Welcome the Guests of Katsucon 2015!
From artists to writers, musicians to voice actors, Katsucon 2015 has guests of every type and more! Stay tuned to this page for updates.
Far East from their Mother Land, in New York City, The Japanese Energetic Punk Rock band, UZUHI, was born in Fall 2004. UZUHI means “the Sun” in Japanese. The origin of the name came directly from their strong creed of music, “Music Has No Borders.” As the Sun shines the world borderlessly, UZUHI plays Music for the world, for This Generation. When they just got formed, they were usually categorized as a Heavy Rock or Hard Core band. However, due to the secessions of the bassist and drummer, the singer, GOSHA, and guitarist got obliged to play as a something else. After several months of silence, the decision they made was to challenge as an Acoustic Punk Rock 2-piece band. Their challenge kept going for a year and finally, they could encounter with new members of the great Pianist and Artist, TSUBASA, and a drummer and were reborn as 4-piece of a new style of UZUHI in 2007. Their base is in NYC and so they have played at many great and well-known venues such as CBGB, KNITTING FACTORY, WEBSTER HALL, SANTOS PARTY HOUSE, etc. They also tour very often especially in East Coast Area such as in NJ, PA, NY Upstate towns, MA, MD, DC, VA, and NC. Not only as a Punk Rock band, they have also played so many cultural events and conventions such as SAKURA MATSURI in DC, OTAKON, ANIMENEXT, KOLLISIONCON, POKECON, KAMEN in Costa Rica, etc. Because of UZUHI’s unlimited motivations to play so many various kinds of shows, they have met great numbers of supporters and fans in different cities and their Simple but Positive and Challengeable music actions and messages just keep people supportive with UZUHI steadily. The boisterous but delicate drum beats, The elegant but brave keyboard sounds, The rageful and crazy guitar shouts, and The earnest and passionate vocal performances. Just Notes can’t form the power of UZUHI’s Music. Their show crosses over races, sexes, ages, and any borders, and it fascinates, bewitches, and leads anyone to the earnest impression. What is the real happiness in the world? The answer should be found easily at their show. UZUHI screams from their spirit, “Music is not what we look at. Music is not what we listen to. But Music is what we feel!!!”
The Geek 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.
Mike got his start in anime as one of the first voice actors in Texas to be hired by FUNimation Entertainment, and has since moved on to become a Director, Script Writer, and Line Producer for numerous anime series. Notable roles include Master Roshi and Yajirobe in Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, Baby and Baby-Vegeta in Dragon Ball GT, Jean Kirstein in Attack on Titan, Goemon in Lupin The Third (Movie Specials), Ritsu Sohma in Fruits Basket, Lt. Jean Havoc in Fullmetal Alchemist, Cain in Trinity Blood, Buggy the Clown in One Piece, “Ranka” Fujioka in Ouran High School Host Club, Tybalt in Romeo x Juliet, Leo in Burst Angel, Estonia in Hetalia, as well as various roles in Yu Yu Hakusho, Nerima Daikon Brothers, Kodocha, Desert Punk, Black Cat, Kiddy Grade, Shin Chan, Space Dandy, and many others. As an ADR/Voice Director, Mike has worked on such series and films as Fullmetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Dragon Ball Z, Vexille, Wolf Children, Summer Wars, Wolf Children, Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino, Yu Yu Hakusho, Mushi-Shi, Case Closed, Dragon Ball, Eden of the East, Trinity Blood, Evangelion: 1.11, 2.22, and 3.33, One Piece, and the highly anticipated Attack on Titan, currently airing on Toonami. ADR Scriptwriting credits include Fullmetal Alchemist, Kodocha, Trinity Blood, Solty Rei, Mushi-Shi, One Piece, and the uncut versions of Dragon Ball Z. Video Game credits include work on Borderlands 2, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, Halo Wars, Stuntman: Ignition, Aeon Flux, Bloodrayne 2, Roadkill, Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley, numerous Dragon Ball Z titles, as well as the role of Paul Phoenix in Street Fighter X Tekken. Mike is also an accomplished improv comedian, musician, and has appeared in numerous commercials and independent films, including The Rage Within, House Of The Generals, Placebo, and the award-winning Shtickmen. For more information, check out his web site at www.mikemcfarland.com, “like” his fan page on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter @MikeMcFarlandVA.
With almost 100 credits to his name, Jerry Jewell can be heard in a wide variety of shows. He’s probably best known for his roles as Kyo Sohma in Fruits Basket, Jimmy Kudo in Case Closed, Barry the Chopper/Number 66 in Fullmetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Claire Stanfield in Baccano!, Russia in Hetalia: Axis Powers, Lau in Black Butler,Kodaka Hasegawa in Haganai and most recently as Moblit Berner in Attack on Titan. Other popular roles include Lyon in Fairy Tail, Taira in Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad, Kaworu Nagisa in the Evangelion movies: 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0, Happiness Bunny in Shin-Chan, Rin Tsuchimi in Shuffle, Zelman Clock in Black Blood Brothers, Dio in Casshern Sins, Suzaku and Jin in Yu Yu Hakusho, and Akito Hayama in Kodocha. He can also be heard in Dragon Ball, Eden of the East, Ouran High School Host Club, One Piece, Tsubasa, Trinity Blood, Soul Eater and a lot of other things that he may or may not remember or admit. Having worked as a voice actor for FUNimation since 2001, Jerry has recently taken on a different role at FUNimation, that of ADR Director. His first show was Blood C, followed by Shakugan no Shana III, Toriko, We Without Wings, Senran Kagura, Kamisama Kiss, A Certain Scientific Railgun S, episodes 313 – 324 of One Piece and Is This a Zombie? Jerry is very honored to have had the opportunity to work with a very talented and dedicated group of people at FUNimation, that take the quality of what they do very seriously. Well…seriously enough. Official Website: www.sillygingermonkey.com
Matthew Mercer is a Los Angeles-based actor/voice actor known primarily for his roles in animation and video games.His extensive training in theater, improv, and being a life-long hardcore gamer helped prepare him for such projects and characters as Leon Kennedy in Resident Evil 6 and Resident Evil: Damnation, Captain Levi in Attack on Titan, Kiritsugu Emiya in Fate/Zero, Gundahar in KNACK, Anarky in Batman: Arkham Origins, Alvin in Tales of Xillia, Sinbad in Magi, Kuroh Yatogami in K, Rexxar in Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Iron Man/Tony Stark in Iron Man: Rise of Technovore, Walter in Shin Megami Tensei IV, Rihan Nura in Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Tygra in Cartoon Network’s Thundercats, Chrom in Fire Emblem: Awakening, Reapmon/Beelzemon in Digimon Fusion, and many other projects you are welcome to look up online.
A native Texan and avid anime fan, Josh Grelle has been working in voice work for over 10 years. After starting with ADV Films in January 2004, Josh was quickly bombarded with tons of in-booth experience on a wide range of shows, including Wedding Peach, Steam Detectives, 009-1, and the legendary Gatchaman. He began working for FUNimation Entertainment in 2006. Since then, he has starred in numerous titles; his most famous being Kenichi in Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple. Other roles include Armin in Attack on Titan, Kyohei in the Wallflower, Kouichi in Linebarrles of Iron, Yuki in Future Diary, Itsuki in Initial D, and Kuranosuke in Princess Jellyfish. More recent roles include Chow from Starship Troopers: Invasion, Nicky in Mass Effect: Paragon Lost, Kazuya Aoi in Freezing, Yuji Sakai in Shakugan no Shana, Akihisa Yoshii in Baka and Test, and Komatsu in Toriko. Aside from anime, Josh has lent his voice to a number of video games, including Sima Shi in Dynasty Warriors 7, Xbalanque in Smite, Dave in Borderlands 2, and the voice of the “energetic” custom character in Dragonball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi. Josh is represented by The Mary Collins Agency.
Cristina Vee is a voice actress from Los Angeles, CA. Since getting her first large anime roles in 2007, Cristina has voiced over 100 characters in both animation and video games. Anime fans know her Mio Akiyama in K-ON!, Alisa Bosconovitch in Tekken Blood Vengeance, Homura Akemi in Madoka Magica, Morgiana in Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, the eleven Honoka sisters in Netflix’s Knights of Sidonia, Cubone (and others) in Pokemon Origins and Riruka Dokugamine in Bleach. She was recently announced as the new voice of Sailor Mars in her favorite show, Sailor Moon! She also makes appearances in Sword Art Online, Fate/Zero, Doraemon, Accel World, and Squid Girl. On the video game scene she is popular for her voice work as Noel Vermillion and the Murakumo Units in the Blazblue series, Compa in the Neptunia series, Lian Shi in Dynasty Warriors, Cerebella in Skullgirls, Riven the Exile in League of Legends, Nova in Tales of Xillia 2 (pay your debt!), Shantae in Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse and Half-Genie Hero, Four in Drakengard 3, Karna and Bami in Ys Memories of Celceta, Serina in Conception 2, and Cinque in Final Fantasy Type-0. Beyond voice acting she has a large YouTube following for her singing. She provides vocals to songs in Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage!? and Shantae: Half Genie Hero. She currently casts and directs Skullgirls and is recognizable to eSports fans for hosting IGN’s IPL 4 and 5.
Robbie Daymond is a Native-American Voice Artist, Actor, and Performer. After completing his MFA in 2007 he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career. Since then he has worked steadily in voiceover for many major companies, such as: Nickelodeon, Warner Brothers Animation, The Hub, NBC, 20th Century Fox, Marvel, VIZ, SyFy, and Random House Audio. Robbie is frequently cast in voiceover work for traditional animation, commercials, film, television, audiobooks and videogames. Though he is a long-time fan of the genre, he is relatively new to performing in the world of Anime and is very excited for his first major role in an anime series to be a character as epic as Tuxedo Mask in “Sailor Moon”. Robbie also currently stars as a series lead in two shows on Nickelodeon; “Breadwinners” and “Get Blake,” and guest stars on shows such as “Transformers: Rescue Bots” and “Ever After High”. He has voiced characters in several feature films, including Porta in the anime “Patema Inverted” and has recorded commercial spots for Pepsi, Walmart, Katy Perry, Ubisoft, and many more. Robbie can also be heard in videogames such as Final Fantasy Type-0, The Lego Movie Videogame, Aion: The Tower of Eternity, Falling Skies the Game, Grand Chase, and Fairy Fencer F.
Cherami Leigh has been in the industry for 20 years. She has been in over 75 commercials, and has worked on over 100 anime projects including “Lucy” in Fairy Tail, “Asuna” in Sword Art Online, “Road” in D. Grayman, “Lizzie” in Black Butler, “Mai” in Ghost Hunt, and “Patty” in Soul Eater and has worked on over 10 video games- including Borderlands 2- in which she plays the popular DLC- Gaige. She has also been announced to be playing “Sailor Venus” in Sailor Moon. She is a series regular on the Sprout hit- “Zou” and has guest starred on “Doc McStuffins”. She has appeared in the Emmy Award Winning “Temple Grandin”, as well as “Friday Night Lights,” “The Deep End,” “Chase,” “Shameless,” “Bones” and “Longmire” to name a few. She worked on “Fast Food Nation,” with Richard Linklater, “The Hottest State,” with Ethan Hawke, “The Mist,” with Frank Darabont among others. She will star in the soon to be released faith based drama”Beyond the Farthest Star,” the animated “Ribbit”, and will appear in the series “The Chair” documenting the production of “Not Cool.” She also starred in and produced two seasons of the award winning webseries “Throwing Stones.” She will also be in the original play “Happy No Year” later this year in Los Angeles. She has other projects in various stages of production she is excited to share!
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: FROM THE NEW WORLD, TAMAKO MARKET, MARIAH HOLIC, MARIA HOLIC ALIVE, HAKKENDEN, AKB0048 SECOND STAGE, KOKORO CONNECT series and o.v.a., LITTLE BUSTERS, SAY I LOVEYOU AKB-0048, SHINING HEARTS, ANOTHER, MYSTERIOUS GIRLFRIEND X, DUSK MAIDEN OF AMNESIA, BATTLE GIRLS, BODACIOUS SPACE PIRATES, MAJIKO: OH SAMURAI GIRL, All three of the HAKUOKI series and the o.v.a, INTRIGUE IN THE BAKUMATSU, BOOK OF BANTORRA, PLANZET, 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 Kei Kourono in Gantz, Frieza in Dragon Ball Z Kai, 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, DJ Plugman in Air Gear and Sid in Devil May Cry. His voice can also be heard in Elfin Lied, Golgo 13, Phi-Brain, B-Toom, Diamond Daydreams and Fairy Tale to name a few. Chris also works as a professional fight director and has enjoyed bringing his workshop “Mock Combat for Cosplay” to many conventions.
You can learn more about Chris by visiting his website www.christopherayres-va.com.
Greg Ayres has spent the last thirteen years working in an industry he has admired for years as a fan. With over 200 credits to his name, this fan-boy has managed to play a variety of characters that are almost as colorful as his hair. He was thrilled to be a part of the 2013 Toonami re-launch, in the roles of Ganta Igarashi in Deadman Wonderland, and Heihachi Hayashida in Samurai 7, and even more thrilled 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, Masato Inohara in Little Busters, Kenji Nakanishi in Say I Love You, Sion in No. 6, Heisuke Toudou in Hakuoki, Tommyrod in Toriko, Arikawa in This Boy Can Fight Aliens, Tomoki Sakurai, in Heaven’s Lost Property, and Volken, in the Book of Bantorra. 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 Ragnorok 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
When he’s not in a booth with headphones on, you can usually find him sporting headphones of another variety behind “the decks”. A veteran nightclub DJ of many years, he jumped at the opportunity to play music and organize late night dances at many of the conventions he attends. From packed rooms at anime conventions, to the legendary stage of The Knitting Factory (NYC), he never misses an opportunity to share his love of music with anyone who will listen.
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. If you’ve watched “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”, or “Comic Party” you’ve probably heard his voice. But he is best known for his work in “Gravitation” (Touma Seguchi), “Boogiepop Phantom” (Yamamoto), and “Genshiken” (Tanaka Souichiro). He can also be heard on Saturday mornings 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 supplied voices for Maury, Zubo and Kuro in the PS Vita game “Demon Gaze”. He can also be heard as numerous victims…er, civilians in the X-Box game “Bullet Witch”. On the Wii console he 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 “Gangstar: Vegas” by Gameloft. He has also voiced various Pokémon in the game “Poképark” and it’s sequel “Poképark: Wonders Beyond”. 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 Italy, Korea, India and Turkey. He has also been seen on stage in various theatre productions and has worked on numerous independent films. He can also be heard in audiobooks “The Privilege of the Sword” and “The Fall of the Kings” available on audible.com (both of which have been nominated for Audie awards).
You can follow Bill’s adventures on Facebook
Greg joined the voice acting ranks through his background in IT and Engineering (no, seriously). Earning advanced degrees from Pennsylvania State University and studying drama with the Walnut St. Theatre, the Wilma Theatre, The People’s Improv Theatre, and Playhouse West.
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”.
Vincent has had an extensive acting career appearing in more than 150 projects. Notable credits include the critically acclaimed Feature Owning Mahowny playing the best friend of Academy Award winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman; Jackal Johnson in The Cheetah Girls for Disney; TV guest appearances on Bones; Entourage; 24; CSI; and the series finale of NYPD Blue. One of his biggest joys was performing Harry Bright in the US National Tour of Mamma Mia alongside his wife Jane Cooke. Most recently Vince was part of the TONY award winning and Groundbreaking new musical ROCKY on Broadway.
Vincent has had an equally impressive Voice-Over career having recorded thousands of commercials, and being a signature voice for many major networks including FOX; CBS; NBC; and USA; to name a few. He’s played roles in numerous animated TV shows, Most notably Tuxedo Mask in the iconic Japanese Anime series Sailor Moon; also Alden Jones on Braceface; Sam Sparks of Rescue Heroes; and Shickadance in Ace Ventura-Pet Detective. Vince has been part of some of the most successful video games of all time including Carlos Oliveira in Resident Evil 3; Zexion in Kingdom Hearts; and The Marquis De Lafayette in Assassins Creed III. His Narration credits include many documentaries and TV shows, namely James Cameron’s Last Mysteries of the Titanic, and most of Dreamworks animated Feature’s DVD extras from Bee Movie to Megamind to all the Shrek, Kung-Fu Panda and Madagascar films.
Recently, Vince was incredibly honored to play JON in another Groundbreaking project ANOMALY, the largest Graphic Novel ever created and the first to use Augmented Reality. For more info check him out at: www.vincentcorazza.com or follow him at www.facebook.com/vincentcorazzatheactor and www.twitter.com/vincentcorazza?
Amanda C. Miller
From voicing Sully, the knight nicknamed “The Woman to End All Men” in Nintendo’s Fire Emblem: Awakening, to filling bad guys with arrows as the Marvel superhero Kate Bishop/Hawkeye, Amanda is best known for gravitating towards spunky, strong heroines. She has provided voices for numerous video games, audiobooks, and anime, and is especially over the moon about getting to voice her childhood hero, Sailor Jupiter, in the Viz Media re-dub of Sailor Moon.
Some other projects include voicing Seiji Nomi and Megumi in Accel World, Young Jamil and Young Cassim in Magi, Takeru inSquid Girl, as well as the video games Dangan Ronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc as Junko and Toko, Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory (as MAGES.), BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma (Nine), Valhalla Knights 3, the Wipeout series, Earth Defense Force 2025, Lightning Returns, and Harley in the MMO Zombies Monsters Robots. This is her first time at Katsucon, so she’s very excited and honored to be invited as a guest!
Voice Actor. Writer. Musician. Comedian.
After a rather busy year, Tyson’s resume has blossomed. Already known for his role as hacker extraordinaire “Itaru ‘Daru’ Hashida” in Steins;Gate, Tyson’s newest credits include: “Matsuda” in HighSchool DxD, “Georg” in Eureka Seven: AO, “Oimo” in One Piece, and “Squeak” in Space Dandy. Other notable roles Tyson has played include “Byard” from Fairy Tail, “Alan” in Jormungand, “Peixe” in Michiko & Hatchin, “Nozomu Tamaki” in Dance in the Vampire Bund, “Bobby” in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and the Head-Irish-Thief-That-Throws-Dynamite in episode 10 of Black Butler. Tyson has played additional roles in such shows as: Baka and Test, Black Butler (I & II), Darker than Black, Deadman Wonderland, Hetalia, a guy getting his face stepped on in Sengoku Basara, and in Rosario + Vampire Tyson voiced a guy looking up the skirt of an anime resin statue. Tyson is also a writer for Funimation, working on Attack on Titan, Aquarion Evol, and other yet to be announced shows. As a Musician, Tyson provides rhythm guitar and vocals in the punk band Bullet Machine, with their recently released album “Initiate Plan Z”. He is a vocalist and harmonica player in Blues-Rock influenced Smokestack Lightning. He was also the vocals and guitarist for the now defunct punk band, The Tommyguns. As a Comedian, Tyson has performed with the veteran improvisational troupe Ad-Libs, as well as writing, performing, and storyboarding various projects with PostHollywood, such as The Jim Wellman Voiceovers.
Yaya Han is a costume designer, model and cosplay entertainer with over a decade of experience. After discovering cosplay at Anime Expo in 1999, she quickly absorbed the heart and soul of costume design and creation. To this day Yaya has made close to 300 costumes in the genres of anime/manga, comic books, video games, sci-fi and her own original designs.
Over the years, Yaya has build a successful business in the cosplay community, creating a popular cosplay accessories line that is available online and at conventions, as well as her line of Yaya Han Brand merchandising. Her intricate and lavish creations have won awards and acclaim nationwide, and she has been invited to appear as a Guest, Panelist, Judge, Performer and Host to over 100 conventions and other events all over the world. Yaya’s impact on the world of cosplay has been so great that she has been a Guest Judge on every seasons of TBS TV Network’s “King of the Nerds”, featured in a documentary about cosplay called “Cosplay – Crafting a Secret Identity”, as well as is starring in the Syfy TV Network Docu-Series “Heroes of Cosplay”.
But, no matter where Cosplay has taken her professionally, Yaya strives to stay true to what got her into this field originally – fun and creativity. Through hard work, unmatched passion and infectious enthusiasm, Yaya has helped Cosplay gain respect and integrity as an artform in the fandom world and art communities, and her decade long campaign for creativity has helped raise Cosplay to the standards we know today. Everyday, Yaya continues to pave the path for the beloved art and lifestyle we know as Costume Play. Yaya is incredibly excited to return to Katsucon, her favorite convention to cosplay at!
Kamui aka Svetlana Quindt is a talented costume and prop designer from Germany. Since starting cosplaying in 2003 she focused her skills on armor making. She is widely known for her impressive armor projects from League of Legends, World of Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft, but moreover because of her passion for sharing her self-taught knowledge with the cosplay community all over the world. With over 11 years of experience, Kamui already created tons of written step by step instructions, video tutorials and lately became the author of several cosplay crafting books like “The Book of Cosplay Armor Making” and “The Book of Prop Making.” Even before she turned her hobby into a full-time job she was already a popular guest and professional costume creation panelist as well as a well known face at conventions like Montreal ComicCon, Japan Expo, Blizzcon, DragonCon, MCMExpo or Gamescom. Over the years Kamui also acts as a judge for several international costume contests like the World Cosplay Summit or the European Cosplay Gathering, while still winning awards herself, like the Grand Prize at Blizzcon 2013. Taking a look at the cosplay world, Kamui is an inspiration and help to cosplay beginners as well as seasoned veterans and always tries to find new ways to support the community by sharing new techniques, materials and tutorials.
Giada Pancaccini is an Italian cosplayer and model since 2008.
She has a great passion for animes,mangas,movies and videogames, but also for acting, modeling and making things like sewing or working with different materials. So, she fell in love with cosplay at the first sight, because she could put all these things together.
She 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 remeber her first time and great experience.
After she went to a lot of conventions, knowing a lot of people and winning other important prizes in contests, she became a very popular cosplayer and she began to be judge and guest in several cosplay-comics-games events in her country and around Europe.
Since 2011 she is also organizer and official conductor of “PLAY-COS”, the great cosplay event inside “Modena PLAY”, the most important convention of gamers in Italy. Then she joined a lot of international projects for magazines, calendars and charities, becoming even more popular abroad too (she is actually the most famous Italian cosplayer in the world).
She has been selected as Italian representative for CWM (Cosplay World Master) 2012/2013.
She has been guest in some TV shows.
She is actually collaborating with FNATIC (Esports Company) to promote their shop as testimonial and she is sponsored by G2A.com.
After some years, she can show off a huge variety of cosplay costumes from different universes (anime/manga/comics/movies/videogames) and she can pull them off as a transformist with no limits of sex or age (she did female characters, some original sexy versions and male characters too).
She likes traveling around the world, meeting people and sharing her passion. That’s why she is available as cosplay guest-ambassador.
Devon and Lexi (the Chalk Twins) both received majors in studio art and studied a wide variety of art media through the University of Georgia program in Cortona, Italy. In addition to their formal study in art, Devon and Lexi have enjoyed tremendous success as chalk artists. For the past ten years they have been participating in chalk art competitions where they have been awarded in 15 out of 19 events. Now they bring their live chalking performances to conventions and special events around the country. You can see more of their work online at www.chalktwins.com,www.facebook.com/chalktwins and chalktwins.deviantart.com. They will be working live on a large, epic piece throughout the convention but feel free to interrupt them to talk about art, anime, twin stuff – whatever you like!?
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!
He has been a fixture in comics since 1978 with credits including Marvel, DC, Big Bang, Image, Heavy Metal and more. His film work includes the original “Heavy Metal”, “Spider-Man 2 & 3?, and more recently “Captain America”, the “Avengers”, and “The Walking Dead”. At the end of 2014, Rusty will be working on a new comic-book motion picture.
Back in 1993, Rusty was working for card producer Clubhouse Diamonds and actually created the first ‘sketch cards’ in the trading card hobby, and to his surprise, it soon took off and became a world-wide phenomenon. In recent years, Gilligan rejoined the sketch card arena and has provided cards for Upper Deck, Breygent Marketing, Cryptozoic Entertainment, Cult-Stuf, and many others.
As the publisher behind Rusty Ink!, he’s released the popular funny animal comic “Mac and Trouble” as well as the “Mac and Trouble’s Amazing Tails” series. Also, “Recollection Magazine”, an exciting retro collectibles magazine.
Recently, he’s provided illustrations for a Dr Who card set and guide… a new Mac and Trouble comic book… and is about to work on a new “Planet of the Apes” book, and a film for DC.
Look for the 6foot tall “Mac” who accompanies Rusty at his appearance, who gives away free photos and prizes ! And grab one of Rusty’s exclusive promo cards and show art prints !
Phil Kahn and T Campbell
Phil Kahn is the co-creator of Guilded Age, the rising explosive superstar of Super Art Fight known as TheCommando, 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.
Katsucon 2015 will be the first opportunity for fans to purchase volumes 2 and 3 of Guilded Age.
Samurai Dan & Jill
Dan Coglan, a.k.a. “Samurai Dan” and his wife, Jillian are the acknowledged masters of marital… er, MARTIAL mayhem. This dynamic duo travels the civilized portions of the U.S., bringing their unique show to curious and horrified audiences alike.In addition to their high-energy, mostly safe stage shows (where razor sharp blades and barbs fly) the couple teaches historical and hysterical panels on the way of the warrior. Offering a wide range of lectures and interactive workshops, Dan and his lethal love Jillian are guaranteed to provide con attendees fun and fulfillment.Due to a supreme lack of filter, Dan also performs standup comedy, and lives to embarrass his wife onstage, in censored and uncensored settings.A storyteller at heart, Dan is finishing his third horror novel, and offers insights into the creative process with panels for the aspiring writer as well.Check them out at Samurai Dan & Jillian.
Chris Hazelton entered the entertainment world through the film industry working on films such as “End of Days,” “The Hurricane,” “Thirteen Days,” and “Spy Game.” In 2002, Chris produced his first comic online and in print, “Building 12.” Chris quickly followed up “Building 12″ in 2004 with the much more successful and well known comic “Misfile.” After leaving Hollywood, Chris began pursuing drawing comics as a full time career and in 2006 created the comic series “A Steel Wing Shattered.” Chris Continues to work on Misfile as well as a new series “6 Gun Mage” which launched in August of 2013. Chris has also recently returned to making short films.’
Paul Taylor of Wapsi Square
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.
I graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2011 for Computer Art and Animation, having already interned for Nathan Love and Pixar Animation Studios. I started working for Dreamworks Animation in 2012 as a Character Technical Director and contributed to the movies “Me and My Shadow” and “Home”. I quit Dreamworks Animation in 2013 after running a successful Kickstarter campaign for Ava’s Demon, and now work on my comics and art full time from home. I hope to continue making comics and writing stories after Ava’s Demon is finished and have high hopes for the future.
Megan Lavey-Heaton of Namesake
Megan Lavey-Heaton is half of the creative team behind Namesake, a fantasy webcomic about a woman who falls down the rabbit hole into the wrong story. Along with fellow co-creator Isabelle Melançon, she is co-editor of Valor Anthology and is doing the book’s design. She also penned the script for the short story “Silver Button” and was a contributor to Womanthology. She also lends her talents in designing newspapers to book design and lettering comics, including Namesake. She has done book design and layout for Sister Claire, Go Get a Roomie, The End and Blaster Nation. When she is not writing or reading every book she can get her hands on, she is a web producer with PennLive.com. She is also a crafter, gamer, and Whovian. She enjoys playing with classic literature and twisting history to suit her purposes.
Isabelle Melançon of Namesake
Isabelle Melançon is a French-Canadian artist who grew up in a family of literature and comic lovers. She is currently working on Namesake, a fantasy online graphic novel that publishes three days a week with two books released in print. She is also one of the two main editor of the Valor Anthology and the creator of the comic short “Knot”. She is madly in love with fairy tales and literature and enjoys playing with the classics in her comics and prose work.
Starpower - Michael T. And Garth G.
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. Follow their interstellar quest at starpowercomic.com!
Gina Biggs is most well-know for her long-running comic series, Red String, which began in 2003 and ran for ten years, ending in 2013. She is the creator of the collaborative series, Erstwhile, a comic adapting the lesser known Grimm’s fairytales and most recently the futuristic space romance, Love Not Found. You can find out about all of her comic works at Strawberry Comics. She also runs Filthy Figments, the naughty cousin to Strawberry Comics which features spectacularly naughty comics created solely by women.
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…