The price for your first booth has now gone up to $135. Please register by May 1st to get this price point. Prices for additional booths have not changed.
Happy Valentine’s Day! We how excited y’all are about AMA-CON 2017! Remember that tomorrow (February 15th) is the last day to register at the lowest price! Registration fees will go up on February 16th.
Karen Clemmons has been a professional graphic designer for over a decade with an eye for detail and craftsmanship.
Karen recently joined the world of pop culture and comics with her business that combines her skills as a graphic designer with handmade quality and charm by crafting handmade custom wands and what she calls “Super Letters” as well as handmade pop culture bottle cap lapel pins great for backpacks and caps too!
Karen has a wide selection of wands, letters and pins at several shows in the Amarillo area and invites special orders if you don’t see something that you like at her table! You can order custom merchandise at conventions or through her website at www.karenclemmons.com. You’ll find her at the Robot Friday booth, next to her husband Thomas.
Miranda E. Crow is a digital artist and has been calling herself that for the past nine years. Self-taught, she loves to learn by looking at photos she takes of her friends to work on composition, lighting, and painting. In her senior year of high school alone, she won the TAPPS 2A Female Fine Arts Student of the Year Award and both 1st and 2nd place in Computer Rendered Art at the state level of competition. Currently a student at Texas Tech University, it’s likely that she’s working on digital art instead of the essay that’s due in the morning.
An Artist’s Portrait of Himself:
I was born a poor, caramel-skinned child in Riverside, California, 50 years ago. I grew up in the age of a newborn Marvel Comics and had several friends who were totally into the Golden Age of Comics. I was a fan of the Incredible Hulk (surprise!).
I loved comics, and as I grew up, attempted to draw them (characters and all) but had a rough start. My father was a hard working man and when I told him I wanted to be an artist, he said: “That is not a job, you are dreaming; a real job is working hard with your hands”. Well, it didn’t keep me from trying.
After my service in the United States Marine Corps, I was convinced to attend my first comic con in 1991, San Diego Con. I walked in all cocky, but was soon humbled by editors, publishers, and writers who showed me I had much to learn. After licking my wounds, I got my first (unpaid) job in comics with Greater Mercury Comics. I did a couple of books with them, moving on to a new and exciting company just forming called Chaos Comics where I was teamed up with writer and creator Brian Pulido who got me started with a book called The Lynch Mob – a 4 issue mini-series that did pretty well at the beginning. I did some Lady Death and Evil Ernie cards for Chaos 24 and then moved on to do a few more books with Bishop Press and Comico (I didn’t get paid by them either).
I continued to work towards the dream and reality of wanting to be a comic book artist, and got somehow turned onto an editor for Marvel’s Special Projects department named Glenn Herdling, who gave me an opportunity to do a mini 16-page X-Men comic book for a Hardee’s Kids meal (issue #4 “The Time Gliders”).
Near the end of my 15-year-career in law enforcement, I met a talented, up-and-coming artist by the name of Greg Harms. He and I teamed up and did 4 books for Blue Water productions entitled The Tenth Muse and after working on some personal properties that now go under the studio of Third Empire, Greg and I have some cool books Modus Operandi (Greg’s creation) along with starting back up the Lynch Mob (picking up from issue 4) Issues 5, 6, are done and the series will be ongoing, We also have several coming up, such as The MidKnights, Control Syndicate, and more.
Come visit our website at www.thirdempirestudios.weebly.com, like Third Empire Studios on Facebook, and visit with us at AMA-Con 2015. I’ll tell you all about my and being a cast member on a Reality TV show (#1 for 3 seasons).
Thomas Clemmons is the creator of the webcomic Robot Friday that can be found at www.robotfriday.com which began in May of 2009 and currently boasts over 550 archived and ongoing strips.
Robot Friday is about the everyday adventures of a group of artists, their talking pets and a magic singing robot named Friday.
Along with Robot Friday, Thomas has also created a superhero design system called Design-A-Super that he uses at conventions and in-store appearances to help people open the door to their imaginations. You can find more information about Design-A-Super at www.designasuper.com or on Twitter: @designasuper and Instagram: designasuper.
You can also find more of Thomas’s work on Youtube at www.robotfridaysketchcast.com as well as on social media: Twitter (@robotfriday), Facebook (robotfriday), Instagram (robotfriday) and Vine (robotfriday).
Thank you so much to all our amazing vendors and artists! Booth space at AMA-CON sold out in record time this year. To try to accommodate all the requests we’ve received we’re opening up additional spaces in the Heritage Room for vendors or artists who would still like to be part of AMA-CON. The Heritage Room is the site for Panels & Presentations, Children’s Activities, the Viewing Room, and the first ever AMA-CON Art Show–so it will be a great place to be. Booth rental for these spaces is $150. If you are interested, please contact Amanda Hope Shelburne at Amanda.Shelburne@amarillolibrary.org.
Sam Gaitan, also known as Raicodoll, is a Texas based artist, painter, and writer whose interest mainly lies in Greek Mythology and fairy tales, spooky things, girl power, and comics. She specializes in everything from geeky illustrations to semi-realistic portraits to handmade jewelry. Based in Lubbock,Texas, she lives with a hoard of black cats, a black dog, and an orange cat….and some comic books.
A Note from Rayan Turner:
“I’m Rayan Turner, comic artist, painter, and illustrator working in the Amarillo area. Stop by my booth and chat about comics, art, and anything else you love. I’ll even sketch your favorite characters! You can also pick up the first issue of my brand new comic book Kylie the Righteous. It’s got action, monsters, time travel, post-apocalyptic barbarians, and that’s just the beginning!”