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Meet AMA-CON 2016 Artist Roman Morales of Third Empire Studios

Roman Morales headshot

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!

Third Empire

Meet AMA-CON 2016 Special Cosplay Judges Girls of Geek

Girls of Geek

 

Girls of Geek is a community of real geek women who empower each other while promoting local businesses and events.

They are cosplayers, web designers, video game freaks, and comic geeks uniting to promote the geek community!

For more information, please visit their website: http://www.girlsofgeek.com/ and be sure to “LIKE” them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GirlsOfGeek.

Meet AMA-CON 2016 Artist Thomas Clemmons of Robot Friday

 

 

Thomas Clemmons

 

Thomas Clemmons is the creator of the webcomic Robot Friday that can be found at www.robotfriday.com which began in May of 2009 and currently boasts over 550 archived and ongoing strips.

Robot Friday is about the everyday adventures of a group of artists, their talking pets and a magic singing robot named Friday.

Along with Robot Friday, Thomas has also created a superhero design system called Design-A-Super that he uses at conventions and in-store appearances to help people open the door to their imaginations. You can find more information about Design-A-Super at www.designasuper.com or on Twitter: @designasuper and Instagram: designasuper.

You can also find more of Thomas’s work on Youtube at www.robotfridaysketchcast.com as well as on social media: Twitter (@robotfriday), Facebook (robotfriday), Instagram (robotfriday) and Vine (robotfriday).

Robot Friday

Meet AMA-CON 2016 Vendor Ninguin Kaizer Designs

Ninguin Kaizer Designs

Ninguin Kaizer Designs is a group of 9 people who love to bring people closer in the world of all things “Nerd.”

From Card Games to Video Games, from little known fandoms to huge fandoms alike, we love it all. We do commission works for various things, if there is one that doesn’t know how to get what you want, you are almost guaranteed another one does. From traditional Art to Digital Art and handmade crafts such as mini sculptures and dolls we have a wide range of talents to suit your custom needs.

We have a published book called “Forces of the Divine” currently vol. 1 and working on 2. Our biggest aspiration for our future is to get into Video Game Design and possibly Animated Shorts.

Twitter : https://twitter.com/NinguinKaizerD

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ninguin-Kaizer-Designs/279193405446258

Additional Booth Spaces Opening in Heritage Room

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Thank you so much to all our amazing vendors and artists! Booth space at AMA-CON sold out in record time this year. To try to accommodate all the requests we’ve received we’re opening up additional spaces in the Heritage Room for vendors or artists who would still like to be part of AMA-CON. The Heritage Room is the site for Panels & Presentations, Children’s Activities, the Viewing Room, and the first ever AMA-CON Art Show–so it will be a great place to be. Booth rental for these spaces is $150. If you are interested, please contact Amanda Hope Shelburne at Amanda.Shelburne@amarillolibrary.org.

Meet AMA-CON 2016 Artist Sam Gaitan of Raicodoll

Raicodoll

Sam Gaitan, also known as Raicodoll, is a Texas based artist, painter, and writer whose interest mainly lies in Greek Mythology and fairy tales, spooky things, girl power, and comics. She specializes in everything from geeky illustrations to semi-realistic portraits to handmade jewelry. Based in Lubbock,Texas, she lives with a hoard of black cats, a black dog, and an orange cat….and some comic books.