Theo Nicole Lorenz was born in 1985, weighing only six pounds and yelling a lot. Now many pounds larger and holding an MFA in writing from Hamline University, Theo still yells a lot, though mostly at the Internet.
Theo makes coloring books and sometimes comics in St. Paul, MN. She is the creator of The Robot’s Guide to Love: a coloring book of romantic advice, The Apocalypse Coloring and Activity Book, Mer World Problems: a coloring book documenting hardships under the sea, Unicorns Are Jerks: a coloring book exposing the cold, hard, sparkly truth, and Fat Ladies In Spaaaaace: a body-positive coloring book.
At this year’s AMA-CON, Theo Nicole will host a coloring lounge for AMA-CON participants and present a workshop on How to Make Your Own Coloring Book! The workshop will aim to help folks of all artistic levels get started making coloring pages, whether they’re making them for themselves, their kids, or a coloring book to publish. She’ll talk about the wide variety of styles that coloring books come in, what to look for in coloring book art, and how to turn your own art into coloring pages. Doodling through this workshop is very encouraged!
Anita Grace Howard 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.
She is the author of the International and New York Times-bestselling Splintered series of books inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Her new novel, RoseBlood, a Phantom of the Opera spinoff, will be released in January of 2017.
Joe Shine grew up in Austin, TX (the greatest city ever), and is a graduate of Texas A&M University. He has an MFA from the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California, and after brief stints in Los Angeles and Washington, DC, Joe returned home to Austin (repeat: the greatest city ever). I Become Shadow, a 2016 Lone Star List selection, is his first novel.
At #AMACON16, Joe will take part in a panel on Heroes and Villains in Young Adult Literature!
And here’s the Viewing Room Schedule!
Saturday, July 23 – Hosted by Funimation!
11:30 Fruits Basket showing in Viewing Room (Heritage)
1 PM Cowboy Bebop in Viewing Room (Heritage)
2:30 Romeo x Juliet in Viewing Room (Heritage)
4 PM Black Cat in Viewing Room (Heritage)
5:30 Noragami in Viewing Room (Heritage)
Sunday, July 24 –Hosted by Panhandle PBS
12:30 Thank You for Playing in Viewing Room (Heritage)
2 PM Odd Squad showing in Viewing Room (Heritage)
3 PM Cosplay: Crafting a Secret Identity in the Viewing Room (Heritage)
4:00 Sci Girls in Viewing Room (Heritage)
Here’s your first look at this year’s t-shirt for #AMACON16 They’ll be available for sale at the Friends of the Library Booth in the North Exhibit Hall for $17!
Miranda (WarGamerGirl) has been running a Youtube channel since March 2012 featuring in-depth, cinematic battle reports. Her primary game is Warmachine where she terrorizes the tabletop with her Khadoran forces. She also plays Malifaux, Wrath of Kings and enjoys learning about new systems in the quickly expanding world of table top war games.
Look for WarGamerGirl in the Gaming Hall at #AMACON16
Shanna is the 2015 National Teacher of the Year and an English teacher at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, Texas. She teaches Advanced Placement students, English Language Learners who speak a total of 27 languages, and struggling students in both day school and the school’s evening credit recovery program. For half her school day she is an instructional coach for literacy strategies. After regular school hours, she teaches English and Speech in PDHS’s FLEX night school.
A former reporter for the Amarillo Globe-News, Shanna won awards for reporting on health issues, schools, and music criticism. She continues to write professionally as a blogger for the Huffington Post, and as a contributor to education publications.
At #AMACON16 Shanna will moderate the Heroes and Villains in YA Literature and add her own unique insights!
Here’s the schedule of Panels, Presentations, and Workshops!
Saturday, July 23
12 PM Panel: Heroes vs. Villains in YA Lit with Mark Oshiro,
Joe Shine, A.G. Howard, and Shanna Peeples
1 PM Panel: Cosplay 101
2 PM Make Your Own Coloring Book Workshop with Theo Nicole Lorenz
3 PM Panel: Cowboy Bebop
3:45 Presentation: Origins of Batman with Kevin Hill
4:45 Artist Sketch Off!
5 PM Presentation: The Artifice of J.W. Kinsey
7-10 PM Geek Prom
Sunday, July 24
12:30 Presentation: The Many Voices of Steve Blum
1:30 Presentation: Drawing Hands and Feet with Amy West
2:30 Steampunk Poetry Slam
3:30 Presentation: Fan Fiction for All with Mark Oshiro
4:30 Presentation: Digital Art with Miranda Crow and Thomas Clemmons