Triad Anime Con Formal Ball

We are pleased to announce that there will be a formal ball this year at TAC! Dress code information can be found here. Hope to see you there!

Guest panelist: Mikomi Chan

She has been an avid cosplayer since 2011, having discovered cosplay in her junior year of college. Early into her hobby, she decided to learn how to make her own costumes, as many of her favorite characters were not available to purchase online. Through hard work, determination and the help of her cosplay friends, Mikomi learned how to create beautiful costumes from comics, anime, video games, television, and movies.
Mikomi continues to want to improve her art, and she has completed a formal leatherwork and woodwork apprenticeship under Dr. Mark Conley. Mikomi has been learning how to make armor and weapons for theater and reenactment purposes. Through the encouragement of her mentor, she opened her own costume design and fabrication business where she designs and creates costumes for clients all over the world.
Mikomi’s cosplays have received acclaim both in and outside of the convention circuit. She has won multiple awards for both craftsmanship and performance in masquerades, and her costumes have been featured in newspapers, magazines, art galleries, television shows and multiple geek and pop-culture websites. She has worked as a booth cosplayer for several geek and cosplay companies and is currently sponsored as a content creator and costume designer for the E-sports apparel company, RE: Activ Designs. Mikomi has a passion for teaching the next generation of cosplayers and has led panels on different cosplay topics from how to get involved in cosplay, to leatherwork and many things in between at conventions from Chicago to South Carolina to New Jersey. She loves leading panels and workshops at conventions, and she tries to fit as much educational content as she can into each one of her cosplay panels.

Guest announcement: Vic Mignogna

guests_vmVic has been acting for stage and screen since he was 8 years old, but he started his career in anime about ten years ago as Vega in Streetfighter II. Since then Vic has been in more than a hundred shows, known for such roles as Eld Gin in Attack on Titan, Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, Tamaki Suou in Ouran Highschool Host Club, Fai in Tsubasa Chronicle, Ikkaku in Bleach, Yukito in Air, Takanaga in Wallflower, Dark in DN Angel, Kurz in Full Metal Panic, Broly in Dragonball Z, Kougaijji in Saiyuki, Tatsu in Peacemaker, Virgil Walsh in Trinity Blood, Hikaru in Macross and many more.

Vic has also voiced roles in a large number of video games including Soul Calibur, Disgaea, Persona III, Project Sylpheed, DBZ, Bleach, FullMetal Alchemist and more. But even longer than his voice acting, Vic has been a professional music composer / singer / producer who has written and produced hundreds of songs for TV, radio and CD. He sings the themes for shows like One Piece and Dragonball GT, and has produced several CDs of his own original music. And finally, in addition to anime and music, Vic has a degree in film and works regularly writing, producing and directing video and film productions.
More Info: ANN | IMDb

Guest announcement: Samurai Dan

The husband and wife team of Daniel and Jillian Coglan are full-time martial art instructors, running a traditional samurai training center in Iowa, and have a combined 35 years of experience.

Beyond their martial skills, the dynamic duo collaborated to write, direct, host, and star in a 12 episode TV series entitled, “The Way of The Samurai.”

Daniel is also an author, with several martial art articles published, and is currently working on his second full-length novel.

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.