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The Gregory Brothers aka schmoyoho
The Gregory Brothers, also known by their Youtube moniker schmoyoho, originated several amazing songs such as “Bed Intruder”, “Winning”, “Double Rainbow,” “Can’t hug every cat,” and countless more. They created the idea of “songify” – creating accidental songs using vocal processing and some catchy tunes. Their primary purpose is to songify the universe (because everything is better as a song, duh). Check out their YouTube channel where they make videos like Songify the News (previously Auto-Tune the News), classics like Bed Intruder Song & to Double Rainbow Song, & originals that shall make you wonder at the magnanimity of the world, or maybe just say “wut? why’d i watch that?” Their second channel, full of Happy Sad Songs, behind-the-scenes stuff, vlogs, covers, original songs, barbershop tags, WikiWars, live concert footage and much much more! Maybe we can sing and dance along together, our true destiny.
Epic Rap Battles of History
Epic Rap Battles of History, or ERB for short, is a YouTube series created by Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD, pitting famous historic and pop culture figures, against one another in a rap battle format. It is among the most subscribed channels on YouTube with over 14.2 million subscribers. Episodes regularly feature guest cameos with past cameos including other internet celebrities such as Lisa Donovan, Timothy DeLaGhetto, George Watsky, DeStorm Power, Jesse Wellens, PewDiePie, Jenna Marbles, Lilly Singh, Ray William Johnson, Rhett and Link, and Smosh. On July 3, 2013, “Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney”, was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in the United States. 10 other singles, including “Adolf Hitler vs Darth Vader”, “Albert Einstein vs Stephen Hawking”, “Dr. Seuss vs William Shakespeare”, “Master Chief vs Leonidas”, “Steve Jobs vs Bill Gates”, “Justin Bieber vs Ludwig van Beethoven”, “Mario Brothers vs Wright Brothers”, “Mr. T vs Mr. Rogers”, “Abraham Lincoln vs Chuck Norris”, and “Hitler vs Vader 2”, were later certified Gold as well.
Aya Ikeda is a singer born on August 23, 1988 in Osaka, Japan. She has sung the theme song for the anime Heartcatch Precure! and has also been a member of the female pop group C-ZONE. She is particularly known for her work in the Precure! series, which is hugely popular in Japan and well known in America. She’s sang the theme songs for Heart Catch Pre-cure!, Suite Pre-cure, Smile Pre-cure!, along with some related medleys and music from the show, along with music from Kindaichi Case Files, and Pokémon Ga-Olé. She is always happy to perform for fans! You can find more on her Facebook page.
Greg Ayres went blasting his way through 2017! He was thrilled to make his second appearance in Dragon Ball Super earlier this year as Frost, and equally excited to help blast bugs as Geo in Sony Picture’s Starship Troopers : Traitor of Mars. 2017 also gave him the opportunity to reprise one of his favorite roles as Son Goku in Saiyuki Reload Blast, and will also be appearing in Haikyu as Yu Nishinoya, as well as voicing Zenji Marui in Food Wars. With over 290 credits to his name, he has managed to play a variety of characters that are almost as colorful as his hair. Some recent roles include Nagisa Haruki in Free, and Free Eternal Summer, MonoKuma in Danganronpa, Clear in Dramatical Murder, and Doug in Gangsta. Thrilled to be a part of the Toonami re-launch in the roles of Ganta Igarashi in Deadman Wonderland, and Heihachi Hayashida in Samurai 7, and even more thrill to follow that up the in the following summer’s thriller Another as Kouichi Sakakibara. He can also be hear as Satoru Asahina in From the New World, Kenji Nakanishi in Say I Love You, Sion in No. 6, Heisuke Toudou in Hakuoki, Tommyrod in Toriko, Tomoki Sakurai, in Heaven’s Lost Property, and Volken, in the Book of Bantorra.Some of his all-time favorite roles include Son Goku in Saiyuki, Chrono in Chrono Crusade, Kaoru Hitachiin in Ouran High School Host Club, Youhei Sunohara in Clannad, Yuki in The Wallflower, Leo in Ghost Stories, Satoshi Hiwatari in DNAngel, Kaworu Nagisa in the Director’s Cut of Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Negi Springfield in Negima. When he’s not in a booth with headphones on, you can usually find him sporting headphones behind “the decks”at many a music event. A veteran nightclub DJ of many years, he has jumped at the opportunity to play music and organize late night dances at many of the conventions he attends. He currently helps organize dance and music tracks at several US conventions.Greg is also a member of Project BECK, who perform music from the anime Beck Mongolian Chop Squad, and has had a blastreliving the music from the show with his friends. Thrilled to be able to share his love of music with anyone willing to listen – from packed rooms at anime conventions, to the legendary stage of The Knitting Factory (NYC), he’s always ready to make a little noise.
EmpathP (otherwise known as Aki Glancy) is an American musician, illustrator, and Producer from Virginia. Specializing in the creation of original VOCALOID works, her credits include illustrating the Celtic English VOCALOID “AVANNA” and voice providing for the America English VOCALOID “DAINA”. Currently she is the manager and sponsor of the Western VOCALOID Concert project “VOCAMERICA”.
Chuck’s most recent anime roles are Reever in D-Gray Man Hallow, Austria in Hetalia, Jajuka in Escaflowne, Kuro (Sleepy Ash) in Servamp, Kuniharu in The Disastrous Life of Saiki K, Asanaga in Endride, Petra’s Father in Attack on Titan, Kyūta’s Father in The Boy and Beast, Tony Stark in Death Battle, Jason the Toymaker in Creepy Pasta and Emperor Pilaf in the DBZ movies and upcoming DBZ Super. Chuck hosts the weekly DubTrax podcast commenting with guests and characters on anime episodes and the GameChurch podcast which discusses how to live life if it’s a video game. Chuck’s digital presence is at chuckhuber.org and @chuck_huber in the twitter. Chuck Huber started acting in Anime in the roles of Garlic Jr., Android 17, Kibito, Master Shen and Mr. Shoe 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, Hiro in Shin Chan, Ash 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. He has been a writer on Hetalia, Sgt. Frog, Baccano, Spice and Wolf, Strike Witches, Dragonaut and the upcoming Skip Beat!. Video games Chuck has contributed voices for include Borderlands II, Ghostbusters, The Walking Dead, Aeon Flux, DBZ, Smite, The Killing Floor …among others. As a filmmaker Chuck has acted, produced, written or directed for Arbor Day – The Musical currently on Amazon Prime, Prince Adventures, 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. He plays Russian bad guy, Colonel Kashoid, in AmeriGeddon and the demon Baal in The Crossroads of Hunter Wilde directed by Mike Norris (son of Chuck Norris), plays Dr. McCoy in Star Trek Continues; Dean Hansen on Season 2 of American Crime on ABC and Detective Swinton in the upcoming feature film The Harrowing.
Random aka Mega Ran
Random, aka MegaRan, personifies with Hip-Hop should be: Spontaneous, fun, and true. Every album, starting with “Mega Ran” in 2007, conveys a different theme, a different vibe, and a different emotion. “Mega Ran” was a collection of sampled 8-bit beats from the hit “Mega Man” video game series, which was quickly discovered by CAPCOM. Instead of shutting down this hit music, CAPCOM offered Mega Ran a special licensing agreement and booked him to perform at Comic-Con and other special events. Since then he’s released albums including “RANDOMONIUM” and “FOREVER FAMICON” and “Black Materia,” and has toured with acts such as mc chris and MC Lars, playing in the US, UK, and Japan. He’s appeared in Playstation: The Official Magazine and Game Informer. Fans can learn more about Ran and download free songs at his website, megaran.com
Gareth West is a Texas based Voice Actor, raised in the Midwest, who is now working for anime companies in Texas. He can be heard as Sensei Takeda in Haikyu, Kanichi Konishi in Food Wars, Yasuda In Haven’t you Heard I’m Sakamoto, Dinkuron in Log Horizon, Kiril in Chaika Coffin Princess, the Avenging Battle Fudo in My Love Story, and Sakurai in Re Hamatora. He can also be heard in Monthly Girls Nozaki Kun, Hakouki: The Movie, and few more that he can’t mention just yet. After a whirlwind introduction to the world of voice over, Gareth is extremely excited to be welcomed into the convention community. He looks forward to hanging out and getting to know everyone who shares his love of all things nerdy, and anime.
Morgan Berry is a voice actor in various anime shows, movies, and video games. Her most popular anime roles being in, “Love Live! Sunshine!!”, ”My Hero Academia”, “One Piece”, “KanColle”, “Touken Ranbu”, “Hyperdimension Neptunia”, “Tokyo Ghoul”, “Riddle Story of Devil”, “ēlDLIVE”, “Overlord”, “Show By Rock!!”, and the award winning film “The Boy and the Beast”. Morgan has also voiced in various video games such as “Marvel Avengers Academy”, “Smite”, and the Nintendo game “Freedom Planet 2”. In addition, she voices for a variety of different YouTube web series including ScrewAttack’s "DEATH BATTLE” as the Yellow Ranger. On top of voice acting, Morgan is a singer and YouTuber under the name “The Unknown Songbird” with over 5 Million views in total.
Molly Searcy is the voice of Akame in Akame ga Kill!, part of Cartoon Network’s Toonami block. Other favorite Sentai Filmworks roles include: Girls und Panzer (Mako Reizei), HaNaYaMaTa (Sari), Another (Reiko, Miss Mikami), AKB0048 (Makoto), Brynhildr (Nanami), No Game No Life (Queen), MariaHolic (Fumi Kumagai), and Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya (Magical Sapphire). Ms. Searcy lives in Houston, TX, where she works as an actress and shoe coordinator for a professional ballet company. When she’s not in the booth or on the stage, Ms. Searcy enjoys traveling, running with her dogs, obsessing over music, and taking barre classes. Follow Molly on Twitter: @mollysearcy and Ask.fm: @ms5227
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…
Greg "Greggo" Wicker
Greg Wicker (or “Greggo” as he’s fondly known) has been producing and hosting game shows at anime conventions since 1999, when he premiered Anime Match Game at Project A-Kon in Dallas. Since then, Greggo has done anime-themed versions of several classic game shows, created a few games of his own, and even had an original project that very nearly turned into an actual television show on Anime Network. These days Greggo is concentrating on perfecting his craft and making game shows available for conventions everywhere, bringing his rapier wit and friendly personality with him wherever he goes. You can see some of Greggo’s past game show efforts on his YouTube page.
Trevor Mueller works at an advertising agency by day, and writes comics by night. His latest project is the multi-Harvey-Award nominated webseries ALBERT THE ALIEN (www.AlbertTheAlien.com). He has contributed stories to several anthologies, including READING WITH PICTURES, KILLER QUEEN, and AW YEAH COMICS. 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 also appears on occasional episodes of the popular web series NOSTALGIA CRITIC, as well as AWESOME COMICS on the CHANNEL AWESOME website and YouTube pages. Trevor currently lives in Chicago with his wife, his baby daughter, and his cat, Waffles.
Face Time Police
Face Time Police, the genre-defying purveyors of “pop macchiato” present a blend of The D.I.Y. masked duo of the multi-faceted Face Time Police are bringing a special stripped-down acoustic set to Anime Midwest! Consisting of founding members Brian and James Serra, this band of brothers defies convention and delivers songs that are fun and catchy, yet artistic and introspective. FTP draw inspiration from all over the spectrum; anime, pro-wrestling, comics, and video games have all played a part in shaping the band’s direction. From the frenetic Hellsing-inspired “Of Man and Monster” to the melancholic ballad “Don’t Believe In The Moon,” Face Time Police are ready to show you why they are “the definition of deviation.”
September Mourning is a project by Emily Lazar and Marc Silvestri, which revolves around the fictional concept of a human-grim reaper hybrid named September (Lazar), as she navigates the world of the living and the world of the dead, with her human side possessing empathy and giving some human souls a second chance.
Voice actor Andy Field is best known as the probably-friendly voice of Hand Unit, the smooth-talking computer guide through Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location, and the hilarious Tutorial Unit in Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator. His catch phrase, “Exotic Butters” has evolved into hundreds of YouTube remixes – and an Exotic Butters plushie from Funko! He’s also in the fast-paced sci-fi shooter Nelo and makes terrifying sounds for the zombie survival game Contagion.
As a fan, Andy will go out of his way to show up in the background of a great show. You might see him as a savior in AMC’s The Walking Dead, or as a special agent in NCIS: New Orleans. And watch closely, he’ll be somewhere in Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet! A former middle school STEM teacher, Andy is a fan of all things nerdy and is a kid at heart. Before he was a voice actor, Andy was employed as a teacher, soldier, emergency medical technician, waiter, bartender, furniture salesman, driver, golf caddie, government contractor, college professor, small business owner, and drummer. He’s still a long-time member of the U.S. Army Reserve at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and was deployed to Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan in support of the Global War on Terror.
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.
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.
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.
Austin, Texas rock duo One-Eyed Doll have gained an exceptionally loyal and rapidly growing fan base since 2006 with consistent touring around the world, a solid memorable live performance, and a DIY connection with the fans. The band’s live set featuring just Kimberly Freeman on guitar and vocals and Jason Rufuss Sewell, AKA: “Junior” on drums. They sometimes tour with friends adding additional instruments as well. One-Eyed Doll is an interactive fan-friendly experience that’s both heavy/sinister and sweet/vulnerable. Their darkly humored, intense, sometimes quirky and theatrical rock and roll captures the hearts of metal, rock, goth and punk all-ages audiences night after night.
Social Repose is a musical electronic project composed by none other than Richie Giese. Social Repose posts video covers of famous music styles, along with many original songs such as “Empress” and “Villain”. See some of his work on Youtube under @SocialReposeMusic. Social Repose found it’s modest beginnings in the bedroom of singer, songwriter, producer and personality Richie Giese in late 2011, beginning as a synth-pop act used as a creative outlet that blended experiences, personal struggles, and fictional character storylines into one creative unique experience. Richie’s career over the past year has seen an explosion of fandom as hundreds of thousands have become apart of the S/R experience. Richie himself is known for his unique, yet tasteful appearance that fans have come to embrace. With his trademark purple-feathered headdress and war paint, fans everywhere have shown their support by mirroring his imagery at shows across the country on various tours and solo dates. Since S/R’s inception, Richie has played numerous shows in support of national/ International touring acts such as The Millionaires, Our Last Night, SayWeCanFly, Blood On The Dance Floor, Trace Cyrus of Metro Station and more. In addition, S/R was voted best up and coming artist (twice) in D.C’s Deli Magazine, while holding the #1 spot in electronic genre charts (D.C.) of reverbnation for the entirety of 2014 while embarking on his very first nation-wide tour later that year. Much of Richie’s success could be attributed to his strong commitment to his fans, content, and art but also the personality attached to the character. Outside S/R’s rapidly growing Facebook popularity, Richie’s youtube channel hosts over 50 million views and nearly half a million subscribers since committing to the platform in November 2015.
Gigi Edgley is an internationally renowned actress originally from Australia. Edgley has starred in countless film and television series including FX’s Feud, USA’s The Starter Wife, Enuattii: Face off Designer’s latest feature, Diminuendo, Rescue Special Ops, Tricky Business, SyFy’s Showdown at Area 51, Quantum Apocalypse, Carlotta, Newcastle, Black Jack, Peacekeeper Wars, Stingers, Secret Life Of Us, Beastmaster, Lost World, Water Rats, Day of The Roses, Star Trek Continues and Nexus.
Additionally Edgley has an extensive history with The Jim Henson Company beginning with her popular role as Chiana on the company’s critically acclaimed sci fi cult series, Farscape in which she starred for over five years. Gigi stole the hearts of sci-fi enthusiasts. She was originally cast as a guest star for one episode, but quickly captured the attention of the Farscape writers, producers and the fans alike. The mischievous Chiana became one of the most popular, and at times controversial characters in the series. The SyFy Channel and The Jim Henson Company also asked her to host Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge.
Recently Gigi also helped crowd fund over $101700 for The Circuit. Edgley’s team additionally raised over $44,000 on Kickstarter to fund a sci-fi short called Hashtag. They are planning to take it to Sundance, Cannes and Toronto film festivals. Gigi was nominated for the Film’s Critic’s Circle awards for best lead actress in the feature Last Train To Freo, the SyFy Genre Award for Best Supporting actress, the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress in a television series and Maxim Award for Sexiest Space Babe.
Gigi has a long list of theatre credits as well that include: Kill Everything YouLove, 4.48 Psychosis,The Rover, Boy’s Life, Romeo And Juliet, Road, Picnic At Hanging Rock and Les Miserables. She also recently sung at Stan Lee’s Birthday and was selected for the Women of Sci-Fi book by Denny’s Illic. Edgley is also a recording artist, creator of original comic books, director and producer. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Queensland University of Technology after entering in the auditions alongside hundreds of other candidates. Check out her website at: GigiEdgley.Com
K-Dog’s Arcade provides arcade games of the finest caliber to conventions. From the Ohio area, K-Dog’s arcade travels to various conventions throughout the year, and highlights games such as DJMAX Technika 3, Pop’n Music, Beatmania IIDX, Jubeat, and more! Check them out in the game room to experience a world of fun arcade games!
Oscar Seung hails from Lausanne, Switzerland and is a Dallas-based actor, opera singer, violinist, pianist, and conductor. Oscar is proud to represent Asian-Americans in theater, film, voice overs, and national commercials. In an effort to combat misrepresentation and underrepresentation of Asian-Americans in the arts, he created/produced/ and stars in American Dynasty – it will hopefully be the first Asian-American drama on television. The project has been screened at over a dozen domestic/international film festivals and won Audience Favorite at the Houston Asian American Film Festival, Best Screenplay at the Largo Film Awards, Best Domestic Short nomination at the Fort Worth Indie Showcase, and Best Actor nomination for Oscar at the Ouchy Film Festival. Voice over credits include Yuri!!! on Ice (Seung-Gil Lee), Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru (Kasen Kanesada), Show By Rock!! (Oboro), All Out!! (Yutaka Shinshi), Shounen Maid (Ibuki), One Piece (Daruma), Prince of Stride: Alternative (Nanpei Aoba), Fairy Tail, The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Garo: Crimson Moon, SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist.
AbdallahSmash026 is the home of Kid-Friendly / Family Friendly Nintendo Gaming Videos, Tutorials, and Walkthroughs! You’ll find High-Quality Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo Wii / WiiU Gameplay Footage here! As a result of Abdallah being an official Nintendo Brand Ambassador, you can count on him to deliver coverage of the latest titles to help YOU make a decision on whether or not to purchase a game! You can find numerous amounts of Nintendo Variety on his channel such as: Super Mario, Pokemon, Yo-Kai Watch, The Legend of Zelda, Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart, Fire Emblem, Mario Party, Super Mario Maker, and much more!
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.
Alejandro Saab is a Voice Actor and Youtube Influencer! As an influencer he has over 395,000+ subscribers on YouTube with over 140 million+ combined views! But his true passion is acting! Alejandro has found much success as a voice actor, having been cast in many projects such as Junichi Hashiba in My First Girlfriend is a Gal, Prince Leonhard in The Royal Tutor, Tamotsu Denkigai in Akiba’s Trip: The Animation, Uno in Nanbaka, Henry Marigold in the popular web series RWBY, Yusuke Igarashi in Kiss Him Not Me, Naomasa Tsukauchi in My Hero Academia, KaiKai in Anime-Gataris, Haruto in A Sister’s All you Need and more titles!
Knight of the Round
Based out of the Chicagoland area, Knight of the Round are unlike most Video Game Music bands you may have heard. Their arrangements pay homage to the memorable Final Fantasy soundtracks while bringing an assault of two crushing 8-string guitars, a grinding yet thunderous bass, and aggressive polyrhythmic percussion with hard hitting blast beats. Spanning over a wide variety of the metal genre from classic thrash to modern progressive metal, the four piece delivers many iconic themes from Final Fantasy in the heaviest way possible.
Luci Michelle Christian is a voice actress and ADR script writer at Funimation and Seraphim Digital/Sentai Filmworks. She has provided voices for a number of English versions of Japanese anime series, and video games. Some of her most popular roles include Kaname in Full Metal Panic!, Himeno from Pretear, Yukari from Azumanga Daioh, Asako in Kodocha, Rico in Gunslinger Girl, among many others.