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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.
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 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 recently announced Greg as Nagisa in Free!
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 opportunity 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.
With credits ranging from electric guitar performance for ‘League of Legends’, cello performance for Namco Bandai and Nintendo, and musical composition for as wide a range of products as Rooster Teeth’s ‘RWBY’ and festival-hit ‘Joe Lansdale’s Christmas With The Dead’, Composer and Recording Artist Mason Lieberman has performed and recorded with many of the top franchises in the industy. As both a regularly sought-after public speaker and a live performer, Mason brings his wealth of knowledge to the public, revealing the inner workings of the music industry for both gaming and anime.
Morgan Berry is a voice actor in various anime shows, movies, and video games. Her most recent anime roles being in “Love Live! Sunshine!!”, “My Hero Academia”, and the award winning film “The Boy and the Beast”. She has also voiced in various YouTube series including ScrewAttack’s "DEATH BATTLE”. Morgan is also the voice for the SWC Amaterasu skin in the Hi-Rez video game “SMITE”, As well as the main villain for the Nintendo game “Freedom Planet 2”. On top of voice acting, Morgan is a professional singer and YouTube personality under the name “Unknown Songbird” with over 3 Million views in total. Follow her adventures on Twitter! @TheMorganBerry
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, or as the soulful voice of Legion in the “Mass Effect” series, pulling on the heartstrings of fans around the world. 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.” 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,” 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.
Other cartoon/anime/game highlights include: One Piece as X Drake, Regular Show as (TBA recurring in season 8), Final Fantasy XV as Weskham Armaugh, Trails of Cold Steel as Rufus Albarea, Fire Emblem: Fates as foxy grandpa Gunter, Transformers: Rescue Bots as Chase, Family Guy as Superman, etc. 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.
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.
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.
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!
William Richard “Billy” West is best known from numerous voices in Futurama, including Philip J. Fry, Zoidberg, The Professor, and Zapp Brannigan. He has starred in other famous shows including The Ren & Stimpy Show, The Howard Stern Show, Doug, and Jimmy Neutron. He also voiced Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, and Popeye during later renditions of the respective characters. He voices Corky Shumatsu, Poultra and Sam Melnik on Jimmy Neutron.
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
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.
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.
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!
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 OLD WOUNDS. His newest projects include the science-fiction tale BUSTED and the devil-comes-to-dine drama DINNER AT DANTE’S. For more, check out www.facebook.com/russell.lissau
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.
Lex Lang is 2X Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards honored Voice Actor and Director. He is one of the top 20 Anime, Animation and Video Game Voice Actors of All Time on IMDB. Over the last 20 years he has been in over five hundred Original Animation episodes, Anime series, and Video Games and has played a wide assortment of fan favorites throughout his career. Lex’s current Anime credits include: Kuzuki in Fate Stay Night — Maxie in Pokemon Generations – Galen in Gundam Iron Blooded Orphans Season 2 – Pluton King of the Underworld and Flash in One Punch Man — Goku in Dragonball Super (Asia/ Europe release) — Egor and Shu in Durarara X2 — Count Cruhteo in Aldnoah.Zero (which he also directed!) — Bengal in Doraemon — Hayate Gekko in Naruto — Marechiyo Omaeda in Bleach — Sanosuke Sagara in Rurouni Kenshin — Shozin the Fire Lord in Avatar the Last Airbender — Goemon in Lupin the Third — Captain Harlock in Captain Harlock — Sanzo in Sayuki Reload — Wargreymon in Digimon — and many, many, more. Video Game Characters: Dr. Neo Cortex in Skylanders Imaginators, Charr Male in Guild Wars 2, Kiljeaden in World of Warcraft, Dr. Doom in Marvel Heroes Video Game, Torvald in Evolve, The Grim Creeper in Skylanders, Spyglass in Titanfall, and has voiced characters in STAR WARS (Han Solo), Crash Bandicoot (Dr. Neo Cortex), STAR TREK, Mass Effect 1, 2, and 3, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Officers Kevern, Deaves and Doyle in Batman Arkham Knight, and many, many more.
He is also the voice of Batman for Mattel Toys, and Lance Charming in Ever After High, for Mattel Animation. And he is one the the worlds most in-demand voice actors in the movie business as a voice match specialist and creature sounds specialist. He can be heard in many blockbuster films including Rogue One – A Star Wars Story — Fantastic Four — Avengers Age of Ultron — Ironman 3 — Wolverine — Captain America Winter’s Soldier — X-Men, Days of Future Past — Dawn of the Planet of the Apes — Jurassic World, Deadpool and X-men Apocalypse. He can also be heard as creatures and demons on the TV shows, Constantine, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow. Animation Characters include: Poe Dameron and FN2003 in LEGO Star Wars The Resistance Rises, Dr. Doom in the Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes cartoon series — Barry on The Regular Show, — Gold, Alloy, Hydrogen, Batman II, Dick Grayson, Hourman, Young Wildcat, and Dr. Polaris on Batman The Brave and the Bold — Batman on Batgirl Year One — Grimbor the Chainsman and R.J. Brande on Legion of Super Heroes — Rick Flagg on Justice League: The New Frontier — Clayface, Metallo, Hamilton Hill, and Riddleman on The Batman — Atomic Skull, Joe Morton, Captain Cold, Heat Wave, and Mick Rory on Justice League — The Doorman and his Dog Hundley on Curious George — Sozin th Fire Lord on Avatar: The Last Airbender — Ronnie Lox on ChalkZone and many more! He was also the voices of Ecliptor in Power Rangers in Space, Rygog and Lerigot in Power Rangers Turbo, and Zen Aku in Power Rangers Wild Force. Follow Lex on twitter @LexLang
Sandy Fox is an American Actor, Voice Actor, Singer and Producer. She is listed as one of the Top 20 Female Anime Voice Actors of All Time on IMDB. She began her career in the entertainment industry working for the Walt Disney Company performing in hundreds of live stage shows as a singer, dancer and comedic talent. As a voice actor she began her career providing an array of voices for The Simpsons, King of the Hill, and Futurama and she is known for being one of the cutest voices in the industry. Sandy is voicing Chibiusa and Black Lady in the new Viz Media Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon Crystal Series, Courtney in Pokemon Generations, and the voice of Epi in the new Lionsgate animated feature Robinson Crusoe – The Wild Life. She has voiced numerous iconic characters including Hello Kitty in Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival, Betty Boop Worldwide, as well as Faeries and Creatures in Disney’s Maleficent and various characters in the blockbuster, Wreck it Ralph. Sandy’s Anime, Animation and Video Game Credits Include: Haruna in Durrarara!x2, Tachikoma in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex – First Assault Online, Mina and Momiji in Naruto, Eddelrittuo in Aldnoah Zero, Sumomo in Chobits, Ritz in Bleach, Catmancer Minette in Bravely Second: End Layer, Ar Nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star- Prim, Rinna in Stellvia, Star Ocean: Till the End of Time – Meena, Marie in Please Teacher, Kyoko in AKIRA, Mistral and Mirielle in .HACK and Paiway in Vandread.
Some of Sandy’s other roles include Daisy in Disney’s Princess Palace Pets, Leapfrog series-Penny & Lily, Harmony in Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, Owly the Owl in the new Power Puff Girls, T-AI in Fox’s Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Mipsy Mipson in Nickelodeon’s As Told by Ginger, and Melody in My Life as a Teenage Robot. Cylindria in Pacman’s Ghostly Adventures, Peashy and YellowHeart in Hyperdimension Neptunia, Aisha in Elsword, and Flonne in the Disgaea series and games. Sandy is known internationally for voicing the infamous Queen of Cartoons – Betty Boop. She has voiced Betty for Universal Studios and King Syndicate Features since 1991 and can be heard as Betty Boop and Pudgy in the new line of singing plush toys, the Universal Studios Islands of Adventure Theme Park in Orlando Florida, and in Lancome Paris’ Star Eyes, global online commercial campaign. For more information visit sandyfox.com and @sandyfoxworld on Twitter and Facebook.
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
Chris Rager has performed for years as the voice of Hercule Satan from Dragon Ball Z. He’s worked for FUNimation for several years, also doing voices for shows like One Piece, Case Closed, D. Gray-man, and many others. Voice Actor, Single Father and Savior of Worlds. Currently residing in Dallas Chris Rager has been bringing you your favorite Anime and Video Game Characters Like Hercule from DBZ and Mr. Torgue in the Game of the Year Borderlands 2. When not being challenged by his daughter he takes on challenging roles Like the Principal in Assassination Classroom as well as Dagger Morse in Show By Rock. There is more that’s what Google is for. In the future, Chris hopes to bring more excitement and explosions to more characters and opportunities!!
Josh Martin has been the voice of Majin Buu (Fat, Evil and Kid) from DBZ and Commander Red from Dragon Ball since 2001, as well as memorable characters from Lupin the 3rd and Yosaku from One Piece. Josh has also written and produced short films; co-owned, operated, and performed in improv, sketch, and musical comedy troupes; and even provided body talent for Barney (the purple dinosaur) on the award winning world tour. When he’s not in the booth, he’s serving up fresh rhymes with his band mates in The Original Beastie Boys Tribute Band Rhymin’ N Stealin’.
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. He plays Colonel Kashoid in the upcoming AmeriGeddon, plays Dr. McCoy in Star Trek Continues, and Dean Hansen in Season 2 of American Crime.
Yakov Smirnoff’s quest to understand the science of happiness took him to the University of Pennsylvania where he earned a master’s degree in psychology in 2006 under the supervision of Dr. Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology. Today, in addition to being a comedian, Yakov is also an adjunct professor at Missouri State University where he teaches a course on happiness and laughter and is currently earning his Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education & Psychology in Los Angeles, CA.
In “Happily Ever Laughter”, Yakov takes his comedy to a new level to showcase laughter’s effects on relationships and envisions a world where sadness and tears are replaced with love and laughter. Whether on stage or in a classroom, Yakov’s audiences love him. He is passionate about helping people extend the honeymoon stage of their relationships and “fall in love and laughter all over again.” See more at http://www.yakov.com/
MAPPA is renowned for its commitment to producing high quality animation and is the creative studio behind such hit works as Kids on the Slope, Terror in Resonance, Rage of Bahamut: GENESIS and YURI ON ICE. In 2016 they released the critically acclaimed film In This Corner of the World garnering numerous accolades including the Kinema Junpo Award for Best Film of the Year as well as the Japan Academy Award for Best Animated Film. They aim to create works with a broad global appeal that can move audiences regardless of age, gender, language or culture. As a studio MAPPA is constantly seeking out new challenges and takes an uncompromising stance in their pursuit of new forms of expression through animation.
Manabu Otsuka was born in 1982 in Shizuoka Prefecture. He began his career in animation at STUDIO 4C where he worked on such projects as Genius Party (2007). In 2011 Otsuka was handpicked by then president Masao Maruyama to join MAPPA as a producer. Since joining he has produced numerous titles such as Kids on the Slope (2012/ Shinichiro Watanabe Dir.), Terror in Resonance (2014/ Shinichiro Watanabe Dir.) and Rage of Bahamut GENESIS (2014/ Keiichi Satou Dir.) On April 1st 2016 Maruyama handed him the reigns and he took on the double role of producer and CEO. In 2016 Otsuka produced DAYS (Konosuke Uda Dir.) and the wildly popular YURI ON ICE (Sayo Yamamoto Dir.).