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Special Guests

Musical Guest
Capcom Live

Are you ready for a night of glitz, glam, and video game music? We would love to extend a hearty welcome to Capcom Live!

“CAPCOM LIVE!” is the official Capcom concert tour, produced by the Boston-based producer/composer, Shota Nakama. Unlike the other orchestral style video game concert, the CAPCOM LIVE! features a high energy rock band, vocalists and orchestra performing the mega-incredible symphonic rock arrangements of the Capcom game music.

One of the most exciting features of the “CAPCOM LIVE!” concert series is the broad array of classic Capcom titles represented in the concert lineup. “This show will feature pretty much all the great music from the Capcom franchises.” said producer Shota Nakama. “We are very honored and thrilled at the same time to be chosen to produce the first ever Capcom greatest hits live concert. Capcom has always been known to create great hybrid soundtracks, and it will be a fun challenge to re-create those live!”

The constantly-growing show set list includes:

  • Ace Attorney®
  • Breath of Fire®
  • Devil May Cry®
  • Dragon’s Dogma®
  • Final Fight™
  • Ghosts ‘n Goblins™ / Ghouls ‘n Ghosts®
  • Mega Man®
  • Mega Man® X
  • Monster Hunter™
  • Okami®
  • Resident Evil®
  • Street Fighter®

And more!

The show team, from producers to musicians to visuals, tirelessly worked together to create a concert that doesn’t only satisfy fans of the games; the live show experience will be exciting and enjoyable to any concert-goers! According to Shota, “We want more people to start listening to video game music, and our mission is to–while satisfying game fans–attract non-gamers who could be just music fans, concert-goers and so on to come find out how awesome video game music is.” The core rock band lineup musicians are not only amazing at what they do, but also avid gamers themselves, passionate about game music and especially the Capcom franchise music featured in the show.

The CAPCOM LIVE! has already toured around the world rocking out the places like Boston, Mexico, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing, since its launch in 2016. More tour dates are coming in 2018.

http://www.capcomlive.com

Musical Guest
SSJ

After two decades of solo careers, the three composers behind the most popular music in the English dub of Dragon Ball Z have joined again! SSJ is taking a 21st Century spin on their own iconic tunes they created for over 200 episodes, in a series of live performances that are as authentic as they are high energy.
Michael Smith – A Dallas, Texas native, following his music composition studies at Southern Methodist University, Mike started off as a keyboard player, then got involved with Faulconer Productions and began composing for the Ginyu Saga of DBZ in 1998. Mike has since worked in television, marketing, and digital media, and is a founding member of the band Safety Meeting, which continues to perform to a loyal following and grow its presence around the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. http://www.safetymeeting.rocks

Scott Morgan is a composer, sound designer, and software engineer. He joined Faulconer Productions Music after earning a degree in Music Theory at UNT. He edited and performed music for DBZ, and composed several popular themes. Scott spent 15 years working with video game audio technology, working as a test engineer and composer on titles such as Empires Dawn of the Modern World and Blak Ops 3. He continues to pump out music on YouTube under the alias MorganStudios, having released 5 albums and 120 videos to date. He is now a Lead Developer at Roland Virtual Sonics in Seattle, WA. http://morganstudios.com
Julius Dobos is an award-winning electronic music & film composer, producer, sound synthesist and performer. Composing since age 9, he had scored feature movies in his native Europe before joining the DBZ team in 2000. After DBZ, Julius worked on high-budget movies such as Zohan, MallCop, The Zookeeper and on various television shows. To date, he has released eleven albums worldwide, including a platinum. Julius launched his solo project, forgotten future, in 2015, designing and performing psybient / epic ambient music to an international audience. He is also lecturing as Distinguished Professor in the San Francisco Bay Area. http://www.juliusdobos.com

Special Guest
Fox and Pepper

Fox Amoore (Iain Armour) is a pianist and composer from Scotland. He started playing the piano at age 5 and professionally at age 14. In the past 18 years of playing and composing Fox has achieved some amazing goals: composing and recording two albums both with a live orchestra and choir at Abbey Road Studios (the first album Come Find Me has sold over 5,000 cd, digital, and vinyl copies worldwide), playing at the famous Cavern Club, seven studio albums, and collaborations with many others including composing for Nintendo and Steam games. Fox Amoore completed his second album recording, “The Dreamcatcher”, at Abbey Road Studios in February 2017. Featuring the world famous seventy piece Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and a 40 person choir from Eclipse Choir and Opus32. Pepper was also featured on “The Dreamcatcher”. Mixed by award winning sound engineer (Avatar, Skyfall, Spectre) Simon Rhodes.
Pepper Coyote (Jared Clark) lives in Arizona and has a degree in music education and is a choir and music instructor. Pepper started performing classical music at age 5 and continued until he reached age 16 when he joined a band and focused on the pop/rock genre. Pepper has recorded eight albums, some independently and others with his band Look Left. Pepper released his newest album “Muh” in December 2017.
Together, and as individuals, Fox and Pepper have performed world wide with concerts in Europe, Australia, Canada, Singapore, South America, Dubai, and the US. They debuted their first collaborative album in July of 2016 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh.
Fox and Pepper released their first musical soundtrack in May 2018 at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nevada. They recorded their second collaboration Spread Thy Wings September 3-5, 2018 at Ocean Way Studios in Nashville, TN.

Musical Guest
Vourteque

Vourteque is a Chicago DJ, producer and variety performer who has performed throughout the US. He has been, and can be, seen at event such as the San Francisco Edwardian Ball, Electric Forest’s Hangar Stage, the Tampa Steampunk Ball and Detroit’s Theatre Bizarre. His mix of swing, big band, bass, and electronic always gets floors moving and his colorful and theatrical stage presence never ceases to entertain. Catch his newest release, The Bombshell EP, now out on D2M Records!

Musical Guest
IAMDYNAMITE

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.

Special Guest
Mindful Dynasty

Mindful Dynasty Is a project founded in classical and funk music, combined with the visual aesthetics of dance and light up hula hoops. The group has released 1 EP (Armageddon 2015) two full length albums (Acoustic Dreams 2016, Project X 2017) and has a third in the mix, ready to showcase for the first time at YOUMACON 2018. All albums can be sampled at https:// soundcloud.com/blue-ninja-0-1 The latest presentation by Mindful Dynasty is called “Level up” It combines elements of Steam Punk and EDM in a colorful exiting manner we call “SteamFunk” come experience our shredding guitar thumping bass and laser like hula hoops. Also here at Mindful Dynasty, we want all our guests and co workers to feel safe, so we would like to address any concerns related to our supposed encounters with the highly contagious disease Sanguinare Vampiris. These are nothing more than rumors started by the ramblings of what we can only assume is a loathsome dirty wolf like madman. We promise, we are nothing but mere mortals…………………. Enjoy the show!!!!!!!

Special Guest
The Shake Ups

The Shake Ups are an award-winning, Midwestern-based power-pop band that blends co-ed vocals, bouncy melodies and infectious energy into a refreshingly charming and original sound. For the past five years, The Shake Ups have been wowing audiences across the U.S. with songs about cartoons, and their latest project is a tribute to the sci-fi/fantasy classic, Voltron! The band has also released original music projects inspired by Steven Universe and My Little Pony, among others.

The Shake Ups have been acclaimed not only by lovers of music and animation, but also by voice talent and musicians from the aforementioned series themselves. The group’s live repertoire includes songs from a variety of series, such as Teen Titans, The Powerpuff Girls, Sailor Moon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more.

The Shake Ups are winners of Nuvo’s annual reader’s poll for ‘Best Pop Band’ two years running, and were the first fan band selected to perform at official Hasbro MLP events. They continue to build on their reputation in the independent fandom community as professional crowd pleasers and the galaxy’s most animated band!

Special Guest
MC Yoda

MC Yoda

Chaotic Good

42st level
21st level Bard
12th Level Monk
9th level Cleric

STR: 18
DEX: 17
CON: 16
INT: 20
WIS: 20
CHA: 20

Strengths: Party hosting, DJ skills, Freestyle poetry, Afterparties

Weaknesses: Catgirls, Samus cosplays, Afterparties, Fanservice episodes

Special Abilities:

Mass suggestion
Inspire heroics
Song of Freedom
Inspire greatness
Suggestion
Inspire competence
Bardic music
Bardic knowledge
Countersong
Fascinate
Inspire courage
Turn undead

Special Guest
Youmacon Hip Hop Show

THE YOUMACON HIP HOP SHOW IS BACK!

Returning for it’s fourth year in a row, Youmacon is celebrating local Hip Hop and Nerdcore artists of Michigan, with performances by Noveliss, Crimson Alchemist, FrivolousShara, Yakuza Moon, The Funk Fresh, Player One, and DJ RX-78. Emceeing for the show once again will be the legendary MC Yoda, helping navigate the audience on this journey with these skilled warriors of Hip Hop and nerd culture. So if you love anime, video games, Hip Hop, and all things nerdy, be sure to check the show on November 3rd.

Special Guest
Emi-chan

“Guidol Emi-chan” *Guide+Idol=Guidol
Emi-chan is the leader from Akibaland Tours.A new breed of idol, she embodies the appeal of Japanese sub-culture through her appearances at overseas events.

Special Guest
Erica Schroeder

Erica Schroeder is a New York based voice actress, stage actress and singer, giving her voice to over 175 characters in the world of animation for television, film, podcasts and video games over the past 16 years. Among them are 10+ characters in 5 different YU-GI-OH series, including such characters as: Mai Valentine, Akiza Izinski, Dark Magician Girl, and Cathy Catherine. She is also known for being active in the autistic community, promoting awareness and supporting her fans’ challenges and triumphs.

Over the years she has voiced 40+ characters and various Pokémon on Pokémon including: Wobbuffet, Eevee, Nurse Joy, Fantina, Bianca, Grace, Meloetta, Pidove, Panchum, Sylveon, Tapukoko, and many more! Other notable roles include: Monkey D. Luffy in One Piece, Blaze the Cat and Wave the Swallow from the Sonic The Hedgehog franchise, Emma Frost in Joss Whedon’s Stop-Motion Comic Astonishing X-Men, Faragonda, Icy the Witch, Piff, Daphne, Squonk, Critty and Kiko from Winx Club, Lyserg from Shaman King, Rai and Komorka from Tai Chi Chasers, Bridgette Verdant (Lettuce) from Mew Mew Power, Shiho from Ah! My Goddess, Scarlet Claw in Cutie Honey, Youshi in Giant Robo, The Spirit of the Mountain in The Boy Who Wanted To Be A Bear (role shared with Sean Schemmel), The Witch in the Cannes Film Festival’s Little Long Nose, and many more titles. Select newer roles and releases include: FLCL3 (on Adult Swim!), Your Name, Gundam Seed, and Gundam Destiny (role to be announced), Melissa Trail inYu-Gi-Oh Arc V, Akemi in Zetman, Yurika Yamagiwa in Psychic School Wars, Zarafa in Zarafa, Nagako Aoki in Mai Mai Miracle and her newest role to hit Saturday morning, Astoria Rapunzel on Nickelodeon’s (and Nick Jr.’s) fantastical Regal Academy.

Erica recently recorded a song as the character of Elita in Signe Baumane’s new animated feature with Cameron Monaghan and Emma Kenney of Shameless and Matthew Modine of Stranger Things, coming out in 2019 titled, My Love Affair with Marriage. She also recently starred as Betsy in the episode titled, Do The Voice and Captain Kilowatt in the episode titled Justice Battalion in the award winning podcast, The Truth, featured on such shows as All Things Considered and This American Life among others. Erica is currently working on Dan’s Green’s anticipated illustrated audiodrama, Crossing The Gods as Dominea.

In addition to the Pokémon, Sonic, and One Piece video games she has worked on, Erica has also voiced characters in: Shadow Hearts: From the New World, White Day, Littlest Pet Shop, Dungeon Hunter V, Just Cause 3,Super Smash Bros., Insecticide, and many more.

As a theater and musical theater actress, Erica has also appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway and regionally and sings on the original cast recordings of Jane Eyre, SHOUT! The Mod Musical and others! Erica has won a SALT award for My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding and an Outstanding Acting Performance Award in the 2014 ZED FEST FILM FESTIVAL for the television pilot, Zom-Com, playing opposite Dan Deluca and Sonic actor, Jason Griffith. Her favorite role by far is that of Mom to her two children.

To see more about what Erica is doing and what she’s done to date, check out her Facebook fan page and Instagram.

Find out about more roles at Behind The Voice Actors.

Special Guest
Brad Hale

With nearly 15 years cosplay experience under his belt and now 4 years with Youtube, Brad Hale likes to keep his life super busy.
Growing up as a child who loved Halloween and dressing up, jumped at conventions the moment he was introduced in the early 2000s.
Ever since then Brad has been hard at work building, crafting and creating cool new cosplays/props. Often known for making mecha or armor cosplay out of Duct Tape. Brad has show that even the lesser know materials can serve a purpose.
His love for cosplay helped get him his job with YouTube back in the era of FNAF. The little known hit “When Bonnie isn’t Home” shot off like a viral internet rocket in a matter of a few months. That video now holds a whopping 5.4 million views. Hes since gone on to grow his channel into a variety of convention videos, lets plays and cosplay builds. Often quoted saying markiplier was his inspiration to get into streaming. This inspiration lead Brad to work his hardest and shoot for the top. “You never know what will happen, the sky’s the limit”.
You can often find Brad hosting panels at most cons and telling tales of convention experiences that will blow your mind.
Feel free to come up and say hi, attend one of his panels or just take it all in. Youmacon is going to be an awesome weekend.

Special Guest
Fred Gallagher

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 has released two Omnibus collections of the six volume series, with the long awaited Seventh volume to be announced this year.

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 wants to be a Mega Awesome IMSA Race Car Driver and has already asked me to design a Largo theme for his car. Unlike his dad, he will be doing actual art at his dad’s Artist Alley table.

Special Guest
Illuminair

Illuminair Entertainment is North America’s go-to source for high-level ‘cosplay circus’- contemporary circus shows designed by and for fans!
The troupe has performed their signature shows at conventions such as Anime North, Youmacon, Atomic Lollipop, Pretty Heroes, and more! With nearly a decade of experience in the field, these Toronto-based circus artists are sure to showcase your favourite fandom in new and unexpected ways!

Special Guest
Ivan Van Norman

Ivan Van Norman is a Host/Publisher/Executive Producer in the Hobby Tabletop Gaming and New Media World. Appearing on the behalf of Geek & Sundry, Smosh Games, C.net, Geek.com, Wizards of the Coast, and other great companies. Ivan is known for his unique form storytelling and has been declared a “Master of Suspense” from his peers and players due to his style of unscripted storytelling. He also plays board games like it is his job (because it kinda is).

His publishing company – Hunters Books, is known for Artbooks, RPG’s, and Board games. Hunters is responsible for the Award Winning Titles Outbreak: Undead, the ABCs of D&D, and Chronicles of Exandria: Tales of Vox Machina – A Critical Role Artbook.

Special Guest
Kroze

If there’s one constant in the universe surrounding Anthony “Kroze” Kresky, it’s that this game designer, writer, consultant, and actor can’t control himself with puns and self-deprecating humor.  He’s also no longer allowed to write his own bio.

Kroze’s origin story begins in college, where he graduated with a BA in Game Design from Full Sail University (which he does not recommend, by the way).  While studying there, the young programmer somehow found himself working with Hilary Duff and her staff, where he created and managed her official fan community.  Knowing that his future held more than managing a pop star’s fanclub (and not being a fan himself), Kroze branched into something he was interested in – the emerging field of online video production.

In the mid 2000’s Kroze was a pioneer of Machinima (the medium, not the company), creating web series’ such as 0n3 RoOF and Over the Counter-Strike in the dark days of the web before YouTube.  Within that realm, Kroze helped grow two then-fledgling communities, Rooster Teeth (where Kroze takes credit for helping to create the popular Halo 3 game type Giffball), and LittleKuriboh’s Yu-Gi-Oh The Abridged Series.   Kroze also notoriously wielded the ‘ban hammer’ in the early years of Loading Ready Run’s Desert Bus for Hope, where he helped grow and manage their community during the annual fundraising event.

Kroze found himself briefly in the spotlight when his comedic writing style won ABC’s Lost Themesong Contest.  Along with co-writer and co-performer Matt Sernaker of Random Gibberish, the group went on a media tour of all-things-Lost, culminating with talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel teasing Kroze on-air during the series-finale special (look in the extra features if you have the boxset, he’s there).

In fact, Kroze himself is a living easter egg that turns up in many popular aspects of geekdom, often as an additional voice or background character (yes, he’s actually in an early episode of Power Rangers, ask him about it).  He’s now growing beyond those cameos by taking on new voice acting roles in several upcoming indie titles, which he’ll be announcing at Youmacon.

Being involved in so many spheres, Kroze often acts behind the scenes connecting people and projects with one another.  He’s currently consulting on several video game and tabletop projects and has previously worked as a marketing consultant for industry leaders such as the Discovery & Hasbro joint-venture The Hub.  Kroze can be contacted through an email address he didn’t know existed until just now – hey[at]kroze.xyz

Special Guest
Mike Sinterniklaas

Michael Sinterniklaas is a French American actor, voice actor, ADR Director and script writer who has worked for 4Kids Entertainment, DuArt Film and Video, Bandai Entertainment, FUNimation Entertainment, Viz Media, and Tripwire Productions.

He is the founder of NYAV Post, A Bi-coastal studio located in New York City and Los Angeles, which has dubbed more than over 350 different anime titles and recorded several original prelay works.

He has a lengthy list of roles as a voice actor that includes Taki Tachibana in the recent smash hit Your Name, Leonardo in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dean Venture in the Adult Swim cartoon The Venture Bros., Leo in Fullmetal Alchemist, Mikey Simon in the Nicktoons series Kappa Mikey, Moritaka in Bakuman, Satoshi in Eden of the East, Xellos in Slayers, Kenji in Summer Wars, Angelo in Gundam Unicorn and Mahad in Yu-Gi-Oh!.

He has also worked in direction, production, script adaptation, sound, in the field of animation, and has had a few live-action roles as well.

Special Guest
Pandez

Pandez has been part of the furry fandom for over a decade. He has held senior staff roles at furry conventions in Michigan and Indiana. Outside the furry fandom, he has been a fan of sci-fi: Doctor Who and Star Trek being his first loves. Also, he has taken to the stage performing improv, stand-up, and the role of MC. He’s excited to be a part of Youmacon’s Dance Competition this year!

Special Guest
Ring of Steel

The Ring of Steel Action Theatre and Stunt Troupe is a theatrical combat organization based out of Ringstar Studio in Ann Arbor, MI, and dedicated to the art of physical storytelling and entertainment. Established in 1989, we work to develop and promote the art of stunt work and the portrayal of staged violence through classes, workshops, training, custom fight choreography and direction, theatrical special effects, and weapons and props rentals. Our members have been featured in Hollywood movies, professional Equity theatres, renaissance faires, summer festivals, popular culture and anime cons, and parties (birthdays, weddings, we just like to have fun).

As a community-based academy, dedicated members can study 500+ hours a year (or casually for a few hours a month) in a wide variety of Eastern and Western martial arts and movement styles including swords (our specialty), staves, lightsabers, parkour, firearms, tactical combat, hand-to-hand, and everything in between. Ring of Steel brings to Youmacon a series of hands-on workshops and engaging panels designed to let attendees move and fight like their favorite superheroes, so come join us for a weekend of geeky fun!

Industry Guest
91.8 The Fan

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.

Special Guest
Samantha Inoue-Harte

Be sure to mark your calendars for James Cameron/Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ on Dec. 21st, 2018 which will feature Samantha Inoue-harte!

Samantha Inoue-harte is an established and varied entertainment industry veteran. She is a producer who works directly with several Japanese anime studios developing new anime content as well as live action feature film adaptations of anime IP for Eastern/Western audiences.

Samantha is also an accomplished veteran as a voice actress in over 43 Japanese anime and video game titles since 1998. Samantha’s most recognized roles are in Kingsisle Entertainment’s Pirate 101 and in Sony online Entertainment’s DC Universe Online as DC Comic’s The Mighty Isis and Lust, Sakura Wars as Kohran Ri, Magical Play as Pipin, and Final Fantasy Unlimited as the Chocobo and Cactaur. Her other titles include: Ascension the Videogame, Birth, Blade of the Phantom Master, Bratz, City Hunter the motion picture, Cosplay Complex, Dai Guard, Daphne in the Brilliant Blue, DearS, Devil Lady, Eden’s Bowy, Gatchaman, Getbackers, Getter Robo, Gun Crazy, Happy Lesson, Jing: King of Bandits, Legend of Crystania the motion picture, Lost Universe, Mazinkaiser, Moeyo Ken, Nadia the Secret of Blue Water, Negima!, New Fist of the Northstar, Ninja Resrrection, Petite Princess Yucie, Princess Blade, Pumpkin Scissors, Queen Emeraldas, Sakura Diaries, Samurai X the OVAs, Samurai X the Motion Picture, Shuten Doji the Star Hand Kid, Soul Hunter, Steam Detectives, Tekken the Motion Picture, Trinity Blood, Wedding Peach, and Zone of the Enders.

Samantha’s resume also includes non anime specific work as well. She has been an animation director for SpikeTV on Fresh Baked Videogames with Rick&Morty creator Justin Roiland, animated on Kevin Smith’s Clerks: The Lost Episode, Lilo & Stitch 2: the Origins of Stitch, Disney’s Villains’ Revenge, Lonestar’s “Mr. Mom” music video and many more.

Samantha has acted and has been a stunt worker in many on camera features including: Appaloosa, Blacktino, Beatdown, Elvis & Annabelle, Exterminators, Grindhouse: Death Proof, Grindhouse: Panet Terror, How to Eat Fried Worms, Idiocracy, Jonah Hex, Kabluey, Machete, Machete Kills, Man of the House, National Lampoon’s the Stoned Age, No Pain No Gain, Office Space, Shorts, Sin city, Sin City 2, Teeth, the 2 Bobs, Tree of Life, True Grit, and can been seen regularly in From Dusk Till Dawn the series.

Samantha also dabbles in Gore FX makeup, which can be seen in Teeth, Predators, Shores of Another Sea, and Grindhouse Planet Terror.

When not working in film, Samantha is often cooking wonderful meals, Cowboy Action Shooting, and playing Dungeons&Dragons or table top games.

Special Guest
Tom Fawkes

Thomas “Tom Fawkes” O’Grady is a Gaming YouTuber and Twitch Streamer with a penchant for Nintendo games. Over the course of his 10-year career, he’s amassed a strong following of nearly 100k subscribers on YouTube and almost 50k followers on Twitch, appeared on many other channels including The Runaway Guys and Rooster Teeth’s Let’s Play, and has become well known among his community for the voices he uses in his let’s plays and his energetic, animated reactions.

Special Guest
Alkali

It was a bright cold day in April, & the clocks were striking thirteen. Laughably, a ferret had been made a guest at Youmacon; they stocked up on libations for the thirsty mustelid. Indeed you heard right, the top hat wearing giant of a ferret has been invited to the very con you are attending! Knowing the convention had asked Alkali to write something about himself, the ferret got to work. Easygoing as he was, Alkali jumped at the chance to put his pen to paper. The sounds of frantic scribbling could be heard as he wrote facts on his very being. “Excellent cook, improve comic, kind of gay, HUGE fan of D&D and LARPing. “Quaint, kind, tall and loud” finished his description that all attendees would see. Unabashed by his description the ferret sat back in his chair, elated to be finished with the arduous task of describing himself. I know what you are asking, “why would Alkali write the story of him writing his entry rather than writing the entry himself”? Lament not my friends, for a true description of Alkali lies in one simple step. All one must do is read the first letter of every sentence.

Special Guest
Shuji Maruyama

Shuji Maruyama’s credits as an animator are only surpassed by his ability as an Animation Director and Character Designer. Mr. Maruyama’s credits as an animator include fan favorites such as the Macross Frontier: Sayonara no Tsubasa movie, Eden of the East, and Yu-Gi-Oh!

Mr. Maruyama’s most current work is as the director in the anime Hanebado. This is Mr. Maruyama’s first visit to the US and is very excited to meet American fans.

Special Guest
Junichi Hayama

Junichi Hayama, born December 19, is a Japanese animator with over 30 years of animation experience after starting his career in 1983. He trained with animator Masami Suda while they worked together on “Fist of the North Star.” Hayama is credited for his work as director, character director and chief animation director for the OVA “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood.” Some highlights from Hayama’s extensive career include animation director for “Fist of the North Star,” “Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure,” and key animation for “Gundam Build Fighters,” “Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story,” “Pokémon Heroes: Latios and Latias” and “Yu-Gi-Oh: The Dark Side of Dimensions.”

 

Special Guest
Shigefumi Shingaki

Shigefumi Shingaki is the animation director for One Piece, but he has also worked on animation for many other titles such as Dragon Ball GT, Samurai 7, Hikaru No Go, Kancolle, and the long-running series, Doraemon!

Shigefumi Shingaki started his career in animation at Studio Mates. Currently, he works full time at Toei Animation but still occasionally does freelance work.

 

Special Guest
RJ Haddy

Rj’s early inspiration came from movies such as the classic Universal studios Monster films, Thriller, Star Wars, and any thing staring Vincent Price. Rj’s first foray into practical effects production came in the form of puppetry, influenced by more films like Gremlins, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and Little Shop of Horrors. Puppeteering satiated his need to build and create with his love of performance into one artistic discipline. Another film hit Rj at a young age illustrating how puppetry and make up crossed over into one end product. That film was Beetlejuice and Rj’s love of FX make up and the amazing talent of Tim Burton took over his world then and there. After finding an aptitude for the performing arts in High School, Rj moved to LA, where he was able to work on pictures like There’s Something About Mary, Batman and Robin, Bedazzled, and Mortal Combat: Annihilation, by working with the talented FX shops Alterian Studios, and ADI. After leaving LA, Rj helmed and wrote the curriculum for the Department of Film, Television, and Multi Media Arts and sciences, at Capital High School in Charleston, WV. After 8 years as a teacher of the arts, it was his students there that would push him to audition for and land a spot on what would become what Rj is best known for, Season 2 of Face OFF: the Makeup FX reality competition show. He went on to place as one of three finalists on that second season and also was the seasons audience vote “fan favorite” Although he didn’t win season two, he was invited back to participate in Face Off Season 5. And on Face Off Season 8 Rj was a Guest mentor. Now as an independent Makeup FX Supervisor Rj has worked on many independent films as department head such as the recently released “The Night Watchmen”. Rj is working on directing his first feature length picture “The Family business, and if that wasn’t enough to keep someone busy, Rj is also opening and franchising his own brand of escape room family adventure facilities, Outta Time Excape Rooms. Rj has worked as a Teacher, a Producer, a Director, an Actor, an FX make up Designer, a Production Designer, Set Designer, Props maker, Costume designer and so much more. As a consummate artist and creator, if there is anything left to do that he hasn’t yet in the creative field…. it will only be a matter of time before he tackles that job, as well.

Special Guest
Jake Paque

Jake Paque (it rhymes!) is an actor, voice actor and filmmaker. He’s probably best known for playing Yusaku & Playmaker in Yugioh! VRAINS, Professor Sycamore on Pokémon, Dumon in Yu-gi-oh! Zexal and Brandon in Winx Club. He also voices roles in Gundam Thunderbolt, Gundam Origin, Birdboy, Lastman, Robin Hood: Mischief in Sherwood, Super4, The New Adventures of Peter Pan, Egyxos, Gormiti and many others. Jake can also be heard narrating for the History Channel, audiobooks and all manner of commercials. Since childhood he’s been an avid storyteller; initially making movies with Lego people and action figures, he quickly graduated to working with real live humans. As a filmmaker, Jake’s passion is creating and developing original content and bringing those ideas to life on screen. Jake likes loud rock music, comic books, action figures and spaceships (both real and fictional).

Special Guest
Cherami Leigh

Cherami Leigh Kuehn (born July 19, 1988) is an American actress who was born in Dallas, Texas. She attended Hebron High School in Carrollton. Kuehn has provided voices for a number of English-language versions of Japanese anime series and video games with Funimation, Bang Zoom! Entertainment, and Studiopolis. Some of her major roles include: Sae Kashiwagi in Peach Girl, Cecily Campbell in The Sacred Blacksmith, Tamaki Kawazoe in Bamboo Blade, Patty Thompson in Soul Eater, Lucy Heartfilia in Fairy Tail, Asuna Yuuki in Sword Art Online, Airi Katagiri in Erased, Plutia from the Hyperdimension Neptunia series, Sarada Uchiha in Boruto, Makoto Nijima in Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 5, A2 in Nier:Automata, Gaige in Borderlands 2, Elicia Hughes in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and Sailor Venus in the Viz Media dub of Sailor Moon.
On screen, she played a young LeAnn Rimes in the television special Holiday in Your Heart and Kim in Fast Food Nation. In 2014, she had the lead role in Shane Dawson’s movie Not Cool, which he developed for the reality competition television series The Chair.

 

Special Guest
Mamoru Yokota

Mamoru Yokota, born February 18, is a Japanese animator. While in junior high, he attended Comiket, which sparked his interest in animation. Eventually Yokota moved on to many careers in media such as illustration, genre development, designing, card game producer, animation producer, game director and live-action drama advisor. Works of Yokota’s include producer for “Kanon” and “Air;” character design for “Rune Soldier” and “Magical Kanan;” assistant animation director for “Death Note” and “Naruto;” and animation director for the video game “BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II.”

 

Special Guest
Jason Charles Miller

Jason Charles Miller is an accomplished and multi-faceted performer, with more than two decades of professional experience as a musician, songwriter, singer and voice actor. Originally from Clifton, VA, Jason now lives in Los Angeles, CA where he owns and runs the successful recording complex, Central Command Studios.
His wildly successful music career has included performances and/or collaborations with artists such as Marilyn Manson, Evanescence, Felicia Day, Godhead, Nine Inch Nails, and many more over the years. As a solo artist, he has opened for country greats such as Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, and Big Kenny of Big and Rich. Convention attendees may know him best as the singer/songwriter responsible for the Critical Role theme.
As a voice actor, Jason has appeared in over 100 animated productions and video games. Some career highlights include Neverwinter: Underdark (Drizzt Do’Urden), The Legend of Korra (The Sherriff), Avatar: The Last Airbender, Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn (Raubahn Aldynn), The Wonder Woman Animated Movie (Thraxx), Code Geass (Urabe), World of Warcraf, Super Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter X Tekken, Ultra Street Fighter 4 (Guy), Resident Evil 5 (Robert Kendo), Star Craft 2, Diablo III, Guild Wars 2, and more. He has appeared on screen a number of times as well, including in the SyFy original movie Battle Planet, Chatroom of Solitude on Stan Lee’s World of Heroes network, season 5 of The Guild, and alongside Lewis Black and Andy Dick on Comedy Central.

 

Special Guest
Kevin Bolk

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.

Special Guest
Ellyn Stern

Began her acting career at the age of 12. She is a classically trained actress, voice actress, director and writer, whose career spans film, television and stage.  She has voiced hundreds of characters in Games, Animation and Anime beginning with “Robotech.” She is Agatha of the Elite 4 in “Pokémon Generations,” Elena Gotti, Nora Anita and other characters in the New “Lupin the Third Blue Jacket Series,” Rosetta in the new film “currently on Toonami’s Cartoon Network. Also Rosetta in the new Lupin the Third film “The Golden Legend of of Babylon,” Martha Vist Carbine in “Mobile Suit Gundham Unicorn,” Okami (Taisho’s wife), in “Skipbeat,” Masaki Kurosaki,(Ichigo’s Mom) in “Bleach,” Miyuki Goto in “Noein,” Rossario in “Wrinkles,” with Martin Sheen and Matthew Bodine, May in Disney’s “Limon And Oli,” Harraway in “Ghost In The Shell II Innocence,” Ellie in “Dogs In Space,” Jack’s Mom in ”Mar,” Rosalind in “Armitage III,” Lady M in “Samurai X,” Himeno in “Fight! Spirit of The Sword,” Maki Yoshihara in “Metal Fight Miku,” “Kickheart,” Moru in “Vampire Princess Miyu,” ”Patlabor 3,” “Mini Pato,” “Digimon,” ”BoBoBo-BoBoBo,” “Zenki,” “Genma Wars,” “Wings Of Honnemise” “Gundam,” “Teknoman,” “Honey Bee Hutch,” “Wisdom of the Gnomes,” “Macross,” “Captain Schnauzer,” “Gigi,” to name just a few.

A few of the games you’ve heard her on are:
“Goddzilla,” “True Crimes Hong Kong,” “Star Ocean 1 & 2,” “Sylpheed,” “Galerians,” “Paraworld,” “Jade Cocoon,”
“Bushido Blade 2,” “Family Guy Game,” “Shadow Hearts,” “Inherit the Earth,”
“Aero Wings 1 & 2,” and “Abby.”

Ellyn did lead voices in English versions of Academy Award winners:
“Cinema Paradiso,” “Belle Epoque,” “Eat, Drink, Man, Woman,” “Kika,” “Mostly Martha,” “Babbette’s Feast,” “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” “Fencing Master,” “Widow of St. Pierre,” “Amores Perros,” “Mission Kashmir,” “Iron Monkey,” “The Emperor and the Assassin,” “Onmyoji-Ying-Yang Masters,” “Le Femme Nikita,” “Tae Guk Gi,” “Shiri,” “Jade Cocoon,” “Grand Master,” “Iron Monkey,” “Old Boy,” “Mission Kashmir,” “Ugly Betty Webisodes,” “Rumble In The Bronx,” and one of the leads in the new Italian series on Netflix, “Suburra.”

She recently directed and voiced
“Pokémon Generations” series, voicing Agatha.
She also co-directed the “Lupin the Third Blue Jacket Series,” and the “Samurai X” series.

A few shows she’s directed:
”Star Wars, Episode IV, A New Hope,” into the Navajo language, “Farewell My Queen,” “Delicacy,” and “V.”
Games she directed “Jade Cocoon,”
“Super Magnetic Neo,” “Aerowings I & II,” and many others.

On camera Ellyn’s starred in:
“Dead Girl’s Detctive Agency,”
“Blood On Canvas,” “Jessie’s Girls,”
“Milk and Honey,” “The Other Way,” “Electronica II,” co-starred in “Warhead,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Jasper Carrott,”
“St. Elsewhere,” and “Fatal Charm,”
”General Hospital,” “Days of Our Lives,” and “Santa Barbara.”

On stage she’s been seen as Mdme Thenardier in “Les Miserables,”
The Queen in Ionesco’s “Exit The King,” Jacqueline Kennedy in
“We’ll Never Be Young Again,”
“Sister Africa,” “Jihad,”
“Daughter of My People,” and “Radio Berlin.”

Ellyn’s children’s book, IT’S HARD TO GIVE A BUTTERFLY A HUG can be found on Amazon.com

Coming up: A sitcom written by Ellyn, starring Ellyn, Richard Epcar and
Stephen Tobolowsky.
Stay tuned!!

 

Special Guest
Richard Epcar

Legendary Actor RICHARD EPCAR – is one of the hardest working men in show business, having voiced over 500 characters in Games, Animation and Anime.
Best known as the voice of BATOU in Ghost in the Shell, The JOKER in several Batman games including INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US (Fighting Game of the Year!) RAIDEN in MORTAL KOMBAT, ANSEM in KINGDOM HEARTS, and
AKUMA in STREET FIGHTER V! Voted one of the Top 20 Video Game Voice Actors of all Time and Top 20 Anime Actors of all time by IMDB! Also nominated for Best Male Lead Vocal Performance in an Anime Movie by BTVA for his portrayal of Hokusai in MISS HOKUSAI. Starting out in ROBOTECH, you’ve heard him in LEGEND OF KORRA, JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE as Joseph Joestar, BATMAN UNLIMITED as Commissioner Gordon, POKEMON GENERATIONS as Giovanni, BERSERK, PEABODY & SHERMAN, TRANSFORMERS, ASTERIK WAR, DRAGON BALL SUPER, BLOOD LAD, LUPIN THE THIRD, NARUTO, BOBOBO-BOBOBO, MONSTER HUNTER WORLD, BLEACH, SKIP BEAT, KENSHIN, SAO II, DURARARA, GTO, A LULL IN THE SEA, HUNTERXHUNTER, GUNDAM, MACROSS, DC SUPER FRIENDS, CYBER SOLIDER 009, ONE PUNCH MAN, LUCKY STAR, DIGIMON, 7 DEADLY SINS, X-MEN, GUNDAM UNICORN, STITCH & AI, BABYLON 5, and POWER RANGERS to name a few.

He’s also in tons of games including:
FINAL FANTASY as Gaius and Ilberd, SAINTS ROW, MAFIA III, ARKHAM ORIGINS, SKYRIM, INFINITE CRISIS as the Joker, CALL OF DUTY-ADVANCED WARFARE, EXTINCTION, MAD MAX, SMITE, CROSS EDGE, FIRE EMBLEM as Walhart, Hardin and Jedah, PERSONA 5, MK vs D.C. UNIVERSE as the Joker and Raiden, STARGATE SG-1 as Gen. Hammond, CALL OF DUTY-BLACK OPS, STAR WARS, TRANSFORMERS, X-COM, COMMAND & CONQUER,
DEAD OR ALIVE 3-D, STARCRAFT as Dark Templar, DEAD SPACE, XENOSAGA as Ziggy, MARVEL HEROS, WORLD OF WARCRAFT (15 characters), LEAGUE OF LEGENDS as Xin Zhao, NARUTO, COWBOY BEBOP, SAMURAI WARRIORS, BLUE DRAGON, STAR OCEAN, SPLINTER CELL, GUILTY GEARS, .HACK, MEDAL OF HONOR, GHOST RECON, BATON KAITOS ORIGINS, SPACE SEIGE, SPEC-OPS, BAYONETTA, CATHERINE, TEKKEN, ACE COMBAT and RESIDENT EVIL. RICHARD has voice directed many games including: ARKHAM ORIGINS, DEAD ISLAND: RIPTIDE, BLUE DRAGON, SHADOW HEARTS II, STAR OCEAN 2, 3, XCOM, ENEMY TERRITORY QUAKE WARS, UNREAL TOURNAMENT 3, JACKASS THE GAME, SMACKDOWN VS. RAW, and DEAD HEAD FRED and voice directed many shows including: GHOST IN THE SHELL 2, LUPIN THE III, ROBOTECH: SHADOW CHRONICLES, ALMOST HEROES, JUNGLE SHUFFLE, THE REEF, MONCHICHI, GRAND MASTER, NOEIN, DIGIMON, MONCHICHI, FIGHTING SPIRIT, PATLABOR 3, ZENTRIX, AZUMI I & II, FEARLESS, BETTY BLUE, IRON MONKEY, VR TROOPERS, POWER RANGERS, UGLY BETTY WEBISODES and OLD BOY to name a few.
He has also voice acted on several films including: DEADPOOL 1 & 2, WARCRAFT, PLANET OF THE APES, CAPT. AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS and RESIDENT EVIL 3 to name just a few.
On Camera Richard has appeared in many shows including: WAREHOUSE 13, MEMOIRS OF AN INVISIBLE MAN, COLUMBO, DIAGNOSIS MURDER, MATLOCK, CHEERS, V,
DAYS OF OUR LIVES, GENERAL HOSPITAL, and a lead in the film, ALTERED SPIRITS on Amazon.

 

Special Guest
Wendee Lee

WENDEE LEE – is one of the premiere American voice artists and voice directors in anime, games and films. With a career spanning over three decades she holds a record as one the most credited voice actresses in North America in over 400 roles, and was recently named one of the Top Twenty voice artists of all time.

Her characters include HARUHI from The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiy’, SHURA – Blue Exorcist, QUEEN SERENITY – Sailor Moon, AMIDA – Mobil Suit Gunam: Iron Blood Orphans, BULMA – Dragon Ball Super, YORUICHI, TATSUKI & URURU in Bleach, KONATA – Lucky Star, KAGERO in Ninja Scroll, KEI in Akira, KETSU – Durarara, LUCY – Cyborg 009, LUCA – Berserk, EVIL QUEEN – Monster High, CHRISSY – Polly Pockets, WITCH, FIRY GODMOTHER & STEPSISTER – Cinderella, and the iconic FAYE VALENTINE – Cowboy Bebop. She also teamed up opposite Steve Blum again in the role of ANGELA in the feature film EXPELLED FROM PARADISE.

In addition to the dozens of games she has directed for Nintendo, Bandai Namco, Sega, NIS America and more, she is also directing the new adaptation of ‘March Comes In Like A Lion’ for Aniplex, as well as voicing and directing several other new original animation titles, games and more anime.

Games
Persona 4 – FUUKA, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – ATHENA CYKES, Real Zero Escape – CLOVER FIELD, Soulhunters – ARACHNEA, Hyperdimension Neptunia – BLANC & WHITE HEART, Danganronpa – MIU IRUMA, Skullgirls – SEKHMET & BLACK DAHLIA, Rune Factory – LIN FA, Hyperdevotion Noire – BLANC, Fairy Fencer F – VIVIAN, Devil Survivor – HINAKO, Conception 2: Children Of The Seven Stars – CHLOE, Dragon Nest – ARGENTA

Directing
‘TALES OF…’ games for Namco Bandai for 12 years straight, Xeno Blade, Fire Emblem Echoes, God Eater, Godzilla, Fairy Fencer Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, Soul Calibur, Fire Emblem Warriors, Panda Warriors, Shopkins, Beyond Beyond, Testament Of New Sister Devil, Nier, Puyo Puyo Tetris, NAGI ASU – A Lull In The Sea, Tamagotchi, Doraemon for Disney XD, Giovanni’s Island, Air Bound, Dive Olly Dive

 

Special Guest
Lisa Ortiz

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. Her voice has been heard internationally on Disney XD, SciFi, Cartoon Network, WB, Nickelodeon and Netflix amongst others. And has appeared most recently onstage in the one woman show “I Couldn’t Possibly love you” at 53 above at the Broadway Comedy club.

She is currently the director of Pokemon Sun and Moon 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 leaders Korrina and Litten, and Poipole.

She can currently be heard as Mini in RoboCar Poli, Royal Academy, Noemblue in Street Fighter V, World of Winx, and Taffy as well as the upcoming Natarle Badegireul in Gundam Seed and Carla Montez in Dead Rivals and voices in SMITE. Favorite roles include, Serenity Wheeler :Yu-gi-oh, Tony Tony Chopper:OnePiece (4Kids), 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, Modern Combat 5 and Netflix’s Heroes United and a few projects still not able to be disclosed. She is President of Noise of O Productions, co-founder of www.voicesforfosters.org and currently resides in NYC, with her fabulous felines Littie and Boudica (Boodie). She does not own 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.

 

Special Guest
Michael Tatum

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

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/

 

Special Guest
Carrie Savage

Carrie is thrilled to be able to come to Youmacon this year and meet some Detroit Anime Fans! Carrie has voiced roles in many Anime Series and video games from Los Angeles, Texas and now New York! Some of Carrie’s roles include: … from California: “Hakufu” in Ikki Tousen (Season 1, 3 and 4), “Nancy” in R.O.D. the TV, “Kukuri” in K, “Maromi” in Paranoia Agent, “Rakka” in Haibane Renmei, and others such as Stellvia, Ultra Maniac, I, My, Me! Strawberry Eggs, Daphne in the Brilliant Blue, Marmalade Boy, Gankutsuo, Dear.S, GunXSword, Ergo Proxy, Girl’s Bravo, Texhnolyze, Melody of Oblivion, Tsukihime, Sakura Wars the Movie, Dangaizer 3, Aguarian Age the Movie, Monsters, Ghost Talker’s Day Dream, Vampire Knight, Squid Girl, Durarara, and Modoka Magica, and a little but very fun part in Fate Zero! Her Texas characters include “Mokona” in Tsubasa Chronicles, and XXX Holic, “Millia” in Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing, “Miu” in Kenichi, “Rihoko” in Witchblade, “Asta” in Trinity Blood, “Penny” in Shin Chan , “Solty” in Solty Rei, “Angol Mois” in Sargent Frog, “Lisanna” in Fairy Tail, as well as roles in other shows such as Maken Ki!, Railgun, the many Aquarion series, Bamboo Blade, Romeo X Juliette, School Rumble, Heaven’s Lost Properties, Chaos Head, Linebarrels of Iron, Kaze no Stigma, Sasami, Moon Phase, Rumbling Hearts, Murder Princess, Shuffle, Ragnarok, Mushishi, Samarai 7, Full Metal Alchemist, Suzuka, Hell Girl, Origin “Spirits of the Past”, One Piece, Ouran Host Club, Black Blood Brothers, Negima, Darker than Black, Tower of Druaga, Aquarion, Shikebane Hime, Baccano, Strain, Dragonaut, Soul Eater, Sasami, Tower of Druaga, Shakugan no Shana 111, Xeno Saga, Sekirei, Corpse Princess, D.Gray-Man,… from New York there is Ladies vs. Butlers, a few very small roles in Poke’mon, and she’s currently voicing roles in many other series, originally from France and Korea (some of which are available on Netflix and Amazon Prime) .. and the list goes on. She has also had a fun time voicing characters in video games such as Street Fighter V, Street Fighter X Tekken, Blaz Blue, Disqaea 4, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers, Final Fantasy 7 “Crisis Core”, Suikoden 5, Tales of Legendia, Romancing Saga, The Dynasty Warriors Series, Culdcept, Rumble Roses II, and Star Ocean 4 “The Last Hope”, Ar Tarnelico, Trinity Universe, and Altelier Rorona, Mugen Souls, Smite and the list is always expanding. In the past, she joyously got to be the voice of 2 “My Little Pony” toys; Baby “Skywishes” and a singing T-pot! Carrie has script adapted for such shows as School Rumble, and Shuffle, and was also lucky enough to get to directed episodes 1-4 of Shuffle, as well as just a little occasional directing on various other shows.

Carrie is currently residing in NY where she graduated of one of NY’s famous Broadway schools; “Circle in the Square Theater School”, and is sticking around in the great city of New York for a while, although she certainly misses Los Angeles, which she considers home (especially when the NY winters roll around!). Carrie will always continue with voice acting and conventions whenever possible; School or no school, with Muscular Dystrophy, or with God’s healing! (She defiantly relies on God’s strength infused into her body on a daily basis!) She’s certainly excited to meet everyone at Youmacon!

Carrie has also enjoyed the unique task of being able to travel in order to help struggling children and adults in developing countries when funding could be raised to do so. She has done this in such places as Africa, Portugal, Russia, Romania, Mexico, the Philippines, some parts of the US and Australia.

 

Special Guest
Robbie Daymond

Robbie Daymond is a Native-American Voice Artist, Actor, and Performer based in Los Angeles. He works in traditional animation, Anime, commercials, film, television, audiobooks and videogames for companies such as: Nickelodeon, Disney, Warner Brothers, Cartoon Network, Discovery Kids, NBC, 20th Century Fox, Marvel, Bang Zoom!, Lucasfilm, Activision, Square Enix, Volition Games, Studiopolis, VIZ, Aniplex, SyFy, Random House, and many more.

After booking his first major Anime role in 2014 as Tuxedo Mask in “Sailor Moon”, he has had the opportunity to act in several other Anime series including; “One Punch Man” as Mumen Rider, “Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans”, “The Seven Deadly Sins”, “Naruto Shippuden”, “Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works”, “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure”, “Sword Art Online 2”, “Durararax2”, “Lupin the 3rd”, “Aldnoah Zero”, “Your Lie in April”, “Glitter Force”, “Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals”, & continues to reprise his role of Mamoru in “Sailor Moon Crystal”. There are also a few others coming that he can’t mention quite yet…

Robbie starred as the series lead in two shows on Nickelodeon: “Breadwinners” and “Get Blake.” He is currently starring in the new “Marvel’s SPIDER-MAN” animated series on Disney XD as the voice of Peter Parker/Spider-Man himself. He has guest-starred on such shows as: “Star Wars Rebels”, “Avengers Assemble”, “Transformers: Rescue Bots”, “Ever After High”, “Little People” and “The Tom & Jerry Show.” He has also voiced characters in several feature films, including Toneri Otsutsuki in “Naruto the Last”, Porta in “Patema Inverted”, Lino in “Gundam the Origin III” and the Fairy Cronies in “Strange Magic”, among others. Robbie can also be heard in videogames such as Final Fantasy XV as the widely-loved gunslinger Prompto Argentum, TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan as Michelangelo, Tales of Zestiria as Sorey, Final Fantasy Type-0, Star Wars: The Old Republic, The Division, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lego Marvel’s Avengers, The Lego Movie Videogame, Technomancer, Masquerada, Aion, Stella Glow, Xenoblade Chronicles X, Grand Chase, Skyforge, Forbidden Magna, Lineage 2, Etrian Odyssey Untold II, Blade & Soul, Fairy Fencer F, and more!

 

Hail to the King
Jon St. John

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

One of the first voice actors in video games, Jon is best known as the voice behind the first famous FPS – DUKE NUKEM, and he is also heard on games such as: Sonic Adventures, Guild Wars 2, Star Trek: Online, World of Warcraft, Counter-Strike, Half-Life: Opposing Force, Rad Rodgers, This is the Police, and D&D Neverwinter, to name just a few.

Jon is heard as lead characters in two of the world’s top eSports tournament games, DoTA2 and Counterstrike: GO

An honored guest at gaming conventions around the world, Jon is one actor who really enjoys meeting his fans…so don’t be shy, step right up and shake his hand!

 

Special Guest
Max Mittelman

A Los Angeles native, Max has been entertaining audiences from behind the mic, onstage, and in front of the camera since he was in high school. His fearlessness has been the foundation for his versatility and he’s enjoyed creating a wide range of characters for TV animation and video games.

Although he is well known as Saitama in ONE-PUNCH MAN, he’s also given life the hotheaded troublemaker with a heart of gold, Ryuji, in PERSONA 5, the carefree and always-hungry, Plagg, in MIRACULOUS LADYBUG, and the lazy yet virtuous sin of sloth, King, from SEVEN DEADLY SINS.

Other notable roles include: FIRE EMBLEM (Leo, Gray, Kaden, Forrest, Gordin), MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN (Harry Osborn), YOUR LIE IN APRIL (Kousei), KINGDOM HEARTS 2.8 (Luxu), BEN 10 (Overflow), FALLOUT 4 (Zeke), MOB PSYCHO 100 (Ritsu), TRANSFORMERS (Blurr), JUSTICE LEAGUE: ACTION (Jimmy Olsen), ELENA OF AVALOR (Bobo), WORLD OF WARCRAFT (Prince Farondis), MAGI: THE KINGDOM OF MAGIC (Yunan), STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT (Quarren), ALDNOAH.ZERO (Inaho), BORUTO (Konohamaru), SAO II (Jun), GUNDAM: IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS (Ein), STAR OCEAN 5 (Fidel), GUNDAM: THUNDERBOLT (Io), TALES OF BERSERIA (Shigure), STARCRAFT II (Stone), ATELIER: ESCHA & LOGY (Logy), DURARARAx2 (Shijima), DORAEMON (Soby), HALO 5 (Rooker), SKYLANDERS (Panderghast).

With plans to become a doctor, Max studied science for four years at USC. Yet he ultimately received his degree from the Theatre Department because he always found himself drawn to what fulfills him the most: creating worlds and telling stories through performance.

 

Special Guest
Ray Chase

Ray Chase is an actor who has attached himself to a great many video games and anime in a very short amount of time. In the last few years, fans recognize him as the main character Noctis in FINAL FANTASY XV, Master of Masters from KINGDOM HEARTS, Artorius from TALES OF BERSERIA, Roy/Gauis/Alphonse/Fernand from FIRE EMBLEM, Eve from NIER AUTOMATA, and his most celebrated role as the Subway Announcer in PERSONA 5.

He’s also made minor appearances in MASS EFFECT ANDROMEDA, HORIZON: ZERO DAWN, DEUS EX: MD, XENOBLADE CHRONICLES X, and TYRANNY.

Ray’s anime roles include Keith Flick in B: THE BEGINNING,, Puri Puri Prisoner in ONE PUNCH MAN, Yuu Otosaka in CHARLOTTE, Yukiatsu in ANOHANA: THE FLOWER WE SAW THAT DAY, Howzer in SEVEN DEADLY SINS, Hanzo/Squala in HUNTER x HUNTER, Rubber Soul in JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE, as well as joining the casts of YOUR NAME, BERSERK, MOB PSYCHO 100, GUNDAM: IRON BLOODED ORPHANS, BLUE EXORCIST, FAIRY TAIL, and many others!

He is a proud founding member of the comedy and gaming troupe Loud, Annoying, and Very Annoying (LAVA), which he shares with fellow actors Max MIttelman and Robbie Daymond.

 

Special Guests
Team Four Star

Special Guest
Corinne “Megami33” Sudberg

Corinne “Megami33” Sudberg is a professional voice actress and singer. She makes song covers from various anime shows on her Youtube channel and is also the official singer for the theme song to Bananya, “Lucky Holiday” from Discotek Media. She recently played Arche Eeb Rile Furt in Overlord III for Funimation. She has also worked with Everest Productions (Pororo: A Christmas Special), Media Blasters (Holy Knight OVA, Ladies versus Butlers!) & Sound Cadence (Regalia: Of Men & Monarchs) to say a few as well as other indie developers/animations.

Joining the abridging world with Sailor Moon Abridged, aka SMA, back in 2007, she’s become involved in providing voices for many other abridged/parody shows, but is mostly known for providing the voice of Sir Integra Wingates Hellsing in Hellsing Ultimate Abridged, Marlene in FFVII Machinabridged and of course, Bulma, Chiaotzu, Puar and Baby Trunks in Team Four Star’s Dragonball Z Abridged. She’s also provided voices for other web based series like Linkara’s Atop the Fourth Wall & Aphmau’s Minecraft Diaries series to say a few.

Special Guests
Comfort and Adam

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

Special Guest
Dement09

Dement09 is an artist born and raised in Bulgaria, Europe, and is most well known for her Steven Universe fanworks. She’s a graduate of the Sofia College of Visual arts and is currently obtaining a degree in animation from New Bulgarian University, she considers herself a self-taught artist.

Dement09 got her start in art after seeing Pokemon for the first time, honing her skills by drawing and redrawing favorite characters. Since then, she has worked as a Junior Digital Media Artist and as a colorist and lettering for a local comics project as well as creating freelance concept artwork for Thunderhead Gaming’s RPG called Netherstorm.

In 2016, she participated in a local reality show for comic book artists called ComixBox, where she further perfected her skills and found a new audience for her work. Since then, she has participated in numerous conventions and is excited to be appearing in the US at Youmacon 2018.

Special Guest
Uncle Kage

Furry fandom’s most prolific entertainer, Uncle Kage is a seasoned comic and storyteller. He serves as Anthrocon’s Chairman (for the past two decades!), and is known to be a fan of chilled Japanese sake (hint hint!)