Tag Archives: AMA-Con 2013

Meet AMA-Con Vendor Sara Noyes of Tyrus Treasures

A note from Sara Noyes of Tyrus Treasures:
Tyrus Treasures

“I started out like every other little girl. I would pop in my Sailormoon VHS and pause it on parts I wanted to draw. I was always drawing and as I grew older I started creating stories for the random characters I drew. Then, I fell in love with writing. I’m currently writing my first high fantasy series “Guardians”. All of the characters in my prints are from my story.

My grandmother told me that the strongest thing in the whole world is belief in yourself and what you are capable of. So, never give up and keep doing what you love to do most. It will never become work!”

Meet AMA-Con Artist Jon Hughes

Jon Hughes - Lexi Phoenix

Jon Hughes is the founder and CEO of Overground Comics. His works have been featured by various trading card companies including Rittenhouse Archives, Upper Deck, Breygent Marketing, 5Finity, Versicolor and Bad Axe Studios. Jon began creating and illustrating comics as a hobby while still in grade school and is now building a career in the industry while studying interactive media at the Art Institute of Houston.

Upcoming:  Absent Captain, Plus Ultra, Graduate

Meet AMA-Con 2013 Artist Daniel Ballard of “The Cat” Webseries

The Cat Webseries

In Daniel Ballard’s webseries, a documentary crew follows small-time superhero The Cat as he goes about defeating ne’er do wells or at least trying to not trip on his own cape.

If you’re interested in checking out “The Cat” Webseries before AMA-Con 2013, please visit: youtube.com/TheCatWebseries and be sure to visit facebook.com/TheCatWebseries.

Meet AMA-Con Vendor Kat from Figments by Kathleen

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I grew up in a house full of books and handcrafted objects. My mother painted, sewed, did silversmithing, read, did needlework and was a children’s librarian. My father taught theatre and acted in and directed shows. Being around all that creativity I was bound to soak some of it up and Figments is the result.

Steampunk is a passion of mine. I grew up reading Verne and I love to figure out how things work. I got to be a part of the etsy Steamteam table at Steampowered, the first all Steampunk convention in the U.S. and have been going strong since then. I attend and sell at Steampunk conventions in the Texas and Oklahoma area these days, though I have been known to range farther afield on occasion.

I make many of my own Steampunk costume pieces, as well as props and accessories and I also find and sell wonderful pieces that someone else might find useful in their costumes and creations.

Cosplay Contest Update!

Our Cosplay contest registration is well underway and we have quite a few entrants so far!  That being said, if you know of anyone 12 or younger who would like to participate, please encourage their parent or guardian to register them for Cosplay!  Pull out those Harry Potter, superhero, and other costumes you have and jazz them up!  We’d love to see what you’ve got!

Please refer to the cosplay and weapons policies when planning your costume.

If you are registering in the 12 and younger bracket, no more than 50% of your costume may be prefabricated.  For example, going to a costume shop and renting a Spiderman costume does not qualify as cosplay.  While you are welcome to dress as such during the convention, obviously pre-made or pre-bought costumes will not be allowed into the contests.

If you are registering in the 13 and over bracket almost all of your costume needs to be heavily modified from its original condition, handcrafted, or personally fabricated.  If you are modeling a costume designed by another person, you must give them full credit and preferably have them on stage with you during the contest so we can applaud both of you.



Meet AMA-Con 2013 Artist Greg Harms of Third Empire

Greg Harms

Greg Harms started working in comics as a pencil artist, inker, colorist and designer in the early 90’s on his creator-owned, self-published books. Since then he has worked as a graphic artist for Hastings, Ent., done freelance graphic design work, been a advertising sales representative and worked as an editor for local newspapers and owned and operated his own tourism paper.

Greg joined Roman Morales III as a partner in Third Empire Studio in 2006. Together they have produced work for major companies as well as many self-published and indie publishers. Greg has worked for Bluewater Productions on a 4 issue miniseries on 10th Muse 800 as an inker over Roman Morales III pencils. He has worked for Arcana as an inker on the Kord and Harley trade paperback, as well as, BigDog Ink’s   Pinpoint mini-series. Greg has worked with Plan B Comics inking over Roman Morales III on the Deadzone title. Greg has also joined indie publishers CCP (Station 39 and Father Faust #1-#3) and Luke Donkersloot’s 7th Wave Comics (Undertow #1-#3 on-going title) to ink and/or color there titles.

Third Empire Studio is publishing Roman Morales III’s titles Lynch Mob #5+ (issue #1-4 formerly published by Chaos Comics in the mid ’90’s), MidKnights #1-#7 , as well as Kristi Harms’ Modus Operandi and Lola and Bernice (a children’s book), and Greg Harms’ Parlay, Casting Lots, and Control Syndicate. Greg is also working with Derrick Fleece on his creator-owned property Streaming to be published by Third Empire Studio. Third Empire is also producing trading cards for the hit TV show Fugitivos de la Ley on Mun2, as well as a spin-off comic called Repoman from the tv show Operation Repo. Both Operation Repo and Fugitivos de la Ley are produced by Lou Pizzaro.

Greg and wife Kristi are also opening a studio/gallery in an antique shop in Texas. Greg will be showing his acrylic, and oil paintings, sculptures, and pencil and ink work. The gallery will also host a revolving venue of artist. The g.harms gallery will show everything from comic art, fine art, graffiti art to steampunk costume wear. Kristi will also be showing her jewelry and photographs.

Website: http://gharms.weebly.com/index.htm

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ghosthillgh

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gharms

Facebook gallery page: https://www.facebook.com/gharmsart

Meet AMA-Con 2013 Vendor Daniel Keith of Chainmail Armory Jewelry


Daniel Keith - Chainmail Armory

Having learned the art of weaving in an attempt to create armor for medieval recreation, artist Daniel Keith has refined his artwork to make far more delicate and beautiful creations. Now creating unique hand-made jewelry from this art form, his mission statement and business motto are;

Chainmail Armory Jewelry – transforming medieval protection into modern day elegance.

Chainmail Armory

Please visit Chainmail Armory Jewelry at:

Etsy:  www.chainmailarmory.etsy.com

Meet AMA-Con 2013 Special Guest Orpheus Collar

Orpheus Collar

Orpheus Collar was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1987, and has been encouraged to draw and create since. As a child, he was mostly interested in acquiring comic books, drawing superhero combat, and wandering the neighborhood. As a young man, he enjoys drawing, painting, museums, zoos, & world travel, with time spent in Budapest, Lisbon, Beijing, Zurich, and many spots across the New World. He’s made Los Angeles, California his home since 2010.

Most recently, Collar adapted the bestselling The Kane Chronicles, Book 1: The Red Pyramid to a 192 page New York Times best-selling graphic novel. Prior to this, he drew layouts for the NY Times best-selling Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief Graphic Novel and worked as a freelance storyboard artist.

Collar is a 2009 graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. All through college he worked as colorist’s assistant for titles such as Amazing Spider ManUltimate X-MenConan, and Batman: Confidential. In high school, he attended Carver Center for Arts and Technology, where he was taught the basics of observational drawing and painting, and how to effectively compete for awards and scholarships.

If you’d like to know more, you can ask at: orpheus@orpheusartist.com

Publications (credited):
2014 Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero (Color Artist)
2012 The Kane Chonicles: The Red Pyramid (Adaption, Illustration, & Color Artist)
2010 Percy Jackson The Lightning Thief (Layout Artist)
2010 Devastator Quarterly (Contributing Artist)
2007 Gamut (Publisher, Editor and Contributing Artist)

Publications (uncredited, as colorist’s assistant or intern):
2006-2010:Amazing Spider Man, Ultimate X-Men, Conan, Batman Confidential, Mythos:Fantastic Four, City of Others, Manhunter, Sweet Tooth, Batman Black and White, Wednesday Comics, various other titles & cover art

Screen (credited and uncredited):
2014 “Space Racers” animation storyboards&animatics (co-production of Space Racers LLC & NASA)
2011 “Evidence” feature film storyboards (Bold Films)
2010 Nissan presentation boards (oncars.com)
2010 More than a Flying Man motion comic illustrations (W+K, Nike Shanghai)
2010 Pac Man trailer storyboards (Fame Films)
2009 New York New York music video storyboards&animatics (self-promotional)

2005-2009: MICA (BFA in Illustration, Summa Cum Laude)
2001-2005: Carver Center for Arts and Techology

Awards and Recognition:

2012 New York Times Bestseller list, The Red Pyramid: the Graphic Novel
2010 New York Times Bestseller list, The Lightning Thief: the Graphic Novel
2009 Summa Cum Laude, BFA
2008 MICA Illustration Acheivement Sholarship
2007 MICA Achievement Scholarship
2006 NFAA/Youngarts Silver Portfolio
2005 Fanny B Thalheimer Scholarship
2005 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Silver medal
2004 Marie Walshe Sharpe Summer Seminar

2007 Graphic Novels: A Force to be Reckoned With (Baltimore Examiner)
2006 One Student Finds His Niche in Graphic Novels (Baltimore Sun)

Meet AMA-Con Vendor Lisa Turner of Turner’s Tokens

Lisa Turner

Lisa Turner has a strong interest in seeing the growth and development of the Texas Steampunk Community continue to progress. The need is here, now to continue to provide the means to gather and spread the culture! Knowing that getting a start with a Steampunk outfit can often be a costly affair, Turner aims to create low cost trinkets and tokens to help outfit the budding Steampunk. Keep up to date with recent works and events at http://www.turnerstokens.com today!

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/turnerstokens

Blog: http://turnerstokens.blogspot.com/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/TurnersTokens

Deviantart: http://turnerstokens.deviantart.com/