Meet AMA-CON 2016 Special Guest A.G. Howard

AG Howard

Anita Grace Howard lives in the Texas panhandle, and 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.
She is the author of the International and New York Times-bestselling Splintered series of books inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Her new novel, RoseBlood, a Phantom of the Opera spinoff, will be released in January of 2017.

You can learn more about Anita by visiting her website:

At ‪#‎AMACON16‬ A.G. Howard will participate in a panel on Heroes and Villains in Young Adult Literature.

Meet AMA-CON 2016 Special Guest Joe Shine

Joe Shine

Joe Shine grew up in Austin, TX (the greatest city ever), and is a graduate of Texas A&M University. He has an MFA from the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California, and after brief stints in Los Angeles and Washington, DC, Joe returned home to Austin (repeat: the greatest city ever). I Become Shadow, a 2016 Lone Star List selection, is his first novel.

At ‪#‎AMACON16‬, Joe will take part in a panel on Heroes and Villains in Young Adult Literature!

AMA-CON 2016 Viewing Room Schedule

And here’s the Viewing Room Schedule!

Saturday, July 23 – Hosted by Funimation!
11:30 Fruits Basket showing in Viewing Room (Heritage)
1 PM Cowboy Bebop in Viewing Room (Heritage)
2:30 Romeo x Juliet in Viewing Room (Heritage)
4 PM Black Cat in Viewing Room (Heritage)
5:30 Noragami in Viewing Room (Heritage)

Sunday, July 24 –Hosted by Panhandle PBS
12:30 Thank You for Playing in Viewing Room (Heritage)
2 PM Odd Squad showing in Viewing Room (Heritage)
3 PM Cosplay: Crafting a Secret Identity in the Viewing Room (Heritage)
4:00 Sci Girls in Viewing Room (Heritage)

Meet AMA-CON 2016 Special Gaming Guest WarGamerGirl

Wargamer Girl

Miranda (WarGamerGirl) has been running a Youtube channel since March 2012 featuring in-depth, cinematic battle reports. Her primary game is Warmachine where she terrorizes the tabletop with her Khadoran forces. She also plays Malifaux, Wrath of Kings and enjoys learning about new systems in the quickly expanding world of table top war games.

Look for WarGamerGirl in the Gaming Hall at ‪#‎AMACON16‬

Meet AMA-CON 2016 Special Guest Shanna Peeples

Shanna Peeples
Shanna is the 2015 National Teacher of the Year and an English teacher at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, Texas. She teaches Advanced Placement students, English Language Learners who speak a total of 27 languages, and struggling students in both day school and the school’s evening credit recovery program. For half her school day she is an instructional coach for literacy strategies. After regular school hours, she teaches English and Speech in PDHS’s FLEX night school.

A former reporter for the Amarillo Globe-News, Shanna won awards for reporting on health issues, schools, and music criticism. She continues to write professionally as a blogger for the Huffington Post, and as a contributor to education publications.

At #AMACON16 Shanna will moderate the Heroes and Villains in YA Literature and add her own unique insights!

AMA-CON 2016 Panels, Presentation, and Workshops

Here’s the schedule of Panels, Presentations, and Workshops!

Saturday, July 23
12 PM Panel: Heroes vs. Villains in YA Lit with Mark Oshiro,
Joe Shine, A.G. Howard, and Shanna Peeples
1 PM Panel: Cosplay 101
2 PM Make Your Own Coloring Book Workshop with Theo Nicole Lorenz
3 PM Panel: Cowboy Bebop
3:45 Presentation: Origins of Batman with Kevin Hill
4:45 Artist Sketch Off!
5 PM Presentation: The Artifice of J.W. Kinsey
7-10 PM Geek Prom

Sunday, July 24
12:30 Presentation: The Many Voices of Steve Blum
1:30 Presentation: Drawing Hands and Feet with Amy West
2:30 Steampunk Poetry Slam
3:30 Presentation: Fan Fiction for All with Mark Oshiro
4:30 Presentation: Digital Art with Miranda Crow and Thomas Clemmons

Be a Hero at AMA-CON 2016 with High Plains Food Bank

High Plains Food Bank


Be a Hero at AMA-CON 2016! Help the High Plains Food Bank alleviate hunger in the Texas Panhandle.

Stop by the High Plains Food Bank’s booth and make a cash donation of $1 or more to be entered in a drawing to win a $100 gift card from Best Buy!
Every dollar given to the High Plains Food Bank makes it possible to continue in the fight to end hunger. In fact, because of the way the the food bank accesses food, your dollar stretches 10 times farther. That means a $1 donation has a $10 impact. A $5 donation has a $50 impact, and a $50 donation has a $500 impact!

Be a Hero at AMA-CON 2016 with Coffee Memorial Blood Drive

Coffee Memorial Blood Center


Be a Hero at AMA-CON 2016 with Coffee Memorial Blood Center

Anyone can be hero at AMA-Con! Coffee Memorial Blood Center will be conducting a Mobile Blood Drive at the Con on Saturday, July 23rd AND Sunday, July 24. Stop by their booth to learn more about blood donation and visit the Blood Mobile on the west side of the Civic Center Complex to give the Gift of Life!
Since AMA-CON is happening during the annual Boots vs. Badges Blood Drive Competition you can vote to support your favorite local heroes and receive a free Boots vs. Badges t-shirt when you present to donate.
You must be at least 17 years old to donate, but 16 year olds can donate with signed parental consent.