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From AC to Paradise City

Image Courtesy of Tanner Willis
May 3, 2012 By ANDREA GODOY | Ranger Web Editor The night is dark, and the inhabitants all around Paradise City keep quiet against the strict marshal law of Friedrich Koenig-Herr. With near fanatical devotion, Koenig has cowed the people, and those he cannot intimidate, he simply disposes of. Johnny, an up-and-coming musician, rebels at the power Koenig has over the city. His music is his salvation and his downfall. But all Johnny knows changes when one mad man sets in motion the change that will bring the city’s salvation: Volt. Shaolin Shadow comics is not a household name. Its heroes don’t have multimillion-dollar movies in production with the biggest stars in Hollywood portraying their fictional lives. That hasn’t stopped its CEO and founder, Tanner Willis, from getting his heroes out there. “When I am not at work, I am in my office working on my comic or on design stuff,” Willis said. The main office for Shaolin Shadow comics is modest. Willis has converted a corner of his bedroom closet into a work space. From there he plans story arcs, battles, plots and backstory for his six superheroes. Willis, a 2011 Amarillo College graduate, said Shaolin Shadows began as a costume idea. “I was in Chris Perez’s Intro to Graphic Design class my last semester at AC and he gave us this sketch to recreate in Illustrator, and I thought, “Hey, this would make an awesome costume,” he said. The idea grew until it became his first superhero, Volt. Willis and his illustration team each work on one character. “I give them the character, their backstory and what they should look like,” he said. “After that, it’s up to them.” Shaolin co-founder Elexi Vasquez said Willis approached her to make his vision a reality. “Tanner has always been very creative and so have I, so when he brought up this idea and explained how we could really make this happen, I had no choice but to tell him that I would love to,” she said. Willis said he plans Read more [...]

Local man showcases Texas Board of Education issues, premieres work in New York City festival

Image courtesy of Scott Thurman
May 3, 2012 BY JAMI JOINER and ANDREA GODOY | Ranger Staff The films shown at the Tribeca Film Festival have a more natural feel rather than the commercialized and airbrushed quality of blockbuster hits. Tribeca gives artists the ability to show off their craft at the height of its creativity. Less than 2 percent of the thousands of films that apply to be part of the festival each year make it. This year director Scott Thurman, a graduate of Amarillo High School and Amarillo College, showed the world the product of four years of work with the Texas Board of Education. But while attending AC, Thurman didn’t always know he one day would end up at the independent film mecca. “I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do with my life when I started AC,” said Thurman. “I didn’t really get into film and editing until after I started college.” Thurman said Dr. Paul Matney, now the AC president, made a big impression on him in the mass communication department. “Dr. Matney was one of my instructors, and I think he saw potential in me and sort of pushed me to pursue something in this field,” he said. Thurman’s newest project, The Revisionaries, follows the lives of members of the Texas State Board of Education seeking re-election. Members of the board choose the curriculum that students from kindergarten through the 12th grade will learn. Thurman’s film focuses on the board members who are more socially conservative and whose Christian values have a strong effect on their politics. The Revisionaries is not Thurman’s first documentary. In 2008, he produced and directed his first documentary short, titled, Smokey. Smokey follows the life of Stinnett city employee Smokey Binion Jr., who by day performs maintenance and other support jobs for the city, but in his time off performs as an Elvis impersonator. While attending AC Thurman, along with other members of the mass communication department, was approached by then professor Read more [...]

The edge of all you know

Andrea Godoy Ranger Web Editor
May 3, 2012 Opinion By Andrea Godoy | Ranger Web Editor Every May, I think: “This is it. I am done with The Ranger and Amarillo College. “It’s been a good run and I am proud of what I’ve done, but it’s time to move on.” And for the past three years, I have found myself right back in the newsroom, writing more columns, stories or reviews and complaining. If no one has explained it, editors love to complain. It’s in our very nature. I have held every position there is to have on The Ranger and The Current, and I even have held positions that don’t technically exist. The thing about this experience, like many we all have, is that while you are living it, there is so much that annoys you. Whether it’s your co-workers, bosses or the people you interact with, all of them do something that makes you want to scream and give up. But looking back, those annoyances are what give your experiences character. Without character, we never would grow. If I take nothing away from my experiences here, I know without a doubt that I have grown because of them. I came into this department with no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I was terrified. How was it possible that I didn’t know what to do with my life? You see, when I started college, I did what made my parents happy. It was OK. There was only one problem with it: I hated it. I was at a point in my life when I knew if I didn’t do something I wanted to do, I would become complacent, and that was worse than what actually was happening. Now after three years, I am no closer to knowing exactly what I am going to do with my life, and it’s OK. My experiences here have taught me that whatever happens, I can take care of myself and I can do things I never thought I would be able to do. On Monday we began design on my final print edition, and watching it come to life literally gave me chills. I knew in my heart that this was the last time I would be doing this here. Working as a designer gives Read more [...]

Video: Former AC student wins largest private scholarship


April 19, 2012

By Andrea Godoy | Web Editor

Former Amarillo College student Jon Alexander has been awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Transfer scholarship. The scholarship, which is available to all community college students that are transferring to a four-year university to complete their Bachelor degree, is the largest private scholarship offered to two-year and community college student, according to the JCK foundation website.

Michelle Orcutt, Phi Theta Kappa advisor and public speaking professor at AC surprised Alexander at his job with the news. Alexander, who majored in general studies at AC will be perusing his bachelor’s degree in film.

This is the first time that an AC student has been awarded this scholarship.