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Meet AMA-Con 2015 Artist Melonie Moon

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Melonie Moon is an illustrator who enjoys creating anime-style artwork using vibrant colors and a healthy dose of imagination. She enjoys bringing to life manga-inspired game characters, super heroes, cartoons and even cute animals. Melonie is looking forward to meeting art fans at AMA-Con, where she will be available to do sketches and commissions.

 

If you’d like to contact her prior to the convention for early commissions, please take a look at some of her latest creations at http://www.Melonie-Moon.deviantart.com. Drop her a message. She’d love to hear from you.

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