Meet AMA-Con 2014 Vendor Otaku’s Emporium

Otaku's Emporium

Otaku – a Japanese term for people with obsessive interests, commonly the anime and manga fandom.

“My main goal is to create a big anime community here in Amarillo, TX. A place where otakus, anime lovers, or new people can come hang out and interact with other people that share the same interest. I want to be the first anime shop here in Amarillo to create such a community. I’ve always enjoyed watching anime and collecting anime figures, and that’s what motivated me to open up an anime shop here in town.”

Meet AMA-Con 2014 Artist Thomas Clemmons of Robot Friday

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Thomas Clemmons is the creator of the webcomic Robot Friday that can be found on his website at with new updates every Tuesday and Thursday.

Thomas has been a professional graphic designer and production artist for almost two decades. He has filled many roles in the print design world including graphic designer, illustrator, pre-press production artist and ink mixer for textile printing.

Robot Friday began in May of 2009 and currently boasts over 400 archived and ongoing strips.

Thomas has also self published five print compilations of Robot Friday comic strips as well as created a design-your-own superhero drawing system called, Design-A-Super. Thomas has a new Youtube drawing channel found at from which he teaches the basics of drawing and discusses the path he took into the webcomic business.

He is also a podcaster, co-hosting the weekly podcast Dorkclub Podcast at The Dorkclub Podcast can be seen live each Saturday at 11 PM CST on the Dorkclub Podcast Google+ channel.

Robot Friday

Meet AMA-Con 2014 Artist Chris Vanderford

Chris Vanderford

Chris Vanderford is a local cartoonist here in Amarillo and the creator of a cartoon entitled “Outback”, which centers on a number of Australian critters that live in the eponymous outback. His main artistic influences are Warner Bros. cartoons such as Looney Tunes and Animaniacs.

OUtback Character Lineup

Meet AMA-Con 2014 Author and Vendor Kristi Harms

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 Bernice. Modus 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!

lola and bernice

Meet AMA-Con 2014 Artist Chris Holm

Chris Holm

San Antonio’s own Chris Holm will be making his third appearance at AMA-Con! Holm is the author of Steam Pets, set several hundred years in the future after the latest apocalypse. “Humanity struggles to survive…but it’s not alone. Follow the adventure of the Steam Pets as they adventure across the Alamo wastelands of San Antonio, Texas. Each major character is named after a city street.”

You can find Chris’s work at Nine-Tails and Visit his website at and be sure to meet him at AMA-Con 2014!

Meet AMA-Con 2014 Artist Roman Navarrete

Roman Navarette

Roman Navarrete is an up-and-coming artist born and raised in Amarillo, Texas. He has worked for such prestigious clients as His Mommy and His Friends.

  • NonExistent Magazine hails him as probably the best artist I’ve ever seen
  • TotallyMadeUp Weekly raves – I wish I never had to sleep so I could stare at his work forever!
  • Renowned artist Stanley “Artgerm” Lau says – Who?

He is currently working on finishing all of his veggies, but if the anticipation is more than you can bear, you can find his work here:

Meet AMA-Con 2014 Headline Entertainment Eyeshine


Eyeshine is a four piece, “edge rock” band originating in West Hills, California, formed in 2004. The band consists of Johnny Yong Bosch (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Maurice Salmin (drums, percussion), Masataka “Polo” Yazaki (lead guitar) and Ginny Eck (bass, strings).

The band’s demo album, How About That? (2006), launched them into the underground rock scene with limited success but the band achieved nationwide fame with the release of their second LP album My Paper Kingdom (2009), which received multiple awards, including Elfenworks Social Justice award for their song, “Alone.” In 2011 they recorded “Love Psalm” with Mary Elizabeth and Akira Yamaoka for Silent Hill: Book of Memories. Eyeshine won Ford Motor Company’s worldwide band battle in 2012 and recorded a single with Grammy Award winning producer Don Was (Rolling Stones, Elton John, John Mayer…etc.). They have since toured worldwide and self produced over 11 albums. Other notable achievements include winning performance spots on Warped Tour and Ernie Ball’s Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival as well as having their music chosen for promotional use in the Call Of Duty Endowment project in 2013.


Check out the band’s YouTube series to see what it’s like being in an unsigned band at or visit  or


Meet AMA-Con 2014 Special Guest Johnny Yong Bosch


Eeeep!!!  We’ve been sitting on this for so long and are beyond thrilled to share that this year’s special guest is none other than Voice Actor Johnny Yong Bosch!!  He’s pretty much a boss in the anime world with such iconic characters as Ichigo Kurosaki (Bleach), Vash the Stampede (Trigun), Lelouch Lamperouge (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion), Genma Shiranui (Naruto), and Adam Park of the “Power Rangers” franchise.


Official Bio

Johnny Yong Bosch got his start fighting giant bugs as Adam Park, the Black Ranger on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. It is a role that he would play for three and a half seasons on TV, two motion pictures and two special guest appearances in future Power Rangers seasons.

After Power Rangers, Johnny became very involved in voice over work for various titles.  His first major voice acting role was Vash the Stampede in Trigun.  He later went on to play the voices of Kaneda in Akira, Renton in Eureka Seven, Claus in Last Exile, Clair in Heat Guy J, Sakaki in Witch Hunter Robin, Mike in Please Twins, Albert in The Count of Monte Cristo, Kiba in Wolf’s Rain, Itsuki in The Melancholy of Haurhi Suzumiya, Ichigo Kurosaki in Bleach, Lelouch Lamperouge in Code Geass, Izaya in Durarara and Troy in NFL Rush Zone and Guren in Tenkai Knights.

Johnny’s voice can also be heard in numerous video games. He voices the main character Nero in Devil May Cry 4 and performed voiceover work in .hack//G.U. , Persona 4,  Disgaea 3Tales of SymphoniaTales of the Abyss, Eternal Sonata, Bumblebee in Transformers: War for Cybertron, Yang in Street Fighter IV, Zero in Marvel VS Capcom 3 and Torian Cadera in Star Wars The Old Republic.

When Johnny is not voice acting, he is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the band Eyeshine. ;

Meet AMA-Con 2014 Artist and Panelist Garrett Hedman

Garrett Hedman

Everyone has ideas; whether it is for a book, video game, graphic novel, or other entertaining venture the ideas are there, stuck in our brains.  Garrett Hedman will explore the process of seeing your ideas become reality by exploring the fundamental challenges of self-publishing on the iPad/iPhone.  This talk will be rich in resources and solutions Garrett used when publishing his first interactive book, Cutie Bear, and he invites everyone to come and contribute to the conversation of app development and self-publishing.


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