With literally hundreds of V/O credits to his name, Veteran Voice Monkey Steve Blum is best known as the voice of “Spike Spiegel” from Cowboy Bebop, “Wolverine” from several incarnations of X-Men (animated movies, games, the Wolverine and the X-Men TV Series, The Super Hero Squad Show, X-Men Anime and more), “Orochimaru,” “Zabuza,” and others from Naruto, “Green Goblin” from the Spectacular Spiderman series, “Heatblast,” “Vilgax” and “Ghostfreak” from Ben 10, “Grayson Hunt” (Bulletstorm) “Grunt” (Mass Effect 2 and 3),”Zoltan Kulle” from Diablo 3, “Abathur” from Starcraft 2:Heart of the Swarm, “Tank Dempsey” (Call of Duty), “Killer Croc” from Arkham Asylum, “Oghren” (DragonAge),“Vincent Valentine” (Final Fantasy VII), “Leeron” (Guren Lagann), “Jamie” from Megas XLR, “Storm Troopers” and many others in most of the Star Wars games, The voice of 7-11, dozens of Digimon and a gigantic list of other characters from Anime, Video Games, TV and Film. In 2012, Steve was inducted into the Guinness Book of World records as Most Prolific Voice Actor in Video Games – appearing in almost 300 games!
Recently, you can find him on the Emmy award-winning Transformers: Prime, playing the sometimes delusional but always deadly Decepticon “Starscream” and as “Heatwave” on the action-packed, kid-friendly, Transformers: Rescue Bots! Also as “Devil Dinosaur” on HULK: Agents of SMASH, several characters on Ultimate Spider Man, Ben 10: Omniverse, the Regular Show, Doc McStuffins, Uncle Grandpa, Wander over Yonder, Tenkai Knights, and as the terrifying anti-bender “Amon” on the hit series Avatar: The Legend of Korra!
And after 4 years off the air, thanks to tremendous fan support, Steve once again takes the helm of the great star cruiser Absolution, reprising his role as “TOM” the robotic host of Cartoon Network’s Toonami on Adult Swim.
Look for him as “Zeb Orrelios” in the incredible new series Star Wars: Rebels on Disney XD http://video.disney.com/watch/disneyxd-star-wars-rebels-meet-zeb-the-muscle-4f2b1b593eae5f050ebb9f4f
And Steve Dares to be Square as “Shoe” and “Sparky” in Laika’s new feature film: The Boxtrolls http://www.theboxtrolls.com/
On Twitter! @blumspew (Click me!)
Shinichi “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.
Award-Winning writer and founder of Synester Saints Entertainment, Alan Scholting is a true fanboy turned professional. The 15-year veteran of conventions and cosplay has made Alan a go-to source for various companies within the world of Pop-Culture. Currently, Alan serves as the Editor-at-Large for the world’s premiere cosplay magazine, Cosplay Culture. In addition, he can also be found alongside the globally renowned Ink-Fusion Empire functioning as the writer and guest relations manager for the organization. As a columnist, he has had the pleasure of interviewing everyone from WWE superstars and Hall of famers, to living legends like Stan Lee and Oscar / Emmy winners like Greg Nicotero. His fiction writing has spanned over several different mediums including comic books and short stories. In mid-2014, Mr. Scholting was awarded the E.M. Koeppel Story of Distinction for his short story Whiskey Sours. Alan resides in Illinois with his wife, two children, and enormous comic book collection.
Steve has been prowling around conventions since 1994, but he started in the industry long before that. When he was just a kid living in Japan, he landed a part time job working with Noburu Furusei (New Dominion Tank Police, Lupin III, etc.) at Studio Aoehyma in Tokyo. He worked on series like Urusei Yatsura and Yamamoto, before moving back to the States.
As an adult, Steve worked with Studio Ironcat, a manga-publication company, from 1997 to 2004 and worked on several web comics, including The Angel of St. Thomas and Life with Steve. He’s attended a zillion conventions teaching cel painting classes and drawing on anything that moves. Steve has also spoken at institutions such as the Iowa Museum of Art, the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and Loyola University.
After spending the last seven years living in Japan, Steve and his wife Nikki moved to the Seattle area. He’s busy with several projects: designing covers for Nikki’s publication company, Firedrake Books, working on commissions, and heading to anime cons whenever he gets the chance. Looking forward to seeing everyone again at Anime Iowa!
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: One Punch Man, 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, Michiko & Hatchin, Your Lie in April, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, and The Seven Deadly Sins.
As an ADR Director, Chris has had the pleasure of casting/directing/asst. directing such titles as: One Punch Man, 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, Yuki Yuna is a Hero, The Asterisk War, The Seven Deadly Sins, and Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans.
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, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, 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.
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:
Personal Page – https://www.facebook.com/freddgorham
Fredd Gorham’s Sketchbook – https://www.facebook.com/freddgorhamstudio
Steel Angel Studios – https://www.facebook.com/steelangelstudios
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 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
Chris “Kilika” Malone is a surf bum from the East Coast with a love for guinea pigs, comics, and animations. He started his art career in 2005 with his first webcomic, “Blue and Blond”, a bromance of two surfers from New Jersey and a surfing guinea pig. He’s now working on two new comics, “Legend of Stache” and the “Steele Society”.
In addition to drawing rad comics, he also animates for a few awesome series such as the Emmy-nominated show, “Archer”, the video game, “Battleborn”, as well as the upcoming “An Army of Frogs” series.
He currently lives in Atlanta with his dogs and his extremely-needy guinea pigs. When he’s not drawing in his studio, you can find him at the beach, probably still drawing.
You can check out his work at www.surfdogart.com
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.
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:
****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: email@example.com
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).
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 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!
If you love FLCL or The Pillows, you will absolutely want to come see The Pillowcases as they perform your favorite songs from FLCL! If you’re not familiar, you’ll still want to stop in to see an awesome rock show, with a few fandom favorites thrown in to keep things lively. It’s going to be an awesome show! The Pillowcases are on a mission to bring the music of the Pillows and FLCL to every convention in the country. The world. The UNIVERSE. And that means IOWA!