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Meet AMA-CON 2017 Special Guests The 501st Legion

Since 1997, the 501st Legion has been dedicated to re-creating film-quality costumes of the “villainous” characters of the Star Wars galaxy and entertaining Star Wars fans with our public appearances. Over the past twenty years, the 501st has become a leading force in fan-based charity events around the world. Members of the Legion have heightened awareness at promotional events, helped to raise millions of dollars for charity, and spread the magic of Star Wars to fans of all ages.

The 501st Legion, sometimes called by its nickname “Vader’s Fist,” is made up entirely of volunteers, and each of our members has spent months and sometimes even years researching and constructing their costumes. With over 10,000 approved members worldwide, our costumes include just about every “bad guy” in the Star Wars galaxy… Sith Lords like Darth Vader and Darth Maul; nefarious bounty hunters like Boba Fett and Greedo; hostile aliens like Tusken Raiders and Gamorrean Guards; and of course, the soldiers of the evil Galactic Empire: Clone Troopers, Sandtroopers, TIE Fighter Pilots, Biker Scouts, and the ever-popular, nameless, faceless Stormtroopers that are a universal symbol of Imperial might!

Meet AMA-CON 2017 Special Guest R Cat Conrad


R Cat Conrad is an award-winning artist and illustrator, as well as a golden age comic dealer and historian. His work has appeared in Heritage Auction’s Intelligent Collector, among other outlets. He is also an actor, most recently featured in Rachel Caine’s Morganville web series, along with Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager).

At AMA-CON 2017, he will be presenting COMICS in the GOLDEN AGE on Saturday and participating in the Professional Artist Sketch-Off on Sunday!

Meet AMA-CON 2017 Special Guest Rachel Caine

Rachel Caine is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 novels, including the new smash hit thriller STILLHOUSE LAKE, and several bestselling young adult series including the “Morganville Vampire” series, the “Great Library” series, and “The Honors” series. Her novels have been chosen three times by the Texas Library Association for junior high and high school reading lists, and have been translated into 27 languages worldwide. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband, comic historian and artist R. Cat Conrad. At AMA-CON 2017, Rachel will participate in the panel: “Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Men: Moral Choices and Character Development” and offer the presentation: “How Libraries Change the World!”

Meet AMA-CON 2017 Special Guest Patrick Rothfuss

We are delighted to announce that internationally bestselling fantasy author, satirist, activist, and teacher, Patrick Rothfuss will be taking part in AMA-CON 2017!

Mr. Rothfuss’ first novel, “The Name of the Wind” (published in 2007) won both the Quill Award and the Alex Award, and has been translated into 27 languages.

The sequel, “The Wise Man’s Fear,” debuted at the top of the New York Times Fantasy Bestselling list and reached the #1 slot on the overall list within 3 weeks of publication.

Mr. Rothfuss’ novella set in the same world, “The Slow Regard of Silent Things,” debuted at #2 on the Bestseller List in 2014.

Last fall it was announced that Lin-Manuel Miranda, star and creator of Broadway’s “Hamilton,” will serve as creative producer and musical composer of the feature film and TV series adaptations of these books, which are collectively known as “The Kingkiller Chronicle.”

Mr. Rothfuss’ participation in AMA-CON 2017 will include a keynote address, participation in a panel, and two book signings.

Meet AMA-CON 2017 Special Guests The DFW Ghostbusters

“We are a not-for-profit Ghostbusters fan group, based in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.  We are certified and recognized by Sony as an official Ghostbusters franchise. Founded with just a few members in 2009, we are proud to have participated in countless conventions and events over the years, including E3 Entertainment Expo, Dallas Comic Con, Texas Comic Con, Wizard World Conventions, Dallas Fan Expo, Heart of Texas Comic Con, Victoria Comic Con, Comicpalooza, and many more. It’s not uncommon to spot us or one of our Ectomobiles in or around Mesquite, Deep Ellum or the Dallas Arts District.

Our focus is community service, volunteering, charity fundraising, and interacting with the public.  We’ve also had the pleasure of meeting Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and even the legendary director of Ghostbusters, Ivan Reitman.  We have also participated in local events and helped to support local charities such as My Very Own Book, Heroic Inner Kids, and the Russ Martin Show Listeners Foundation.  We have hosted screenings of the original 1984 film in many different locations, and still do to this day.”

Meet AMA-CON 2017 Special Guest Robert Axelrod

Robert Axelrod has carved a career in show business that runs the gamut.  Born and raised in New York City, he did commercials and theater as a child and teen, eventually ending up in the Soho Avant-garde Theater scene in a show called “Little Trips”, then Off-Broadway in a play called “The Destroyers”.  Axelrod left acting for the world of music.  He spent eight years as a working rock musician playing electric bass and singing in folk, rock, and soul bands.  Music brought him to Los Angeles where he decided to return to acting, a decision he never regrets.

Since then, Mr. Axelrod has appeared in over thirty feature films including four with Charles Bronson, the Sci-Fi hit remake “The Blob” with Kevin Dillon and  many others.  Television appearances include guest star roles on “Amazing Stories”, “Star Trek Voyager”, “Tim And Eric’s Awesome Show”, and “The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.  He also starred in the Michael Jackson music video “Stranger in Moscow”, and is in the soon-to-be-released horror dark comedy, “The Revenant”.

Mr. Axelrod is also a busy voice over artist.  He is the voice of Lord Zedd and Finster on the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”.  The Lord Zedd voice is one of the most recognizable character voices around.  He voiced Armadillomon and Wizardmon on “Digimon, Microchip, The Punisher’s sidekick, on “Spiderman”, Rico on “Robotech”,  and has voiced countless Anime features including “Akira”, “The Big O”, “Cowboy Bebop”, “Brain Scratch”, et al.  As Lord Zedd, he starred in both the first Power Rangers feature film and the wildly popular live show that toured the country.  He was a regular character on Saban Entertainment’s “Wowser” series (as Ratso Catso), “Journey To The Heart of the World” (as Scarface), “Hallo Spencer” (as Elmer), and more.  He just finished narrating the mockumentary “Safety First: The Rise of Women and voicing four Anime series, “Gaiking”, “Danguard Ace”, “Captain Horlock”, “The Adventures of Nadja”, and “Fist of the North Star”.

Meet AMA-CON 2017 Special Cosplay Guests Frostbite Cosplay

Frostbite Cosplay is an award winning fabrication team based in Arlington, Texas. Since starting in 2014, they have completed 31 full costumes from sources including Overwatch, How to Train Your Dragon, Metroid, My Little Pony, Street Sharks, Red Hood and the Outlaws, and many more. They have won numerous awards for their work and were recently awarded “Best in Show” at Fan Expo Dallas 2017 for their Mei and Reinhardt builds.

Meet AMA-CON 2017 Special Cosplay Guest Dat Ashe Cosplay

Dat Ashe Cosplay is a Finnish-American cosplayer.  He has been cosplaying since 2010, but started taking it to the next level in 2013. With over 40+ costumes, Ashe is most known for his stunning makeup, wig, and stitchwork; but he also has a strong ability to “Frankenstein” his Cosplay creations.

He’s worked as a burlesque dancer for Texan Heat Nerdlesque, is currently working for both Delta H Con and on photo-sets for Cosplay Deviants, and works as a freelance makeup artist.

Ashe is looking forward to all of the amazing costumes over the weekend!

Meet AMA-CON 2016 Special Guest Theo Nicole Lorenz

Theo Nicole Lonrenz

Theo Nicole Lorenz was born in 1985, weighing only six pounds and yelling a lot. Now many pounds larger and holding an MFA in writing from Hamline University, Theo still yells a lot, though mostly at the Internet.
Theo makes coloring books and sometimes comics in St. Paul, MN. She is the creator of The Robot’s Guide to Love: a coloring book of romantic advice, The Apocalypse Coloring and Activity Book, Mer World Problems: a coloring book documenting hardships under the sea, Unicorns Are Jerks: a coloring book exposing the cold, hard, sparkly truth, and Fat Ladies In Spaaaaace: a body-positive coloring book.

At this year’s AMA-CON, Theo Nicole will host a coloring lounge for AMA-CON participants and present a workshop on How to Make Your Own Coloring Book! The workshop will aim to help folks of all artistic levels get started making coloring pages, whether they’re making them for themselves, their kids, or a coloring book to publish. She’ll talk about the wide variety of styles that coloring books come in, what to look for in coloring book art, and how to turn your own art into coloring pages. Doodling through this workshop is very encouraged!