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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 www.thirdempirestudios.weebly.com, 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).

Now, ONWARD!

 

 

 

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 benjamin.wilting@amarillolibrary.org. 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!

 

Registration Deadline Approaching

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It’s almost the end of April and the nerdiest of months is upon us – MAY!  With that being said, remember that you have until Thursday of next week (Thursday, April 30th) to register and get our $100 booth rates.  On May 1st, the cost for your first booth goes up to $150, with prices for additional booths remaining the same.

 

We look forward to hearing from YOU!

Meet AMA-Con 2015 Special Guest Sonny Strait

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Sonny Strait is a voiceover actor with a wide resume, including such memorable characters as Krillin in Dragon Ball Z, Usopp in One Piece, Maes Hughes in Fullmetal Alchemist, and Cartoon Network’s Toonami Tom.

Mr. Strait is also a professional comic book artist, working as a colorist on Dark Horse’s Elfquest series and his own web comic called We Shadows. We Shadows, was published by Tokyopop and was nominated by The American Library Association for Best Graphic Novel in 2008. The book received glowing reviews in many trade magazines including Publishers Weekly, Newtype, Play, and Anime Insider.

In addition, he has also worked as a writer and director on several TV series including Dragonball Z, Case Closed, and Lupin the Third.

Please join us in welcoming AMA-Con 2015 Special Guest Sonny Strait! For more information, please visit: http://sonnystrait.com/

Booth Reservation Round 2

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It is absolutely freezing outside – but good news!  You don’t have to venture out into the snow to reserve your AMA-Con booth space by taking advantage of our easy online payment system.

Remember that our rates have changed.  Now through April 30th, your first booth is $100, the second booth is $50, and each additional booth is $35.  Reserve yours today!

Last Week to Register at Our Lowest Prices

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Can you believe it’s already the last week of January?  This month seems to have flown by!  With that being said, remember that you have until the end of the week (Saturday, January 31st) to register and get our lowest booth rates.  On February 1st, the cost for your first booth goes up to $100, with prices for additional booths remaining the same.

 

We look forward to hearing from YOU!

AMA-Con 2015 Vendor Page Submissions

Good morning! We hope you had a lovely Christmas! If you’ve already registered for AMA-Con 2015, way to go! If not, you still have until January 31st to get our lowest booth rates. Starting February 1st, the rates will go up – so get your registration in now!

As soon as you register and get your PayPal confirmation, please send a photo/logo and a short blurb about your booth to amanda.shelburne@amarillolibrary.org to be included on this year’s AMA-Con vendor page and other promotional materials. We’ll be updating the page after the New Year.

Thanks and Happy New Year!