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Guest Announcement: 50%DANGEROUS

The AnimeIowa 2019 Guests Team is pleased to announce that for the first time ever, we’ll be having a fashion Guest of Honor with 50%DANGEROUS!

50%DANGEROUS is a fashion brand that creates one-of-a-kind fashion ensembles for musicians, celebrities and fans of fashion. The designers find inspiration for their ensembles through Japanese street fashion, pop culture, and androgynes styles. Get ready to see their latest collection on the runway in a fashion show like no other. For more information visit 50DANGEROUS.COM

Guest Announcement: Daniel Mohr

The Guests Team is happy to announce that Daniel Mohr will be returning as a Guest of Honor for AnimeIowa 2019!

Daniel “Stitch” Mohr – Comic artist, author, and actor who was born and bred in Minnesota. Daniel is also known as that guy over there in the hat. He has been acting for over 20 years in both community theater and professional performances, and specializes in improvisation. He has been heard to say he will do anything for a laugh, and has proved it more than once. Ask him about being lit on fire, multiple times. For almost a decade he has worked with his puppet companion Wolfie, and they have been called equal opportunity offenders however they promise to behave at least five minutes every day. Currently he lives with his wife in St Paul, where they run Mohr Creations together selling his artwork and her custom made fine jewelry. Daniel has also begun his own publishing company, Wolfie B Bad Productions, which publishes his comic collections, “Everyday Gods”, “World Wide News”, “Life is a Natural One”, and soon the new comic “The Adventures of Bastian and Mushu”.

Guest Announcement: J. Michael Tatum

The AnimeIowa Guests Team is pleased to announce that J. Michael Tatum will be a Guest of Honor for AnimeIowa 2019!

Nurtured on anime classics from the tender age of Star Blazers, et al, this reclusive fanboy-turned-voice actor/writer/ADR director/flake extraordinaire spent more years than he cares to remember in what might charitably be called free-fall before landing, mostly by accident, smack dab on the industry of his dreams. To this day, some believe the small crater made by the impact remains the source of his power.

Discovered by Funimation warhorse Christopher Bevins, who cast him as Rikichi in 2005’s Samurai 7, Tatum’s inexplicable luck has held long enough to see his flag hoisted on a slew of dream roles, most notably Kyoya Otori in Ouran High School Host Club, suave, demonic Sebastian Michaelis in Black Butler, France in the Hetalia franchise, Tomoe from Kamisama Kiss, and the equal parts maniacal/vulnerable Okarin Rintarou from Steins;Gate. More recently, Tatum can be heard in the epic My Hero Academia as Teyna Iida.

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Guest Announcement: Wolfie B. Bad

The Guests Team is pleased to announce that Wolfie B. Bad will be returning as a Guest of Honor for AnimeIowa 2019!

Wolfie was born into the post-apocalyptic world of 2175. The planet had been decimated by the Sub vs Dub Wars, a war that began with an internet flame war over the proper way to watch anime. While racing go carts with an Italian Plumber and his strange dragon-like frenemy, Wolfie had to swerve to miss hitting a strangely dressed girl scout yelling something about righting wrongs, and triumphing over evil, saying that meant Wolfie. Luckily he had recently acquired a Keyblade and was able to fight the pigtailed girl and her friends to a standstill. Before the final battle could commence, a large robot landed. It appeared to be the combination of five Wolfie’s, even though the paladin pilots said they were lions, but Wolfie knew better. The leader of the Paladins said that they were there to send Wolfie back in time to stop the Sub vs Dub Wars and save the Earth, but they over shot the mark and he landed in 2011. Wolfie felt that he needed to find a way to get back to the future, but got bored, so he joined the entertainment industry instead.

Guest Announcement 2019: Lauren Landa

AnimeIowa is pleased to announced Lauren Landa as a 2019 Guest of Honor!

Within the world behind the mic, she is most known for roles such as the ninja beauty, Kasumi in Dead or Alive 5; the seductive Litchi Faye Ling in the popular fighting games BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, as well as the sequels BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, and Continuum Shift Extend; Chrono Phantasma; the badass Kyoko Sakura in Puella Magi Madoka Magica; the enthusiastic Yan Leixia in Soul Calibur V; the deadly Little Queen in Tales of Graces; the valley girl racer in pink, Boiboi, in REDLINE; the adorable zombie Squigly in Skullgirls; kind hearted Leia in Tales of Xillia; the innocent Chubo Sonken in IkkiTousen: Great Guardians, the quiet Annie Leonhardt in the hit anime series Attack on Titan, One in “DrakenGard 3”, Nora in “Noragami”, Sailor Neptune in the VIZ Media’s Sailor Moon, Merlin in “The Seven Deadly Sins” and many more!

She has also had several other roles in anime and video games such as Leeza, (Blazing Souls Accelate), Arf and Chrono Harlaown (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha/ A’s), Kirche Van Zerbst, (Familiar Of Zero) Aegil, Cotton, Sasha (Rondo of Swords), Lila (Summon Night Twin Age), Rina (Luminous Arc 2), Yoko (Sakichi Satô’s Tokyo Zombie), Sy-Fy channel’s anime addition (Monster) and more!

Guest Announcement 2019: Crusher-P

Our Guests Team is pleased to announce that Crusher-P will be coming to AnimeIowa 2019!

Crusher-P Is a freelance musician who has created numerous pieces of music for arcade rhythm games by Sega, Konami, Taito and numerous others. In addition to this, Crusher-P has composed numerous record-breaking VOCALOID songs including “Again” which has received over 3.5 million views on YouTube. Her most famous song is “ECHO” which has over 25 million views on YouTube and 4.5 million views on Niconico, while also receiving numerous remixes, covers, and even a Japanese novelization.

You can find her online through her YouTube channel Crusher-P or on Twitter @CCrusherP.

Guest Announcement: Samurai Dan & Jillian

AnimeIowa is pleased to welcome Samurai Dan & Jillian back as Guests for AnimeIowa 2018!

Dan Coglan, a.k.a. “Samurai Dan” and his wife, Jillian are the acknowledged masters of marital… er, MARTIAL mayhem. This dynamic duo travels the civilized portions of the U.S., bringing their unique show to curious and horrified audiences alike.

In addition to their high-energy, mostly safe stage shows (where razor sharp blades and barbs fly) the couple teaches historical and hysterical panels on the way of the warrior. Offering a wide range of lectures and interactive workshops, Dan and his lethal love Jillian are guaranteed to provide con attendees fun and fulfillment.

Due to a supreme lack of filter, Dan also performs standup comedy, and lives to embarrass his wife onstage, in censored and uncensored settings.

A storyteller at heart, Dan is finishing his third horror novel, and offers insights into the creative process with panels for the aspiring writer as well.

Guest Announcement: Sallie & Greg Abba

AnimeIowa is pleased to announce that we are bring Sallie & Greg Abba in as the Convention Parent Guest of Honor for 2018. Convention Parents (or “Con Moms” or “Con Dads”) are individuals who serve as role models, guardians, or even actual parents to attendees and the broader community. These individuals act as a shepherd, guiding newer generations into fandoms and helping to ensure a safe experience for everyone. That is why we are here to celebrate Con Parents with Sallie and Greg.

Greg and Sallie attended their first convention in 1989 and haven’t missed a year since. Their convention going has included Science Fiction and Fantasy, Anime, Gaming, WorldCons and CostumeCons. They have been on quite a few convention staffs, and chaired a few as well. However cosplay is their forte. They have done just about everything from tech crew, to judging, to competing. Greg is the prop master and fabricator, while Sallie is the sewer and textile wizard.

They have dragged their kids along on their convention escapades and are now working on the next generation with their grandsons. Conventions have become a family gathering time with as many as four generations in attendance. “We are fortunate to be able to share our convention adventures with our families and our con-family.”  

 

Guest Announcement: Christopher Bevins

AnimeIowa is pleased to announce that Christopher Bevins will be a 2018 Guest of Honor!

Since 2001, Christopher Bevins has directed, cast, produced, acted in, and/or adapted scripts for over 200 anime series, movies and specials. His anime acting credits include Japan in Hetalia, Nine in Terror in Resonance, Yogi in Karneval, Johnny Gill in D.Gray-Man, Apollo in Aquarion, Amata in Aquarion EVOL, Hanamori in Princess Jellyfish, Joe in Prison School, Sero in My Hero Academia, Hagakure in Danganronpa: The Animation, Narsus in The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Lahar in Fairy Tale, Fastener in Panty & Stocking, Sherlock Holmes in Soul Eater, Lafitte, ChouChou, & Lasso in One Piece, Shishi Wakamaru in Yu Yu Hakusho, Bee the Puppy in Dragon Ball Z, and Beck the Dog in BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad. He can also be heard as various characters and critters in SerVamp, Tokyo Ghoul, Space Dandy, Attack on Titan, Steins;Gate, Baccano!, Fullmetal Alchemist (both series), Ouran High School Host Club, Sgt. Frog, Black Butler, Big Windup!, Shin chan, Fruits Basket, Case Closed and many more. Chris has also worked on several video games, most notably as Dhalsim in Street Fighter IV and Street Fighter V, as well as various background characters in Borderlands 2.

In his primary job as a Voice Director, Chris has assumed casting and directing duties on Michiko & Hatchin; Princess Jellyfish; Danganronpa: The Animation; Ping Pong: The Animation; Terror in Resonance; GANGSTA.; The Heroic Legend of Arslan; Nobunagun; Karneval; The Devil is a Part-Timer!; BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad (with Taliesin Jaffe); Sengoku Basara; Aquarion EVOL; Jormungand; King of Thorn; Heaven’s Lost Property; Samurai 7; Speed Grapher; Witchblade; Burst Angel; and Dragon Ball GT. His most recent directing work includes Yurikuma Arashi, Selector Infected WIXOSS, Aquarion Logos, and Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School.

Follow Christopher Bevins on Twitter @VoiceofBevins

Guest Announcement: Rachel Robinson

AnimeIowa is pleased to announced Rachel Robinson as a 2018 Guest of Honor!

Since 2000, born-and-raised Angelena Rachel Robinson’s voice has spanned the spectrum of video games, animation, national commercials, promos and anime. In gameland, she’s likely best known for her role as Oerba Yun Fang (Final Fantasy XIII, XIII-2 and Lightning Returns). She is robot ADA (Fallout 4: Automatron), Protoss matriarch Vorazun, (StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void), Goetia (Xenoblade Chronicles X), Nova (There Came an Echo), Time Patroller in (DBZ: Xenoverse); and Serqet, Medusa and Awilix skins (Smite). Additional noted roles (IBNLT): Argonian Guildmaster Sees-All-Colors (The Elder Scrolls Online), Rox Whetstone (Guild Wars 2), Celsius (Tales of Xillia 1 and 2), Holly Whyte (Bravely Default), Commander Nowak (Q.U.B.E.: Director’s Cut), with more on the way.

More recent anime roles include Mauve  (ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept), Hiroko (Yuri on Ice!!), Chitose Oribe (Sakura Quest), Gundula Rall (Brave Witches), Anastasia (Drifters), Cal Shekar (Taboo Tattoo), Os Cara Stauffenberg (Project Itoh: Harmony), Fahali (Monster Hunter Stories), Angine (Puzzle and Dragons X) and Namazuo (Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru) – her first recurring boy role. She is also Diamondback/Rachel Leighton (Marvel Disk Wars: Avengers,) Maltran (Tales of Zestiria: The X), Kikyo (One Piece), and Wendy (Black Butler: Book of Circus). Additionally: Joel Raveau (Gangsta), Garak (Snow White with the Red Hair), Quinn Erari and Nya-Nyaa the Cat (Wizard Barristers), Farangis (The Heroic Legend of Arslan), Angelica (Show By Rock!!) and Sakura Ohgami (Danganronpa: The Animation). Her known villains include Zorin Blitz (Hellsing Ultimate); Empress Megaria (Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters), and Cameran (Sailor Moon) and many others. Other roles of all sizes include Attack on Titan, Space Dandy, The Devil is a Part Timer!, Terror in Resonance, Tokyo Ravens, Noragami Aragato, Divine Gate, Masamune-Kun’s Revenge, Akiba’s Trip, Free! Eternal Summer, Garo, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K, Tokyo Ghoul, Yurikuma Arashi, A Certain Magical Index, and many other titles.

Rachel also does ADR adaptation; getting her feet wet with Kamisama Kiss II. She has since worked on both seasons of Show By Rock!!, Show By Rock!! Short!!, Snow White with the Red Hair, Escaflowne, Skip Beat, Myriad Colors Phantom World, Convenience Store Boyfriends, Alderamin on the Sky, Hundred, Kakegurui, and Katsugeki: Touken Ranbu. She also freelance writes, sings, and paints. She is a classically trained pianist, Red Vines fan, knows the military alphabet, and does a mean Katharine Hepburn impression. Accurate mean, not mean-mean. She’s thrilled to soon be marrying voice director and fellow VA Christopher Bevins, whom she met at an anime convention; proving that you really can find love anywhere; even in the green room. Follow Rachel’s occasionally entertaining tweets @larynx_lynx, or get more info on projects and appearances on FB: Rachel Robinson Voice Actress or at www.rachel-robinson.com