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The Gregory Brothers aka schmoyoho

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

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

Aya Ikeda

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.

Hiroaki Inoue

Hiroaki Inoue

Hiroaki Inoue is the producer of some of the most iconic anime movies and TV projects in the Japanese animation industry of the last four decades. As the co-founder of the famous studio GAINAX, his career has included collaborations with many great pioneers of the industry including Tezuka Osamu (Astroboy) and Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira, Memories). Fans are likely to recognize his works such as Ah! My Gooddess: The Movie, Tenchi Muyo!, El Hazard, Blue Gender, Tenchi Universe, and Gunbuster, among dozens of other popular anime.

Takashi Otsuka

Takashi Otsuka

Animation artist, key animator, and director Takashi Otsuka has worked on dozens of popular anime series that anime fans across the world have become familiar with. Among these he directed as either director or episode director, fans are most likely to know Heartcatch Precure!, Precure All Stars, Eiga Smile Precure, or Yes! Precure 5 of the Precure series. He has also contributed to such works as Attack on Titan, Bakuman 2, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Maid Sama, One Piece, and Shimoneta, among many others.

Terumi Nishii

Terumi Nishii

Terumi Nishii (西位輝実) is an animator and anime character designer from Japan, who has worked as a character designer on popular anime series’ such as MAWARU-PENGUINDRUM (2011), Servant x Service (2013), JoJoʼs Bizarre Adventure Part 4 Diamond is Unbreakable (2016), and Haikara-San ga Toru Zenpen~Benio,Hana no 17-Sai (2017), as well as working as animation director for Mushi-shi (2005-2006) and Casshern Sins (2008-2009). Her original comic work “Crown of Ouroboros,” which she has been publishing since 2016, can also be found online. Recently, Netflix announced the production of Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya, and Nishii will be in charge of character design.

NaSka

NaSka

NaSka is a costume designer, dress maker, and stuffed toy artist who has done work for movies, TV, Magazines, photography, and special exhibitions. Her costume design credits: Haikara-San ga Toru Zenpen~Benio,Hana no 17-Sai(2017) Dress Making : Revolutionary Girl Utena Exhibition (2013)(2017)(2018) and Stuffed Toy Making : MAWARU-PENGUINDRUM Exhibition (2011). To see some of her work and designs, you can follow her Twitter.

Greg Ayres

Greg Ayres

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

EmpathP

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 VOCALOIDAVANNA” and voice providing for the America English VOCALOIDDAINA”. Currently she is the manager and sponsor of the Western VOCALOID Concert project “VOCAMERICA”.

Chuck Huber

Chuck Huber

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.

DC Douglas

DC Douglas

He’s baaaaack! And he’s brought his revamped and updated Notorious [Zombie Related] Fanfic Show with him! Videogame fans know him as Albert Wesker in seven “Resident Evil” games — from 2007’s “Umbrella Chronicles” to 2016’s “Umbrella Corp” — a decade of badassery. Also: Legion in “Mass Effect” 2 & 3, Kamoshida in “Persona 5,” Pod 042 in “Nier: Automata,” Azrael in “Blazeblue,” Zero in “Zero Time Dilemma 3,” Raven in “Tekken 6,” Gafka in "Radiant Historia: APC,” Alexei in “Tales of Vesperia,” and many more Japanese RPGs.

Anime fans may know him as X Drake in “One Piece,” Jasley in “Mobile Suit Gundam: IBO,” Shoot McMahon in “Hunter x Hunter,” Vincent in “Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower,” The Professor in “Cyborg 009,” and more! Cartoon fans may know him as the original voice of Chase for four seasons on “Transformers: Rescue Bots,” as Colonel Rawls on the final season of “Regular Show!,” or as the evil trickster Mick in “The Tom and Jerry Show."

Film & TV fans may know him as Pa Kettle in “Z Nation,” Bud in “Sharknado 2,” Zepht in “Star Trek: Enterprise,” or from his other 200 appearances on random shows and weird films over the last 25 years. Check him out on IMDB and DCDouglas.com to spot more titles you know. Just remember, if you only see one thing of his this weekend, make sure it’s his 2018 Notorious [Zombie Related] Fanfic Show!

Mega Ran

Mega Ran

Mega Ran 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

Gareth West

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

Morgan Berry

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

Molly Searcy

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

Greg "Greggo" Wicker

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.

Kid Yuki and the Otakus

Kid Yuki and the Otakus

Kid Yuki and The Otakus is a rock band united under one mission: to bring your favorite anime, video game, and other nerdy music to life. From Naruto to Sword Art Online to Kingdom Hearts, Sonic the Hedgehog, Steven Universe and so much more, there’s a good chance our show will melt your face off. Check out www.youtube.com/c/kidyuki1 for a taste of what’s in store.

September Mourning

September Mourning

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.

Andy Field

Andy Field

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

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

Brian Heinz

Brian Heinz aka the Last Angry Geek, has been producing his own comic book review show for nearly a decade called COMIC BOOK ISSUES. He followed this with a review show about the current run of Dr Who called YOU KNOW WHO. He’s even a perpetual riffer with his show: GEEK-RIFFS and has worked with the crew at Rifftrax. He’s appeared in several online movies: To Boldly Flee, Suburban Knights, it’s sequel (which he wrote and directed) Critics & Creatures and a rarely seen independent film called The Atop the Fourth Wall Movie. He is NOT the Brian Heinz you went to high school with unless you went to York high school from 1994 to 1998.

Lewis "Linkara" Lovhaug

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.

Social Repose

Social Repose

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

Gigi Edgley

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

Oscar Seung

Oscar Seung

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

AbdallahSmash026

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

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.

Alejandro Saab

Alejandro Saab

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

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 Christian

Luci Christian

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.

Samurai Dan and Jillian

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.

Dave Trosko

Dave Trosko

Dave Trosko is a Texan Voice Actor and Director. He’s most known for his roles as Spain in the ultra-popular Hetalia Series; as well as Guren Ichinose in Seraph of the End. Dave has been working almost exclusively with Funimation for now going on 14 years, having been featured in hundreds of anime titles over his career. Most recently he can be heard as Hagita in Orange, Ronaldo in 91 Days, Kaminaga in Joker Game, Eliott in Izetta: The Last Witch, and Georgi Popovich in Yuri on Ice!!!. Other featured roles include, Rokuro Bundo in Deadman Wonderland, Milgauss in Dragonar Academy, Itoya in Snow White with the Red Hair, Jek in Dance with Devils, Soramaru Kumo in Laughing under the Clouds, Sota in Tokyo Ghoul, Bikou in High School DXD, Tomoya Seo in Assassination Classroom, Samuel in Attack on Titan, Imadori in High School Rumble, and Mamoru Yuuki in The Galaxy Railways to name just a few. Currently Dave is excited to have joined the team at Funimation as one of their newest ADR directors. He’s been hard at work, voice directing the new hit Rugby anime “All Out!!” for his directorial debut with more projects to come! Apart from acting and directing Dave pursues his passion in culinary design, fine wine, and spirits as a private Chef and Sommelier and home brewer. He also spend a lot of time as a professional Dad for his wickedly awesome son George from whom Dave gains most of his inspiration and utter hilarity.

Trevor Mueller

Trevor Mueller

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.

Mark Stegbauer

Mark Stegbauer

Mark Stegbauer is a 25+ year veteran of the comic industry. He has worked for Marvel, DC, and Image in such titles as Spider-Man, Nova, New Warriors, Flash, JLA, and The Badger. He is the co-creator and artist of the all ages comic Ghoul Scouts from Action Lab. He also does work for Upper Deck, and has done work on games such as Cash & Gun and Munchkin Smash Up. He currently lives in Wisconsin.

Russell Lissau

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 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

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.

Comcade

Comcade

Comcade is the best team you’ve never heard of. Kyle, Caleb, DJ, and their guest Ronnie are currently traveling for Comcade’s Press Start Tour! Their live debut was just last year in not-so-scenic Iowa and they’re looking to bring that success to a venue near you. Join them as they perform live comedy shows, podcast recordings, and more. They love to chat and hang out with convention visitors so please feel free to approach them! Especially the weebs of the group Kyle and DJ. They’re probably chatting about this season’s anime already so why not join? You can find the group on their YouTube page (Comcade), Twitter (@ComcadeNetwork), and on Facebook (Comcade).

James Mathis III

James Mathis III

James Mathis III is a Brooklyn, New York native, and a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. For the past 8 years, he has been the most recognized voice of Black Panther across a variety of platforms. As T’Challa, his voice can be heard in animation, interactive games and live shows including “Marvel Universe Live” and “The Marvel Experience.” James is currently voicing the Black Panther in Marvel’s Avengers: Secret Wars and will continue the role in Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest.

James co-hosted the launch of USC’s Trojan Vision (the school’s first TV network), worked off-Broadway alongside Kim Coles, coordinated and wrote on-air promos for Fox’s FX Networks, modeled, appeared in music videos and guest starred on esteemed networks including NBC, CBS, and Lifetime. His video game credits include Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Far Cry 5, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Mafia 3, Tom Clancy’s The Division, Lego Marvel’s Avengers and the voice of Sigint in the Metal Gear Solid Series. Other notable animation credits include Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Ben 10, WordGirl, Celebrity Deathmatch, and Ironman: Rise of Technovore.

Some might consider him a veteran, but James is really just getting started. In 2016, he co-created the animated series, “Chocolate Chips” which promptly sold to Film Roman. He has made Los Angeles his home, and seizes opportunities in diverse genres to nurture his talent and take him to new heights.

Carrie Savage

Carrie Savage

Carrie Savage has voiced roles in many anime and video games from Los Angeles, Texas, and now New York as well! Some of Carrie’s roles include 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, 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, D.Gray-Man, and more. From New York there is Ladies vs. Butlers, a few small roles in Pokemon, and she’s currently voicing roles in many other series, from France and Korea! She has also had a fun time voicing characters in video games such as Street Fighter V, Street Fighter X Tekken, Disgaea 4, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers, Final Fantasy 7 “Crisis Core”, Romancing Saga, The Dynasty Warriors Series, Rumble Roses II, and Star Ocean 4 “The Last Hope”, Ar Tarnelico, Trinity Universe, and Smite. 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 currently resides 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!) 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.

Doug Erholtz

Doug Erholtz

With over 20 years in the voice over industry, Doug Erholtz has left his mark on many an animated character. Known for his work; in anime as; Asuma Sarutobi from Naruto, Gin Ichimaru from Bleach, Akihiro Atland from Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans, Jean Michel Polnareff in Jojo’s Bizarre adventure-Stardust Crusaders, and as the new Inspector Zenigata in Lupin III. In video games Doug’s known as; Squall Leonheart from Final Fantasy, Vega from Street Fighter, Hazama from Blazblue and Cao Pi from Dynasty warriors. And in original animation, Doug has voiced; Grumpy Bear and Beastly from Care Bears: Welcome to Care-A-Lot, Sprint Deer and Flap Peacock from Mattel’s new Enchantimals. Crumbly from Shopkins and a host of disgusting buggers from the Grocery Gang. Stay tuned, as Doug has a multitude of original animated projects in the works and ready to air in the near future!

FLAW

FLAW

Ask anyone who has ever been in a band, and they’ll tell you. Being in a band is hard. Making it work for 20 years? That is really, really hard. This has certainly been the case for Louisville, KY-based metal band FLAW. The band has seen multiple line-up changes over the years, however the core of Chris Volz’s vocals has remained as the creative driving force and is poised to re-emerge on the strength of their finest set of recordings to date. The band has signed a deal with Pavement Entertainment, and is set to release Divided We Fall on August 19, 2016.

FLAW’s story began with the independent release of home-grown albums American Arrogance (1996), Flaw (1998) and Drama (2000). It was the songs on these recordings that garnered the attention of Universal Republic Records, who signed the band and released the break-through Through The Eyes in 2001. The offering topped the Billboard “Heatseekers” chart, largely fueled by the singles “Payback” and “Whole.” The band then followed-up with an album entitled Endangered Species via Republic in 2004, but soon thereafter the band went through personnel changes and ended their relationship with the label. The band’s tumultuous relationship with themselves, and their label, were reflected in their songs. It was the life and energy captured in these songs that propelled the band forward. It was always FLAW fans’ connection to their songs that carried the band on. “We would not be where we are today without our hardcore fans,” says Volz. “The Flaw Family is the backbone of everything we do, and we cannot wait to get out and tour in support of this new record”.

FLAW a band that is re-emerging on the strength of renewed focus and energy, and that energy is captured on the lead single from “Divided We Fall”, a song called “Live and Breathe” that is a vessel of raw human experience and emotion. The band has waited 12 years to release a proper album, to rally and come together. They trust that together, FLAW can accomplish great things, and their fans are poised and ready to answer the call.

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