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AMA-Con 2013 Wrap-Up

WOW!!  AMA-Con 2013 was definitely a day (and night!) to remember!  We had over 2,800 people in attendance and I think it’s safe to say that everyone had a great time!  Thank you SO much to everyone who came out – especially our artists, vendors, volunteers, and special guests.  You helped make AMA-Con 2013 the success it was and we really, really appreciate your time, energy, and efforts!  To check out photos and interviews from AMA-Con 2013, please visit: and

In case you missed the big announcement at the end of the night, AMA-Con 2014 has been scheduled for Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Amarillo Civic Center!  If you’re interested in coming out as a vendor, artist, entertainer, or panelist/presenter, send me a message of interest outlining what you’d like to bring to AMA-Con 2014 and we’ll go from there!  You can either send a message through the contact form above or email

Finally, the Friends of the Amarillo Public Library Store within the Downtown Library still has some AMA-Con 2013 t-shirts for $10.  They’re open Wednesday-Saturday from 11am-4pm.  If you’re looking for more comics, anime, manga, and/or Steampunk novels and fashion books, come visit any of APL’s 5 locations!

Again, thank you so much for coming out and supporting AMA-Con 2013, the Amarillo Public Library, and the Friends of the Amarillo Public Library!


Ever grateful,

Amanda Hope Shelburne

AMA-Con 2013 Schedule of Events

10 PM             Wristband Sales Open

Pokémon Registration Begins in the Regency Room


10:50               Book Cart Drill Team Opening Performance


11 AM             Doors Open!                                                                                                                                       Anime Viewing Room Opens with Kimba the White Lion

                       Tournament Registrations Begin in the Regency Room


11:15               Making a Comic with Will Terrell

  • Do you like to draw? Are you interested in making your own comic?  Join Lubbock artist Will Terrell as he shows you how to make it happen!

12 PM             Steampunk Poetry – Stephen Sanders

  • Join Steampunk poet Stephen Sanders of BlackBead Books as he shares his work, inspired by the world of  Steampunk.

Wonder Women! Film Screening

  • The untold story of American Superheroines!  Sponsored by KACV.

Magic: the Gathering Tournament Begins

12:30               Q&A for Aspiring Artists w/ Jon Hughes

  • Join Jon Hughes, founder and CEO of Overground Comics, in a Q&A session discussing his work in comics and how you, too, can get started!

1  PM              Warmachine Hordes Tournament Begins

Astro Boy in the Anime Room

2 PM               A Twist on the Classics Panel

  • Join author Anita G. Howard (Splintered), artists David Wenzel (The Hobbit graphic novel) and Orpheus Collar (The Red Pyramid graphic novel), and moderator Monica Smith Hart as they discuss how classic/traditional literature is adapted for today’s readers and have your questions answered during the Q&A session.

                       Yu-Gi-Oh! Tournament Begins

                        Speed Racer in the Anime Room

2:30                 Vanguard Tournament Begins

3 PM               Wonder Women! Film Screening in the Anime Room

  • The untold story of American Superheroines!  Sponsored by KACV.

                       Victorian Agents: Owls of the Ironwork Isle Discussion

  • Join author Stephen Phillips and artist Will Terrell as they discusstheir new Steampunk detective adventure comic, set in Victorian England, and have your questions answered during the Q&A session.

3:30 PM          Steampunk Poetry – Stephen Sanders

  • Join Steampunk poet Stephen Sanders of BlackBead Books as he shares his work, inspired by the world of  Steampunk.

4 PM               Origin in the Anime Room

Amtgard LARP Combat Demonstration

  • Have you ever wanted to fight like a ninja or a medieval knight?  Come join members of Amtgard, Inc. and the Barony of Evermore Hollow of Canyon, Texas as they tell you all about Amtgard’s Live Action Role Playing and watch as they demonstrate their fighting prowess!

4:30                 The Dark Side of Steampunk with Airship Horizons

  • Presented by the crew of Airship Horizons, this panel covers a more gothic style of Steampunk, inspired by works of HP Lovecraft, Mary Shelley, and Bram Stoker.  Panel discussions will also include building a “Bad Guy” Steampunk persona and Dark Steampunk characters The Dark Cardinal Asthea and Ren Asthea of the Dark Ministries.

5 PM               Slayers: Book of Spells in the Anime Room

5:30                 Youth Cosplay Contest

5:45                 Youth Cosplay Winners Announced

6 PM               Adult Cosplay Contest

Rose of Versailles in the Anime Room           

6:45                 Music of Sci-Fi Concert with the Partycles

  • The Partycles present a show created especially for AMA-CON!  From Sci-Fi theme songs to popular music used in Sci-Fi movies and television, this concert will rock!

7 PM               Summer Wars in the Anime Room

7:45                 Post Apocalypse Report Live Podcast

  • Come and listen as Chris Anderson, Bryan Oliver, and Tanner Willis record their podcast the Post Apocalypse Report live from AMA-Con 2013!  Filled with interviews with various artists and vendors, a discussion of the event, and much more, this podcast is sure to have something fun for everyone.

8:30                 Geek Prom with DJ Sea-Tron

  • Get your geek on and dance the night away at AMA-Con 2013’s “Geek Prom” with DJ Sea-Tron!  In true prom fashion, we will announce our “court” of Adult Cosplay Contest winners!

                        Adult Cosplay Winner Announcements

10PM              AMA-CON Closes

AMA-Con 2013 Schedule of Events

Meet AMA-Con 2013 Steampunk Vendors Epsilon’s Emporium

Carnival Epsilon-Vending-Merch

Epsilon’s Emporium provides a wide variety of goods & services at conventions and events around the country! This includes their famous (and delicious) Epsilon’s Elixers, an amazing selection of handmade and vintage Steampunk jewelry and costume weaponry, and an amazing inventory of vinyl decals and embroidered iron-on patches to suit every nerd’s needs! They can also take custom orders with no minimum to buy!
Epsilon’s Emporium is usually booked alongside their Carnival Epsilon sideshow, but it can be booked separately! Just send an email to if you’d like them for your next event!

Carnival Epsilon's Emporium

Booking Info:

Marcus Epsilon



Press/Promo Material:

Phi Remi


Website & Social Media Outlets:




Meet AMA-Con 2013 Artist George Zepeda

George Zepeda

George Zepeda has been drawing most of his life.  He is primarily a manga and anime influenced artist, but he loves all comics.  He has an Associate degree in commercial art and has worked in that field.

Mr. Zepeda has been published professionally since 2004 and is working and aspiring to have his own comic book published nationwide in the near future.
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To contact Mr. Zepeda or to view his work, please visit:

Meet AMA-CON 2013 Panelist A.G. Howard

Anita G. Howard
Anita Grace Howard is the author of “Splintered,” and will be part of the “Twist on the Classics” panel with David Wenzel and Orpheus Collar.  “Splintered” is a popular YA novel inspired by “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” with a dark twist.

Anita lives in the Texas panhandle, and is most at home weaving the melancholy and macabre into settings and scenes, twisting the expected into the unexpected. She’s inspired by all things flawed, utilizing the complex loveliness of human conditions and raw emotions to give her characters life, then turning their world upside down so the reader’s blood will race.

You can learn more about Anita by visiting her website:

Meet AMA-Con 2013 Artist Chris Holm

Chris Holm

Graduate of Amarillo High, Chris attended Amarillo community college to help hone his artistic abilities. Chris’ first big break came when he was approached by game developer Running with Scissors, publisher of the controversial game series “Postal” to do short comic for them after impressing them with his fan art. Since then developing his Steam Pets series of pet portraits. A versatile artist that can take on almost any fandom including Anime, Comic book Superheroes, My little Pony, and Steampunk. Feel free to ask for any advice about drawing or just to chat about all things, Anime, Superheroes, MLP, and Steampunk!

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