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Meet AMA-CON 2016 Special Cosplay Guest Nikachu Cosplay

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Nikachu Cosplay has been in enjoying the art of cosplay since 2012. Nikachu got involved in the anime culture at a very young age – it was love at first “Moon Prisim Power”. Nikachu brings her cosplays and creations to life. Nikachu also enjoys volunteering at events as her favorite Disney princess. Nikachu has won several awards for her cosplays. You can follow her progress and tips through her Facebook and Instagram.

Meet AMA-CON 2016 Special Guest Mark Oshiro

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What if you could re-live the experience of reading a book (or watching a show) for the first time? Mark Oshiro provides just such a thing on a daily basis on Mark Reads and Mark Watches, where he chronicles his unspoiled journey through various television and book series. Since 2009, Mark has been subjecting himself to the emotional journey that one takes when they enter a fictional world for the first time. He mixes textual analysis, confessional blogging, and humor to analyze fiction that usually makes him cry and yell on camera. All of this earned Mark a Hugo nomination in the Fan Writer category in 2013 and 2014, and he has no plans to stop. He was the nonfiction editor of Queers Destroy Science Fiction! and the co-editor of Speculative Fiction 2015. His first novel, a YA sci-fi book set in a pre-dystopian world, is being edited and his life goal is to pet every dog in the world.

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Meet AMA-Con 2015 Special Guest Far Away Creations

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Far Away Creations is a husband and wife owned practical effects studio based in Loveland, Colorado.  They have contributed to films including “Paul”, “Fanboys,”, and “The Lone Ranger”.  Their type of practical effects primarily include costume, prop, and set design while they have plans to become more involved with makeup effects and creature design.   During their 16 years so far in the industry and hobby they have supplied custom works for fans, enthusiasts, reenactors, and cosplayers.  Their goal is to become more involved in the film industry as well as offering their talents and services to various contractors anywhere from video game prototyping and promotion to themed venues.  They also travel with their life size replica movie sets or interactive displays to conventions for self promotion as well as providing photo opportunities for convention goers.

Please like them on Facebook: Far Away Creations

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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.

www.twitter.com/johnnyyongbosch ;   www.facebook.com/johnnyyongbosch

Meet AMA-Con 2013 Special Guest Orpheus Collar

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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 2013 Special Guest David Wenzel


David T. Wenzel is an illustrator and children’s book artist. He is best known for his visualization of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, illustrated in graphic novel format. The Hobbit, Graphic Novel is one of the most successful graphic format adaptations of a piece of classic literature. It has made its mark to a worldwide audience and has recently been updated with a new cover, larger format, and 32 new pages of artwork recreated by David.

Over his career, David has worked for most of the major publishers and been able to work with a cast of talented authors. Many may remember him from the days when he worked on The Avengers for Marvels Comics.  Always intrigued by mythology, fantasy and folk tales some of his favorite projects have been the ones that gave him the freedom to visualize creatures and characters from his imagination. Kingdom of the Dwarves, written by Robb Walsh, published by Centaur Books, allowed David to recreate an entire underground civilization based on the archeological dig at Aegol Barrow. The Wizard’s Tale, by Kurt Busiek, tells the tale of Evernight, a land ruled by a consortium of evil Wizards, who find one of their kind harbors a dangerous glimmer of good in him. For this book David created hundreds of tiny supernatural creatures called Alchemites. The Wizard’s Tale, was conceived to be a crossover book that blended the elements of a children’s book with the format and readability of a graphic novel.

Other notable works include Grosset and Dunlap’s Christmas bestseller Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, by Robert L. May, A Hat For Ivan, by Max Lucado and several books in the Little Bear series which were art directed by Maurice Sendak. David has left his artistic mark on a variety of non-book related projects including puzzles, greeting cards, and two entire miniature kingdoms of collectible figurines.

For more information and a look at David Wenzel’s artwork, please visit http://www.davidwenzel.com/home.html