Guests

 

A.TindleAustin Tindle

Austin Tindle is a writer and actor living in Dallas, Texas. He was born in Orlando, Florida, raised in Austin, Texas and attended UTD on academic scholarship, where he almost became an Electrical Engineer. At 19 he was cast as Romeo and changed majors the same day. Maybe you’ve seen him on stage around Dallas at Kitchendog Theatre, WaterTower Theatre, Theatre Three, Stage West, Shakespeare Dallas, Project X, Second Thought Theatre, Nouveau 47, Upstart Theatre, and many others.  But he’s probably most well-known for his work with Funimation Studios, where he has voiced many characters including Ayumu Aikawa in “Is this a Zombie?”, Accelerator in “A Certain Magical Index”, Shu Ouma in “Guilty Crown”, Marco Bodt in “Attack on Titan”, Karma in “Assassination Classroom”, and Kaneki in “Tokyo Ghoul”. And Austin has been a proud member of the Couchsurfing community since 2011. He just really loves couches.


Bill Rogers

Since his debut in “Assemble Insert” back in 2001, Bill has been providing voices to some of your favorite characters in some of your favorite shows. He can be heard in “Gravitation” (Touma Seguchi), “Genshiken” (Tanaka Souichiro) and “Boogiepop Phantom” (Yamamoto). Other anime Bill has voiced include “Patema Inverted”, “Ikki Tousen”, “The Third”, “Shingu”, “KO Beast”, “His and Her Circumstances”, “Magical Witch Punie-Chan”, “Joe vs. Joe”, “Madara”, “To Heart”, “Kujibiki Unbalance”, “Queen’s Blade”, “Gokudo”, and “Comic Party”. But he is best known as the voice of Brock in “Pokémon”, (as well as over 40 creatures that appear in the show).

In the world of video games, Bill has voiced cartoon legend Heathcliff in “Heathcliff: Fast and the Furriest” as well as supplying the voices for Red, Yellow and other fun characters in the “m&m Adventure” and “m&m Kart Racing”. On mobile devices he can be heard in “Dungeon Hunter 4” and “Dungeon Hunter 5” as well as “Gangstar: Vegas”. He has also supplied voices for “Demon Gaze” (PS Vita), “Bullet Witch” (X-Box) and various Pokémon in the game “Poképark” and it’s sequel “Poképark: Wonders Beyond” (Wii). But fans best know him as the legendary Lucario in the smash hit “Super Smash Bros. Brawl”.

Outside the field of anime & video games, Bill has worked with English dubbing groups for live action and animated programs from China, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Korea and Turkey. Notable titles include “Pororo”, “DragonPhoenix Chronicles”, “Universal Force: Seer Squad” and “Eggy”.

You can follow Bill’s adventures on Facebook and @billsvoice on Twitter.


Christopher Ayres

Christopher Ayres has been working professionally in theatre, television and film since the age of 6. His work has been seen Regionally, Nationally and on Broadway. He currently works as a A.D.R. director at Sentai Film Works and as a voice actor has worked for Sentai Film Works, ADV films, Amusement park Media, New Gen Pictures Okratron 5000 and FUNimation Entertainment. As an A.D.R. Director his credits include: BEYOND THE BOUNDARY, HAMATORA, BLACK BULLET, FROM THE NEW WORLD, TAMAKO MARKET, MARIAH HOLIC, MARIA HOLIC ALIVE, HAKKENDEN, AKB0048, KOKORO CONNECT, LITTLE BUSTERS, SAY I LOVE YOU, SHINING HEARTS, ANOTHER, MAYO CHIKI, DUSK MAIDEN OF AMNESIA, BODACIOUS SPACE PIRATES, MAJIKO: OH SAMURAI GIRL, HAKUOKI, , BOOK OF BANTORRA, EF~A TALE OF MEMORIES, EF~ A TALE OF MELODIES, NIGHT RAID 1931, THE NERIMA DAIKON BROTHERS, XENOSAGA: The Animation, MAGIKANO, MERMAID MELODY PITCHI PITCHI PITCH and assistant director for THE WALL FLOWER and TSURITAMA Some of the roles as a voice actor Chris is best known for are Frieza in Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball Z Resurrection F, Kei Kourono in Gantz, Arthur in Tears to Tiara, Suitengu in Speed Grapher, The Covenant Commander in Halo: Legends, Von Kampfer in Trinity Blood, Hayashimizu in Full Metal Panic? Fummofu, Prince Soma in Black Butler, Yaminami in Peacmaker, Takada Shingin in Sengoku Basara, and DJ Plugman in Air Gear as well as a number of other shows. Chris also works as a professional fight director and has enjoyed bringing his workshop “Mock Combat for Cosplay” to many conventions.


DarkStar Studios

Darkstar Studios is a web comic collective founded in 2007 by Mike Hall.
It is currently home to: “Across the Multiverse” by Mike Hall, “Fajita” by Ryan Thompson, “[sic] Productions” By Mike Hall and Brian Godwin and “Assassin Pixie” by John Peters and Vincent Sneed. You can see all these comics at http://www.darkstar-studios.com

Mike Hall has been drawing since his hand could hold a pencil, but until 2004 it was always in a sketchpad and most of those sketchpads would end up in a box hidden deep within his closet. In 2004 an opportunity presented itself to allow Mike to bring his work to light in the form of a webcomic. His first attempts were, to his own admission, “very uninspired” and he quickly sought out the help of the international playboy, Brian Godwin to get the comic on track. Mike soon found himself with a writer, drawing full color comics, on a weekly basis. In 2007 Mike decided to go out on his own and launched Darkstar Studios which housed his new comic “Across The Multiverse” and took over hosting of his first webcomic “[sic] Productions”. Mike is also works as a professional graphic designer for “The Escapist” and is an avid craft beer blogger.

Ryan Thompson is an american comic artist best known for his quirky style, and as the person behind the genre-bending webcomic series “Fajita”. When not collaborating with Darkstar Studios, he self-publishes his indie work through his own site, ScenicFrolic.com. Most recently, Ryan has been hard at work on his newest webcomic series, “Fauna Fairest” a colorful story about a girl made from magic, godlike princesses, and a perilous journey across a land twisted by a powerful curse.

You can find more of Ryan’s work on http://www.ScenicFrolic.com, or by keeping up with him on twitter @ryantoxin


D.-VincentDavid Vincent

David Vincent is a professional voice actor / television producer based in Los Angeles, California. He has lent his voice to a variety  of animation / anime and video game titles, as well as numerous national commercials for television and radio.

David was nominated “Best Voice Actor in an Anime” by the American Anime Awards for his work in GUN x SWORD.

 

 

Some of his best known credits include:

Senketsu in Kill la Kill
Grimmjow Jeagerjaques & Kouga Kuchiki in Bleach
Li Xingke in Code Geass
Archer / Gilgamesh in Fate / Zero
Assassin in Fate / Stay Night
Van in GUN x SWORD
Seiji in Durarara!!
Arthur August Angel in Blue Exorcist
Jin Kisaragi & Hakumen in the BlazBlue game series
Richard in Tales Of Graces F
Raymond Vester in Resident Evil: Revelations
Marshall Law & Forest Law in the Tekken franchise
Shin Kamiya in Tekken: Blood Vengance
Eliot in Dead Or Alive 5
Keiss in Final Fantasy: The Crystal Bearers
T-Hawk in Super Street Fighter IV
Richter  in Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles

Other titles include HALO 4, Soul Calibur V, Spec Ops: The Line and Alpha Protocol, plus many more new titles to be released this year.

In addition to voice acting, David has also appeared in front of the camera in guest and co-starring roles on primetime television shows NCIS, Criminal Minds and The Mentalist, among others.

Please feel free to say hello to David on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OfficialDavidVincentFanpage or join his fan club at https://www.facebook.com/groups/DavidVincentsWindorPanthers/


DestinyDestiny Nickelsen

Destiny is a world renowned cosplayer well-known for her attention to detail and accuracy. She was raised on classic sci-fi movies, anime, and fantasy, and has been gaming since she could hold a controller.

Her mother taught her how to sew at age six and she was instantly hooked, beginning a lifetime of costume building and crafting influenced by the things she loves most. She has been costuming at conventions since 2003, and has since made a name for herself in the community. She has been invited to conventions across the United States, Mexico, Europe and Canada. She has competed in craftsmanship contests and has won various awards at the master level. Destiny has made over 80 costumes to date! She makes all her own props, costumes, and accessories and aims for costume accuracy above all else. She hopes through her love of the craft, enthusiasm, and hard work, she will inspire and be a good role model to others

She loves the challenges that cosplay presents, and the skills it requires, and feels that with each new costume she grows as an artist. In her spare time, if she isn’t gaming, Destiny loves to cook and bake; food is one of her passions. She is also a huge animal lover and enjoys caring for her cats, dog, and various reptiles.


E.-MendezErica Mendez

Erica is best known for her roles as Ryuko Matoi in “KILL la KILL”, Aladdin in “Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic” and Yuuki Konno in “Sword Art Online II”. Other animation credits include Haruka Tenoh/Sailor Uranus in the new VIZ Media re-dub of “Sailor Moon”, Akari Sakishima in “A Lull in the Sea”, Diane in “Seven Deadly Sins”, Fu Inubozaki in “Yuki Yuna is a Hero”, Mametchi in the “Tamagotchi Friends” webisodes, various characters in “Blood Lad”, and Cloud E. Sky in the one-hour animated special “Lalaloopsy Girls: Welcome to L.A.L.A Prep School”.

Her video game works include Pac in “Pac-man and the Ghostly Adventures”, Nagisa Shingetsu in “Danganronpa Another Episode”, Eryn in “Fairy Fencer F”, and  Annie in “Skullgirls 2nd Encore”. You can also hear her in other titles such as “Disgaea 5”, “Xenoblade Chronicles X”, “Omega Quintet”, ”Demon Gaze”, “Operation Abyss”, ”Hyperdevotion Noire”, “Atelier Escha & Logy”, “The Witch and the Hundred Knight”, “Ar nosurge”, “Dust: An Elysian Tail”, and “Heroes of Newerth”.

Visit ericamendezvoice.com to check out her full list of credits. You can also keep up with Erica’s role announcements and incoherent rambling by following her on Twitter @tsunderica


GeekComedyTourGeek Comedy Tour

The Geek Comedy Tour is a collective of the funniest stand-up comedians from the Washington DC area. Each one is an experienced comic, having performed at bars, clubs, and colleges all over the East Coast. Telling their normal jokes to normal audiences but all of that was about to change.

There was something amiss. For you see, they were all gigantic dorks, and comedy club crowds don’t fully appreciate jokes about comic books, anime, and video games. So, they’ve decided to let their freak flag fly, form together, and bring their geek jokes to the horde that needs them most. Since their formation nine years ago, The Geek Comedy Tour has performed at a variety of venues, from anime conventions, college shows, and even the grand opening of a comic shop!

Whether you’re a fan of the troupe or are an event organizer interested in booking us, please look around and enjoy our website.


Greg Ayres

Greg Ayres has spent the last fifteen years working in an industry he had admired for many years as a fan. With over 200 credits to his name, this fan-boy has managed to get to play a variety of characters that are almost as colorful as his multi-coloured hair. He’s thrilled to splash his way into 2015 in the role of Nagisa Haruki in Free Eternal Summer, and equally as excited to “kill” as MonoKuma in Danganronpa, “charm” as Clear in Dramatical Murder, and “fight” as Doug in Gangsta. He was thrilled to be a part of the Toonami re-launch last summer, in the roles of Ganta Igarashi in Deadman Wonderland, and Heihachi Hayashida in Samurai 7, and even more thrill to follow that up the following summer’s thriller Another as Kouichi Sakakibara. His most recent roles include Satoru Asahina in From the New World, Kenji Nakanishi in Say I Love You, Sion in No. 6, Heisuke Toudou in Hakuoki, Tommyrod in Toriko, and Tomoki Sakurai in Heaven’s Lost Property. Some of his all-time favorite roles include Son Goku in Saiyuki, Chrono in Chrono Crusade, Kaoru Hitachiin in Ouran High School Host Club, Youhei Sunohara in Clannad, Yuki in The Wallflower, Leo in Ghost Stories, Satoshi Hiwatari in DNAngel, Kaworu Nagisa in the Director’s Cut of Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Negi Springfield in Negima. He can also be heard as Uesugi Kenshin in Sengoku Basara, Seikechi Tayama in Oh Edo Rocket, Hiro Hirono in ef: A Tale of Memories, Abe in Big Windup, Jr. in Xenosaga: The Animation, Tsujido in Speed Grapher, Roan in Ragnarok The Animation, Yamazaki in Welcome to the NHK, Gau Ban in Shadow Skill, Pope Alessandro XVIII in Trinity Blood, and a bunch of other titles he’ll probably forget to mention.


Greg Houser

Greg has been performing behind the mic for over 14 years providing vocal talent for companies such as AstraZenica, DuPont, Lockheed Martin, CBS, Honda of America, and the NBA, among others. In the anime world, he’s provided voices for titles such as “Evangelion”, “Ikki Tousen”, “One Piece”, “Shiki”, and “Tales of Vesperia”.

 

 

 

 

 


Giada Robin Giada Robin

Giada Pancaccini is an Italian professional cosplayer and model. She has a great passion for animes, mangas, movies and videogames, but also for acting, modeling, sewing and working with different materials.
Giada started cosplaying at “Lucca Comics & Games 2008”, where she won the official “One Piece Italian Cosplay Contest” performing Nico Robin (Alabasta version). Rewarded by Takashi Yoshiike from TOEI ANIMATION (Eiichiro Oda’s collaborator – Art Director of OP movies and some parts of the anime), she continued her adventure in the magic world of cosplay under the name of “Giada Robin” to remember her first time and great experience.

She attended a lot of conventions and she won other prizes, but her real fame came when she started sharing her wonderful cosplay pictures on the web. She has been invited as guest, judge and panelist in several conventions in her country and around the world, visiting so many different countries in Europe (Italy, France, Spain, England, Ireland, Germany, Romania etc..), in Asia and in the USA as well.

Giada is now considered one of the most popular cosplayers in the world and she is easily recognizable as an international ambassador of cosplay. She has made a huge variety of cosplay characters from Anime/Manga/Comics/Movies/Videogames, showing her brand of talent and creativity. Some of her representations are very popular like for example: Nico Robin from One Piece, Zatanna from DC, Miss Fortune from League of Legends and DIO Brando from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. We can’t deny that over the years, Giada has build a successful business with a large and enthusiastic fanbase, which brought her to create her own store. She is working constantly with other companies like G2A.com (one of her main sponsors) and she got the chance to collaborate with some big names of the gaming industry like Riot Games, Fnatic and MSI. But even if Giada has been taken on a professional path, she still loves meeting people and sharing all her passion (especially during her panels) and that’s why she is a sweet inspiration for many people in the cosplay community.


Ian Sinclair1 Ian Sinclair

Recently announced as the voice of Gija in Yona of the Dawn, Yousuke in Death Parade, and Sousuke in Free! Eternal Summer, Ian Sinclair has been voice acting since he was a sophomore in college, where he studied theatre. Since then he’s been working in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as a professional actor in a multitude of arenas. He’s performed on stage, on camera, and, of course, behind the mic.

A few of Ian’s more popular roles include Dandy in Space Dandy, Brook in One Piece, Toriko in Toriko, Nile Dok in Attack on Titan, Whiis in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Ryner Lute in Legend of the Legendary Heroes, Bardroy in Black Butler, Romano in Hetalia, Chuck in Panty and Stocking, Shu in Princess Jellyfish, Dallas in Baccano,Yomotsu Hirasaka (12th) in Future Diary, Alcides in Appleseed XII, Seo in Sekirei, Takeru in Maken-­-Ki, Kawazu and Bora in Fairy Tail, Ginei Morioka in Rosario + Vampire, Shogo in Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne, Zaki in Claymore, Toyama in Oh! Edo Rocket, Douglas and Steve in El Cazador de la Bruja, Shiro in Okami-­-san, Daisuke Matsuo in Yamada’s First Time, Marc in Spice and Wolf II, Hasegawa in Baka and Test,Takamy in Fractale, Akoz in Casshern Sins, Toraji in Bamboo Blade, Liam in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Orang in Last Exile: Fam, The Silver Wing, and Colin in Level E, and Hirato in Karneval.

Additionally, Ian can be heard as the voice of Montana in the video game Battleborn, Whiis in Dragon Ball Z: Xenoverse and Battle of Z, Tyr in Smite, Baron Flynt in Borderlands, Professor Nakayama and Jimbo Hodunk in Borderlands 2, and as the “Cool” custom hero voice in Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi. Ian has worked as a director on Initial D, Spice and Wolf II, Black Butler I & II, and the Shana movie.


ItsRainingNeonIt’s Raining Neon

“Its Raining Neon, also known as DeAnna Davis is an international cosplayer and entertainer. Well known online for her short videos, as well as her vast number of hand crafted costumes of video game, comic ,and anime characters. Over the years she has tackled many fields of interest as a cosplayer, makeup artist, model, stylist, animator, illustrator ,photographer , costume designer and prop work fabricator, winning many awards and striving to keep learning.  Her passion is to bring to life things that are inanimate.  DeAnna is looking forward to meeting you all at Katsucon 2016!”

 

 


JMichaelTatum J. Michael Tatum

Nurtured on anime classics from the tender age of Star Blazers, this reclusive fanboy-turned-voice actor/writer/ADR director/flake extraordinaire spent more years than he cares to remember in what might charitably be described as freefall before landing, mostly by accident, smack dab on the industry of his dreams. To this day, some believe the small crater made by the impact remains the source of his power.

Discovered by ADR director Christopher Bevins, who cast him as Rikichi in 2005’s Samurai 7, Tatum’s inexplicable luck has held long enough to see his flag hoisted on a slew of dream roles, most notably Kyoya Otori in the hit English language dub of Ouran High School Host Club, suave, demonic Sebastian Michaelis in Black Butler, equal parts maniacal/vulnerable Okarin Rintarou from Steins;Gate and foppish cyborg Sir Hammerlock in the videogame juggernaut Borderlands 2.

Other characters the man still can’t believe he’s had the crazy good fortune to play include: Doumeki in XXXHolic, Jiro Mochizuki in Black Blood Brothers, Isaac Dian in Baccano!, Both God Eneru and Dalton in the new dub of One Piece, Komui Lee in D-Gray Man, Dororo in Sgt. Frog, the titular loveable savage of Heroic Age, Ryosuke Takahashi in Initial D, Lawrence Kraft in Spice and Wolf, Zarbon in Dragon Ball Z Kai, Scar in Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and Sir Hammerlock in the videogame juggernaut Borderlands 2. His vocal “stylings,” much to the chagrin of drama teachers everywhere, he’s sure, have also been featured in Romeo X Juliet, Speed Grapher, Trinity Blood, Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, Black Cat, Nabari no Ou, Ghost Hunt, School Rumble, The Tower of Druaga, Aquarion, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles, Shuffle, Shigurui, Glass Fleet, Mushishi, Soul Eater, along with feature-length films such as Vexille, Summer Wars, and Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, among many others.

And as if being involved with so many awesome shows wasn’t enough, in late 2007 the fluky so-and-so tempted fate by officially branching out into ADR directing and adaptive scriptwriting for Funimation as well. His ADR directing credits to date include Aquarion, Jyu-oh-Sei, Romeo X Juliet, Big Windup, Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne and Shikabane Hime (Corpse Princess), while his writing credits include substantial work on Ouran High School Host Club, Heroic Age, Initial D, Blassreiter, Ga Rei: Zero, Hero Tales, Legend of the Legendary Heroes, Fractale, Deadman Wonderland, Future Diaries, Steins;Gate and Dragon Ball Z Kai.

In early 2010 he teamed up with Terri Doty and Stephen Hoff to launch That Anime Show, a web-based chat show centered on colorful, often diabolically unhinged interviews with friends and colleagues within the dubbing industry, all episodes of which can be downloaded for free at http://thatanimeshow.com/

Ever the workaholic, Tatum is currently burning the midnight oil on a number of exciting projects due for release later this year. And before you ask, the “J” stands for… Well, it stands for whatever you’d like it to.


Jamie-Marchi

Jamie Marchi

With  well  over  200  characters  and  commercials  under  her  belt,  Jamie  Marchi  is  widely  known  for  her  video  game  and  anime  characters.  She’s  the  voice  of  large  and  in  charge  Ellie  from  Borderlands  II,  The  Witchblade  (Masane  Amaha)  from  Witchblade,  and  the  loveably  filthy  Panty  from  Panty  and  Stocking  with  Garterbelt.    A  few  of  her  video  game  credits  are  from  Smite  (Freya),  Borderlands  II  (Aubrey Callahan  III),  The  Walking  Dead:  Survival  Instinct  (Sheila,  Shelley),  and  Orcs  Must  Die  (Elemental  Weaver).    Some  of  Jamie’s  most  popular  anime  credits  are  from  Soul  Eater  (Liz),  Hetalia  (The Narrator),  Fairy  Tail  (Cana),  One  Piece  (Miss  Valentine  and  Cindry),  Deadman  Wonderland  (Karako),  Attack  on  Titan  (Anka),  Space  Dandy  (Yoko),  Sgt.  Frog  (Aki),  Claymore  (Helen),  Shin  Chan  (Miss  Polly),  Yu  Yu  Hakusho  (Juri),  Fruits  Basket (Motoko),  High  School  DxD  (Rias),  Burst  Angel  (Meg),  Black  Cat  (Rinslet),  Spice  and Wolf  (Chloe),  Rin  (Mimi),  Negima  (Haruna),  Ouran  (Chizuru),  Baka  and  Test (Shouko),  as  well  as  the  unforgettable  Mikako  Satsukitane  from  Heaven’s  Lost Property.

Jamie  is  also  known  for  writing  the  English  script  adaptations  for  Space  Dandy, Panty  and  Stocking  with  Garterbelt,  Hetalia,  Spice  and  Wolf,  Sgt.  Frog,  Yamada’s  First Time,  Baka  and  Test,  High  School  DxD,  Blood-­-C,  Oh!  Edo  Rocket,  Tenchi  Muyo:  War  on  Geminar,  Strike  Witches,  and  Negima?!,  amongst  others.  She  directed  various  episodes  from  Hetalia,  Spice  and  Wolf,  Sgt.  Frog,  and  Negima?!.

In  her  spare  time,  Jamie  enjoys  theater,  80’s  music,  dancing,  cuddling  with  her  dogs,  spending  time  with  people  who  don’t  suck,  telling  ghost  stories,  anything  dark  beer  related,  making  fun  of  weirdoes  taking  long  walks  on  the  beach,  and  generally  just  being  a  redhead.  For  a  complete  list  of  Jamie’s  credits,  check  out  the  world  wide  web.  You  can  follow  her  on  twitter  at  @marchimark.


Jennie-BreedenJennie Breeden

Jennie Breeden is the creator of the autobiographical webcomic The Devil’s Panties. She has a BFA in Sequential Art from Savannah College of Art and Design.

Ms. Breeden has been updating her comic daily since 2001 with over 3,000 comic strips online and multiple graphic novels that are in comic shops and book stores around the world.

Via the comic she documents her adventures at comic conventions and in life. From pirates to taxes, kilt blowing to real estate and knitting to romance, life always seems to have something new in store: sometimes to the chagrin of Jennie, but always to the delight of her fans.

Visit her comic and watch Life and Art argue it out:  http://thedevilspanties.com

 


Jessica-NigriJessica Nigri

Jessica Nigri is an American cosplayer, promotional model, YouTuber, voice actress and fan convention interview correspondent. She has been cosplaying since 2009 and modeling since 2012, having served as an official spokes model for several video games and comic book series, including Lollipop Chainsaw, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Borderlands The Pre-Sequel, KIller is Dead, Ninja Gaiden Z, and BattleBorn.

Jessica has also dabbled in voice acting playing the lead role in Super Sonico the Animation as, Super Sonico! She has also done voices in Rooster Teeths, RWBY along with some minor roles in Red vs. Blue.

 


J-McDonaldJoel McDonald

Joel McDonald is a FUNimation ADR director by trade and an actor by birth. You’re probably not familiar with his early work, but rest assured that his portrayal of Hickory Dickory the Mouse in Ms. Waddell’s 6th grade class play was inspirational. Since then, Joel has directed shows like “Big Windup!”, “Initial D”, “Sgt. Frog”, “Deadman Wonderland”, and a dozen or so more. You can also hear Joel’s totally adequate voice acting in “Sekirei” (Minato), “Initial D” (Takumi), “Fairy Tail” (Zeref), “Baccano!” (Jacuzzi), “D. Grayman” (Jasdero), “Hetalia” (Poland), and “Attack on Titan” (Milieus). Gamers might recognize him as Captain Flynt and Tector Hodunk from “Borderlands 2” or Deputy Lee in “Walking Dead: Survival Instinct.” Oh, and he plays Meow in “Space Dandy”, which he’s currently co-directing. Joel rarely bites, so come say hi.

 


Kass McGannKass McGann

Kass McGann has been studying Japanese culture since she spent her junior year at Doshisha University in Kyoto in 1987-88.  Since then she’s been traveling around the world learning and reconstructing historical clothing and teaching other people how to do it too.  Her particular specialties are Heian (10th century) Japanese and 16th century Irish.  In 2003, she started the sewing pattern company ReconstructingHistory.com that sells 258 historical sewing patterns and 18 books so you too can learn how to do what she does.  She’s given lectures and workshops in Japan, Ireland, the UK, and Australia as well as all over the US and she runs the website kassmcgann.com and the ReconstructingHist YouTube channel.

 

 


kazha-katsuconKazha

Kazha is a Rock band from Japan formed by Kazuha Oda who has worked with variety of performers e.g. Grammy winner Bob James. They have been touring around the world appearing at numerous conventions/festivals. Their music combines the softness of a falling feather and the heaviness of a hurricane.

 

 

 

 


Kevin-McKeever

Kevin McKeever

A graduate of the lighting design program from Emerson College, Kevin has been working in the entertainment industry for nearly 15 years. He has worked in theater production at world class venues such as the Goodspeed Opera House, the Emerson Majestic Theater, Foxwoods Casino, and the Mohegan Sun Resort which he helped open in 1996.

His television production credits include Jackass, Kids Say the Darnedest Things, Guinness Book of World Records, Krypton Factor, Farmclub.com, The 60’s as well as various television commercials. His film credits include Mystery Men, For Love of the Game, and Billy Frankenstein. Kevin has also served as Assistant VP of Production for feature film producer and New York Times best-selling author Lynda Obst.

Kevin’s first official assignment in the Robotech universe was as an audit of Robotech’s television ratings and viewer demographics during its original run in the 1980s. Kevin’s analysis of the ratings in a cost effective manner along with his years of production experience made him a natural candidate for the Robotech team.

 

 

 


Krystal LaPorte

Krystal LaPorte is a voice actress living in Houston, Texas, but would much rather be a wizard living at Hogwarts. Krystal is also currently a law school student because up until now her life has been far too happy and she would enjoy nothing more than to spend the next 50+ years paying off student loans and regretting life choices. She is also going to stop speaking in the third person now because it makes her feel pompous.

Hello, Katsucon! It is such a pleasure being invited to a convention that is so near and dear to my heart! Some of the roles I have voiced are Yui Takamura in Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse, Mirai Kuriyama in Beyond the Boundary, Kohina in Black Bullet, Ears in Akame Ga Kill, Shiori Asagiri in Tamako Market, Mitsuhide Akechi in The Ambition of Oda Nobuna, and Himiko in Nobunaga the Fool.

You can also hear me in Log Horizon, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F, Diabolik Lovers, Little Busters, AKB0048 (in which I also wrote the English Lyrics), Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions, Parasyte, and The World God Only Knows: Goddesses. I look so very forward to meeting you all at the con!

If you would like to receive a front-seat ticket to the train wreck that is my life, feel free to connect with my Twitter handle; @wowsuchkrystal!


Kyle-Hebert

Kyle Hebert

Kyle Hebert is a Los Angeles-based anime and video game voice actor whose credits include Wreck-It Ralph/Street Fighter (Ryu), Naruto (Kiba), Bleach (Aizen, Ganju), League of Legends (Ezreal, Jarvan, and Graves) and Gurren Lagann (Kamina). He is best known as the Narrator and Teen Gohan from the Funimation dub of Dragonball Z. Other fan faves include Blue Exorcist (Bon Suguro), Fire Emblem Awakening (Frederick, Validar), Fullmetal Alchemist (Vato Falman), Tales of Symphonia (Richter Abend) and Star Ocean (Dias, Arumat, Crow). Kyle can also be heard in numerous popular shows and games, such as Pokemon (Professor Oak in “Origins”), Digimon (Ballistamon and Dorulumon in “Fusion”), Sonic (Big the Cat in “Colors”), Final Fantasy (Nimbus in “Type-0”), World of Warcraft (Algalon the Observer in “Lich King”, Skylanders, Devil May Cry, Dynasty Warriors, Soul Calibur and Resident Evil. He is also the voice of filmmaker, Kevin Smith’s Smodco Internet Radio and cohosts “The Big Bald Broadcast” geek news podcast for that network. For more info, visit www.kylehebert.com.


Lucien DodgeLucien Dodge

Lucien is a voice actor specializing in characters for animation, video games, commercials, and other media. His animé credits include Zoicite and Motoki Furuhata in the Viz Media dub of Sailor Moon, Waver Velvet in Fate/Zero, Takumu Mayuzumi in Accel World, Blue and various Pokémon in Pokémon Origins, as well as Chili on the regular Pokémon series, Yukio Hans Vorarlberna in Bleach, Ja’far in Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Adolf K. Weismann and Tatara Totsuka in K, as well as guest roles in Sword Art Online, Kill la Kill, Naruto Shippuden, Doraemon, Blood Lad, Aldnoah Zero, B-Daman: Crossfire, and both the Tiger & Bunny TV series and movie, The Beginning.

Video game credits include Dust in Dust: An Elysian Tail, Mega Gnar in League of Legends, Sin Kiske in Guilty Gear Xrd, Hifumi Yamada in Dangan Ronpa, Dr. Victor S. Court in Bravely Default, Kurgum in Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD, Dr. Vanus in Smite, Kortes in Atilier Shallie: Alchemist of the Dusk Sea, Kerith in the Dance Central franchise, Li Dian in Dynasty Warriors 8, Blinky and Skeebo in Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, Victor in Til Morning’s Light, and can also be heard in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, Inazuma Eleven, The Witch and the Hundred Knight, Earth Defense Force 2025, Disney Infinity, and Skylanders (Giants and Swap Force).

He is also the voice of young Durotan in World of Warcraft’s “Lords of War” series, Nello in Ferrari World’s Speed of Magic ride, and Tom in the American version of Tree Fu Tom which can be seen on NBC Saturday mornings. You can find out more about Lucien and his work by visiting his web-site at luciendodge.com.


foxseleyhobbies_bgMandy Seley and Fox

Mandy Seley and Fox are the creative duo behind Curtailed, a weekly slice-of-life webcomic. The comic reflects their shared passion for cartoons, video games, costuming, survival prep, and DIY projects in general. You can read new Curtailed strips every Sunday at www.curtailedcomic.com

Mandy draws the strips and manages the website for Curtailed. She also dabbles in game design, web development, and was an artist for series two of the collectible card game, Tails and Tactics. She’s currently working on the first printed collection for Curtailed.

Fox lends his quick wit to write and edit the comic, and handles most of the comment moderation. He’s a home improvement enthusiast, with a growing basement workshop for wood and metalworking.

Katsucon was Mandy’s first convention back in the early 2000s. Both she and Fox are excited to be a part of Katsucon 2016!


PaperLab Studios KatsuCon Bio PicPaperLab Studios

PaperLab Studios is a creative team that consists of Mervyn McKoy, ZipperTan, and Jon Jebus.  The studio is known for its multimedia marketing, which empowers its clients through innovative artwork and design.

Mervyn McKoy’s work has been featured on many well-known websites such as IGN, Destructoid, and Kotaku.  He is also the co-creator and lead artist on the widely published comic books, ‘The C-Listers’ and ‘Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew’ (or GRWMC for short).  ZipperTan is an award-winning costume designer who has been a guest judge for contests nationwide as well as the Syfy television show ‘Heroes of Cosplay’.  Her unique and original pieces have inspired others to create their own costumes and characters.  Finally, Jon Jebus is the writer and co-creator of the superhero sitcom, ‘The C-Listers’, as well as the logistics and communications director for the team.


paul taylorPaul Taylor

Paul Taylor is the creator, writer, and illustrator of the odd, slice-of-supernatural-life webcomic, Wapsi Square. He was raised on a healthy dose of Warner Bros. cartoons and scary movies. This fueled his already overactive imagination. In addition to this odd mix of genres, he is interested in Mythology and combining cuteness with the macabre. All of this he uses to tell a story filled with nerdy paranormals, anthropomorphic personal demons, and ancient creatures looking for redemption. When not working on his full-time job creating Wapsi Square, Paul can be found running errands with his eight-year-old son or watching a movie with his awesomely cool wife.

 


Kahn and CampbellPhil Kahn & T Campbell

Phil Kahn is the co-creator of Guilded Age, the rising explosive superstar of Super Art Fight known as The Commando, the misguided creator of the #morningclops, the owner of a one-time encyclopedia of webcomics-themed cocktails, former podcaster and future let’s player, and not even close to ready for Joss Whedon’s version of Scarlett Witch.

T Campbell has written a whole lotta comics in a 15-year career, including Penny and Aggie, Fans, Rip and Teri, and Divalicious, as well as occasional contributions to big publishers like Marvel and Archie and groundbreaking work in puzzle design. His latest regular gig is Guilded Age, the saga of the working-class adventurer.


Starpowered Starpowered

Michael Terracciano and Garth Graham spent years working on the fantasy webcomics “Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire” and “Finder’s Keepers” respectively. Having finished their previous projects, they teamed up to start the sci-fi superhero space adventure, “STAR POWER!” It tells the story of the last of the Star Powered Sentinels as she protects and explores a galaxy that is far more dangerous, and more wondrous, than she ever imagined. Michael and Garth hope to make superheroes fun again, and to create a world you want to escape to, not from. Now entering its third successful year, follow their interstellar quest at starpowercomic.com!


Steve Bennett

Hello Katsucon! Steve Bennett here. I’m excited to get back to the States and see you all again! And, if I’ve never met you before, here is the scoop on me.

I’ve been prowling around conventions since 1994, but I started in the industry long before that. My first attempts at art began when I was still in diapers. I found some crayons and an amazing canvas—a huge wall in our house. That kind of art wasn’t well-received, so I graduated to pencil and paper, and excelled in Margin Doodling all through elementary school.
Then, still way back, when those new-fangled computer things were still an oddity in the animation world, I lucked out and landed a part time job working with Noburu Furusei (New Dominion Tank Police, Lupin III, etc.) at Studio Aoehyma in Tokyo. I worked on series like Urusei Yatsura and Yamamoto, before moving back to the States.

I’ve worked on many projects and gigs over the years. I worked with Studio Ironcat, a manga-publication company, from 1997 to 2004. I’ve worked on several web comics, including The Angel of St. Thomas and Life with Steve. And I’ve attended a zillion conventions teaching cel painting classes and drawing on anything that moves. I’ve also done guest speaker gigs at institutions such as the Iowa Museum of Art, the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and Loyola University.

In December 2008, I moved back to Japan with my wife Nikki and did a stint as a Production Artist for the Marine Corps Air Station at Iwakuni. After seven awesome years exploring Japan and Asia, we just recently moved back to the States to the Seattle area. I’ve now found another niche—designing covers for Nikki’s books, as well as other covers for her publication company, Firedrake Books. I’ve also gotten into tattoo design and am thinking up new comics. I’m looking forward to seeing you all at Katsucon and future events!


Steve.-YunSteve Yun

While still a young college student and part-time hacker in 1998, Steve got his first job at an anime company as a digital animator. It was a dream come true for any fan who grew up on Robotech and Macross to be working somewhere in the anime industry. After slaving away through 80 hour work weeks and one really bad 100 hour work week where he started hallucinating from being awake too long, Steve called it quits and went back to Riverside where he got his B.A. in Creative Writing. Stay in school, kids!  Fresh out of college and eager to work in the anime industry again, Steve joined Harmony Gold to build the Robotech.com website, and has since co-produced and associate-produced several other projects as well, including the Macross restoration, the Robotech:Battlecry video game, the Robotech: Invasion video game, Robotech Remastered and Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles. Steve has also been featured in an anime documentary called Geeks, which he has still not had a chance to see.


Super Art Fight Super Art Fight

The Greatest Live Art Competition in the Known Universe returns to Katsucon, stronger than ever. Coming off of an amazing 2014 that set them all across the United States, and onto the Internet with their first ever web show (available now on YouTube), Super Art Fight is one of the most exciting and ridiculous live events going today. See artists with over the top personalities collide with oversized art, and cheer your favorites to victory! If you don’t get enough of them at the con, visit SuperArtFight.com to find out where they’ll be next!


ChisujiTeam Chisuji

Original Artist – Code Name: Leo “The BitMonkey” Saunders
Occupation: “Systemized Organic War Machine”………and part-time hack artist
Current Mission: Finding his attention span long enough to complete art work

Like most children born in the 70’s, Leo Saunders was one of many European experimental government attempts at creating a new breed of soldier…They failed miserably! What was produced however was a towering inhumanly strong man-child with an odd fixation with the drawing and animated mediums of this thing most people call “ART”. He went about his simple brutish way, producing small works here and there (none worth mentioning by his own admission) until one year he decided it may be fun to try and draw an online comic with a guy who dressed like Kagato from “Tenchi Muyo”. To this day, Leo Saunders strives to put his ever distracted attention to the test to, one day, complete his life’s dream: “To partner with Mr. T and save the world !”

Original Writer / Creator – Code Name: Eirik Blackwolf
Occupation: “Weekend Warrior” ….and sometimes jaded writer
Current Mission: Trying to ride herd on himself and an art team to get stuff done!

Born in the wilds of L.A. (the part of Florida called ‘lower Alabama” by some) and barely escaping the roving gangs of wild homoredneckus, he travelled to Europe with the U.S. Military in 1985 to live the life of excitement and adventure for 10 years abroad where he honed his writing skills by finding clever ways to trick his superiors into believing he actually did something useful. It wasn’t until his return to the States in 1997 that he encountered Leo at a convention where the collaboration of Chisuji was formed by persuading the prankish artist to play as Johnnie Cochran in a cosplay where the Chewbacca defense was used in order for Kagato to legally sue to have possession of the Master Key. And so from there, the ideas for the webcomic were formed, bringing the two together on many trials and tribulations to this day…


The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET)

The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET) is Japan’s largest and most reputable program for young professionals to work full-time in Japan as English teachers. JET teachers gain work experience abroad and explore a rich and historical culture, while receiving excellent benefits. Come meet JET representitives, ask questions about their time in Japan, and learn more about what it takes to be a JET teacher!

 


haberkorn-todd03Todd Haberkorn

Todd Haberkorn has been on stage, on set, and behind a mic for many years. Not only is Todd an actor in LA, he works as a producer, writer, and director as well. And he’s even been an action figure or two. Haberkornmobile sold separately.

In the world of anime, Todd got his first major start in Suzuka as Yamato Akitski. From there, he went on to voice roles such as Jadeite from Sailor Moon, Natsu from Fairy Tail, Italy from Hetalia, Ling Yao from Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Cheren from Pokemon, Allen Walker from D. Gray Man, Hikaru Hitachin from Ouran High School Host Club, Death The Kid from Soul Eater, and many others. As far as video games go, you’d recognize his voice in the Call of Duty Series, Defiance, World of Warcraft, Street Fighter IV, Ghostbusters, Silent Hill: Book of Memories, Borderlands 2, and Rage to name a handful. His voice makes sure to get its marathon training in as an award winning narrator for audiobooks. Do a Google search and you’ll find everything from thrillers and young adult to zombie sagas and children’s books.

As far as on camera is concerned, when he isn’t working on films, industrials, and television projects for other companies, Todd does work with his company Out of the Office Productions. This is one aspect of a long history of on camera work in narrative film, commercials, and shorts.  When he isn’t fighting digital monsters in video games or trying to save the day on film, Todd travels the U.S. and internationally making appearances at gnarly pop culture conventions as a guest to meet super cool fans and sign autographs. He is represented by The Horne Agency, Jeff Zannini Management, Johnson Talent Agency, and William Morris Endeavor.

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