R Cat Conrad is an award-winning artist and illustrator, as well as a golden age comic dealer and historian. His work has appeared in Heritage Auction’s Intelligent Collector, among other outlets. He is also an actor, most recently featured in Rachel Caine’s Morganville web series, along with Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager).
At AMA-CON 2017, he will be presenting COMICS in the GOLDEN AGE on Saturday and participating in the Professional Artist Sketch-Off on Sunday!
Rachel Caine is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 novels, including the new smash hit thriller STILLHOUSE LAKE, and several bestselling young adult series including the “Morganville Vampire” series, the “Great Library” series, and “The Honors” series. Her novels have been chosen three times by the Texas Library Association for junior high and high school reading lists, and have been translated into 27 languages worldwide. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband, comic historian and artist R. Cat Conrad. At AMA-CON 2017, Rachel will participate in the panel: “Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Men: Moral Choices and Character Development” and offer the presentation: “How Libraries Change the World!”
Libbi Duncan is a local author, English teacher, and US Army veteran. She graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages. When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys hiking, camping, painting, playing video games, cosplaying, and traveling. Ms. Duncan’s debut novel, “The Scorching,” was published this year, and she is currently working on a sequel.
The story follows Madi, a teenager from a lunar colony, as she journeys to a post-apocalyptic Earth in search of her missing parents. Madi lands on the abandoned planet expecting to find a barren wasteland, but instead discovers a garden paradise and a war that will change everything.
Ms. Duncan will present “Power: The Rise of Women in Pop-Culture” and two book signings at AMA-CON 2017. The panel will cover classic leading ladies, modern heroines, and examples from “The Scorching.” Ms. Duncan will also be reading an excerpt from her book and taking questions on writing, editing, publishing, or books and movies in general.
We are delighted to announce that internationally bestselling fantasy author, satirist, activist, and teacher, Patrick Rothfuss will be taking part in AMA-CON 2017!
Mr. Rothfuss’ first novel, “The Name of the Wind” (published in 2007) won both the Quill Award and the Alex Award, and has been translated into 27 languages.
The sequel, “The Wise Man’s Fear,” debuted at the top of the New York Times Fantasy Bestselling list and reached the #1 slot on the overall list within 3 weeks of publication.
Mr. Rothfuss’ novella set in the same world, “The Slow Regard of Silent Things,” debuted at #2 on the Bestseller List in 2014.
Last fall it was announced that Lin-Manuel Miranda, star and creator of Broadway’s “Hamilton,” will serve as creative producer and musical composer of the feature film and TV series adaptations of these books, which are collectively known as “The Kingkiller Chronicle.”
Mr. Rothfuss’ participation in AMA-CON 2017 will include a keynote address, participation in a panel, and two book signings.
Monster’s Lair Comics, Lubbock’s finest comic shop, will be attending AMA-CON! We are looking forward to another great year in Amarillo. We will have over 10,000 vintage comics and hundreds of vintage toys at the show! Please contact us with your want lists!
The AMA-CON Art Show is back for 2017!
Are you a comic book aficionado or graphic novel guru? Do you spend your free time sketching caped crusaders, alien landscapes, giant robots, otherworldly creatures, or other kinds of super-powered art? Then you are exactly who we want to submit to the second annual AMA-CON Art Show–organized and hosted by the Amarillo Museum of Art! This is an opportunity for artists of all ages and levels of experience to show their pop culture inspired artworks at AMA-CON.
Judges for this year’s show will be:
Alex Gregory, Amarillo Museum of Art, Curator of Art
Mark Morey, Amarillo College, Humanities Instructor
Chip Chandler, Panhandle PBS, Digital Content Producer
Artworks will be judged on creativity, style, artistic ability, and how well the artwork relates to the contest theme: pop culture. Certificates will be awarded to outstanding artworks in three divisions: 1) ages 5-12 2) ages 13-18 and 3) ages 19 and older.
Find participation rules, instructions, and the entry form here:
Amarillo’s Fifth Season Inn & Suites in the official hotel of AMA-CON 2017! The Fifth Season is offering AMA-CON participants an awesome $69 per night rate while rooms are available. The hotel has been remodeled in the last year and amenities include free WI-FI, an indoor pool, workout room, and a full, hot breakfast. To take advantage of the offer, make your reservation by calling 806-358-7881 and ask for the AMA-CON rate!
The road and the tale have both been long, would you not say so? The trip has been long and the cost has been high… but no great thing was ever attained easily. A long tale, like a tall Tower, must be built a stone at a time. (Stephen King)
Dat Ashe Cosplay is a Finnish-American cosplayer. He has been cosplaying since 2010, but started taking it to the next level in 2013. With over 40+ costumes, Ashe is most known for his stunning makeup, wig, and stitchwork; but he also has a strong ability to “Frankenstein” his Cosplay creations.
He’s worked as a burlesque dancer for Texan Heat Nerdlesque, is currently working for both Delta H Con and on photo-sets for Cosplay Deviants, and works as a freelance makeup artist.
Ashe is looking forward to all of the amazing costumes over the weekend!