November 2nd - 5th 2017 in Downtown Detroit
Cobo Center & Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
Austin, the host and owner of the YouTube channel That Creepy Reading has been producing audio narrations of the Creepypasta and Let's Not Meet community's best horror fiction for the last four years. He has also expanded into riffing on awful horror fanfiction, reviews, and general Youtube mentorship for several other large channels. The wealth of content available at That Creepy Reading extends over hundreds of hours and there is always something for everyone. Rather it be movies, anime, or the written word so long as it's horror Austin will be there to cover it.
Illuminair 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 second year having artists at Youmacon, and we're so very excited to be here!
Kawaii Besu (Beth) is a cosplayer, model, and costume designer. She’s been part of the cosplay community since 2008 and creates costumes based on characters from anime, video games, TV & movies, and comics. Her cosplays have included characters from League of Legends, Overwatch, Borderlands, Fire Emblem, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Darkstalkers, DC and Marvel Universes and many more! She’s created over 30 cosplays and presents cosplay panels across the country.
Mindful Dynasty is a performance art group based out of Ann Arbor Michigan. Composer Jason Wiseley is the creative master mind behind the project. He has been performing and composing music for over a decade. His style is fluid and precise. With the funky sounds of the electric bass accompanied by backing tracks composed with various instrument’s and other synthetic sounds. Jason will take you on an adventure through sound and time. Toshana Grim is a hoop dancer that has been diligently honing her skills for 6 years with performances for the past 4. In 2015 Jason and Toshana decided to join forces creating an audio visual experience for all ages to enjoy. Weather you want to sit down and relax or get up and dance Mindful Dynasty has something for you. Jason spent some years in Chicago submerged in the blues and funk scene. Playing with a variety of groups and open mic's Jason, learned the value of grass roots and the importance of groove. He creates a funky feel while Toshana mesmerizes you with lights and tricks that carry you through each song. Mindful Dynasty is focused on providing more than just a show, but an experience.
Billy West is an American voice actor. Born in Detroit, but raised in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, Billy launched his career in the early 1980s performing daily comedic routines on Boston’s WBCN. He left the radio station to work on the short-lived revival of Beany and Cecil. He was also a writer and cast member on The Howard Stern Show during the early to mid 1990s, where he gained nationwide fame with his impersonations of Larry Fine and late Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott. West is best known for his voice-work on Ren & Stimpy, Doug and Futurama. His favorite characters are Philip J. Fry (Futurama) and Stimpy (Ren and Stimpy), both of which he originated. West’s most notable film work was in Space Jam (1996) providing the voice of both Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. He has provided the same voices for other Looney Tunes films and video games. West has been very outspoken over his displeasure about the influx of movie star actors providing voice-over for films and major shows. West is also a guitarist and singer-songwriter with a band called Billy West and The Grief Counselors.
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).
Cristina “Vee” Valenzuela is an American voice over actor, singer, producer, and director. She’s known for her work in anime as Homura Akemi in Madoka Magica, Sailor Mars in Sailor Moon, Mio Akiyama in K-ON!, Kotori Minami in Love Live!, Hawk in The Seven Deadly Sins, Meiko Mochizuki in Digimon Adventure Tri, Riruka Dokugamine in Bleach, Velvet Crowe in Tales of Zestiria the X, Killua Zoldyck in Hunter x Hunter, Morgiana in Magi, various Pokemon and trainers in Pokemon Black and White, Pokemon Origins, and Pokemon Generations. She can also be heard in Naruto, One Piece, Kill la Kill, One Punch Man, Tiger and Bunny, Fate Stay/Night, Durarara x2!!, AJIN, Knights of Sidonia, among others. She is currently voicing Ladybug in Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir airing on Nickelodeon and Disney Channel, Jay Ten and Little Voice in Steven Universe, and in the past provided the English speaking voice for Disney’s Violetta. In video games she voiced Velvet Crowe in Tales of Berseria, Noel Vermillion and her clones in the Blazblue series, Z0-0M in Star Wars: The Old Republic, Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel in Marvel Pinball: Women of Power, Enero in Street Fighter V, Cinque in Final Fantasy Type-0, Riven in League of Legends, Compa in the Hyperdimension Neptunia series, Nova in Tales of Xillia 2, Cerebella in Skullgirls and Shantae in the Shantae series, to name a few. She is also known for her YouTube channel where her videos have amassed over 20 million views and for casting and directing Skullgirls. You can hear her narrate Disney's Zootopia books and podcasts, and as the female narrator in the Kizumonogatari audiobook. She cast the English language version of Skip Beat and is producing the voice over for Lab Zero’s upcoming game, Indivisible.
Since 2008, Lewis “Linkara” Lovhaug has been a guy who reviews comic books on the internet. For some reason, people like this… or perhaps they just like his other series – History of Power Rangers – a retrospective of a children’s show utilizing Japanese footage of people in spandex hitting rubber-suited monsters. Aside from other occasional reviews of TV shows, movies, and video games, he also does a daily series in October where he dresses up in bad makeup as a horror host, discussing horror comics of all different kinds.
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, 12 th 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.
Steve Bennett has attended conventions since 1994, but he started in the industry long before that. Back in the 80s, Steve lucked out and landed a part time job working with Noburu Furusei (New Dominion Tank Police, Lupin III, etc.) at Studio Aoehyma in Tokyo. He worked on series like Urusei Yatsura and Yamamoto, before returning to the States.
Steve was with Studio Ironcat, a manga-publication company, from 1997 to 2004. He’s worked on several web comics, including The Angel of St. Thomas and Baba Bhalu. And he’s attended a zillion conventions, teaching cel painting classes and drawing on anything that moves. Steve has also done guest speaker gigs at institutions such as the Iowa Museum of Art, and the Freer Gallery of Art.
In 2008, Steve moved back to Japan with his wife Nikki. After seven awesome years exploring Japan and Asia, Steve and Nikki moved to the Seattle area where they are now busy exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Besides returning to the convention circuit, Steve has illustrated covers for Nikki’s books, as well as other covers for her publication company, Firedrake Books, and is working on commissioned projects. He looks forward to seeing everyone at Youma Con!
Naomi Romero is an illustrator for animation and children's media, with credits ranging from Illumination, Nick Jr, Facebook, WeLoveFine, SparkHouse, and many more. When she isn't working, she enjoys going to conventions with her "characters as dogs" series, as well as designing plush toys and working on her "Anxiety Fox" brand.
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!
Cassandra Lee Morris is an American voice actor who has brought dozens characters to life for video games, anime and animation. Some of her fan-favorite roles include Leafa in Sword Art Online, Morgana in Persona 5, Operator 6O in Nier: Automata, Kyubey in Madoka Magica, Nami in League of Legends, Taiga in Toradora! and Edea Lee in Bravely Default. She is also the voice of Frankie Stein in Monster High, Kiazuki in Hanazuki, and she plays Lexi in the web series CONfessionals. Some other recent credits include Atra in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans, Rebecca Rosselini in Lupin the III, Part IV, Calaveras in Sailor Moon Crystal, Sayaka in Your Name, Saki in Durarara!!, Nee and Usamaru in the Blue Exorcist franchise, Ritsu in K-On!, Enna Cros in World of Final Fantasy, Julia in Fire Emblem Heroes, Fie Claussel and Princess Alfin in the Trails of Cold Steel franchise, Lin in Xenoblade Chronicles X, Sophie in Tales of Graces f, Leifang in Dead or Alive 5, Nana in God Eater, Cassandra is also an award-winning audiobook narrator.
Nathan Sharp is an American voice actor, musician and songwriter best known for his music-oriented channel, NateWantsToBattle. Covering a wide array of songs, his music portfolio totals up to over 200 compositions and renditions that range from parodies of popular hits to English renditions of anime openings to music about video games and anime to his original album "Sandcastle Kingdoms" released in March 2017 that charted on iTunes #1 Alternative Albums and Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart. His channel has amassed over 1.2 million subscribers and 300 million unique video views.
His voice can be heard in Funimation's dub of Luck & Logic as Yoshichika Tsurugi, Attack on Titan as Marcel, Gapri in Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry, Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator as Craig Cahn, Midboss's 2064: Read Only Memories as Chad, Magic Pants's Heroes Never Lose as Pronto, Skip Beat! as Imai, Kieran from Indigo Ignited, Pinstripe as George the Dog from Atmos Games, Funimation's dubs of Puzzle and Dragons X, Cheer Boys, Disastrous Life of Saiki K, Handa-kun and Endride.
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.
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, Sebastian Michaelis in Black Butler, Okarin Rintarou from Steins;Gate, and Sir Hammerlock in the videogame juggernaut Borderlands 2.
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/
Randy Milholland is a cartoonist and creator of the comic Something Positive as well as the seasonal comic, The Last Trick-or-Treaters. His work has also been seen in the anthology Sleep of Reason, a couple of expansions for the game Munchkin, and other games and comic anthologies. He lives in Dallas with a librarian and three cats. He looks tired but it's just allergies. Ask him for a free, fast sketch.
Mark "Cornshaq" Davis is a YouTube personality, known as an experienced video game reviewer and content creator. With his popularity exploding, thousands of viewers flock to Cornshaq’s channel each day to get the latest reviews about the newest releases. With his brutally honest approach to games, fans trust his opinion and appreciate his down-to-earth approachability. He is not only a video game reviewer, he is a lifelong gamer with nine years of gameplay videos for retro and modern gaming systems.
He is also an avid speedrunner, with World Record times in games such as 8-Eyes and Wolverine for the NES, and other classic systems such as the SNES, CDi and Genesis. With an ever-growing fan base and channel growth of nearly a thousand subs a month, it’s easy to see why Cornshaq is a trusted name in the gaming world!
He has been featured at Magfest, Wizard World, TooManyGames and Connecticon.
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 pop punk. At the age of seventeen, he left his small English fishing village behind in order to chase his dream of making music; he travelled to Vancouver (Canada) where he now resides. After discovering more about his own gender identity, Kieran changed his pronouns from “she” to “he” in the summer of 2016. 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, 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. Feel free to shoot a tweet via @kieranstrange and @suuuupaadave during the con, and say hi! (And in case you’re wondering: Kieran, and Dave 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)
Todd Haberkorn is a Los Angeles based actor who has had the pleasure of working on productions ranging from stage and film to cartoons and video games.
With over 200 credits in cartoons,commercials, audio books (multi-Earphone Award Winner for Narration), video games, and on camera, Mr. Haberkorn has had the pleasure of working with great clients such as Warner Bros., Sony, Gearbox, Nintendo, and many more. Highlights include Natsu from Fairy Tail, Hikaru Hitachiin in Ouran High School Host Club, Ling Yao in Fullmetal Alchemist, and many more!
Todd flies across the world for on camera and voice over gigs. Still keeping plenty of time to make public appearances at conventions both domestic and international to mingle with tens of thousands of his Twitter and IG followers.
Todd is grateful to have such a cool group of fans to bring along his journey!
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. Check out everything Comfort and Adam on their website: ComfortAndAdam.com
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, Faiin 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 addition to 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.