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Special Guests

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
Hiroshi Shiibashi

Hiroshi Shiibashi is the manga creator best known for his work on “Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan” which went to span twenty-five volumes and receive an anime adapation. Hiroshi Shiibashi has also gone on to work on several other titles, “Illegal Rare” and more recently, “Tsukumogami: Teito Johonu Tokkenchobohin Serosero Nanashiki”.

This will be Hiroshi Shiibashi’s first U.S. appearance.

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.

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

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
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
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 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!)