Local comic book artist's career bursting at the staples


     Local comic book artist Greg Harms stopped by the News-Herald Wednesday morning to discuss his burgeoning career, as well as some exciting new upcoming projects.

     Greg Harms is a native of the Texas Panhandle.  Born in Spearman, he moved with his family to Fritch in 1979, and resided there through 2013. He is a graduate of Sanford-Fritch High School’s Class of 1990, and an alumni of both Frank Phillips College and West Texas A&M University.

     Harms, now a Borger resident, is a co-founder/creator at Third Empire Studios. Third Empire is a full-service comic book studio run by Harms and California-based comic creator Roman Morales III. Together. they are responsible for unleashing nine bold, diverse titles on the comic book world.

Works produced by the versatile studio  range from books such as “Repo Man”, the story of a Iraq War veteran who gains special powers from a government weapons test gone wrong, to “Lola & Bernice”, a book about a young redheaded girl and her stuffed giraffe, which she envisions as being alive.

     The latter title, as well as “Modus Operandi”, are written by Greg’s wife, Kristi. Of his wife’s creations, Harms said, “‘Lola & Bernice’ is an adorable children’s book. Kristi’s characters are great. Her stories [...] have a lesson for the kids. The first one has a message on friends and standing against bullies.” Greg and Kristi have two children, 18-year old Sarah, and 16-year old Nathan.

     In the upcoming second issue of “Lola & Bernice”, the two head to a comic book convention, or “comic con”, something Harms knows a thing or two about. Over the last 6 years, Harms estimates he’s been a guest at around 30 conventions. He’s also the President of Yellow City Comic Con (YC3), which recently had its first taste of success in the convention world. February’s “YC3 Mini-Con”  saw 40+ guests  draw in over 700 attendees, as well as raising $2,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network. The group’s next mini-con is scheduled for late October, with a full-sized convention to be held in May 2015.

     Harms, never one to slow down, is also in the process of opening a gallery in Borger, in conjunction with Serendipity, one of local business’ freshest new faces, located at 425 N. Main. The gallery will feature rotating exhibits showcasing not only comic book art, but fine art, street art, sculptures, and more.

     He’s also a regular attendee of Sequential Thursday, a bi-monthly group of comic creators. Held the second and fourth Thursday of every month, the group consists of pencillers, inkers, colorists, writers, letterers, and graphic artists. The creators work on their respective projects, share ideas and techniques, and gather input and insight from one another. It also allows an opportunity for the creators to gather together and discuss the most recent books, movies, and other happenings in the comic book world. The group is currently held at the Table’s Edge Gaming and Comic Shop, located at 4515 S Georgia in Amarillo, but the store is looking to start a second group to meet at their new sister store in Pampa. Anyone interested in becoming part of a dynamic group of local comic creators and enthusiasts ought contact Greg Harms directly on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/gharms).

     Greg’s comic book work can be purchased from http://www.deadzone.comhttp://www.7thwavecomics.com, or from Greg himself at the Facebook address above. He can also be found on the comic convention circuit, with his next local appearance set for AMA-Con 2014, July 12th at the Amarillo Civic Center.