Monthly Archives: May 2016

Meet AMA-CON 2016 Vendor Carrie Wink of Athena’s Wink

Athena's Wink

 

Carrie Wink is the co-owner of Athena’s wink. She designs cute, geeky things with her crew of quirky ladies. They are based in New York City and travel around the country selling at video game, anime, and nerd culture conventions. Carrie has been making hats, flasks and other items for the last decade. She also makes costumes in her spare time for herself, theater, and for indie productions.

The mission of Athena’s Wink is to continue to deliver high quality apparel and fashion accessories with a strong geek influence. In a time when anime, video games, comic books and other previously niche entertainment is flourishing, we’ve found that audiences are calling out for ways to express their love for these properties, made by people who obviously share that love.

Meet AMA-CON 2016 Vendor Henry Melton of Wire Rim Books

Henry Melton of Wire Rim Books

Henry Melton is science fiction writer pursuing the independent publishing course under his imprint Wire Rim Books.  With over twenty titles, many award-winning, ranging from a light children’s book to world catastrophe novels, he is growing a a fan base the old fashioned way, meeting people face to face at a growing number of book events, science fiction conventions and popular media events.

Henry has been writing science fiction for the magazines and anthologies since the 70s but during the past decade or so, has been concentrating on novels under his own imprint.  As a dedicated traveler, he has all the states, most of Canada, as well as a few visits to Europe and Africa to draw on.  Often inspired by the places he visits, a number of his books fall under the Small Towns Big Ideas umbrella.  These young adult novels typically feature a high school aged protagonist who encounters something out of the ordinary, and is forced to solve the problem.

Starting in 2011, Henry began a large scale effort The Project Saga.  Begun first as short stories back in the 70s, this shared history tale currently includes half a dozen novels and one hybrid novel that includes all the short stories previously published embedded in a new story line.  It is only half done, but begins with Star Time, the current day starting point, which branches off into Tales of the Recovery of Earth and separately, the U’tanse Series, revealing a new fragment of humanity born as slaves on another planet, but gifted with extraordinary talents.

Wire Rim Books

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Meet AMA-CON 2016 Steampunk Vendor Blackbead Books and the Steamdog Poetry Slam

Steamdogs

 

Blackbead Books and the Steamdogs are back again for 2016!  Come by our booth for a fine selection of poetry, Steampunk, pirate and more, brought to you in book form and on CD!  This year we will also have hand-crafted Steampunk weapons, canes for the gentleman, jewelry for the lady, and much more.  Come chat with us about publishing your own work or, since we now also own Seadog Studios, your work on CD!  Poets, authors, musicians and singers, come see us and let us tell you about publishing your work.  If nothing else, come by for a “free sample” of poetry!

Meet AMA-CON 2016 Vendor Hargoliph Studio

Hargoliph Studios

 

Hargoliph Studio is the art and work of Amy West. Working in an assortment of mediums she specializes in images featuring animals and mythical creatures. She is also the writer and artist for the online webcomic Star Watcher. She will be offer prints, posters, and postcards of many of her works as well as adorable magnets! There will also be a chance to commission your own, unique, magical creatures to be sketched on site!

You can find out more about Amy and her art on the Hargoliph Studio Facebook, Twitter, and website.

Meet AMA-CON 2016 Artist Kristi Harms of Third Empire Studios

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 BerniceModus 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

Cosplay Policy for 2016

Cosplay Policy

AMA-CON understands the desire of many fans to cosplay in their favorite Steampunk attire, or as their favorite video game, anime, SciFi or comic book characters. However, we must place limits on the appropriateness of the cosplay attire during the convention at large and what you may wear onstage during the cosplay contests.

AMA-CON reserves the right to refuse the entry of a costume that Amarillo Public Library staff decides is unfit for an audience of all ages. Costumes deemed inappropriate for a family-friendly event will not be allowed to enter the convention or participate in the cosplay contests.

Any display of a cosplay prop in an aggressive or threatening manner, real or implied regardless of intent, or any other activity thought to be unsafe in the view of the Amarillo Public Library staff is strictly forbidden. At any time, should Amarillo Public Library staff see a weapon being carried or being used in an unsafe manner, the individual will be brought to the attention of Amarillo Police Department officers on duty as AMA-CON security.

 

Cosplay Guidelines

There will be five scheduled cosplay contests: Kids, Gaming, Anime, Comics, and Steampunk/SciFi. With the exception of the Kids category, each category has a novice and an expert bracket.  Steampunk and SciFi categories have been combined for scheduling purposes, but winners will still be awarded in both categories.

You may compete in more than one contest, but it is up to you to give yourself enough time to change costumes and care for them while at AMA-CON. You may not enter the same costume in more than one category.

 

Acceptable Cosplay Costumes

If you are registering in the Kids category, no more than 50% of your costume may be prefabricated. For example, going to a costume shop and renting a Spiderman costume does not qualify as cosplay. While you are welcome to cross the stage in the contest, pre-made or pre-bought costumes will not be judged in the contest or awarded prizes.

If you are registering in the novice bracket at least 50% of your costume needs to be modified from its original condition, handcrafted, or personally fabricated while 50% can be store bought.

If you are registering in the expert bracket 80% of your costume needs to be heavily modified from its original condition, handcrafted, or personally fabricated while 20% may be store bought. If you are modeling a costume designed by another person, you must give them full credit and preferably have them on stage with you during the contest so we can applaud both of you.

 

 

Cosplay Contest

Contestants must register and attend prejudging 30 minutes prior to the contests. Each contestant will have 30 seconds to walk the stage and show off the hard work put into your costume. If you would like to perform a short routine you may do so provided you do not perform any unsafe acrobatic acts on stage. Be sure to bring all the tools you need to prevent any wardrobe malfunctions while on stage. You may choose to cross the stage as a solo entrant or as part of a group.  One group cosplay prize may be awarded in each category at the discretion of the judges.

Judging will take place during the contest by a panel of community members, vendors, and experienced cosplayers who are not competing. The top three cosplayers and a People’s Choice winner from each category will be announced following the conclusion of each contest. One group cosplay prize may be awarded in each category at the discretion of the judges.

 

Law Enforcement Cosplay

Costumes that could be confused with local, state, or federal law enforcement of any kind are not permitted on the convention floor. AMA-CON reserves the right to determine if a uniform or costume resembles an unacceptable real world uniform at its sole and absolute discretion. Any and all costume and prop restrictions for the Cosplay events will be at the discretion of the Amarillo Public Library staff.

 

Signs

Signs of any kind are not allowed. This includes, but is not limited to cardboard, poster board, notebook paper, etc.

Meet AMA-CON 2016 Special Cosplay Guest Mindy Tomlin

Mindy Tomlin

Mindy Tomlin, a.k.a. The Geeky Seamstress, is a self-taught seamstress, cosplayer, and commissioner. She has been in the industry since 2012 and won several awards for her costumes, including Best of Show for her Captain Marvel at Dallas Comic Con Fan Days in 2015. She’s been profiled on several websites, including Geek and Sundry.

Mindy blogs at thegeekyseamstress.com where she shares tips and tricks for cosplayers and sewers, along with detailed breakdowns of her creations. You can keep up with Mindy’s work on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr and see her latest creations for sale on Etsy.