November 3rd - 6th 2016 in Downtown Detroit
Cobo Center & Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

IAMDYNAMITE is the spirited, anthemic duo of Christopher Martin and Chris Phillips, two Michigan high school friends raised on the Seattle sound and 80s pop - anything with a beat that makes them move is an influence. IAMDYNAMITE returns with an amazing follow up album to SUPERMEGAFANTASTIC in Wasa Tusa. This new record shows the creative reach IAMDYNAMITE has always possessed. The album highlights their melodic, hook laden songwriting skills and delivers on all emotional fronts. When asked the difference between SUPERMEGAFANTASTIC and Wasa Tusa, Chris Martin commented, “Our first record was more of a documentation of our live show. This is our first record where the ultimate goal was to make cool and moving recordings, where the recording was the art form, not just a documentation of some songs. Our goal was to make recordings that make you feel something.” Chris Phillips commented, "We took a no holds barred approach when recording this album. We needed to make a great album first and foremost. Our first album was written specifically for just drums and guitar, and to fully grab the attention of the listener and make them move. Wasa Tusa is just the next step for us as a band, it's not just drums and guitar.... it's so much more!" Wasa Tusa is full of the catchy, powerful, and harmonic songs IAMDYNAMITE is known for, while showing a wider dynamic range that the band is fully capable of. Wasa Tusa was recorded at Orb Studio in Austin, TX and finished back home in Michigan. Produced by Matt Noveskey, as well as IAMDYNAMITE, this time around the band has pushed themselves as writers, producers, and performers. The first single, “In The Summer,” is poised to surpass the chart success IAMDYNAMITE experienced with “Where Will We Go.” That track spent over 20 weeks in the top 20 of the Billboard Alternative chart, a huge success for a debut single from the virtually, up to that point, unknown band out of Ann Arbor, MI. Two years of nonstop touring and airplay inspired so many new believers. Now the band stands poised to benefit from all those miles after delivering Wasa Tusa with 10 new tracks that will not only energize the existing fan base, but will create an even wider path of discovery for Chris and Chris.
Actress, author, producer and business woman, Tara’s traveled the globe as a speaker, attending conventions, and has also performed internationally in film, TV, animation and theatre. Some of her on-screen credits include TV: Revenge, Parenthood, Castle, The Gilmore Girls, and Hawaii Five-0; FILM: The Call; A Girl, A Guy, A Space Helmet (she’s so proud of this indie award-winner); Time & Tide; I’m Through With White Girls. She also co-produced and starred in the award-winning feature film Tumbling After, mockumentary Con Artists and irreverent web-comedy Shelf Life (now in its 4th season) with Yuri Lowenthal and their production company Monkey Kingdom Productions. In the world of voice work she’s worked on numerous video games, animation titles and more, including: (Wonder Woman - DC VS MK), (Dream Girl - Legion of Superheroes), (Temari - Naruto), (Jennifer Nocturne - Ben 10), (Agnes - Tiger & Bunny)(Eastern European Player - Saints Row: The Third), (Marida Cruz – Gundam Unicorn) (Ellie Martinez - Resistance: Burning Skies). For more information, please visit www.TaraPlatt.com or to learn more about their production company www.MonkeyKingdomProductions.com and www.ShelfLifeSeries.com or their book www.VoiceOverVoiceActor.com – or keep up with her on twitter (@taraplatt) of FB TaraPlattfans.
Steampunk and Futurism mesh together with mime and music to create a breathtakingly imaginative act. Hydraulics hiss and motors hum as three robots begin to snap into mechanical movement. Their instruments ring and the automatons begin to belt out in three part harmony. The robots of Steam Powered Giraffe are like nothing you've ever seen. The malfunctioning joke-spewing metal men play a collection of original Vaudeville inspired tunes fused with modern flare and executed in a super-sleek, one-of-a-kind performance. More than just a band, Steam Powered Giraffe is an experience that must be seen and heard by the entire family.
Born with a D20 in one hand and a six-gun in the other, Yuri Lowenthal is a writer, actor and producer. He has had recurring roles on Gilmore Girls and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles as well as lead roles in video games Dragon Age, Prince of Persia, Fallout and many more. Best known for his voice acting work in such roles as Superman (Legion of Superheroes), Jinno/Kuma (Afro Samurai), Lagoon Boy (Young Justice) and Ben Tennyson (Ben 10: Alien Force/Utimate Alien/Omniverse) as well as popular VG titles including the Persona series, .//hack series, Saints Row series and lots of anime. He has appeared in one incarnation or another in possibly every CoD title since Big Red One. He also co-authored Voice-Over Voice Actor: What It’s Like Behind the Mic with Tara Platt which is available through Bug Bot Press. Yuri is currently in post-production on his production company's second feature film, the mockumentary Con Artists. And his irreverent award-winning web comedy Shelf Life, about 4 action figures on a young boy’s shelf, is now in its fourth season. twitter: @yurilowenthal, FB: TheYuriLowenthal, YuriLowenthal.com
91.8 The Fan exists to provide anime and manga fans with contemporary-style radio, showcasing the hottest tunes from Japan, Korea, and China. 91.8 is not an automated playlist, but instead functions as a 24/7 live radio station with DJs, interviews, and contests. It promotes legal ways to consume the media via free releases, online streaming, and more. 91.8 has featured some of the most popular voice actors in the industry. With over 750 interviews with the hottest names in voice acting, music, and geekdom in their archives, 91.8 The Fan is sure to have an interview just for you. On 91.8 The Fan you will also find a wide range of writers who put out weekly and monthly articles detailing a myriad of topics, from music to anime to games. You can also see a news show every weekday highlighting the latest news, as well as convention footage from around the world, including panels, interviews, and cosplayers. Head over to 91.8 The Fan today to chat live with live DJs or your fellow fans!
Behold the astounding Linkara – master of whining about comic books for eight years now! That’s right – not only does he have nothing better to do but talk about comics for almost a decade, but he’s done it on the internet – truly something no one else on earth has ever done! He has also produced a retrospective on every season of Power Rangers wherein he analyzes its themes, characters, and argues the sophistication and artistic merit of guys in spandex punching rubber suited monsters while wielding ancient ninja electric guitars! He even produced a movie based on his comic book review show, because if there was one thing a show about some dork sitting on a futon in a fedora reviewing terrible comics needed, it was a storyline where he battled a robot in space! Be sure to come to his panels so you can point and laugh at the freak whose biggest claims to fame were cameoing in the works of other popular people!
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 voices Nickelodeon’s Lady Bug from MIRACULOUS: TALES OF LADYBUG AND CAT NOIR. Hawk from SEVEN DEADLY SINS is also a character Cristina voices. She makes appearances in SWORD ART ONLINE, KILL LA KILL, 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.
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 voice over, 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, Xenoblades, Final Fantasy, 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 a multi-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, and VOX Inc.

Joel McDonald is a voice actor, Oreo enthusiast, and ADR director with Funimation Entertainment. He’s directed Space Dandy, Assassination Classroom, One Piece, Initial D, Sgt. Frog, Deadman Wonderland, One Piece: Film Z, and a dozen or so more.

As an adaptive scriptwriter, Joel has worked with Funimation on projects like DBZ: Kai, Claymore, and Linebarrels of Iron, and with Bang Zoom! on Seven Deadly Sins and Fate/Stay Night. But wait! He acts, too! He’s Meow in Space Dandy, Brief in Panty and Stocking, Minato in Sekirei, Poland in Hetalia, Jacuzzi Splot in Baccano!, and Takumi in Initial D. But the gamers among you may have heard him in Borderlands 2 as Captain Flynt, Smite as Mercury, Tales of Xillia 2 as Chronos, Walking Dead: Survival Instinct as Deputy Lee, and as Aoi Tokura in the webcomic Rainy Cocoa. He’s nice. Come say hi.

Chris Rager-Voice Actor, Single Father and Savior of Worlds. Currently residing in Dallas Chris Rager has been bringing you your favorite Anime and Video Game Characters Like Hercule from DBZ, Mr Satan from Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, Zampano from Full Metal Alchemist, and Mr. Torgue in the Game of the Year Borderlands 2. When not being challenged by his daughter he takes on challenging roles Like the Principal in Assassination Classroom as well as Dagger Morse in Show By Rock.In the future, Chris hopes to bring more excitement and explosions to more characters and opportunities!!
Lisa Ortiz is a New York based veteran voice actor, director and producer. Her career as a voice over artist began under the shroud of an attempted auto larceny gone awry. Luckily for her, and for her sibling the perpetrator in question, the car battery died. (No seriously, my brother tried to steal my car. That’s how I got into anime. Just ask me. I’ll tell you.). As a va, she is most well known for her role as Lina Inverse, and Amy Rose in Sonic the Hedgehog, but she began her career as the high elf Deedlit in Record of Lodoss War. Since then she has gone on to record dozens of anime, series, audiobooks, video games, and films both as a voice and as a Producer, Director and Adapter. She is currently the director of Pokemon XY and has worked on the show in various capacities over the years since Indigo League. From Misty’s older sister Daisy, to Sabrina, to Flannery, to Oshawatt, to Fletchling and present day gym leader Korrina. She can currently be heard as Noembelu in Street Fighter V. Favorite roles include, Serenity Wheeler :Yu-gi-oh, Tony Tony Chopper:OnePiece, Shiori:Revolutionary Girl Utena, Rina: Time of Eve and The Devil in Gangstar 4, and Musa/Icy: Winx club. Directing credits include Psychic School Wars, Norm of the North and mobile games for, The Dark Night Rises, Dungeon Hunter 5, and Netflix’s Heroes United and many project still not able to be disclosed. She is President of Noise of O Productions, and currently resides in NYC, with her fabulous feline Fitz, and does not own a car. www.lisaortiz.com  Additional Series include, Magical Do Re Mi (Patina) , Revolutionary Girl Utena (Shiori), Winx Club (Icy/Musa)(4 Kids), One Piece (Tony Tony chopper) 4 Kids. Please see imdb for a full list. 
He’s been compared to David Bowie, Tony Stark, Ramona Flowers, Hawkeye, and Tank Girl! but IRL, he’s Kieran Strange, a quirky and powerful young artist blending pop sensibilities, dynamic guitars, and high-energy live rock shows into his own brand of geeky British poppunk. At the age of seventeen, he left his parents, family, and small English fishing village behind in order to chase his dream of making music; he travelled to Vancouver (Canada) where he now resides, writing and performing songs about rebellion, relationships, and RPGs. Standing firmly as a voice for the different and discarded, Kieran came out publicly as genderfluid in 2014 with the release of the “Tear Down The Wall” music video. After discovering more about his own gender identity whilst working with the crew of The Switch sitcom (currently playing on OutTV), he then changed his pronouns from “she” to “he” in the summer of 2016 when he publicly adopted the “transgender” identity. These days, he always makes sure he is open, outspoken, and passionate in his beliefs; some of the causes he fights to support include LGBTQ+/SAGA issues and rights, feminism, autism awareness, racial equality, and many other forms of mental health and suicide awareness. He encourages you to check out The Kaleidoscope Project on Facebook and Instagram – a safe haven he has created with likeminded friends to inspire, encourage, and educate queer-aligned geeks and their allies! Hot on the heels of his past releases – Adamantine Heart (2012) and Last Hero Standing (2015) – the bedheaded geek has toured multiple countries (including Canada, USA, UK, and Japan), and played hundreds of shows, conventions, and festivals. In the summer of 2016, Kieran joined forces with Dave Kitsberg – a Twitch streamer, tech nerd, and convention guest veteran of eleven years who has performed with the likes of Lemon Demon, the Spoony Bards, Random Gibberish, Time Crash, Arc Impulse, and even voice-acting sweetheart Caitlin Glass. Together with drummer (and Bemani game addict) Arnell Damasco, Kieran and Dave are delving into the world of geek parody songs, as well as writing fresh original concept material influenced by V for Vendetta , Attack on Titan , Marvel , Final Fantasy , Firefly , and more of their collaborative geeky inspirations. This cache of new music the trio are working tirelessly on is set to be released in 2017! Feel free to shoot them a tweet via @kieranstrange and @suuuupaadave during the con, and say hi! (And in case you’re wondering: Kieran, Dave, and Arnell are all comfortable with He/Him/His and They/Them/Their pronouns, and encourage that you let them know what your preferred pronouns are when you meet them! ;D)
*Jake Paque is an actor, voice actor, writer and producer. He's best known for playing Professor Sycamore on Pokémon, Dumon in Yu-gi-oh! Zexal, Brandon in Winx Club and Caydan Phoenix in the video game Modern Combat 5. He also voices roles in Gundam Thunderbolt, Robin Hood: Mischief in Sherwood, Super4, The New Adventures of Peter Pan, Angel's Friends, Egyxos, Gormiti, DinoFroz and numerous video games. He can be heard narrating for the History Channel, saucy audiobooks and sneaker commercials. Jake likes loud rock music, comics, action figures and spaceships (both real and fictional).*
After being forged in Asgard, Nick "Lanipator" Landis was deemed too powerful to be contained! Thus, he was banished to Earth, where he became an Actor/Entertainer destined to make people laugh and fill them with joy. From an early age he honed his vocal skill and acting prowess through many a lesson and play. He would go on to be better known as one of the co-creators co-writers and co-stars of Team Four Star's Dragon Ball Z Abridged (In which he plays Vegeta, Piccolo, Krillin, Shenron, Mr.Popo and others). He's also lent his vocal talents to MOBA-game Heroes of Newerth, and the anime series The Ambition of Oda Nobuna! Nick shall continue to refine himself and his craft until he is deemed once again worthy of returning to Asgard under the banner of Lanipathor! ~~~~~ Curtis "Takahata101" Arnott is one of the co-creators, co-writers, and voice actors of Team Four Star! His most notable roles include Nappa, Bardock, Super Kami Guru, Lord Slug, Dende, and Cell in “DragonBall Z Abridged”. He is also known as the creator/head writer of “Hellsing Ultimate Abridged”, in which he plays Alucard. He's provided voices for several other online series such as Dartz and Krump in “Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series”, as well as Sasuke's Brother (Itachi) and The Rower in “Naruto Spoof”. He is also the voices of Deadpool and Shadow The Hedgehog in ScrewAttack's "DeathBattle', as well as the announcer voice for ScrewAttack's One Minute Melee! Lastly, he's contributed his voice to a variety of videogames, such as VGA award nominated "Dust: An Elysian Tail", monsters in survival horror "Dreadout", Raptor in “Lethal League”, Jack Fury in “LEGO: Ultra Agents”, various monsters on “Devil's Dare”, and is set to play Eiji Tadashi in “Exogenesis: Perils of Rebirth” and Ryuji Shiba “Burn Your Fat with Me! For Girls!” His latest role? The Create-A-Character Voice 8 from DragonBall Xenoverse! ~~~~~ Scott “KaiserNeko” Frerichs is a Texas-based, California-native voice actor, graphics designer, and writer. Co-founder of TeamFourStar, he is the director, editor, and co-writer for DragonBall Z Abridged, providing the voices for King Kai, Trunks, Burter, Korin ,Yajirobe, Garlic Jr., Zarbon, and various side characters in the series. He's also provided voices for several indie video game projects, professional MOBA-games Heroes of Newerth and Smite, Ernest in Gearbox's competitive first-person shooter Battleborn, as well as anime titles including Hiroshi the Sword in Fairy Tail, Gundam Tanaka in Dangan Ronpa 3: Despair Arc, and various other anime titles! ~~~~~ Back in the day, Ben "hbi2k" Creighton created and completed abridged series based on Berserk, Gantz, and Escaflowne. With Team Four Star, he is best known as the voice of Nail, Farmer With Shotgun, King Cold, and Alexander Anderson, and also does all kinds of behind-the-scenes admin stuff to make the whole team run smoothly. His latest solo project chronicles the post-­apocalyptic adventures of Dash Adams: Science Hero. When he's not working with Team Four Star, Ben travels the country editing video, running tech, and doing marketing and social media work for sustainability conferences full of very smart people sharing ideas on how to not blow up the planet maybe. ~~~~~ Anthony “Antfish” Sardinha is a Toronto based (that’s right! Second Canadian) voice actor, providing his talents to cartoons, video games, commercials, narrations and much more! Since 2009 and has been providing voice over work for TeamFourStar and, playing characters such as Dodoria, Captain Ginyu, Sauza, Nikki, Android 15, and everyone’s favorite Jamaican spirit crab in Dragonball Z Abridged; Keith Shadis in Attack on Titan Abridged, and The Dandy Man in Hellsing Ultimate Abridged. Ant also provides the voice of Barret in TeamFourStars latest series, “Final Fantasy VII: Machinabridged”, who he is also the co-writer, co-director, co-producer, and project manager. Ant is also the producer and host of TeamfourStars bi-weekly podcast, which you can find on both the website and iTunes!
Ian Sinclair is an actor, director, and voice actor that has been working in the anime and videogame industry for over a decade. Some of his more popular roles include: Whis from DragonBall Z, Brook from One Piece, Dandy from Space Dandy, Rashid from Street Fighter V, Romano from Hetalia, Sosuke Yamazaki from Free! Eternal Summer, Chuck from Panty and Stocking, Bard from Black Butler, Toriko from Toriko, Favaro from Rage of Bahamut, Ryner Lute in Legend of the Legendary Heroes, Worick Arcangelo from Gangsta, Zapp Renfro from Blood Blockade Battlefront, Zaveid from Tales Of Zestiria, Professor Nakayama from Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, 12th from Future Diary, Yu Kanda from D Gray Man Hallow, Tatara from The Boy and the Beast, Gija from Yona of the Dawn, Montana from BattleBorn, Nile Dok from Attack on Titan, Baron Flynt from Borderlands, Dallas Genoard from Baccano!, Juzo Sakakura from Danganronpa 3, Mezo Shoji from My Hero Academia, Emilio Langheim from Endride, Prince Salva from Dimension W, Gaddes from The Vision of Escaflowne, The Reaper in Assassination Classrom, Hamura from Terror in Resonance, Mitsuhide from Snow White with the Red Hair, Touji from Tokyo Ravens, Akane from Soul Eater Not!, Yaiba from Show by Rock, Shiho Kimizuki from Seraph of the End, Otohiko from Kamisama Kiss, R from Jormungand, Tanaka in the Shana series, Tatsumi from Shiki, Alcides from Appleseed XIII, Marc Cole from Spice and Wolf 2, Ginei Morioka from Rosario + Vampire, Shu Koibuchi from Princess Jellyfish, Takeru Oyama from Maken-Ki!, Bora and Kawazu in Fairy Tail, Akoz from Casshern Sins, Douglas Rosenberg from El Cazador de la Bruja, Toraji Ishida from Bamboo Blade, Liam from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Tyr from Smite, and many more. You can follow Ian on Twitter @iantweeting. Ian is represented by the Mary Collins Agency.
A true triple threat! That is if you count playing video games, live streaming video games and animating stuff about video games a Triple threat. Tom's been on YouTube since 2008 creating Machinimas, but has since moved on to Let's Playing, Live Streaming on Twitch, and Source Filmmaker Animation!
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.
Kevin Bolk is a freelance cartoonist, illustrator, and proud alumnus of Awesome University (his favorite imaginary alma mater). Although he's done work for Nickelodeon, Tokyopop, Udon Entertainment, Blind Ferret Entertainment, and Voices For, he's best known for his his 1,700+ comic strips hosted on InterrobangStudios.com, including parody webcomics "It Sucks to be Weegie" and "Ensign Sue Must Die!" Bolk’s by-lines shine on works published via Nickelodeon, Udon Entertainment, Oxford University Press, & Interrobang Studios. He performs design duties for numerous conventions across the United States, while online entertainment hubs like MTV.com, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Cracked, Cosmo, Buzzfeed, I09 & Comics Alliance celebrate his humorous & insightful works. He likes to teach and encourage new creators, so feel free to check any of his workshops or visit him in the artist alley for a chat and some friendly advice.
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.
Comfort and Adam are the seven-time Harvey Award nominated husband-and-wife Action Faction responsible for the critically acclaimed series The Uniques, Rainbow in the Dark, and The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Comics (Random House). They are a 100% symbiotic duo sharing the writing, pencilling, and coloring duties equally. Their long awaited return to their first series, The Uniques, has begun with the release of Vol. 1, and Vol. 2, with Vol. 3 soon on its heels. Not only that, but in 2017, they will collect their first weekly webcomic, Kitty Game, with artist Corinne Roberts. Before becoming full time self-published comic creators in 2008 they worked in the world of RPG artwork for companies such as Palladium and Green Ronin. Comfort and Adam have also done work for Image’s Mice Templar, and IDW’s The Dreamer. The duo live in Grand Rapids, MI with their two assistance and six cats. Comfort and Adam can frequently be seen walking up and down the road talking about stories before sequestering themselves away to draw for their customary twelve hours a day.
Monica Rial has been working in the anime industry for 17 years and she is currently listed as the most prolific anime voice actor in the USA. She has lent her voice to over 400 anime including: Assassination Classroom (Kayano), Black Butler (Mey Rin), Certain Magical Index (Index), Deadman Wonderland (Shiro), Fairy Tail (Mirajane), FMA Brotherhood (May Chang), Hetalia (Belarus), Michiko & Hatchin (Michiko), My Hero Academia (Tsuyu), One Piece (Tashigi/Karoo/Kuina), Ouran High School Host Club (Renge), Panty and Stocking (Stocking), Seraph of the End (Krul), Soul Eater (Tsubaki), Watamote (Tomoko), Yona of the Dawn (Yona) and many more. You can catch her as Bulma in Dragonball Z Kai as well as in the movies "Battle of Gods" and “Resurrection F”. She voiced Jubilee on Aqua Teen Hunger voice and has also appeared in several video games including Ms.'Splosion Man, Tribes Ascend, Smite, Borderlands 2, Dungeon Boss, and the Borderlands Pre-Sequel. Be sure to come by and say hello!  
Fred Gallagher is the author and artist behind the successful American manga title, Megatokyo. While strongly influenced by Japanese Manga and Anime, Fred also mixes in elements of American fan culture and other inspirations that a non-Japanese creator can bring to the medium. Megatokyo is released directly to the web as an online webcomic that is free to read by all visitors (www.megatokyo.com). Dark Horse Comics is releasing a second omnibus collection of volumes 4-6 in November. Noted as being "the best-selling manga series ever by an American artist" by ICV2.com in 2005 and as one of “the 30 Most Important Comics of the Decade” by Comic Book Resources in 2010, Megatokyo holds its own against many popular Japanese created titles. In 2009 a Japanese edition of Megatokyo Volume 1 was released in Japan, the first Original English Language manga title licensed by Kodansha for the Japanese market. Joining Fred at Youmacon once again is his son Jack, who has already decided that he is going to grow up to be a Super Fast Rocket Race driver just like Largo. Unlike his dad, he will be doing actual art at his dad's Artist Alley table.

Vic has been acting for stage and screen since he was 8 years old. But his Anime career started about fifteen years ago as Vega in Streetfighter II. Since then, Vic has been in more than three hundred animated series and video games, Known for such roles as Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, Tamaki Suou in Ouran High School Host Club, Zero in Vampire Knight, Death Scythe in Soul Eater, Fai in Tsubasa Chronicle, Keldeo in Pokemon, Dark in DN Angel, Kurz in Full Metal Panic, Broly in Dragonball Z, Ikkaku in Bleach, Obito/Nagato in Naruto,Yoshimori in Kekkaishi, Yukito in Air, Takanaga in Wallflower, Luciano in Code Geass, Virgil Walsh in Trinity Blood, Hikaru in Macross, Space Dandy, Tiger & Bunny, Digimon Fusion, Sword Art Online, Nura, La Grange and many many more. Vic is currently playing characters in Free!, Black Butler, Escaflowne, Durarara, Rwby, Garo, SailorMoon, World Of Warcraft, Karneval, Attack On Titan and several others. Vic also played roles G4’s Wolverine and Iron Man series, and the original Mass Effect movie.

Vic has also voiced roles in a large number of video games including Soul Calibur, Disgaea, Dynasty Warriors, Persona III, Avengers, Pac Man, Sonic Colours, DBZ, Bleach, FMA and more. But even longer than his voice acting, Vic has been a professional music composer / singer / producer who has written and produced hundreds of pieces for TV, radio and CD. He sings the themes for shows like One Piece & DBGT, and has produced several CDs of his own original music, all available on iTunes. Finally, in additionto anime and music, Vichas a degree in film and is deeply involved as an actor and director in several web series. He is executive producer of the award winning web series “Star Trek Continues”, where he is not only directing, but fulfilling a childhood dream of playing the iconic role of Captain Kirk. Vic works regularly writing, producing and directing video and film productions of all kinds.

lluminair Entertainment is a circus performance troupe that hails from Toronto, Canada. Their goal is to bring high-level circus artistry to unexpected places. Illuminair has appeared at Canadian conventions Anime North and Atomic Lollipop, produced stage shows including the ongoing notorious pop culture variety show, Nerdgasm, and Illuminair artists continue to be in demand internationally as both performers and instructors. This is Illuminair's first year having artists at Youmacon, and we're so very excited to be here!

Mr. Popo and Tien Shinhan in "Dragonball Z", Agent Shu in "Battle of Gods" and "Resurrection F", Gluttony in "Fullmetal Alchemist", Holy Roman Empire in "Hetalia", Face McShooty and Mal in "Borderlands 2", Tecchi in "Sword Art Online 2", Jack the Ripper in "Soul Eater", Miyamoto and M1 in "Yu Yu Hakusho", Taruru in "Sgt. Frog", Boo and Whitey in "Shin Chan", Hanai in "School Rumble", Ukyo in "Ouran High School Host Club", Chamo in "Negima", Babbit in "Kodocha", Siegfried in "Kenichi", and Hanbei in "Sengoku Basara" represent some of Chris's favorite and best known roles.

You may have also heard him in: The Seven Deadly Sins, Attack on Titan, Gunslinger Girl, Basilisk, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles, Black Cat, Darker Than Black, Bamboo Blade, Kaze no Stigma, Aquarion, One Piece, Big Windup!, D. Gray­Man, Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad, RIN, Speed Grapher, Oh! Edo Rocket, Summer Wars, Initial D, Deadman Wonderland, Fairy Tail, Case Closed, Space Dandy, Aldnoah Zero, Michiko & Hatchin, and Your Lie in April.

As an ADR Director, Chris has had the pleasure of casting/directing/asst. directing such titles as: The Seven Deadly Sins, Dragonball Z Uncut, Dragonball, Dragonball GT, Yu Yu Hakusho, Negima, Kodocha, Galaxy Railways, Baki the Grappler, School Rumble, Hell Girl, Kaze no Stigma, Bamboo Blade, Birdy the Mighty: Decode, Initial D, Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations, Yuki Yuna is a Hero, and Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron­ Blooded Orphans.

As a writer, he has adapted and/or assisted on scripts for Case Closed, Negima, Witchblade, Ouran High School Host Club, Bamboo Blade, AM Driver, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Blood Lad, Initial D, Yuki Yuna is a Hero, Magi: The Kingdom of Magic, and Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron­ Blooded Orphans.

He has also had the opportunity to be a part of many popular video games. Some of his favorites were: voicing random ghouls and specters for Ghostbusters: The Video Game, as a contributing guitarist in Guitar Hero 3, Mega Man in Street Fighter X Tekken, and Tatsu in Xenoblade Chronicles X.

For additional information, visit “Chris Cason’s Anime Chuckle Hut” on Facebook and @Casonworld on Twitter.

Michael Sinterniklaas is a veteran of the anime industry and has worked as a ADR Director, actor, voice actor, script writer, sound engineer, mixer and producer. In 2000, Michael founded NYAV Post, a bicoastal recording studio that has worked on over 400 anime and non-anime titles. Michael is a prolific actor and has voiced countless roles in anime such as Dagger in Black Butler: Book of Circus, Netherlands in Hetalia, Xellos in Slayers Revolution and Evolution-R, Gasud in Jormungand, Jessie’s Seviper / Joshua / Kennedy in Pokémon, Lucemon in Digimon, Dark Magician and Mahad in YuGiOh, Ivan Karelin/Origami Cyclone in Tiger & Bunny, Sarutobi Sasuke in Sengoku Basara, Sora and Utakata in Naruto, Jared / Jess in Speed Racer: The Next Generation, Luppi / Nnoitra Jiruga in Bleach, Angelo in Gundam: Unicorn, Age in Patema Inverted, Masakazu Masaki in Time of Eve, and Takeru in FREEDOM. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Outside of anime, he is also well known as the voice of Dean Venture in The Venture Bros, Leonardo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003), Mikey Simon in Kappa Mikey, and even Funshine in The Care Bears. He can also be heard as he has also appeared in video games such as Final Fantasy XIII, Excom, GTA V, and the Lego Movie Game, Xenoblade Chronicles X and is the lead Yew Geneolgia in Bravely Second to name a few. As a director, Michael has worked on many anime, American series and feature releases. Anime include: Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, Berserk, Magic Users Club, Ah! My Goddess, Samurai Deeper Kyo, Slayers Revolution, Slayers Evolution-R, and Giant Robo, and the recent video game release of Just Cause 3. He’s also directed several non-anime shows and movies including the recently released Phantom Boy, Peter Rabbit, Super Friends, Robotomy, and the Oscar nominated movies A Cat in Paris starring Anjelica Huston, Marcia Gay Harden, and Matthew Modine, as well as Ernest and Celestine starring Forest Whitaker, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Jeffrey Wright and McKenzie Foy. When he’s not busy at work, Michael enjoys photography, guitars, synthesizers, and Doctor Who, with Tom Baker's Fourth Doctor being his favorite regeneration.

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 “Type­0”), 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

Brendan "JelloApocalypse" Blaber is a voice actor and artist who accidentally got popular after creating a series of mock how-to guides for websites called "Welcome To." After lying to everyone in "Welcome to YouTube", Jello wandered from town to town like a old timey snake oil salesman and has since created equally dubious guides for Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, DeviantArt, Fanfiction.net, and Kickstarter. All the advice is wrong, and he hopes nobody follows it. Some people call him an "animator", but that is because he is bribing them or they are actually his mother trying to make him sound more impressive when talking to their more interesting, wealthier relatives. He spends most of his time working on his "So This is Basically" series where he makes fun of cartoons for children. He is not a good person. Jello's voice can be heard as Saero in "Seduce Me 2: The Demon War", Spymaster Fox in "Queen At Arms", Hikaru in the upcoming "BattleCon Online," and a many other animations, motion comics, and dubs. He hopes to make enough money in the future to be able to buy food. You can check out more of his work on his YouTube channel "JelloApocalypse" or at brendanblaber.com."

Jon St. John is an American voice actor who started out as a radio DJ at the age of 14.

Best known as the voice of the first famous FPS ­ DUKE NUKEM, Jon is also heard on games such as: World of Warcraft, Half­Life: Opposing Force, Sonic Adventure, Heroes of Newerth, Rochard, Guild Wars 2, Counter­Strike, DoTA2, Star Trek: Online, and D&D Neverwinter and Bombshell to name just a few. Jon is often heard on national advertising campaigns such as Bud light, Brisk Ice Tea, Ford Motor Co., Disney DVD’s, Concert Tours such as Steely Dan, Bill Maher, and Barry Manilow, and TV promos on Nickelodeon.

Jon has also provided various character voices for attractions at theme parks including Legoland California, Dollywood in Tennessee, and Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo. An honored guest at gaming conventions around the world, Jon is one actor who really enjoys meeting his fans ­ so be sure to step right up and shake his hand.

David Eddings -- nigh-talented voice actor or friendly Gearbox biz guy? It's a rhetorical question so no need to answer. But the correct choice is "d) all of the above" (a write-in response of "SpikeTV's 2012 VGA Character of the Year recipient" is also acceptable). Known as the voice behind the lovable robot Claptrap in the Borderlands franchise, David spent most of the past 19 years in the game industry as a behind-the-scenes player. From publishing games (Max Payne, Tropico, Serious Sam, Kingdom Under Fire, 4x4 EVO, Age of Wonders, KISS: Psycho Circus, Rune, Oni, Heavy Metal: FAKK2) to producing action figures (Call of Duty, Unreal Tournament, America’s Army) to eventually joining independent developer Gearbox Software, David has consistently demonstrated his innate ability to be at the right place at the right time. David loves meeting his fans around the world so be sure to say hello!

Ryter Rong is an indie author who will be hosting a panel on writing/self-­publishing at this event. Her name means controversy. She takes historical fiction to a new level with her debut novel, "Ireland Calls My Name". Set during the Cromwellian conquest in 1649, Ryter explores the truths of love and drama against the backdrop of genocide and slavery, for a people who, now, have a voice.

Charles Dunbar is an anthropologist. He studies a lot of things, be it fandom, anime culture, the supernatural, or mysterious men in blue boxes. He received his MA in Sociocultural Anthropology in 2011, after utilizing ancient Mayan techniques to hypnotize his department into believing that he was, in fact, the reincarnation of Victor Turner. His thesis, entitled “Pilgrimage, Pageantry and Fan Communities,” was published soon after and focused on anime convention participation, including stereotyping, spending habits, cosplay, and con culture. Currently, he travels around lecturing on topics like mythology, sacred practice, anime culture, Hayao Miyazaki, Pokémon, Time Lord physiology, folklore, and fandom.