FAQ’s

What is a “con”?
Con is short for convention. A convention is a gathering of people who are interested in the same things, who want to interact with others who have the same interests, learn more about what they love, and compete in their areas of expertise. For an anime, comics, Steampunk, SciFi, and pop culture convention like , that means that people usually dress up in costume as their favorite character or handmade Steampunk attire — this is called “cosplay”. At we have gaming tournaments, cosplay contests, expert panels, an artist row where you can meet many professional comic and manga artists, Steampunk experts, entertainment, and more!
When and where will be?
The 2017 AMA-CON will take place on Saturday, August 5th, 2017 from 11 AM to 7 PM and Sunday, August 6th, 2017 from 12 NOON to 6 PM in the North Exhibit Hall, South Exhibit Hall, Heritage Room, and Regency Room at the Amarillo Civic Center in Amarillo, Texas.
When does vendor and artist registration open?
Vendor and artist registration will open in the winter of 2017 through the Amarillo Public Library.  Keep checking this site and the AMA-CON Facebook page for updates!
When does vendor and artist registration close?
Vendor and artist registration will close in early June of 2017.
What are the rules for attendees?
The Amarillo Public Library Patron Rules of Conduct still apply at with some modifications made for cosplay. Visit our Costume and Weapons Policy page for more info.
What kinds of costumes are allowed?
Costumes should be appropriate for a family audience. No overly scary costumes or real weapons will be allowed. In accordance with Amarillo Public Library and Amarillo Civic Center regulations and in order to maintain the safety of all AMA-CON participants, appropriate footwear must be worn at all times. Prop or handmade fake weapons are allowed, and are the responsibility of the cosplayers at all times. Visit our Costume and Weapons Policy page for more info.
Will you have bags available for me to use?
No, but you can purchase them at the Friends of the Library store at the convention.
What should I do with my stuff while at ?
You are responsible for your belongings while at . Please watch your belongings and do not leave them unattended for any period of time.
How do I sign up to compete in the gaming tournaments and cosplay contests?
Contests will have sign-up at the information table on the day of  and spots fill up quickly.,
What kind of food will be available at ?
will not provide food or snacks inside the convention. The Amarillo Civic Center has concession stands within the complex. There are also lots of great places to eat in downtown Amarillo. Check the Downtown Amarillo page for more info on hotels and restaurants.
Can I bring my own food to ?
Food and drink purchased at the Civic Center concession stands may be eaten at the designated food court area.
Can I bring a younger sibling?
Yes! If they are under 13, they will need to have a guardian (age 14 or older) who is registered and will accompany them the entire time they are at .
I’m not a teen, but I’d like to come to … is that allowed?
Yes! We are so pleased that adults and children alike are interested in attending. Adults, please remember that this is a family-friendly event. Please be sure to read our cosplay policy before deciding which costume to wear at .
How long is ?
will last 8 hours on Saturday if you arrive at 11am and stay until 7pm.  Sunday will last six hours if you arrive at 12 NOON and stay until 6pm.
What prizes will be at ?
Keep checking www.ama-con.com for more information about the prizes for the gaming tournaments and cosplay contests.
How can I help ?
Thank you so much for wanting to help! If you want to be an  volunteer, please visit the website and fill out the volunteer form. If you are selected you will receive an all-access pass, a free t-shirt, and a free badge and lanyard. You must be at least 16 years old and submit to a background check in order to volunteer for the event. If you are an artist or merchant and would like to donate prizes, artwork, or other items please contact Amanda Hope Izard of the Amarillo Public Library Youth Services Department. Proceeds go to the Friends of the Amarillo Public Library.
When are the concerts and cosplay contests?
Visit the Performers and Cosplay pages to find out when our awesome entertainment and cosplay contests occur.