Guests 2016

Chuck Huber

Chuck Huber started acting in Anime in the roles of Garlic Jr. and Android 17 in DBZ. Since then he has voiced hundreds of characters including Hiei in YuYu Hakusho, Stein in Soul Eater, Kululu in Sgt. Frog, Mohji in One Piece, Shou Tucker in Full Metal Alchemist, Han in Blue Gender, Hiro in Shin Chan, Ashe in Black Butler, Reever in D. Gray Man, Hector in Glass Fleet, Yuichi in Initial D., Akai in Oh Edo Rocket, Melt in The Tower of Druaga, Adashino in Mushishi, Eric Nishijima in Darker Than Black, Havel in Trinity Blood, Austria in Hetalia and many more. He has been a writer on Hetalia, Sgt. Frog, Baccano, Spice and Wolf and others. As a filmmaker Chuck has acted, produced, written or directed for Arbor Day – The Musical, The Troubadoors, The Fragility of Seconds, The Mechanical Grave, Odd Man Out among others. He began acting in Chicago at the Goodman Theater, Court Theater, Steppenwolf Theater after graduating from DePaul University and continues to work on stages in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Most recently he played Hugh Jameison in the movie Parkland, produced by Tom Hanks and starring Billy Bob Thornton and Paul Giamatti.

DC Douglas

D.C. Douglas will forever be known as the sinister voice of Albert Wesker (“Resident Evil”), screaming “Chriiiisssss” as he melts in a lava lake. This is a far cry from his other roles, such as the persnickety alien Zepht in “Star Trek: Enterprise” or the logical Legion in the “Mass Effect” videogame series. He’s been in all sorts of video games, as The Master in “Buffy,” “The Vampire Slayer,” AWACS in “Ace Combat 6,” Archangel Michael in “Might & Magic Heroes VI,” Raven in “Tekken 6? and “Street Fighter X Tekken,” and Albert Wesker in “Resident Evil: Umbrella,” & “Darkside Chronicles,” “Mercenaries,” “Capcom Versus Marvel 3” and “Resident Evil 5.” He gave voice to the Geth as Legion in “Mass Effect 2 & 3.” Douglas’ anime credits include President Paradine in “Tales of Graces f.” Alexei Dinoia in “Tales of Vesperia.” Kelvin Garr in “Tales of the World,” Grimoire Noir in “Nier Replicant,” Gabi & Taihaku in “.hack Vol1 & 2,” Genji Kamogawa in “Hajime no ippo,” and Shori Shibuya in “God, Save Our King!” Recent television appearances include “Castle,” “Workaholics,” “Criminal Minds,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” and “2 Broke Girls.” Highlight credits for fans of sci-fi, horror and fantasy include “Star Trek: Enterprise,” “Charmed,” “Passions,” “Titanic II,” and “666: The Child.” Douglas can be seen in the upcoming sci-fi thriller, “Apocalypse Kiss” as the serial killer Adrian (an homage to Albert Wesker) starring alongside Troma Pictures legend, Lloyd Kaufman.

DC is also a very memorable convention guest, as his panels can take certain creative twists on the characters he has played, and he also regularly participates in other convention events including the dance events at night (taking his shirt off and dancing on stage).

Steam Powered Giraffe

The robots of Steam Powered Giraffe are like nothing you’ve ever seen. The malfunctioning joke-spewing metal men play a collection of original Vaudeville inspired tunes fused with modern flare and executed in a super-sleek, one-of-a-kind performance. More than just a band, Steam Powered Giraffe is an experience that must be seen and heard by the entire family.

The artists behind the SPG robots started street busking as these quirky characters back in January 2008 at Balboa Park, California, instantly drawing the attention of Southern California. They have since performed at such venues as The San Diego Fair, The San Diego Zoo, The Wild Animal Park, Legoland, Ontario Mills, and numerous Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Steampunk Conventions.

Their act combines the visual of robot pantomime with sketches, pop culture references, improvised comedic dialogue, and of course, original music. From their heartwarming nostalgic melodies to their funky cabaret rock, Steam Powered Giraffe’s songs are memorable, infectious, and as unique as the robots themselves.

Studio TRIGGER

Trigger Inc., typically stylized as TRIGGER and also known as Studio Trigger, is a Japanese animation studio founded by former Gainax employees Hiroyuki Imaishi and Masahiko Ohtsuka in August 2011. You may know TRIGGER from their work in creating Little Witch Academia, or the anime series Kill la Kill, which aired from October 2013 to March 2014. In July 2013 Trigger launched a Kickstarter project in order to fund a second episode of Little Witch Academia, which achieved its goal of $150,000 in under five hours, and went on to raise a total of $625,518. Other shows TRIGGER has been involved in include Inferno Cop, When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace, Ninja Slayer From Animation, Kiznaiver, Project X Zone, and Black Dynamite, among others.

Greg Ayres

Greg Ayers in an anime voice actor and DJ who is often considered the voice actor who has attended more conventions than any other. He is currently focusing on attending as many conventions as possible, while emphasizing his work in the music field. Greg is an anime voice actor who is also a fan at heart. Greg was an anime fan long before even getting into the anime industry, and you can tell from his passion that he’s never stopped being a fan.

Greg often voices younger characters who tend to be main characters or important members of the group – such as Kaoru from Ouran High School Host Club or Ganta from Deadman Wonderland.

Outside of anime, Greg is a professional DJ, playing for some of the largest crowds in the world.

V is for Villains

V is for Villains is a new breed of entertainment. Mixing the visual styles of Steampunk, Carnival and Noir, with the musical taste of Nine Inch Nails, Prodigy, and your favorite film score; V is for Villains will take you on a journey through the imagination that your mother couldn’t prepare you for. Most groups often say that they intend for “world domination”… V is for Villains might actually mean it…

Samurai Dan and Jillian

The husband and wife team of Daniel and Jillian Coglan are full-time martial art instructors, specializing in 16th century Samurai Arts. When not teaching at their dojo, the Kojokan, they travel the United States performing and teaching the ancient ways of the most famous warriors in history.

With a combined 35 years of experience, their show is a unique blend of history, combative skill, and humor, designed to educate and entertain audiences both large and small.

Beyond their martial skills, the dynamic duo collaborated to write, direct, host, and star in a 12 episode TV series entitled, “The Way of The Samurai.”

Daniel is also an author, with several martial art articles published, and is currently working on his second full-length novel.

The Pillowcases

The Pillowcases are the number one Pillows cover band in the world. For many, that’s all we need to say. But if not, let me ask: do you like FLCL? Of course you do. And that means you like the band the Pillows, who made the soundtrack for that anime. The Pillowcases are on a mission to rock out every con in the country and spread the joy of the music of the Pillows to everyone. Along the way, you’ll hear covers of some of nerd fandom’s favorite songs just to mix things up a bit. So get your butts down to see the show, it’s going to be awesome.

Frenchy and the Punk

New York based Frenchy and the Punk’s show is a carnival of two that will take you from Paris’ Moulin Rouge to CBGBs and back again. A rollicking flapper folk punk steampunk cabaret with Taiko meets Rio de Janeiro pounding drum instrumentals that just might make you lose your mind. They are a quirky, genre-bending and theatrical act. This dynamic duo is a favorite at alternative conventions across the U.S. and in Europe like DragonCon, Steampunk World’s Fair and FaerieCon. A pixie spirited flexitarian band of tree hugging, gothic, folky, Steam Punks by way of Paris and New York. Doused in red wine, kale and granola, raised on punk rock and ballet, eclectic and uplifting…fun with a capital F! http://www.frenchyandthepunk.com

KrazyKrow

KrazyKrow is a webcomic veteran with over 12 years of writing experience. His first comic, Krakow, was originally published in the University of Calgary student newspaper before leaping onto the web. His current comic, Spinnerette, is his first foray into the world of superheroes! Check him out online at www.spinnyverse.com!

Kid Yuki and The Otakus

Kid Yuki and The Otakus is a rock band united under one mission: to bring your favorite anime and video game music to life. From Naruto to Gurren Lagann to Kingdom Hearts, RWBY, and so much more, there’s a good chance our show will melt your face off. Internet musician Kid Yuki brings together the dazzling vocals of Amaya, the screaming guitar of Clash the Stampede, the roaring thunder of Oni the bass warrior, the haunting piano of Kei, and the percussive force of Miyage-hin to form a nerd-powered band the likes of which have never been seen.

Brooke Stephenson

Brooke Stephenson, or Ogawa Burukku as she’s known by her pen name, is an American who for the last ten years has been working in Japan as a manga assistant, independent mangaka, illustrator, storyboard artist, and translator for manga and video games (and she has even done some voice work, including appearances in the Nintendo DS game Elite Beat Agents). In favor of more artistic freedom, Ogawa Burukku decided to try working independently, frequenting Japanese events such as Comic Market and Comitia with her original one-shots before beginning her weekly webcomic / webmanga series FaLLEN, an ongoing alternate magical girls series rated Teen+ and read by both men and women alike. The series started in the fall of 2012 and continues to be updated every week with graphic novels being released yearly as of 2015. You can read her comic at http://fallen-comic.com

Steve Wallace

Steve Wallace is a writer, artist and letterer living in Columbus, OH. His work has been featured in Omega Comics Presents, Sequential Suicide and Reading With Pictures. He has also produced a number of mini-comics and will have a new four issue series GALAXY DRIFT releasing in 2015. See more of his work at stevewallaceart.com.

Trevor Mueller

Trevor Mueller works at an advertising agency by day, and writes comics by night. His latest project is the Harvey-Award nominated webseries ALBERT THE ALIEN, appearing on Mark Waid’s THRILLBENT site. He has also self-published several other works including JUNKYARD CHASE, THE FAN, and LOS OJOS. And has contributed stories to several anthologies, including READING WITH PICTURES, KILLER QUEEN from Red Stylo Media, and HOPE: THE HERO INITIATIVE from Ronin Studios.

He is also the writer / artist / creator of several award-winning webcomic series (www.trevoramueller.com), and regularly reviews movies, video games, and comics. Trevor gives lectures and presentations throughout the country at conventions and schools on several topics, including the power of combining creativity and literacy. Trevor currently lives in Chicago with his wife, Beth, and his cat, Waffles.

Russell Lissau

By day, Russell Lissau is a mild-mannered newspaper reporter in suburban Chicago. By night, he battles evil writing comic books including THE BATMAN STRIKES and the critically acclaimed miniseries OLD WOUNDS. His newest comics include the manga-style, sci-fi drama STRANGER and the World War II romance CALYPSO. Upcoming projects include the historical epic RUBICON and the devil-comes-to-dine story DINNER AT DANTE’S. For more, check out www.facebook.com/russell.lissau

Juliet Simmons

Juliet Simmons is a part time human being; part-time anime hound and shy, quiet college student—well, for the most part. She is an actress and vocalist, voicing at Sentai Filmworks while also recording covers as the popular YouTube singer & utaite, JubyPhonic. In just over 3 years at Sentai, she’s performed in near 40 shows. She appeared on national tv on Cartoon Network’s Toonami in Akame Ga Kill as Kurome and she recently played Chiyo Sakura in Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun to rave reviews. Chiyo was such a dream role and favorite character that she says she feels she can ‘now die happy’. Other favorite characters so far have been Midori Tokiwa from Tamako Market and Madoka Harumi from Dog & Scissors.

JubyPhonic is her singer persona and the name for her YouTube channel that has already around 300,000 fans & subscribers. Reaching close to 100 million views now are her covers of VOCALOID, anime, and new works. As JubyPhonic, she has shared English covers of mostly Japanese VOCALOID recordings over the internet for about 4 years, since age 17. She writes translyrics, sings, records, mixes, subs, and at times makes artwork for her own English covers of favorite synthetic Japanese singers and bedroom composers aka VOCALOID. Her purpose is to make the uniquely evocative and story-telling computer songs accessible to a broader audience with quality English renditions. Countless anime dreams fulfilled later, she has arrived at a point in her life that would most likely bring three-year old Juliet to her knees in shock.

YTCracker

YTCracker is a rapper, former cracker, and Internet entrepreneur. YTCracker began producing rap music in 1998 in the genre that has since become known as nerdcore hip hop. YTCracker is a self-proclaimed “jack of all trades”, also making a name for himself as a professional disc jockey, computer programmer, graphics designer and webmaster.

Kinki Kitty

Kinki Kitty is a Detroit based indie lolita fashion brand brought to you by the one-woman tornado that is Helena! Lolita, Goth, Steampunk… she loves it all!

Victorian Angel

Amy Marie Couture is an independent clothing line designed by local Chicago designer, Amy Fenderson. While not exclusively a Gothic Lolita fashion designer, Amy created a new collection inspired by her passion for Lolita fashion that she calls “Victorian Angel”. “Victorian Angel” has since become popular within the alternative fashion community. Amy enjoys working collaboratively with other artists for her fabric prints, and continues to be inspired by Japanese culture and fashion.

mossbadger

mossbadger produces limited edition handmade garments and accessories. We utilize hand screenprinting, digital textile printing, resin casting, and classic millinery techniques. Our designs are influenced by symbology, folklore, history and magic, and we specialize in silhouettes based on Japanese street fashion and vintage anglophilia. www.mossbadger.com

Lewis "Linkara" Lovhaug

Lewis “Linkara” Lovhaug has had the misfortune of being cursed to review comic books on the internet. Somehow this has made him popular on the website That Guy With the Glasses, though many suspect it’s more so people can stare and laugh at the weirdo. On his show, Atop the Fourth Wall, he regularly contends with the surreal, the stupid, and the senseless books that the comic industry has produced over the last eighty years. If that wasn’t sad enough, he also has done a retrospective on Power Rangers (released on the schedule of when a blue moon rises on the 13th hour of the 13th day of the 13th month), actually attempting to grant serious analysis to a series about guys in spandex punching rubber-suited monsters. It’s best not to make direct eye contact with him.

Brian Heinz

Brian Heinz aka The Last Angry Geek has spent most of his life reviewing comic books and Dr. Who. Luckily for him in the last five years he’s been able to do professionally as part of the internet juggernaut Channel Awesome. He’s created such characters as The Reviewer and Lord Stark for his shows. And he’s appeared in several internet movies from Suburban Knights, where he was covered head to toe in black cloaks to To Boldly Flee, where he broke out his Obi-Wan Kenobi impression. Unfortunately he’s not able to talk about that as he’s currently being sued by Alec Guinness’s estate. He’s also guest starred on such shows as Demo Reel, but the less said about that the better.

Genevieve Simmons

Genevieve Simmons likes eating guacamole, building businesses, and yelling in a box/voice acting. People know her from Mysterious Girlfriend X (Mikoto Urabe), Mayo Chiki (Subaru Konoe), Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere (Masazumi Honda), Upotte! (FNC) and she is slightly upset no one remembers her from Intrigue in the Bakumatsu where she played a very convincing Customer #2. Genevieve has done theater/film since she was a child, started voice acting in college, and has voiced over 33+ characters. She’s lucky enough to be Behind the Voice Actor’s 2013 “Breakthrough Voice Actress of the Year”, which she used all of 2013 to get free drinks at bars. She is a big fan of webtoons, k-dramas, Yoko Kanno, Escaflowne, Gintama, Kingdom Hearts, and being #1 at Mario Kart every time.

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