Greg Ayres can usually be found rockin’ out somewhere, whether animated or not. From the loud-mouthed Hideki in Nerima Daikon Brothers, to Koyuki, singing with the the band in Beck:Mongolian Chop Squad, he’s always glad to shake things up a bit. He is thrilled to be able to add the roles of Uesugi Kenshin in Sengoku Basara, Seikechi Tayama in Oh Edo Rocket, and Abe in Big Windup to his list of new roles. He can also be head as Son Goku in Saiyuki, Chrono in Chrono Crusade, Kaoru Hitachiin in Ouran High School Host Club, Yuki in The Wallflower, Leo in Ghost Stories , Satoshi Hiwatari in DNAngel, Kaworu Nagisa in the Director’s Cut of Neon Genesis Evangelion, Negi Springfield in Negima, Heihachi in Samurai 7, Jr. in Xenosaga:The Animation, Tsujido in Speed Grapher, Roan in Ragnorok The Animation, Yamazaki in Welcome to the NHK, Nowy in Glass Fleet, Gau Ban in Shadow Skill, Pope Alessandro XVIII in Trinity Blood, and a bunch of other titles he’ll probably forget to mention. Funimation has recently announced that Greg will voice the role of Kouta Tsuchiya in it's upcoming release of Baka and Test.
When he’s not in a booth with headphones on, you can usually find him sporting headphones of another variety behind “the decks”. A veteran nightclub DJ of many years, Greg has really enjoyed the oppor- tunity of doing something else that he truly loves at conventions. From packed rooms at anime conventions, to the legendary stage of The Knitting Factory (NYC), Greg never misses an opportunity to share his love of music with anyone who will listen.
BABY, The Stars Shine Bright
Established in 1988, Baby, the Stars Shine Bright is a lolita fashion clothing brand founded by Akinori and Fumiyo Isobe in Tokyo, Japan. The sister brand, Alice and the Pirates, was created in 2004. Currently, BABY, the Stars Shine Bright boasts 28 shops across Japan, with flagship stores in both Paris and San Francisco.
Sonny Strait is a prolific voice actor who is best-known for roles such as Maes Hughes in Fullmetal Alchemist and Arsène Lupin III, in addition to Krillin in DBZ. Sonny is also known as an illustrator for one of the most famous, independently published comic book series Elfquest. Sonny Strait has over 20 years of experience in the arts.
Besides Krillin, Hughes, and Lupin, Sonny has worked on many popular animated characters including Usopp from One Piece and Cartoon Network’s laid back, robot host Toonami Tom. He has also worked as a writer and director on several TV series including Dragonball Z, Case Closed and Lupin the Third.
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.
A voice actress and ADR director, best known for the role of Winry Rockbell in Fullmetal Alchemist, Caitlin has been working in the anime industry since 2004. Recent roles include Zessica in Aquarion: EVOL, Arisa in Guilty Crown, Pepe Lima in Michiko & Hatchiin, Magnolia in Last Exile: Fam, The Silver Wing, Hinata in Future Diary, Lithia in Tenchi Muyo: War on Geminar, and Bel Peol in Shana seasons 2 & 3. Well known characters include: Cammy in the Street Fighter IV games, Evergreen in Fairy Tail, Hannah Annafellows in Black Butler II, Phryne in Fractale, Satelizer el Bridget in Freezing, Hiyono in Spiral, Maya Ibuki in the Neon Genesis Evangelion reboot movies, Miria in Baccano, Miss Anderson in Shin-chan, Momochi in Level E, Nerine in Shuffle!, Otohime in Okamisan, Saras in Is This a Zombie?, Saya in Black Cat, Sumomo in Sergeant Frog, Triela in Gunslinger Girl, Vivi in One Piece (FUNimation), and Yakumo in School Rumble. Caitlin directed the widely popular fan-favorite, Ouran High School Host Club, as well as playing Haruhi Fujioka. Other directing credits include Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Chaos Head, Gunslinger Girl- Il Teatrino, Linebarrels of Iron, Murder Princess, Suzuka and FUNimation’s One Piece. Caitlin can’t wait to meet all of you and make some wonderful new memories! You can follow her at @caitlinsvoice on Twitter.
Alexis Tipton has been working in the anime industry for more than six years and has loved every minute of it. She can be heard in over 80 titles so far with more announcements on the way. Some of her credits include Saya Kisaragi (Blood C), Moka Akashiya (Rosario+Vampire), Inori Yuzuriha/Mana Ouma (Guilty Crown), Rika Shiguma (Haganai), Julia Crichton (FMA: The Sacred Star of Milos), Musubi (Sekirei), Mizuki Himeji (Baka and Test), Yomi Isayama (Ga-Rei: Zero), Sun Seto (My Bride is a Mermaid), Yamada’s Eros Deity (B Gata H Kei), Laila Seiren (Hero Tales), Kaori Tanaka (Shiki), Emi Kizaki (Linebarrels of Iron), Shizuku Ishiki (King of Thorn), Chibi Japan/Kumajiro (Hetalia), and many more.
On top of anime dub work, her voice can also be heard in a handful of video games and foreign live action film dubs. She has also provided vocals for character songs and a few of FUNimation's trailers. She has been a stage actress most of her life and has just recently begun a new acting adventure in film. Alexis is represented by The Horne Agency. Twitter: @AlexisTiptonVA
Chris Patton has been Voice Acting in Anime for well over 13 years for almost every company imaginable, including ADV Films, FUNimation Entertainment, Sentai Filmworks, and Okratron 5000. His most famous roles include Sousuke Sagara in all the Full Metal Panic series, Greed in Fullmetal Alchemist and Brotherhood, Akuto Sai in Demon King Daimao, Asura in Soul Eater, Keima in The World God Only Knows, Ikki in Air gear, Sho in Guyver, Fakir in Princess Tutu, Nishi in Gantz, and Turles in Dagonball Z: The Tree of Might. Some more of his Anime credits include: Inu X Boku SS, Phi Brain: Puzzle of God, Hajime in Ghost Stories, Ayato in RahXephon, Daley Wong in Bubblegum Crisis 2040, Ranmaru in The Wallflower, Eiji in Gravion and Gravion Zwei, Haruka in Tactics, Graham Spector in Baccano, Komyo Sanzo in Saiyuki, Gintoki in the Gintama movie, Hiroki in The Place Promised in Our Early Days, and tons and tons more! Chris is also a stage performer, a music freak, a horror film nerd, a roller coaster guru, and a huge fan of Sharon Needles, Freddie Mercury, and Aleister Crowley.
Originally from the Chicagoland area, Laura Post now lives in Los Angeles and spends her time voice acting (of course!), playing RPGs (both video game and table top variety), and trolling karaoke bars. Laura's best known voice credits include Ahri in League of Legends, Valentine in Skullgirls, and Rosalia in Sword Art Online. Other roles include Queen Azshara and Shademaster Kiryn in World of Warcraft, Aero in Firefall, Bosbos in Redline, Cindy Campbell in Squid Girl, and Arfoire & CFW Magic in the Hyperdimension Neptunia franchise. Laura has also provided voices for characters in Guild Wars 2, Planetside 2, Heroes of Newert, Ragnarok Online 2, and Lord of the Rings Online.
Michelle Ann Dunphy
Like many young girls, Michelle decided at a very young age that she wanted to become a Disney princess. After watching a documentary about voice work in animation, she decided that a career in voiceover would be the ideal way to achieve her royal goal. Michelle is best known for her roles as Velvet Room enigma Margaret and the apple cheeked Ayane in the Persona 4 games & anime and as Jun Suzuki in K-ON! You can also hear her in many other video games and anime including Cross Edge, Mana Khemia 2, Ar Tonelico 2, Heroes of Newerth, Atelier Ayesha, Bratz Fashion Boutique, Mugen Souls, Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk-2, and more. You can find Michelle at http://www.facebook.com/michelleanndunphyvo
Anna Ito 伊藤杏奈facebook.com/annajapan & noble-valor.com
Artist Anna Ito's homecountry Japan is an island country surrounded by the ocean. Her childhood dream was to fly across the ocean, and see the world. She realized her dream, and traveled around the world. She has met many people who have different culture, common sense, and skin color. This experience broadened her outlook remarkably. She found out that accepting differences without bullying & discrimination does open the door to the world.
Last summer Anna Ito opened International Art Center in the middle of cornfield in Clinton Iowa. Old peaceful farm house is Art Center with Jewelry Boutique. 10 acre backyard is golf driving range... nothing fancy yet, but peaceful and heart-warming. Peace requires courage. We need courage to protect people we love. Anna Ito's dream now is to establish peaceful world through her art.
Steam Powered Giraffe
Two Shows! Both Friday AND Saturday! - Steam Powered Giraffe Performance FAQ
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 robots started street busking as these quirky characters in January 2008 at Balboa Park, California, and instantly drew the attention of Southern California. Since then they've 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.
The 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.
Frenchy and the Punk
A cauldron of foot-stompin' bohemian cabaret folk, world, French chanson,`80s punk, dash of vaudeville charm, steampunk flair and pixie spirit. Imagine Django Reinhardt, the White Stripes, Johnny Ramone, Siouxsie Sioux and Edith Piaf jamming together at an event hosted by Deepak Chopra and Toulouse Lautrec. This is what it might sound like. A sultry French-born singer, percussionist and a fiery punk rock guitarist from the golden days of the hardcore scene formed Frenchy and the Punk in 2005. The unlikely pairing has since released 6 full-length CDs, produced a live concert DVD and have performed all across the U.S. and in Europe. In May 2012, Yahoo Music called them one of the top 25 duos in the US.
Listen on Youtube • Steampunk Pixie • House of Cards
V is for Villains
V is for Villains is an original electronic rock band led by the infamous Mr. Agitator on lead vocals. At his side are his brother, V is for Villains guitar player and back-up vocalist Fallon Flynn, Vex on keyboards, The Pulse on drums and Veronica Jade Villains INC back-up squad.
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.
Listen on Youtube • Ohayocon Footage
Raj Ramayya is an Indo-Canadian singer, composer and lyricist based in Marin County, California. His claim to anime fame would be his musical collaborations with famed Japanese composer Yoko Kanno as a member of The Seatbelts. Raj sang the opening credits song "Ask DNA" and wrote the lyrics for "Cosmic Dare (Pretty with a Pistol)" from the fan favourite feature film Cowboy Bebop: the Movie, and both sang and wrote the lyrics for "Strangers" from the anime series Wolf's Rain. Not limited to music in anime, he has also worked on songs for video games from the likes of Konami, Sega, and Capcom.
Raj has been featured as a guest vocalist/composer with several distinguished artists, ranging from talented composers Yoko Kanno (Escaflowne, Cowboy Bebop, Wolf's Rain) and Tatsuya Oe (Captain Funk, Hotei), to gifted lyricists Chris Mosdell (Eric Clapton, YMO) and Ron Sexsmith, and everyone in-between. His work has won him multiple awards and critical acclaim from around the world.
Among his other projects are the electronic Indian fusion music project "Bhang Lassi", the alternative Indian-influenced folk rock band "The Beautiful Losers", and session singing for products ranging from Asahi Beer and KFC, to Toyota and Coca-Cola. He is also a guest vocalist with three different Japanese electronic music groups; Captain Funk, Akakage, and Studio Apartment, with SA's song "Strawberry Rainbow" (which Raj both sung and wrote lyrics for) hitting #1 on the iTunes Japan charts! Raj is excited to be coming to Anime Midwest for the first time and can't wait to meet everyone!
For more information, you can visit him online at http://www.rajramayya.com.
Dr. Awkward is a Nerdcore rapper with several hit songs and performances at Nerdapalooza and after parties at Comic Con, Florida's Nerd Invasion, and Texas' Comicpalooza. In 2009, Dr. Awkward released his first solo project "Next Gen," in which Doc proclaims that he is the future of Nerdcore Hip Hop. The EP was hailed as an instant classic, with hits like "Geekquilibrium" and "Imposter." Dr. Awkward release his latest album, "Unlimited" in April 2010, which features an amazing fusion of Nerdcore, Hip Hop, and R&B.
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.
Unfortunately due to a scheduling conflict, I Fight Dragons can not attend in 2014. They are very sorry that they can not make it this year, and they hope to attend in the future.
Curtis “Takahata101” Arnott (Team Four Star)
Discovered buried in a block of ice up in the Northwest Territories of North-North America (otherwise known domestically as Canadia), Curtis “Takahata101” Arnott (otherwise known as Internet Hearthrob Takahashi~) was brought into this world with the soul intention of spreading laughter and protecting his heartland. After acclimating to the world of today and putting on his first pair of women's jeans, he became Captain North-North America (again known domestically as Captain Canadia) and aimed to be a world renowned voice actor, entertainer, and cosplayer! He is currently a co-creator, co-writer and voice actor for Team Four Star, as well as a voice for many other parody series. His most notable roles include Nappa, Bardock and Super Kami Guru, along with many other DragonBall Z Abridged characters, along with Dartz and Krump in YGOTAS. His professional gigs include the Sake Sake monster in the dub of ZETTAI MUTEKI RAJIN-OH and the Soldiers in Dust an Elysian Tail.
Scott “KaiserNeko” Frerichs (Team Four Star)
American playboy, industrialist, editor, and thousandaire playboy Scott “KaiserNeko” Frerichs took the internet anime parody landscape by storm in the late 2000s with the premiere of TeamFourStar. After being kidnapped by a group of foreign and domestic terrorists (Curtis Arnott and Nick Landis respectfully) he was forced to develop the project in a cave, with a box of scraps. Over the years, however, he has advanced the production to greater heights than any of them imagined. Besides being a co-founder, co-writer, and editor, he provides the voices for King Kai, Trunks, Burter, Korin ,Yajirobe, Garlic Jr., Zarbon, and various side characters in DBZ Abridged. He's also provided voices for indie videogame projects and the professional MOBA-game Heroes of Newerth.
Nick "Lanipator" Landis (Team Four Star)
After being forged in Asgard, Nick "Lanipator" Landis was deemed too powerful to be contained! Thus, he was banished to Earth, where he became an Actor/Entertainer destined to make people laugh and fill them with joy. From an early age he honed his vocal skill and acting prowess through many a lesson and play. He would go on to be better known as one of the co-creators co-writers and co-stars of Team Four Star's Dragon Ball Z Abridged (In which he plays Vegeta, Piccolo, Krillin, Shenron, Mr.Popo and others). He has also lent his vocal talents professionally to MOBA-game Heroes of Newearth. Nick shall continue to refine himself and his craft until he is deemed once again worthy of returning to Asgard under the banner of Lanipathor!
Doug Walker, from ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com is best known for his character The Nostalgia Critic, who reviews bad movies and TV shows from childhood. He also plays the roles of That Guy With The Glasses, who answers the weirdest questions fans can come up with, Chester A. Bum, the hyper active bum who loves every movie ever made, and Dominic, a bar tender who has talked with the video game world's biggest stars. He's also noted for having a long standing "rivalry" with The Angry Video Game Nerd. His online shows averages one to two hundred thousand viewers a week. His fans include Roger Ebert, Paul Dini, and the creators of Animaniacs. He's appeared on PBS, Entrepreneur Magazine, New York Times, has worked with the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000, and was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year at the 4th Annual Mashable Awards in 2010. Often his convention appearances end up turning into comedic videos featured on his site, so don't miss your chance to possibly be featured in one.
Many are the rumors that surround Brian Heinz aka the Last Angry Geek. Some say his first, and only, love is comic books and that he reviews them for the masses. Others say he's a huge Doctor Who fan and he sits on a couch of green reviewing the new episodes. Others still, say there is no Last Angry Geek, there is only Lord Stark, sworn member of the Nights Watch and reviewer of Game of Thrones. A guy down the street says he's pretty sure he saw the Geek dressed up as Cloak #1 shortly after the events of SUBURBAN KNIGHTS. Rifftrax wouldn't return our calls, but on their website the Geek appears with Rob and Doug Walker for the riff of Batman Returns. Finally, George Lucas once said he was sure the Geek did a pretty good Obi-Wan impression but died at the hands of the Executer during TO BOLDLY FLEE. Many rumors surround the Last Angry Geek, what is known, is that many Bothans died to bring you this profile.
Malcolm Ray is an actor, on screen and as a voice over artist. His skills go beyond acting with professional training in film and video as his major at Columbia College Chicago. In the span of his Bachelor career at Columbia, Malcolm has successfully completed his Interdisciplinary Film Degree, been the casting director for a practicum film, interned at O'Connor Casting, and has begun a professional acting career. Malcolm effectively made use of his elective credits, taking courses in Columbia's Radio and Theatre Departments including; Voice Over, Voice Acting For Animation,Radio Production, Voice 1 and more. He is represented as talent at the Stewart Talent agency in Chicago. As a freelance actor, he is currently hired talent for the online production company "Channel Awesome", appearing long side Doug Walker in many episodes of "Nostalgia Critic."
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.
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!, SHREK, STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE and DAILY GRIND. He broke into comics in 2005 with the lead story in BATMAN ALLIES SECRET FILES AND ORIGINS. (A lifelong Batman fan who dressed up as the Caped Crusader as a child, he can’t believe his luck.) His most recent projects include short stories in the highly regarded independent series OMEGA COMICS PRESENTS, the self-published western ONE LAST THING and the upcoming graphic novel OLD WOUNDS. To learn more, check out www.facebook.com/russell.lissau.
Two-time Harvey-nominated writer of comics: Amala's Blade for DARK HORSE PRESENTS, soon to be a miniseries in 2013, One Giant Step for READING WITH PICTURES, Bizarro for SUPERMAN 80-PAGE GIANT and Captain Marvel for DC HOLIDAY SPECIAL.
Trevor Mueller works at an advertising agency by day, and writes comics by night. His latest project is ALBERT THE ALIEN, appearing on Mark Waid's THRILLBENT site. He has also self-published several other works including the all-ages stories JUNKYARD CHASE. And has contributed stories to several anthologies, including HOPE: THE HERO INITIATIVE from Ronin Studios and READING WITH PICTURES from the non-profit of the same name. 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.
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.
Sleeping Samurai travels across the land with its supply of weapons, seeking out brave souls to test themselves in battle. They offer instruction, history, and fight choreography in addition to the thrill of combat. Whether you prefer the forms of the Crusader or the Samurai, only one can win the grand prize. Sleeping Samurai is a supplier and creator of hand made foam weapons, made to simulate actual weapons with as much historical accuracy as possible.