Category Archives: Guests

Guest Announcement: Joan Gordon

The AnimeIowa Guests Team is pleased to announce Joan Gordon as our Artist Guest of Honor for AnimeIowa 2019.

Joan Gordon has been an anime addict since 1999. She tried to kick the habit, but the kawaii otaku force was too strong. To feed her addiction to collect all the animes, she took up the lucrative business of illustration to fuel her addiction. Fighting sleep deprivation by daylight, drawing art waaaay past midnight, never running from a deadline, she is the one named Joan Gordon.

She intensively studied the magic of Drawing, and has a shiny Bachelors of Fine Arts degree to show for it. Joan honed her shoujo powers by mastering watercolors and digital media, to create peaceful imagery ranging from fanart to realistic depictions of animals in space.

Guest Announcement: IA

AnimeIowa is pleased to announce that IA will be a 2019 Guest of Honor, and she will be putting on a film concert at the convention.

IA is a virtual artist who has a voice with the VOCALOID 3 library (IA -ARIA ON THE PLANETES and IA ROCKS) and with the CeVIO library (IA English). Since she was born as a virtual artist in 2012, she has been collaborating with various artists such as TeddyLoid and Jin on projects such as the Kagerou Project.

Her first live concert in North America was in July 2015, at the Los Angeles Anime Expo, in front of a sold-out crowd of two thousand. Considering that this was her first live, it was a spectacular success! In September of the same year, her first solo live, IA – 1st Live Concert in Japan-PARTY A GO-GO, was held at the Akasaka Blitz in Tokyo. This concert was also resounding success and as a result, she ended up holding a successful world tour in cities such as New York; London; Shanghai; Hong Kong; Mexico City; San Jose, Costa Rica; Melbourne; Montreal; Santiago, Chile; and Madrid. In addition, her film concerts were featured in more than one hundred cities around the world, drawing an audience of over thirty thousand.

In March 2018, on her latest album, IA/04, she sang her songs in English for the very first time. In June 2018, at the Digital Art Festival held in Enghien-les-Bains, France, IA’s latest performance, which was a pre-production performance of the MUSICAL & LIVE SHOW – ARIA, was held. She received high critical acclaim for it at each level of the French media outlets, including national TV. In September 2018, she served as an ambassador (a virtual ambassador) to the 30th IOI (International Olympiad in Informatics) in Japan, which hosted participants from 85 countries. In 2019, IA started her ARIA World Tour, which began with her anniversary performance in Japan on January 26th and 27th. Her first live performance in North America is going to be in Houston, Texas in June.
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Guest Announcement: Kohei & TiA

The AnimeIowa Guests Team welcomes Kohei & TiA as our musical guests for AnimeIowa 2019!

TiA is a Recording Artist in Japan who did the ending theme “Ryuusei” for Naruto, as well as “Promise” which was used as the second opening for Yakitate!! Japan. Her first album received a Gold Disc Award, and she won McDonald’s Gospelfest 2016 as the first Japanese female artist, and has been featured in the New York Times, FOX TV, and NY1 in 2018.

 

 

Kohei is an international ambassador singer (commended by IFA United Nations) who hails from Tokyo, Japan. He is also an Apollo winner in 2014, and a finalist in McDonald’s Gospelfest for the years of 2016, 2017, and 2018. He has served as an official emcee at Japan Fes in 2017 and 2018, and has been featured on television with appearances on the Steve Harvey Show and M-On TV with Japanese recording artist The Rampage from Exile Tribe.

Kohei is releasing his new songs ‘All About You’, ‘Power to the People’, and a cover of the Naruto song ‘Haruka Kanata’.

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.