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AMA-CON 2017 Art Show

The AMA-CON Art Show is back for 2017!
Are you a comic book aficionado or graphic novel guru? Do you spend your free time sketching caped crusaders, alien landscapes, giant robots, otherworldly creatures, or other kinds of super-powered art? Then you are exactly who we want to submit to the second annual AMA-CON Art Show–organized and hosted by the Amarillo Museum of Art! This is an opportunity for artists of all ages and levels of experience to show their pop culture inspired artworks at AMA-CON.

Judges for this year’s show will be:
Alex Gregory, Amarillo Museum of Art, Curator of Art
Mark Morey, Amarillo College, Humanities Instructor
Chip Chandler, Panhandle PBS, Digital Content Producer

Artworks will be judged on creativity, style, artistic ability, and how well the artwork relates to the contest theme: pop culture. Certificates will be awarded to outstanding artworks in three divisions: 1) ages 5-12 2) ages 13-18 and 3) ages 19 and older.

Find participation rules, instructions, and the entry form here:

AMA-CON Art Show Entry 2017

AMA-CON 2017 Official Hotel

Amarillo’s Fifth Season Inn & Suites in the official hotel of AMA-CON 2017! The Fifth Season is offering AMA-CON participants an awesome $69 per night rate while rooms are available. The hotel has been remodeled in the last year and amenities include free WI-FI, an indoor pool, workout room, and a full, hot breakfast. To take advantage of the offer, make your reservation by calling 806-358-7881 and ask for the AMA-CON rate!

Meet AMA-CON 2017 Vendor Sawblade

Sawblade’s ink on paper illustrations have been a staple in the extreme music scene since 1995. His unique technique combines rapidograph pointillism with fine brushwork to render impossibly detailed images of terror. During his childhood in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, a tiny, black and white Sears television beamed in cartoons, Godzilla movies, and the era’s essential sci-fi and horror films. Comics, toys, record covers, and magazines like MAD, Heavy Metal, and Fangoria initiated a taste for horror that would later be enhanced by underground zines, demo culture, punk rock, thrash, and death metal. He tattooed from 2009 to 2015 and since 2004 has barked vocals for a number of heavy bands (War Master, Filthoundz, and Blaspherian), but has stepped back from both to focus on his illustrations.

Meet AMA-CON 2017 Special Guests The DFW Ghostbusters

“We are a not-for-profit Ghostbusters fan group, based in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.  We are certified and recognized by Sony as an official Ghostbusters franchise. Founded with just a few members in 2009, we are proud to have participated in countless conventions and events over the years, including E3 Entertainment Expo, Dallas Comic Con, Texas Comic Con, Wizard World Conventions, Dallas Fan Expo, Heart of Texas Comic Con, Victoria Comic Con, Comicpalooza, and many more. It’s not uncommon to spot us or one of our Ectomobiles in or around Mesquite, Deep Ellum or the Dallas Arts District.

Our focus is community service, volunteering, charity fundraising, and interacting with the public.  We’ve also had the pleasure of meeting Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and even the legendary director of Ghostbusters, Ivan Reitman.  We have also participated in local events and helped to support local charities such as My Very Own Book, Heroic Inner Kids, and the Russ Martin Show Listeners Foundation.  We have hosted screenings of the original 1984 film in many different locations, and still do to this day.”