Monthly Archives: July 2017

Meet AMA-CON Artist Karen Clemmons

Karen Clemmons has been a professional graphic designer for over a decade with an eye for detail and craftsmanship.

Karen recently joined the world of pop culture and comics with her business that combines her skills as a graphic designer with handmade quality and charm by crafting handmade custom wands and what she calls “Super Letters” as well as handmade pop culture bottle cap lapel pins great for backpacks and caps too!

Karen has a wide selection of wands, letters and pins at several shows in the Amarillo area and invites special orders if you don’t see something that you like at her table! You can order custom merchandise at conventions or through her website at www.karenclemmons.com as well.

Meet AMA-CON 2017 Special Guests The 501st Legion

Since 1997, the 501st Legion has been dedicated to re-creating film-quality costumes of the “villainous” characters of the Star Wars galaxy and entertaining Star Wars fans with our public appearances. Over the past twenty years, the 501st has become a leading force in fan-based charity events around the world. Members of the Legion have heightened awareness at promotional events, helped to raise millions of dollars for charity, and spread the magic of Star Wars to fans of all ages.

The 501st Legion, sometimes called by its nickname “Vader’s Fist,” is made up entirely of volunteers, and each of our members has spent months and sometimes even years researching and constructing their costumes. With over 10,000 approved members worldwide, our costumes include just about every “bad guy” in the Star Wars galaxy… Sith Lords like Darth Vader and Darth Maul; nefarious bounty hunters like Boba Fett and Greedo; hostile aliens like Tusken Raiders and Gamorrean Guards; and of course, the soldiers of the evil Galactic Empire: Clone Troopers, Sandtroopers, TIE Fighter Pilots, Biker Scouts, and the ever-popular, nameless, faceless Stormtroopers that are a universal symbol of Imperial might!

Meet AMA-CON 2017 Special Guest A. G. Howard

International and NYT best-selling author, Anita Grace Howard, lives in the Texas panhandle. She is most at home weaving the melancholy and macabre into settings and scenes, twisting the expected into the unexpected. She’s inspired by all things flawed, utilizing the complex loveliness of human conditions and raw emotions to give her characters life, then turning their world upside down so the reader’s blood will race.

Married and mother of two teens (as well as surrogate mom to two Guinea pigs and one Labrador retriever), Anita divides her days between spending time with her family and plodding along or plotting on her next book.

When she’s not writing, Anita enjoys rollerblading, biking, snow skiing, gardening, and family vacations that at any given time might include an impromptu side trip to an 18th century graveyard or a condemned schoolhouse for photo ops.

At this year’s AMA-CON, she’ll be participating in the panel, “Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Men: Moral Choices and Character Development” with Patrick Rothfuss and Rachel Caine–moderated by WTAMU Literature professor, Dr. Monica Smith Hart–and signing copies of her latest books!

Meet AMA-CON 2017 Artist Thomas Clemmons of Robot Friday

Thomas Clemmons is the creator of the webcomic Robot Friday (www.robotfriday.com) which began in May of 2009 and currently boasts over 650 archived and ongoing strips. Robot Friday is about the everyday adventures of a group of artists, their talking pets and a 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).

Meet AMA-CON 2017 Special Guest R Cat Conrad


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!

Meet AMA-CON 2017 Special Guest Rachel Caine

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!”

Meet AMA-CON 2017 Presenter/Author Libbi Duncan

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.

Meet AMA-CON 2017 Artist David Angelo Roman

David Angelo Roman is a classically trained artist, having studied in Spain and Italy. Roman began his professional career as a mural and fresco artist, with emphasis in photo-realism and illusions. Always being a fan of comics, it was only a matter of time before he applied all his skills towards comic art. He is quickly gaining popularity with his ability to include his customers in his art. Today, Roman is a professional artist specializing in original art and cover art for Xtreme Champion Tournament Comics. Mr. Roman recently signed a contract with STAR WARS MASTERWORKS, and MARVEL PREMIER as an artist!  He also did a variant cover for the very hot title “BABYTEETH” by Aftershock comics… the variant was just released at San Diego Comic Con.

We will also have collectible comics, toys, and Marvel & Star Wars statues for sale in our other tables as well.

People can find me on Facebook by entering my full name: David Angelo Roman…. or the link at https://www.facebook.com/Romanddang and my web site at www.romanstudios.com

AMA-CON 2017 Tickets

Ticket sales will begin July 26th in the Friends of the Library Bookstore inside the Downtown Library. You may also purchase them at the door on the day of the event. Single-day passes will be $5 or you may purchase a weekend pass for $8.

We do not offer online ticket sales, but rest assured that we will have enough tickets for everyone! 🙂

 

Meet AMA-CON 2017 Special Guest Patrick Rothfuss

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.