Welcome the Guests of Katsucon 2015!
From artists to writers, musicians to voice actors, Katsucon 2015 has guests of every type and more!
Information about more guests will be coming soon! Stay tuned to this page for updates.
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!
Yaya HanYaya 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.