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“Cosplay! Crafting a Secret Identity” to be Screened at AMA-Con

Cosplay Screening

Panhandle PBS will be taking part in AMA-Con this year with a screening of the Atlanta PBS film, “Cosplay! Crafting a Secret Identity.”  The documentary looks into the lives of people who have elevated science-fiction and comic book costuming to the professional level, and also explores why Atlanta has become an unlikely epicenter of the phenomenon.  Preview the film below, and check the AMA-Con event schedule for the screening time and location.

http://www.panhandlepbs.org/arts/cosplay-screening/

AMA-Con 2014 Volunteers

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 be a certified member of the Amarillo Public Library’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG) who has attended at least two TAG meetings since AMA-Con 2013.  Volunteers must be in good standing with the Amarillo Public Library and are subject to a background check.

Please fill out the attached volunteer application and the background check form.  These may be brought in to the Downtown Library or scanned and emailed to amanda.shelburne@amarillolibrary.org by Tuesday, July 1st.  You will be notified within one week if you are approved as an AMA-Con volunteer.

 

Thanks,

Amanda Hope Shelburne

2014 Volunteer Policy and Agreement

Background Check Release

Official Hotel of AMA-Con 2014

Big news! The Clarion Hotel of Amarillo is the official hotel of AMA-CON 2014!
The Clarion is holding a limited number of rooms—at a terrific rate!—for AMA-CON participants on July 10, 11, and 12. This rate includes a complimentary HOT breakfast and access to hotel amenities which include an indoor pool and workout room.

To take advantage of this offer, call 806-372-8741 and ask for the AMA-CON rate. This block of rooms will be held open for AMA-CON participants until July 5. After that, you can still get the rate IF rooms are available.

clarion hotel

Meet AMA-Con 2014 Vendor Michelle Wyrick of Lillie Mae’s Steam Trunk

Lillie Mae's Steam Trunk

I am a local seamstress/designer that has embraced the Steampunk aesthetic.  I’ve been sewing for over 30 years and this genre fired my imagination.  Steampunk fashion has become my passion.  My daughters, Jessica and Mikala, often join me in the creative process.  They have inspired some of my diesel-punk pieces and a children’s line.  We make everything from clothing to accessories and have recently developed a Steampunk Murder Mystery Party Game.

Cons are my favorite part of this business next to creating.  Meeting people and hearing about how they put their costume and characters together is fascinating.  So make sure you drop by our booth and show us what you’ve done and check us out.  We could have an inspirational starter piece for you or that perfect you final touch.

Good News, Everyone!

We’re a little less than a month away from AMA-Con 2014 and we have less than 20 booth spaces remaining!  If you’ve spoken to me about a booth, I’ve reserved your space, but you need to have your payment and paperwork to me by July 1st.  After that, your booth will be forfeit.

If you’re interested in having a booth at this year’s event and haven’t sent me your application/payment, yet, please do so as soon as possible!

We’re so excited about the awesome things going on at this year’s AMA-Con and we’d love to have you join us!

See you in July,

Amanda Hope Shelburne

Meet AMA-Con 2014 Vendor Otaku’s Emporium

Otaku's Emporium

Otaku – a Japanese term for people with obsessive interests, commonly the anime and manga fandom.

“My main goal is to create a big anime community here in Amarillo, TX. A place where otakus, anime lovers, or new people can come hang out and interact with other people that share the same interest. I want to be the first anime shop here in Amarillo to create such a community. I’ve always enjoyed watching anime and collecting anime figures, and that’s what motivated me to open up an anime shop here in town.”

Meet AMA-Con 2014 Artist Thomas Clemmons of Robot Friday

thomas clemmons

Thomas Clemmons is the creator of the webcomic Robot Friday that can be found on his website at www.robotfriday.com with new updates every Tuesday and Thursday.

Thomas has been a professional graphic designer and production artist for almost two decades. He has filled many roles in the print design world including graphic designer, illustrator, pre-press production artist and ink mixer for textile printing.

Robot Friday began in May of 2009 and currently boasts over 400 archived and ongoing strips.

Thomas has also self published five print compilations of Robot Friday comic strips as well as created a design-your-own superhero drawing system called, Design-A-Super. Thomas has a new Youtube drawing channel found at www.robotfridaysketchcast.com from which he teaches the basics of drawing and discusses the path he took into the webcomic business.

He is also a podcaster, co-hosting the weekly podcast Dorkclub Podcast at www.dorkclubpodcast.com. The Dorkclub Podcast can be seen live each Saturday at 11 PM CST on the Dorkclub Podcast Google+ channel.

Robot Friday

Meet AMA-Con 2014 Artist Chris Vanderford

Chris Vanderford

Chris Vanderford is a local cartoonist here in Amarillo and the creator of a cartoon entitled “Outback”, which centers on a number of Australian critters that live in the eponymous outback. His main artistic influences are Warner Bros. cartoons such as Looney Tunes and Animaniacs.

http://calamitykangaroo.deviantart.com/gallery/

OUtback Character Lineup

Meet AMA-Con 2014 Author and Vendor Kristi Harms

kristi harms

Kristi Harms is creator and author of Modus Operandi #1, her children’s book Lola and Bernice #1 and is currently working on issue #2 of Lola and Bernice. Modus Operandi and Lola and Bernice are published by Third Empire Studio, drawn by Roman Morales III, and inked and colored by husband Greg Harms, with letters by Keith Braun. Kristi also does Steampunk jewelry and craftwork. She will have Lola and Bernice #1 and her jewelry at the show!

https://www.facebook.com/LolaAndBernice

https://www.facebook.com/kristi.c.harms?fref=ts

lola and bernice