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Meet AMA-CON 2016 Artist Roman Morales of Third Empire Studios

Roman Morales headshot

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).

Now, ONWARD!

Third Empire

Meet AMA-CON 2016 Artist Thomas Clemmons of Robot Friday

 

 

Thomas Clemmons

 

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).

Robot Friday

Additional Booth Spaces Opening in Heritage Room

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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.

Meet AMA-CON 2016 Artist Sam Gaitan of Raicodoll

Raicodoll

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.

Meet AMA-CON 2016 Artist Rayan Turner

Rayan Turner

 

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!”

Meet AMA-CON 2016 Artist Melonie Moon

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Melonie Moon is an illustrator who enjoys creating anime-style artwork using vibrant colors and a healthy dose of imagination. She enjoys bringing to life manga-inspired game characters, super heroes, cartoons and even cute animals. Melonie is looking forward to meeting art fans at AMA-Con, where she will be available to do sketches and commissions.

If you’d like to contact her prior to the convention for early commissions, please take a look at some of her latest creations at http://www.Melonie-Moon.deviantart.com. Drop her a message. She’d love to hear from you.

Meet AMA-CON 2016 Artist Kristi Harms of Third Empire Studios

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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 BerniceModus 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!

https://www.facebook.com/LolaAndBernice

https://www.facebook.com/kristi.c.harms?fref=ts

 

lola and bernice

Meet AMA-CON 2016 Artist Greg Harms of Third Empire Studios

Greg Harms

Greg Harms started working in comics as a penciler, 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 an advertising sales representative, 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 miniseries. 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-#4 on-going title) to ink and/or color their titles and some graphic design work.

Third Empire Studio is publishing Roman Morales III’s titles Lynch Mob #5, 6+ (issue #1-4 formerly published by Chaos Comics in the mid ’90’s), MidKnights #1-#4, Modus Operandi and Lola and Bernice (a children’s book) both by Kristi Harms, and his own Parlay, Casting Lots, and Control Syndicate.  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 his wife, Kristi, are also opening a studio/gallery in an antique shop in Borger, 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, and graffiti art to Steampunk costume wear. Kristi will also be showing her jewelry and photographs.

website: http://gharms.weebly.com/index.html

twitter: https://twitter.com/ghosthillgh

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

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