Guest announcement: Elizabeth Maxwell

elizabethhs1ELIZABETH MAXWELL is an accomplished actress and life-long lover of all things geek, so when she began a career in voice over that veered strongly into the genres of animation and video games, it seemed a match made in heaven!

She made her debut in the dubbing world on the hit anime series Attack on Titan (Ymir) and soon after took on the most recent incarnation of The Major in Ghost in the Shell: Arise (Motoko Kusanagi). Other popular anime titles include Noragami (Bishamon), RWBY (Winter Schnee), Soul Eater Not! (Shaula Gorgon), Fairy Tail (Jenny Realight), One Piece (Shakuyaku), and Nobunagun (Cyx).

She has also worked extensively in games, including Warner Bros. Lego Marvel’s Avengers (Jane Foster/Thor), Gearbox’s Battleborn (Phoebe), Obsidian Entertainment’s Skyforge (Ianna), Robot Entertainment’s Orcs Must Die! Unchained (Zoey the Chaotic Apprentice), Cloud Imperium’s Star Citizen (Anvil Aerospace AI), Infinitap Games’ Neverending Nightmares (Gabby), and S2 Games’ Strife (Lady Tinder).

You can find Elizabeth’s voice AND face on such TV shows as Criminal Minds, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, and Lost Tapes, and in the big screen psychological thriller A Perfect Getaway.

Elizabeth’s body of work earned her a nomination for “Breakthrough Voice Actress of the Year” from Behind the Voice Actors (2014), and “Best Female Lead Vocal Performance” for Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie (2015). Look for her in LeSean Thomas’s (Legend of Kora, Black Dynamite, The Boondocks) new original anime Cannon Busters later this summer as the outdated, but irrepressible maintenance droid Casey Turnbuckle and the smart-ass, sexy assassin Tiephoyd.

When she’s not behind a mic, Elizabeth enjoys super hero training (aka kickboxing and stunt fighting), watching John Carpenter movies, reading fantasy novels, and planning for the zombie apocalypse.

More info at www.aboutelizabethmaxwell.com, and stay in touch on Twitter (@AboutElizabethM) and Instagram (@elizabethmaxwell).

Guest announcement: None Like Joshua

13599967_10153626894081727_6813696439947551361_n-1-copyAs a versatile wordsmith and experimental electronic producer, None Like Joshua has been dabbling through a diverse set of music genres and topics to rap about since 2009. The level of fame that he’s garnered with over 17 million Youtube views has stemmed from rapping over his favorite electronic beats, his sci-fi and fantasy raps, and covers of his favorite rap songs intertwined with heavy electronic music. His music has traveled from Zelda to Star Wars, Eminem to Linkin Park, Skrillex to Flux Pavilion, and politics to love over dubstep, trap, and other dynamic electronic beats. NLJ’s lyrics and high energy is always complemented with music that inspires and hypes every listener. He’s made a name for himself with the support and collaborations from talented EDM producers, musical youtubers, and, of course, the tens of thousands of gamers, anime fans, and rap lovers who have shared one of his songs.
NLJ is taking over the internet with his music and EDM productions that anyone can dance and rock out to. According to FreshNewTracks, “he isn’t your average rapper. None Like Joshua comes in with a style like Mike Shinoda’s, but dreams further than the stars rapping over some of the hottest beats.” He’s also performed in various cities and countries during his career; from Washington to Texas, Atlanta to New Orleans, and even across Europe in Amsterdam and London. With an upcoming EP, epic remixes, covers, and collabs on the way, NLJ is sure to give a show you’ll never forget. You can find his music at youtube.com/nonelikejoshua

Guest announcement: Kazha

kazha-3-1024x679Kazha is a rock band formed by Japanese singer/songwriter Kazuha Oda.

Kazuha Oda was born in Japan, and spent her childhood in Brazil and U.S.A.. She started out as a solo
singer in Japan, and had worked with wide variety of performers including grammy winning pianist
Bob James. She had worked on more than 20 records/projects in Japan until now.

In September 2009, Kazha released their first EP “Breath Through Your Dreams” and toured Japan and
Korea. With the release of their first album “Overture” in 2010, they made their first North America
tour debuting at Asian Heritage Street Celebration in San Francisco, and went through 15,000 miles.

The band continues to tour around the world, including Europe, Mexico, as well as appearing at various
festivals and conventions in USA including Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, Phoenix Comicon, Katsu-
Con, Nan Desu Kan, Ohayocon, Sacanime, and Saboten Con.

They released their 2nd album “Evolution,” and continue their musical adventure armed with their
strong belief in their music and aspirations of achieving their goal. Their music combines the softness
of a falling feather, and the heaviness of a hurricane.

Kazha represents a new future of the world music: a fusion of cultures and musical view points that
creates their sound.

Guest announcement: Kilted Creature

kc-hi-rezKilted Creature plays “Bagpipe Swamp Metal Blues!” There have been reported sightings of the Bagpipe playing Kilted Creature dating back to the Devonian Age. “KC”, along with his brother, “The Creature from the Black Lagoon”, shared the same pond as tadpoles. Well before his brothers’ run into much unexpected and mostly unwelcome visitors, the Kilted Creature left the pool at an early age and traveled up to the northern hemisphere where he ended up moving in with his 2nd cousin, 4 times removed, in Loch Ness, Scotland, where he also got his first set of bagpipes. In their underwater lair they formed a rockin blues band and they traveled and performed throughout the entire region, but, alas, no one ever got to actually see them because when it came to promoting shows, Nessy was really, really bad at giving directions.
Fast forward to the 21st century and modern technology. On a more recent journey, KC happened into the “Claws and Dragons” Pub in Isle of Man, where he met a beautiful bar wench he calls “The Keeper”. They immediately had an animal attraction for each other and haven’t left each other since. The Kilted Creature has been seen and photographed and he has, much unlike his brother, finally given in to not being such a recluse anymore. Making his home in the mountains of North Carolina, the Kilted Creature can be seen, along with his cute little keeper, and their love-child “Sgt. Tadpole at Arms”, playing his bagpipes well beyond the Black Lagoon.

Guest announcement: Charles Dunbar

10981058_10100628743205608_7042404996070498572_oCharles Dunbar is a fan of many things, of which anime and Japanese culture are but one (admittedly large) sphere. After discovering the medium through Dragonball Z in high school, he spent his formative college years indulging in giant robots, Pokemon, JRPGs, and Rurouni Kenshin, never expecting his coursework in cultural anthropology to ever intersect with his burgeoning fandom identity. This was only the first of many instances when the Universe decided to troll him hardcore for his obliviousness. After spending years attending his local SF con, Charles began attending anime cons in earnest in 2007, bumping them up drastically while undertaking fieldwork for his MA in Anthropology, where he researched and wrote on fandom, convention culture, and the changing dynamic of anime fan practices. He never stopped attending, coming back year after year to both indulge his love of anime conventions, and educate his fellow fans on all manner of mythology, Japanese sacred culture, fan cultures, and whatever else grabs his interests. He is currently working concurrently on two books related to these pursuits, dabbling in game scripts, writing his own ghost stories inspired by the folklore he devours, and traveling around the country speaking at conventions, libraries, and the occasional university. You can read his ideas and ruminations at www.studyofanime.com, www.facebook.com/studyofanime or via his Twitter @studyofanime.

Guest announcement: The Manly Battleships

mb_logo_2016-1024x1024The Manly Battleships® are a group of fun-loving guys and gals that have formed the greatest programming group on the east coast convention circuit. Veteran panelists combine their powers with a circle of long time con-goers, otaku, and deviants to form the new titan at the front of the con scene. The Fleet’s arsenal offers a lot of a lot, and a little of everything! From the “stay fun” academic to over-the-top panels; high quality times are to be had under the Fleet’s banner. No matter your pleasure, there’s a Manly Battleships® event that’s right for you!

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Guest Announcement: Erica Schroeder

321383_10151674815328825_1380860389_nErica Schroeder is one of New York’s premier voice actresses. She has provided the voice for over 100 characters in the world of animation for television, film and video games over the past 14 years. She has voiced ten characters in the five different YU-GI-OH series including: Mai Valentine, Akiza Izinski, Dark Magician Girl, Rally Dawson and Cathy Catherine. Over the years she has voiced over fifty characters and various Pokemon on POKEMON including: Nurse Joy, Fantina, Bianca, Meloetta, Pidove, Panchum, Sylveon , Grace and many more. Other notable roles include: Monkey D. Luffy in ONE PIECE, Blaze and Wave from the SONIC video games, Emma Frost in Joss Whedon’s Stop Motion Comic ASTONISHING X-MEN, Faragonda, Icy the Witch, Piff, Daphne, Galatea, Squonk and Kritty from WINX CLUB, Lyserg from SHAMAN KING, Rai and Komorka from TAI CHI CHASERS, Bridgette Verdant from MEW MEW POWER, Olgariki from GO GO RIKI, Shiho from AH! MY GODDESS, Scarlet Claw in CUTIE HONEY, from the makers of THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE, The voice of the Spirit of the Mountain (with Sean Schemmel) in THE BOY WHO WANTED TO BE A BEAR, The Witch in the Cannes Film Festival’s LITTLE LONG NOSE and many more titles. Newer roles and releases include: Melissa Trail in YU-GI-OH Arc V, Akemi in ZETMAN, Yurika Yamagiwa in PSYCHIC SCHOOL WARS, Zarafa in ZARAFA, Nagako Aoki in MAI MAI MIRACLE and her newest role to hit Saturday morning, Astoria Rapunzel on Nickelodeon’s fantastical REGAL ACADEMY.

In addition to the several POKEMON, SONIC and ONE PIECE video games she has voiced, she has also voiced characters in several other video game titles such as: SHADOW HEARTS: FROM THE NEW WORLD, LITTLEST PET SHOP, DUNGEON HUNTER V, JUST CAUSE 3, SUPER SMASH BROS., INSECTICIDE, and many more. As a theater and musical theater actress, Erica has also appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway and regionally and sings on the original cast recordings of JANE EYRE, SHOUT! THE MOD MUSICAL and a bunch of other concept albums. You can see what she’s up to on her fan page, https://www.facebook.com/Erica-Schroeder-164914246916696/.

Guest announcement: Johnny Yong Bosch

JYBJohnny Yong Bosch got his start fighting giant bugs as Adam Park, the Black Ranger on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. It is a role that he would play for three and a half seasons on TV, two motion pictures and two special guest appearances in future Power Rangers seasons.

After Power Rangers, Johnny became very involved in voice acting work for various anime titles; usually landing the lead role. His first major voice acting role was Vash the Stampede in Trigun. He will later go on and play the voices of Kaneda in Akira, Renton in Eureka Seven, Claus in Last Exile, Clair in Heat Guy J, Sakaki in Witch Hunter Robin, Mike in Please Twins, Albert in The Count of Monte Cristo, Kiba in Wolf’s Rain, Itsuki in The Melancholy of Haurhi Suzumiya, Ichigo Kurosaki in Bleach, Lelouch Lamperouge in Code Geass and Izaya in Durarara.

Johnny’s voice can also be heard in numerous video games. He voices the main character Nero in Devil May Cry 4 and performed voiceover work in .hack//G.U. , Persona 4, Disgaea 3, Tales of Symphonia, Tales of the Abyss, Eternal Sonata, Bumblebee in Transformers: War for Cybertron, Yang in Street Fighter IV, Zero in Marvel VS Capcom 3, Torian Cadera in Star Wars The Old Republic, Troy in NFL Rush Zone and Guren in Tenkai Knights.

When Johnny is not voice acting, he is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the band Eyeshine.

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