Monthly Archives: April 2013

Meet AMA-Con 2013 Special Guest David Wenzel


David T. Wenzel is an illustrator and children’s book artist. He is best known for his visualization of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, illustrated in graphic novel format. The Hobbit, Graphic Novel is one of the most successful graphic format adaptations of a piece of classic literature. It has made its mark to a worldwide audience and has recently been updated with a new cover, larger format, and 32 new pages of artwork recreated by David.

Over his career, David has worked for most of the major publishers and been able to work with a cast of talented authors. Many may remember him from the days when he worked on The Avengers for Marvels Comics.  Always intrigued by mythology, fantasy and folk tales some of his favorite projects have been the ones that gave him the freedom to visualize creatures and characters from his imagination. Kingdom of the Dwarves, written by Robb Walsh, published by Centaur Books, allowed David to recreate an entire underground civilization based on the archeological dig at Aegol Barrow. The Wizard’s Tale, by Kurt Busiek, tells the tale of Evernight, a land ruled by a consortium of evil Wizards, who find one of their kind harbors a dangerous glimmer of good in him. For this book David created hundreds of tiny supernatural creatures called Alchemites. The Wizard’s Tale, was conceived to be a crossover book that blended the elements of a children’s book with the format and readability of a graphic novel.

Other notable works include Grosset and Dunlap’s Christmas bestseller Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, by Robert L. May, A Hat For Ivan, by Max Lucado and several books in the Little Bear series which were art directed by Maurice Sendak. David has left his artistic mark on a variety of non-book related projects including puzzles, greeting cards, and two entire miniature kingdoms of collectible figurines.

For more information and a look at David Wenzel’s artwork, please visit

Meet AMA-Con 2013 Artist Will Terrell


Will is a comic book artist from Lubbock, Tx. He was the co-founder of the Lubbock Comic Book Expo and the Lubbock Sketchclub. His newest comic, Owls of the Ironwork Isle, is a 5-issue series from Antarctic Press. It’s a steampunk adventure detective story, set in Victorian England.

You can find more of Will’s work at his website, on Twtter (@willterrell), and on YouTube, where he posts videos for inspiring artists

The New Face of AMA-Con 2013

You’ve seen it on the Facebook page and our website, now take a good look at our mascot for AMA-Con 2013, created by Amarillo artist extraordinaire, Andy Chase Cundiff!  Be sure to come see him in person at AMA-Con on Saturday, July 20, 2013, and be on the lookout for information on how to procure a special opportunity to have Mr. Cundiff do a customized caricature of you at the event!


Cosplay Announcement!

Cosplay Announcement! This year’s competition will recognize three winners in three categories: Steampunk, Comic, AND Anime! There will be winners in each catergory for entrants age 13 and up AND 12 years old and younger. If you are not sure which category works for your cosplay–we’ll leave it up to you. You can enter a costume in one category only.