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nabeshin_big_thumbShinichi “Nabeshin” Watanabe

Shinichi Watanabe (aka “Nabeshin”) is known to anime fans as a larger-than-life, iconic figure with an outrageous sense of humor. He directed the comedy anime series Excel Saga, Nerima Daikon Brothers, and Puni Puni Poemy, which feature frenetic pacing and appearances by his animated alter ego, a mysterious, recurring character with an afro and distinctive outfit who is tangential to the story. Nabeshin has also served as series director for The Wallflower and Tenchi Muyo! GXP, and he can be found in these series as well, in cameo or supporting roles.

Nabeshin has been quoted as saying that he places great importance in making viewers laugh. Stating that he values laughter as much as tears, his preference is to motivate viewers to have fun and enjoy a show. He reasons that his success stems from provoking the same, strong emotional investment—in a humorous way—as a traditional, sentimental story does.

Nabeshin has also written lyrics for the opening songs of Excel Saga and Tenchi Muyo! GXP, and has served as storyboarder and episode director for a variety of other anime series.

 

GA2010Greg Ayres

Greg Ayres has spent the last eleven years working in an industry he had admired for years as a fan. With over 200 credits to his name, this fan-boy has managed to get to play a variety of characters that are almost as colorful as his hair. He was thrilled to be a part of the Toonami re-launch last summer, in the roles of Ganta Igarashi in Deadman Wonderland, and Heihachi Hayashida in Samurai 7, and even more thrilled to follow that up the following summer’s thriller Another as Kouichi Sakakibara. His most recent roles include 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, Arikawa in This Boy Can Fight Aliens, 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. He can also be heard as Uesugi Kenshin in Sengoku Basara, Seikechi Tayama in Oh Edo Rocket, Hiro Hirono in ef: A Tale of Memories, Abe in Big Windup, Jr. in Xenosaga: The Animation, Tsujido in Speed Grapher, Roan in Ragnorok The Animation, Yamazaki in Welcome to the NHK, Gau Ban in Shadow Skill, Pope Alessandro XVIII in Trinity Blood, and a bunch of other titles he’ll probably forget to mention.
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, he jumped at the opportunity to play music and organize late night dances at many of the conventions he attends. From packed rooms at anime conventions, to the legendary stage of The Knitting Factory (NYC), he never misses an opportunity to share his love of music with anyone who will listen.

 

Con PicChris Cason

Mr. Popo and Tien Shinhan in “Dragonball Z”, Agent Shu in “Battle of Gods” and “Resurrection F”, Gluttony in “Fullmetal Alchemist”, Holy Roman Empire in “Hetalia”, Face McShooty and Mal in “Borderlands 2”, Tecchi in “Sword Art Online 2”, Jack the Ripper in “Soul Eater”, Miyamoto and M1 in “Yu Yu Hakusho”, Taruru in “Sgt. Frog”, Boo and Whitey in “Shin Chan”, Hanai in “School Rumble”, Ukyo in “Ouran High School Host Club”, Chamo in “Negima”, Babbit in “Kodocha”, Siegfried in “Kenichi”, and Hanbei in “Sengoku Basara” represent some of Chris’s favorite and best known roles.

You may have also heard him in: The Seven Deadly Sins, Attack on Titan, Gunslinger Girl, Basilisk, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles, Black Cat, Darker Than Black, Bamboo Blade, Kaze no Stigma, Aquarion, One Piece, Big Windup!, D. Gray-Man, Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad, RIN, Speed Grapher, Oh! Edo Rocket, Summer Wars, Initial D, Deadman Wonderland, Fairy Tail, Case Closed, Space Dandy, Aldnoah Zero, and Michiko & Hatchin.

As an ADR Director, Chris has had the pleasure of casting/directing/asst. directing such titles as: The Seven Deadly Sins, Dragonball Z Uncut, Dragonball, Dragonball GT, Yu Yu Hakusho, Negima, Kodocha, Galaxy Railways, Baki the Grappler, School Rumble, Hell Girl, Kaze no Stigma, Bamboo Blade, Birdy the Mighty: Decode, Initial D, Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations, and Yuki Yuna is a Hero.

As a writer, he has adapted and/or assisted on scripts for Case Closed, Negima, Witchblade, Ouran High School Host Club, Bamboo Blade, AM Driver, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Blood Lad, Initial D, Yuki Yuna is a Hero, and Magi: The Kingdom of Magic.

He has also had the opportunity to be a part of many popular video games.  Some of his favorites were: voicing random ghouls and specters for Ghostbusters: The Video Game, as a contributing guitarist in Guitar Hero 3, Mega Man in Street Fighter X Tekken, and Tatsu in Xenoblade Chronicles X.

For additional information, visit “Chris Cason’s Anime Chuckle Hut” on Facebook and @Casonworld on Twitter.

12434274_10153777648063959_1575034362_nFredd Gorham

For over 25 years, Fredd Gorham has worked as a freelance illustrator for many comic book and game companies. As a part of Shocktrauma Studios, he has worked on such titles as SwampThing, X-Men, Superman, The Crow, and many others. In the game industry, he’s worked on modules for Steve Jackson Games, GURPS, Palladium, Fantasy Flight Games and more. Recently, Fredd started Steel Angel Studios with his wife Linda to promote and sell his artwork in prints, books and other items of interest.

In the past 10 years, Fredd has hosted The Artist Jam at Krypton Comics in order to gather artists and like-minded individuals together into a creative community. The Artist Jam has been featured in the Omaha World-Herald, The Comics Journal and The Comics Beat, and it continues to grow. The Artist Jam occurs every third Saturday of the month from 12noon till 8pm. It is free to all ages.

Fredd also teaches workshops on creating comics at the Joslyn Art Museum (https://www.joslyn.org/). Go to the website to find what workshops are available.

In his spare time, he enjoys mentoring young artists in hopes of directing their talent towards the future.

You can contact Fredd via these links:

Facebook:

Personal Page – https://www.facebook.com/freddgorham

Fredd Gorham’s Sketchbook – https://www.facebook.com/freddgorhamstudio

Steel Angel Studios – https://www.facebook.com/steelangelstudios

Twitter:

@freddgorham

@steelangelstudi

DeviantArt:

http://fuad1138.deviantart.com/

Website:

http://freddgorham.com

http://steelangelstudios.com

Grelle_JoshJosh Grelle

A native Texan and avid anime fan, Josh Grelle has been working in voice work for over 10 years. After starting with ADV Films in January 2004, Josh was quickly bombarded with tons of in-booth experience on a wide range of shows, including Wedding Peach, Steam Detectives, 009-1, and the legendary Gatchaman. He began working for FUNimation Entertainment in 2006. Since then, he has starred in numerous titles; his most famous being Kenichi in Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple. Other roles include Armin in Attack on Titan, Kyohei in the Wallflower, Kouichi in Linebarrles of Iron, Yuki in Future Diary, Itsuki in Initial D, and Kuranosuke in Princess Jellyfish. More recent roles include Chow from Starship Troopers: Invasion, Nicky in Mass Effect: Paragon Lost, Kazuya Aoi in Freezing, Yuji Sakai in Shakugan no Shana, Akihisa Yoshii in Baka and Test, and Komatsu in Toriko. Aside from anime, Josh has lent his voice to a number of video games, including Sima Shi in Dynasty Warriors 7, Xbalanque in Smite, Dave in Borderlands 2, and the voice of the “energetic” custom character in Dragonball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi.  Josh is represented by The Mary Collins Agency.

kyle_hebertKyle Hebert

 

Kyle Hebert is a Los Angeles-based anime and video game voice actor whose credits include Wreck-It Ralph/Street Fighter (Ryu), Naruto (Kiba), Bleach (Aizen, Ganju), League of Legends (Ezreal, Jarvan, and Graves) and Gurren Lagann (Kamina). He is best known as the Narrator and Teen Gohan from the Funimation dub of Dragonball Z. Other fan faves include Blue Exorcist (Bon Suguro), Fire Emblem Awakening (Frederick, Validar), Fullmetal Alchemist (Vato Falman), Tales of Symphonia (Richter Abend) and Star Ocean (Dias, Arumat, Crow). Kyle can also be heard in numerous popular shows and games, such as Pokemon (Professor Oak in “Origins”), Digimon (Ballistamon and Dorulumon in “Fusion”), Sonic (Big the Cat in “Colors”), Final Fantasy (Nimbus in “Type-0”), World of Warcraft (Algalon the Observer in “Lich King”, Skylanders, Devil May Cry, Dynasty Warriors, Soul Calibur and Resident Evil. He is also the voice of filmmaker, Kevin Smith’s Smodco Internet Radio and cohosts “The Big Bald Broadcast” geek news podcast for that network. For more info, visit www.kylehebert.com

 

 

 

Trevor-Mueller2Trevor Mueller

Trevor Mueller works at an advertising agency by day, and writes comics by night. He was nominated for a Harvey Award for his webseries ALBERT THE ALIEN, appearing on Mark Waid’s THRILLBENT site. He has been published in AW YEAH COMICS (Dark Horse), READING WITH PICTURES (Andrew McMeal), LOS OJOS (Pop! Goes the Icon) and KILLER QUEEN Red Stylo Media). He has also self-published titles like JUNKYARD CHASE, THE FAN, and more.

Trevor is also the writer / artist / creator of several award-winning webcomic series (www.trevoramueller.com), and regularly reviews movies, video games, and comics. He regularly gives lectures and presentations throughout the country at conventions, libraries and schools.

Trevor currently lives in Chicago with his wife, Beth, and his cat, Waffles.

 

 

spikeSpike Spencer

Spike Spencer is soon to be heard on the Nickelodeon show Get Blake! as Mitch, the scrappy best pal of the future Space Ranger Blake. The two fight alien space squirrels who come back in time to defeat Blake before he becomes a Ranger. Hilarity ensues.

Spike has voiced hundreds of episodes of Anime including such notable titles as Evangelion, Bleach, Vampire Knight, Naruto, Black Butler, Doraemon, Knights of Sidonia, Pokemon, Gundam Unicorn, Durarara! and many many more.

His video game credits include Bravely Default, Bioshock:Infinite, Saints Row 3, XCOM:Declassified, World of Warcraft, League of Legends, Lego Ultra Agents, Tales of Vesperia, BlazBlue, Dynasty and Samurai Warriors, and many others.

An accomplished onscreen actor, he has worked with such notable stars as Tommy Lee Jones, Sandra Bullock, Frank Langella, Tia Carrere, and Scott Glenn and has been on set with many other stars. Spike has also lent his voice to numerous radio and TV commercials.

Spike is also an author, including “How to Be A Frickin Genius Voice Actor, Step One” and “What Happens At The Con, Stays At The Con?” Both of which he presents as panels at the con.

Spike is also an avid sailor, cook, traveler, and enjoys a good bit of dancing from time to time.

Visit his official websites:
www.spikespencer.com

www.almostevilminions.com

www.dontkillyourdate.com

****Spike teaches Voice Acting around the globe in person and via email and Skype. If you are interested in learning the art of Voice Acting from Spike contact him at: spike@worldospike.com

 

paul2Paul St. Peter

Paul St. Peter is a voice actor from Los Angeles whose many anime’ and video game credits include KINGDOM HEARTS (Xemnas), NARUTO (Nine Tail Fox), ROBOTECH (Zor Prime), BLEACH (Yammy), WORLD OF WARCRAFT (Boden The Imposing), DYNASTY WARRIORS I-IV (Yuan Shao), DIGIMON (KOKOMON), ZETMAN (Sugito), MAJIN (Majin), and RESIDENT EVIL 5 (Swahili Zombie). Paul has comical voices too, from COWBOY BEBOP (Punch) to DIGIMON WARRIORS (Wormmon). Among his other game, anime, and feature anime credits are GURREN LAGAAN (Jorgun), THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO (Mondego), MONSTER (Dr. Reichwein), PAPRIKA (Konakawa), LUPIN III The Secret of Mamo (Mamo), DURARARA (Higa), X-COM (Dr. Heinrich), BATTLE B-DAMON (Armada), DIABLO III (Demented Spirit), and DEFIANCE (Burgess). He has recently wrapped work on MONSTER STRIKE (Death Panda), DRAKENGARD 3 (Michael the Dragon), JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURES (Dire/Jack The Ripper/Wamuu), NARUTO 7: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 (Kurama), THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS (Armor Giant), ANJIN (Hirazawa), KILLER (Colonel Derick), and GODEATER II (various roles).

A versatile performer, Paul also sang for four seasons with the San Diego Opera Company, three seasons with The San Diego Civic Light Opera, and appeared in several productions at the Old Globe Theatre. In Los Angeles, Paul has acted on the stage at The Globe Playhouse, Richard Basehart Theatre, Palos Verdes Shakespeare on the Meadow, and has “gone on the road” with Nevada Shakespeare in the Park for eleven seasons.

As an instructor, he has taught speech, accents, dialects, phonetics, vocal production, and Shakespeare at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Cal State University Los Angeles, San Diego State University, Los Angeles Broadcasting School, The Windward School, and is a speech and acting coach for Native Voices at The Autry, a Native American theatre company, and The Rogue Artists, a hyper-Theatre Company.

Paul’s TV appearances include work on NCIS, LAST MAN STANDING, RINGER, TIM AND ERIC’S AWESOME SHOW, JESSIE, LEGIT (FX) and the hilarious KEY AND PEELE (Comedy Central).

 

brookeBrooke Stephenson

Brooke Stephenson, or Ogawa Burukku as she’s known by her pen name, is an American who for the last ten years has been working in Japan as a manga assistant, independent mangaka, illustrator, storyboard artist, and translator.  In favor of more artistic freedom, Ogawa Burukku decided to try working independently, frequenting Japanese events such as Comic Market and Comitia with her original one-shots before beginning her weekly webcomic / webmanga series FaLLEN, an ongoing alternate magical girls series rated Teen+ and read by both men and women alike. The series started in the fall of 2012 and continues to be updated every week.  http://ogawaburukku.com/fallen/eng/main.html

 

 

doug_walkerDoug Walker

Doug Walker, from ChannelAwesome.com is best known for his character The Nostalgia Critic, who reviews bad movies and TV shows from childhood. He also plays the roles of That Guy with the Glasses, who answers the weirdest questions fans can come up with, Chester A. Bum, the hyper active bum who loves every movie ever made, and Dominic, a bar tender who has talked with the video game world’s biggest stars. He’s also noted for having a long standing “rivalry” with The Angry Video Game Nerd.  He’s appeared on PBS, Entrepreneur Magazine, New York Times, 20/20, Rifftrax, and was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year at the Mashable Awards as well as one of the Best Youtube Critic by WatchMojo.com.  His fans include the late Roger Ebert, Mike Nelson, Mara Wilson, Dante Basco, Paul Dini, Greg Sestero, Andre Meadows, Rob Paulsen, Maurice Lamarche, Don Bluth, and the creators of Animaniacs. His image even appeared in the anime Zettai Karen Children.  He’s more than a God, but less than a man…or is it the other way around?  Either way, he’s here to entertain!

 

 

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