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Meet AMA-Con 2013 Vendor Ash Glenn of

Ash Glenn - Almost Nerdy is designed to welcome anything and everything considered nerdy and anyone who wants to stay in touch with their nerdy side.  No one said you can’t be cool and still like nerdy things. covers everything from movies, comic books, webcomics, sci-fi, TV shows, cosplay, gaming, conventions, collectibles, nerd humor, zombies, general nerd news, and anything else considered to be nerdy.  They really are your one stop shop for all things nerdy and a place to share information with fellow nerds. Release Your Inner Nerd.

Almost Nerdy


Meet AMA-Con 2013 Vendor Kristin Vinson of “Faire Treasures”

Kristin Vinson

Kristin “CrystalKittyCat” Vinson has been creating anything from art to jewelry to clothing for most of her life. A lover of random bits of the past, she sought to bring those influences to the present while putting her own twist upon them! Creating her own works including clothing pieces, one of a kind jewelry, and even woodburned iPhone cases. She has recently expanded Faire Treasures to include corsets, Steampunk styled shoes, and previously loved items.


Find all of Faire Treasures’ items on the official site, and Etsy shop for all handmade pieces,


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Meet AMA-Con 2013 Artist Thomas Clemmons of Robot Friday


Thomas Clemmons - Robot Friday

Thomas Clemmons is a professional graphic designer of over 15 years. Raised in Lubbock, Texas Thomas has always had a love of the comic artform. Upon completing college, Thomas worked for several years in and around the Los Angeles, California area in the print and graphic design industry before settling in Amarillo. In 2009, Thomas created the webcomic, Robot Friday. He updates Robot Friday three days a week and currently makes a living as an in-house illustrator and graphic designer.

Robot Friday


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Meet AMA-Con Vendor Sara Noyes of Tyrus Treasures

A note from Sara Noyes of Tyrus Treasures:
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“I started out like every other little girl. I would pop in my Sailormoon VHS and pause it on parts I wanted to draw. I was always drawing and as I grew older I started creating stories for the random characters I drew. Then, I fell in love with writing. I’m currently writing my first high fantasy series “Guardians”. All of the characters in my prints are from my story.

My grandmother told me that the strongest thing in the whole world is belief in yourself and what you are capable of. So, never give up and keep doing what you love to do most. It will never become work!”

Meet AMA-Con Artist Jon Hughes

Jon Hughes - Lexi Phoenix

Jon Hughes is the founder and CEO of Overground Comics. His works have been featured by various trading card companies including Rittenhouse Archives, Upper Deck, Breygent Marketing, 5Finity, Versicolor and Bad Axe Studios. Jon began creating and illustrating comics as a hobby while still in grade school and is now building a career in the industry while studying interactive media at the Art Institute of Houston.

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Meet AMA-Con 2013 Artist Daniel Ballard of “The Cat” Webseries

The Cat Webseries

In Daniel Ballard’s webseries, a documentary crew follows small-time superhero The Cat as he goes about defeating ne’er do wells or at least trying to not trip on his own cape.

If you’re interested in checking out “The Cat” Webseries before AMA-Con 2013, please visit: and be sure to visit

Meet AMA-Con Vendor Kat from Figments by Kathleen

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I grew up in a house full of books and handcrafted objects. My mother painted, sewed, did silversmithing, read, did needlework and was a children’s librarian. My father taught theatre and acted in and directed shows. Being around all that creativity I was bound to soak some of it up and Figments is the result.

Steampunk is a passion of mine. I grew up reading Verne and I love to figure out how things work. I got to be a part of the etsy Steamteam table at Steampowered, the first all Steampunk convention in the U.S. and have been going strong since then. I attend and sell at Steampunk conventions in the Texas and Oklahoma area these days, though I have been known to range farther afield on occasion.

I make many of my own Steampunk costume pieces, as well as props and accessories and I also find and sell wonderful pieces that someone else might find useful in their costumes and creations.

Cosplay Contest Update!

Our Cosplay contest registration is well underway and we have quite a few entrants so far!  That being said, if you know of anyone 12 or younger who would like to participate, please encourage their parent or guardian to register them for Cosplay!  Pull out those Harry Potter, superhero, and other costumes you have and jazz them up!  We’d love to see what you’ve got!

Please refer to the cosplay and weapons policies when planning your costume.

If you are registering in the 12 and younger bracket, 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 dress as such during the convention, obviously pre-made or pre-bought costumes will not be allowed into the contests.

If you are registering in the 13 and over bracket almost all of your costume needs to be heavily modified from its original condition, handcrafted, or personally fabricated.  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.



Meet AMA-Con 2013 Artist Greg Harms of Third Empire

Greg Harms

Greg Harms started working in comics as a pencil artist, 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 a advertising sales representative and 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 mini-series. 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-#3 on-going title) to ink and/or color there titles.

Third Empire Studio is publishing Roman Morales III’s titles Lynch Mob #5+ (issue #1-4 formerly published by Chaos Comics in the mid ’90’s), MidKnights #1-#7 , as well as Kristi Harms’ Modus Operandi and Lola and Bernice (a children’s book), and Greg Harms’ Parlay, Casting Lots, and Control Syndicate. Greg is also working with Derrick Fleece on his creator-owned property Streaming to be published by Third Empire Studio. 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 wife Kristi are also opening a studio/gallery in an antique shop in 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, graffiti art to steampunk costume wear. Kristi will also be showing her jewelry and photographs.




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