What if you could re-live the experience of reading a book (or watching a show) for the first time? Mark Oshiro provides just such a thing on a daily basis on Mark Reads and Mark Watches, where he chronicles his unspoiled journey through various television and book series. Since 2009, Mark has been subjecting himself to the emotional journey that one takes when they enter a fictional world for the first time. He mixes textual analysis, confessional blogging, and humor to analyze fiction that usually makes him cry and yell on camera. All of this earned Mark a Hugo nomination in the Fan Writer category in 2013 and 2014, and he has no plans to stop. He was the nonfiction editor of Queers Destroy Science Fiction! and the co-editor of Speculative Fiction 2015. His first novel, a YA sci-fi book set in a pre-dystopian world, is being edited and his life goal is to pet every dog in the world.
We’ve hit capacity and all of our booth spaces are now filled! We have removed the online payment option and have moved into a “waitlist only” mode. You may still submit a vendor or artist application and we will date/timestamp them and will notify you if there are cancellations in the order applications are received.
Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and overwhelming support of AMA-CON, the Amarillo Public Library, and the Friends of the Amarillo Public Library!
As a special perk for AMA-CON 2016 participants who stay at the Wyndham Garden, complimentary transportation to and from AMA-CON will be provided through Trolley Express! No parking hassles for you—just ride to AMA-CON in comfort in this fully air-conditioned vintage street car!
Great news! Amarillo’s Wyndham Garden is the official hotel of AMA-Con 2016! They’ve reserved a block of rooms for AMA-Con guests at a fantastic $89 per night rate, and that includes a full hot breakfast. You can learn more about the hotel at their website but to take advantage of this deal, you’ll need to call (806) 358-6161 and ask for the AMA-Con rate.
If you’re a game store owner and would like to host a gaming tournament at AMA-CON, please fill out the Gaming_Event_Application and return it with payment (if applicable) to the following address:
Amanda Hope Shelburne
413 SE 4th Avenue
Amarillo, Texas 79105
Remember! The last day to get the lowest AMA-Con 2016 booth prices is Monday, February 15th! After that, prices will go up to $100 for your initial booth, with prices remaining the same for additional booth spaces.
Visit the Downtown Library (413 SE 4th) to pick up your application or register and pay online using our PayPal payment system.
The PayPal payment system has been updated and is now available to pay for your booths and any extra tables/chairs you may need! Simply click the Vendor Registration link under the Registrations tab at the top of this page. When submitting your application, be sure to wait until you see the PayPal message appear in the top right hand corner to make sure you can navigate to the actual PayPal menu.
2016 Vendor Registration forms are now available for AMA-CON 2016, if you didn’t preregister in August. You may download and print the form and mail it with payment to the address on the bottom of the form or you may bring it to the Downtown Library.
If you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amanda Hope Shelburne
Long-time AMA-Con supporter and vendor, Monster’s Lair Comics, now has a brand new store in Lubbock, TX! They are located at 2416 19th St, close to the Texas Tech campus. Go by and check them out!
For more information, please visit and “like” them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/monsterslaircomics/
Maryanne Wells is the author of addictive book series like the Undead Bar Association. A big fan of AMA-con, Maryanne discovered the cover artist for her first science fiction / steampunk novel, The Heart’s Fire, at a past con. Don’t miss Maryanne’s presentation the Hero’s Journey on Sunday. She’ll be sharing secrets of great character writing with you.