 2014 Cosplay Results

For those of you who weren’t able to attend the Cosplay Final for ages 13 & Over at 6pm at this year’s AMA-Con, here is a listing of the finalists and the winners of this year’s contest.  Winners, please be sure to pick up your prizes at the Downtown Library!  Thanks to everyone who participated – this year’s cosplay was huge and we’re sure that it’s bound to get bigger and better!

13 & Over Cosplay Finalists for AMA-Con 2014


Jayson – Arrow – Comic



Aurora Aguayo – Mami Tamoe – Anime

Elena Gallegos – Juvia Loxar (Fairytail) – Anime

Chloe Stroud & Cory McAdams – Grell & Sebastian (Black Butler) – Anime


Cody Liles – Commander Shepherd – Gaming

Kyler Luckey – Ryu (Street Fighter) – Gaming

Laura Ashley Mucia – Beatrix (Final Fantasy 9) – Gaming



Amanda Houser – Parli – Sci-Fi

Fred Perez – Klingon – Sci-Fi


Kaia Cosplay – Steampunk Harley Quinn – Steampunk

Amanda Gentry – Steampunk Poison Ivy – Steampunk

Chris Potter – Detrius – Steampunk



13 & Over Cosplay Winners for AMA-Con 2014


Jayson – Arrow – Comic



Elena Gallegos – Juvia Loxar (Fairytail) – Anime

Cody Liles – Commander Shepherd – Gaming



Fred Perez – Klingon – Sci-Fi

Kaia Cosplay – Steampunk Harley Quinn – Steampunk

AMA-Con 2014 Conclusion

Wow, wow, wow, wow, WOW!! A huge Texas-sized “THANK YOU!” to everyone who came out to yesterday’s AMA-Con! It was an amazing turnout – over 3,500 people! We hope that you had fun and made some new friends! Remember that next year’s AMA-Con will take place the last weekend of July (July 31st-August 1st, 2015).

Thank you for your continued support of AMA-Con, the Friends of the Amarillo Public Library, and the Amarillo Public Library! All AMA-Con proceeds go to benefit the Friends of the Amarillo Public Library to support library programming.

Summer Reading is still in full swing, so be sure to sign up and check out our collection of Graphic Novels, Manga, Steampunk lit, and other fantastic selections at any of our 5 libraries!

Gaming Tournament Schedule

Friday Evening VIP Party

6pm Conspiracy Draft $25 VIP ticket plus $10 a person

  • One prize for every eight man pod 15 packs in prize.



11am Sign in for Prerelease M15 Prize – Hosted by Game Quest

  • 3 packs per person and cost $25 a person


1pm Unhinged Repack Draft – Hosted by 12052 Recycled Entertainment


2pm Ascension Pod Tournament – Hosted by Game Quest

  • $5 a person
  • Every player will receive a promo card and prize will be awarded.


3pm Commander Tournament – Hosted by Game Quest

  • $10 a person with 4-man pods and tons of prizes


3pm Pokemon OU Tournament – Hosted by Game Quest

  • $10 a person with great prize support


5pm  M15 2-Headed Giant – Hosted by Game Quest

  • $45 a person with massive prize pool
  • Pick your team member, share packs, build two decks.

Pokémon Handheld Tournament Rules

This year, the Pokémon Handheld Tournament will be hosted by Game Quest. For more information, please see their Facebook page, give them a call, or stop by their booth tomorrow at AMA-Con!


OverUsed Rules
OverUsed, or OU, is Smogon’s standard tier. The highest level of play is generally seen in this tier, and it is the basis for all other tiers. The most powerful Pokémon are banned from this tier up to Ubers. Pokemon cannot rise from OU to Ubers based on usage. Most of the cover legendaries in addition to select other Pokémon are on the banlist.

Play Restrictions
• Endless Battle Clause: Any moveset on any Pokémon that is capable of intentionally causing an endless battle is banned from competitive play. Thus:
 A Pokémon may not carry Recycle and hold a Leppa Berry in conjunction with Heal Pulse and Milk Drink, Moonlight, Morning Sun, Recover, Roost, Slack Off, Soft-Boiled, or Wish.
 A Pokémon may not hold a Leppa Berry and carry Recycle and Pain Split on its moveset.
 A Pokémon may not hold a Leppa Berry and carry Recycle and Fling on its moveset.
• Evasion Clause: The moves Double Team and Minimize, in addition to the abilities Sand Veil and Snow Cloak, are not permitted in play.
• Moody Clause: Pokémon with the ability Moody are not permitted.
• OHKO Clause: A Pokemon may not have the moves Fissure, Guillotine, Horn Drill, or Sheer Cold in its moveset.
• Sleep Clause: Only one Pokémon may be put to sleep on the opposing team at a time, if not induced by a move such as Rest.
• Species Clause: Players cannot have two Pokémon with the same Pokédex number on the same team.
• Pokémon may be up to level 100.
Banned Pokémon
• Arceus
• Blaziken
• Darkrai
• Deoxys
• Deoxys-A
• Dialga
• Genesect
• Giratina
• Giratina-O
• Groudon
• Ho-Oh
• Kyogre
• Kyurem-W
• Lugia
• Mewtwo
• Palkia
• Rayquaza
• Reshiram
• Shaymin-S
• Xerneas
• Yveltal
• Zekrom

Banned Items
• Gengarite
• Kangaskhanite
• Lucarionite

Banned Moves
• Swagger

Meet AMA-Con 2014 Vendor Scotty Grissom of Vampire Wombat

Vampire Wombat

Scotty Grissom has been sculpting off and on for about 14 years. He got started from learning about latex mask making. I’ve had interest in special effects make up, animatronics, action figures, art dolls, and puppet making. I’m influenced by sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and anime. Mr. Grissom is currently working out the bugs in making action figures.

Pictures will be available later this month at

Some things will be available for sell starting in June at

Meet AMA-Con 2014 Vendor Gwendolyn Cox

By Gwendolyn is an eclectic shop of fun handmade plushies and otaku accessories.  Gwendolyn Cox, owner and creative artist behind By Gwendolyn, is a stay-at-home mom who has been creating artwork and crafts all of her life.  She has attended several colleges while pursuing an art degree, yet it was on a visit to a large anime con in Dallas with her daughters when Gwen’s artistic creativity really sparked to life.  Come by and see the adorable characters and interesting pieces that will make your experience at Ama-Con an even more memorable one!


By Gwendolyn                                               By Gwendolyn wares

AMA-Con 2014 Update

In order to assuage everyone’s fears, we have been in daily contact with officials at the Amarillo Civic Center. As of right now, AMA-Con 2014 has not been affected and will continue as planned. If there are any changes, we will of course let you know right away – both here and on the AMA-Con Facebook page. Thanks for your continued enthusiasm and support of AMA-Con 2014, the Friends of the Amarillo Public Library, and the Amarillo Public Library.